As usual, major buzz about the "Oscars" of major athletic talent began in June when voting opened up online for all nominee categories at espn.com/espys. (See nominees below).
WWE champ John Cena is
for the 2016 ESPYs.
Ballots are cast right up until awards night-- as millions of fans join in to pick their favorite athletes, sports teams, and the year's outstanding performances.
This year's "Oscars of Sports" is scheduled to air live on ABC at 8PM ET on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Notable 2016 Espy nominees include Serena Williams who is vying for her 8th Best Female Tennis Player award, while in the Best Male Athlete category, former nominees Stephen Curry and LeBron James are joined by two newcomers to the category, Cam Newton and Bryce Harper.
For Best NFL player, Cam Newton is also paired against New England QB Tom Brady, Houston defensive end JJ Watt, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Julio Jones of the Falcons.
Meanwhile, keep it here for future updates on featured presenters, performers, and a complete list of ultimate winners at the 2016 Espys.
2015 Espy Awards rewind
New this year? The Espys moved from its namesake ESPN to its sister network ABC. This year's 23rd annual ESPY Awards ceremony aired on network ABC live from Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 beginning at 8 PM ET.
Hosting this year's show was "Community" star and host of "The Soup", Joel McHale.
Major nominees, (see below) were announced on June 24th, included LeBron James who led the pack with nods for Best Male Athlete, Best NBA Player, and Best Championship performance.
The Caitlyn controversy
Along with honors for best individual and team performances throughout the past year, the 2015 Espy Awards also honored Caitlyn Jenner (a.k.a. Olympic great Bruce Jenner) with the annual Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
To say that the decision caused a controversy might have won Espy's "biggest understatment of the year".
Meanwhile, lost in all the hoopla were this year's recipients of the annual Jimmy V Perseverance Award -- Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his daughter, Leah. Both were honored for their battle against Leah's rare form of pediatric cancer on awards night. The special bond between dad and daughter inspired millions of fans who responded with heartwarming messages of hope and support on social media.
Danielle Green, who played at Notre Dame and served in Iraq, was also honored with the Pat Tillman Service Award.
Presenters on the big night included LeBron James, Ed Helms, Danica Patrick, Andre Iguodoba, Vince Vaughn, Britney Spears, Kiefer Sutherland, JJ Watt, Mike Epps, and Julie Foudy.
2016 ESPY Award Nominees
BEST MALE ATHLETE
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Elena Delle Donne
BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Von Miller, Super Bowl
Carli Lloyd, World Cup Final
Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup Playoffs
LeBron James, NBA Finals
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Stephen Curry single season three-pointers made
Geno Auriemma most NCAA basketball titles in D1 history (11)
Christian McCaffery single season NCAAF all-purpose yards
Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey, UFC
Middle Tennessee over Michigan State, Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament
Roberta Vinci over Serena Williams, US Open
Villanova vs. North Carolina, Men's NCAA Basketball Final
Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers, NFL Divisional Round
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Finals Game 7
BEST MOMENT (NOT TO BE VOTED ON)
Cleveland wins first title in over 50 years
BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE (NOT TO BE VOTED ON)
BEST PLAY (16 NOMINEES VOTED BRACKET-STYLE)
Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary vs. 16. Crazy 66-yard Ole Miss' TD
Kris Jenkins buzzer beater vs. 15. Connor McDavid goal
Michigan St punt block TD vs. 14. Stanford trick play w/ circus catch
LeBron Game 7 block vs. 13. Louis Oosthuizen hole-in-one off of ball
Steph Curry 38-foot game-winner vs. 12. Army softball player leaps over tag
Holly Holm knockout of Ronda Rousey vs. 11. Bartolo Colon first home run
Tiffany Howard HR robbery WCWS vs. 10. Josh Donaldson diving into stands
Jairo Samerio scores on scissor-kick ground vs. 9. Dele Alli juggling goal for Tottenham BEST TEAM
Kansas City Royals
Alabama Crimson Tide
Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals
Geno Auriemma, UConn Huskies
Jay Wright, Villanova Wildcats
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide
Tyronn Lue, Cleveland Cavaliers
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
BEST NFL PLAYER
BEST MLB PLAYER
BEST NHL PLAYER
BEST NBA PLAYER
Russell Westbrook BEST WNBA PLAYER
Elena Delle Donne
BEST MALE GOLFER
BEST FEMALE GOLFER
BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
Irad Ortiz Jr.
BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
BEST MLS PLAYER
All about the Espys
Begun by cable sports channel ESPN in 1993, the annual ESPY Awards allows sports fans worldwide to join in an online vote for their favorites in such categories as Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete,Best Coach/Manager, and Team of the Year.
Unlike most awards shows, the ESPYs are probably most noted for
its contribution to charity, as a portion of the proceeds is donated to The
V Foundation, named for its founder, Jim Valvano.
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is another ESPY highlight, honoring
an individual for their personal courage or charitable works outside the sports arena, with past winners including such trailblazers
as Muhammad Ali and tennis star Billie Jean King.
Around the Web, find out more about the awards ceremony with top sites featuring video highlights, photos and fun facts:
Espy Awards around the Web:
2016 ESPYS - The official site featuring the complete list of this year's nominees, online voting, an archive of video highlights
and past winners.
ESPY Awards - Wikipedia entry with details on the awards' history, memorable moments, and lists of show hosts & major winners
dating back to 1993.