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ESPY Awards When: July 2022

Where:  Televised live from the Microsoft Theatre Los Angeles, CA  on ESPN/ABC

Look forward to another exciting award ceremony when sports stars come out to play at the 2022 ESPY Awards tenatively scheduled on an evening in July and televised live from the Microsoft Theatre on ESPN.

Meanwhile, keep it here for official updates including this year's nonminees, who will host, guest presenters, and the announcement of big winners on awards night!

2021 ESPY Awards rewind

The 2021 ESPYs award ceremony aired live on ABC on Saturday, July 10, from 8 p.m.- 11 p.m. ET from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City. (Check out 2021 ESPY nominees and winners, below.)

Hosting this year's ceremony was "The Falcon And The Winter Soldier" star, Anthony Mackie.

Anthony Mackie hosts
the 2021 ESPY Awards.

Tom Brady was nominated for the tenth time for Best NFL Player, and received his 4th nomination for Best Athlete in Men's Sports.

For Best Athlete in Women's Sports, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Nunes faced off against returning nominees Breanna Stewart and Simone Biles, who have a combined total of seven nominations in the category since 2014.

Also announced during the ceremony was the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance award -- bestowed on Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full Ironman triathlon. (Chris also happened to be nominated for Best Men's Athlete with a Disability this year.}

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, who helped raise millions of dollars during the COVID-19 pandemic to help feed children in England, received the Pat Tillman Award for Service.

For her extraordinary work on criminal justice reform, four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore also received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

This year's list of presenters were stars from the world of sports, music and Hollywood. They included DaBaby, Kane Brown, Taye Diggs, Tracy Morgan, "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts, Olympic gold medalists Chloe Kim and Mikaela Shiffrin, football superstar Rob Gronkowski, football legend Joe Namath, and many more.

Just up ahead, check out all the 2021 ESPY Award winners, along with more fun facts and related resources on the biggest sports awards night of the year.

All about the ESPY Awards

Sandwiched in between the Running of the Bulls and the British Open is the sports extravaganza known as ...the ESPY Awards.

As usual, major buzz about the "Oscars" of major athletic talent begins in June when voting opens online for all nominee categories at

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.

DID YOU KNOW? ESPY Award fun facts & trivia

• Although the ESPYs are always hosted by ESPN, the name actually stands for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award.

• A record 7 million viewers tuned in to see Caitlyn Jenner accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards in her first public appearance since transitioning to a women. It was the ESPY Awards' highest rated telecast ever.

• Actor Samuel L. Jackson holds the record for hosting the ESPY Awards at four (1999, 2001, 2002, 2009) followed by by comedian Dennis Miller (1993 and 1994), actor and singer Jamie Foxx (2003 and 2004), and comedian Seth Meyers (2010 and 2011).

• The all-time record holder for most ESPY Award wins goes to golfing great Tiger Woods with 21, including multiple wins for Best Male Golfer and Best Male Athlete.

• For Best Record Breaking Performance, NFL football superstar Peyton Manning leads the pack with a total of three awards (in 2005, 2014 and 2015), followed by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps with two (in 2009 and 2013).

• Sportswomen at the ESPYS with multiple wins for Best Female Athlete include soccer player Mia Hamm, (1998 and 2000) golfer Annika Sörenstam (2005 and 2006), alpine skier Lindsey Vonn (2010 and 2011), tennis player Serena Williams (2003 and 2013), and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey (2014 and 2015).

2021 ESPY Award Nominees & WINNERS

Best Athlete, Men's Sports
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WINNER
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
Lewis Hamilton, F1

Best Athlete, Women's Sports
Naomi Osaka, Tennis WINNER
Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Amanda Nunes, UFC
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Chase Young, The Washington Football Team
LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets WINNER
Crystal Dangerfield, Minnesota Lynx

Best Game
NCAA Men’s Final Four: Gonzaga (93) vs. UCLA (90)
NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship – Stanford defeats Arizona 54-53
NFL Week 14: Baltimore Ravens 47, Cleveland Browns 42
NHL Playoffs Game 4: Winnipeg Jets sweep Edmonton Oilers in triple OT

Best College Athlete, Men's Sports
DeVonta Smith, Alabama Football WINNER
Luka Garza, Iowa Basketball
Gloire Amanda, Oregon State Soccer
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Football

Best College Athlete, Women's Sports
Paige Bueckers, University of Connecticut Basketball WINNER
Madison Lilley, Kentucky Volleyball
Jaelin Howell, Florida State Soccer
Odicci Alexander, James Madison Softball

Best Team
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL WINNER
Stanford Cardinal, NCAA Women’s Basketball
Baylor Bears, NCAA Men’s Basketball
Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA Football
Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
Seattle Storm, WNBA
Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer passes Pat Summitt for most wins in NCAA Women’s basketball history (1,099)
DeVonta Smith, Alabama Football – set records for title game catches (12) and touchdown receptions (three), and also totaled 215 yards. Alabama won, 52–24, their sixth title in 12 years, while Smith was named Offensive MVP of the championship game
Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship – oldest winner of a major tournament with his victory, Mickelson surpassed the record previously held by Julius Boros, who won the PGA Championship in 1968 at age
Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards – breaks Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old triple-double record with 182 WINNER

Best International Athlete, Men's Soccer
Kylian Mbappè, Paris Saint-Germain/French National Team
Lionel Messi, Barcelona/Argentina National Team
Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus/Portugal National Team WINNER
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egypt National Team

Best International Athlete, Women's Soccer
Sam Kerr, Chelsea/Australia National Team
Fran Kirby, Chelsea/English National Team
Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal/Netherlands National Team
Sam Mewis, Manchester City/USA National Team WINNER

Best NFL Player
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WINNER
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

Best MLB Player
Josè Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds (2020), LA Dodgers (2021)
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels WINNER

Best NHL Player
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks WINNER

Best Driver
Scott Dixon, IndyCar
Lewis Hamilton, F1 WINNER
Chase Elliott, NASCAR
Erica Enders, NHRA

Best NBA Player
Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors WINNER
Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns

Best WNBA Player
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks (2020) (Chicago Sky 2021)
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm WINNER

Best Boxer
Canelo Álvarez
Teófimo López
Claressa Shields
Tyson Fury WINNER

Best MMA Fighter
Amanda Nunes
Khabib Nurmagomedov WINNER
Rose Namajunas
Francis Ngannou

Best Athlete, Men's Golf
Bryson DeChambeau
Dustin Johnson
Hideki Matsuyama
Phil Mickelson WINNER

Best Athlete, Women's Golf
Jin Young Ko
Inbee Park
Sei Young Kim WINNER
Nelly Korda

Best Athlete, Men's Tennis
Dominic Thiem
Novak Djokovic WINNER
Daniil Medvedev
Rafael Nadal

Best Athlete, Women's Tennis
Naomi Osaka WINNER
Ashleigh Barty
Sofia Kenin
Victoria Azarenka

Best Athlete, Men's Action Sports
Marcus Kleveland, Snowboard (NOR)
Yūto Totsuka, Snowboard (JPN)
Gabriel Medina, Surf (BRA) WINNER
Cooper Webb, Supercross (USA)

Best Athlete, Women's Action Sports
Chloe Kim, Snowboard (USA) WINNER
Eileen Gu, Skii (CHN)
Carissa Moore, Surf (USA)
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Snowboard (NZL)

Best Jockey
Irad Ortiz
John Velazquez
Flavien Prat
Joel Rosario WINNER

Best Athlete With a Disability, Men's Sports
Evan Austin, Swim
Jesse Billauer, Surf
Keith Gabel, Snowboard
Chris Nikic, Triathlon WINNER

Best Athlete With a Disability, Women's Sports
Sam Bosco, Cycle
Oksana Masters, Nordic & Cycle
Becca Murray, Wheelchair Basketball WINNER
Leanne Smith, Swim

Best Bowler
Kyle Troup
François Lavoie
Tom Daugherty WINNER
Chris Via

Best MLS
Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto FC
Diego Rossi, Los Angeles FC WINNER
Andre Blake, Philadelphia Union
Lucas Zelarayán, Columbus Crew

Best NWSL Player
Rachel Daly, Houston Dash
Kailen Sheridan, NJ/NY Gotham FC
Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars WINNER
Lynn Williams, North Carolina Courage

Best Play
Kyler Murray Launches Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins (11/15/2020) WINNER

Best WWE Moment
Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair WINNER

Best Championship Performance
Simone Biles WINNER

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance
Chris Nikic WINNER

Pat Tillman Award for Service
Marcus Rashford WINNER

Arthur Ashe Courage Award:
Maya Moore WINNER

Best Coach
Tara VanDerveer WINNER

More 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 legend 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:

2021 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.

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