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ESPY AwardsSandwiched in between the Running of the Bulls and the British Open is the sports extravaganza of the year 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

John Cena, 2016 Espy Awards host

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 marked the 25th anniversary of the Espy Awards when it aired live on ABC at 8PM ET on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Nominations were announced in June (see below).

A two-time Super Bowl champ, awarded the ESPY Icon Award in 2016, Peyton Manning returned this year as master of ceremonies and will help hand out trophiies as the 2017 Espy host.

Perhaps in bigger news, New Orleans Saints superfan, Jarrius Robertson received this year's Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The 15-year-old was honored not only for his frequent and spirited appearances at Saint's games. He also has been battling a chronic liver disease for most of his young life and has become an inspiration to football fans nationwide.

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of nominees and WINNERS at this year's Espy Awards:

DID YOU KNOW? ESPY Award fun facts & trivia

• 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. Previous viewership averaged only 2.2 million a year.

• 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.

• NFL football superstar Peyton Manning was honored with a total of three awards for Best Record Breaking Performance (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).

2017 ESPY Award Nominees & * Winners

Best Male Athlete
* Russell Westbrook, NBA
Kris Bryant, MLB
Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup Finals
Michael Phelps, Swimming

Best Female Athlete
* Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Candace Parker, WNBA
Serena Williams, Tennis

Best Championship Performance
* Kevin Durant, NBA Finals
Tom Brady, Super Bowl
Shay Knighten, WCWS
Deshaun Watson, CFB National Championship

Best Breakthrough Athlete
* Dak Prescott, NFL
Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
Aaron Judge, MLB
Christian Pulisic, Soccer

Best Record-Breaking Performance
* Michael Phelps extends his own record of most gold medals/most Olympic medals
Bill Belichick most Super Bowl wins by a head coach
Diana Taurasi breaks WNBA career scoring record
Russell Westbrook most triple doubles in a season

Best Upset
* Mississippi State defeats Connecticut, Women's NCAA Basketball Final Four
Clemson defeats Alabama, CFB National Championship
Denis Istomin over Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2nd Round

Best Game
* Patriots vs. Falcons, Super Bowl
Cubs vs. Indians, World Series Game 7
Federer vs. Nadal, Australian Open Final

Best Comeback Athlete
* Jordy Nelson, NFL
Matt Bush, MLB
Roger Federer, Tennis
Candace Parker, WNBA

Best Play
* Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook vs. 14. Lamar Jackson hurdles defender
Julian Edelman Super Bowl catch vs. 16. Noah Brown TD catch around defender
Morgan Williams buzzer beater vs. UConn vs.15. Larry Nance dunk
Northwestern buzzer beater vs. 13. Edwin Encarnacion walk off HR
Russell Westbrook buzzer beater vs. 12. LeBron James dunk off the backboard
Chris Coghlan leaps over catcher vs. 11. Sidney Crosby one-handed goal
Olivier Giroud scorpion kick goa l vs. 10. Warriors jump ball transition dunk
Mario Mandzukic goal in UEFA Final vs. 9. Jarrod Dyson catch

Best Team
* Golden State Warriors, NBA
Chicago Cubs, MLB
Clemson Tigers, CFB
Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL
New England Patriots, NFL
South Carolina Gamecocks, Women's NCAA Basketball
US Women's Gymnastics

Best International Athlete
* Usain Bolt, Track & Field
Canelo Alvarez, Boxing
Katinka Hosszu, Swimming
Conor McGregor, MMA
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

Best NFL Player
* Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Best NBA Player
* LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best MLB Player
* Mike Trout, LA Angels
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Best NHL Player
* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Best Driver
* Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Ron Capps, NHRA
Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
Simon Pagenaud, IndyCar
Martin Truex Jr., NASCAR

Best NBA Player
* LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best WNBA Player
* Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Tina Charles, New York Liberty
Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks

Best Fighter
* Demetrious Johnson, MMA
Terence Crawford, Boxing
Gennady Golovkin, Boxing
Conor McGregor, MMA
Andre Ward, Boxing

Best Male Golfer
* Sergio Garcia
Brooks Koepka
Dustin Johnson
Rory McIlroy
Henrik Stenson

Best Female Golfer
* Ariya Jutanugarn
In Gee Chun
Lydia Ko
So Yeon Ryu
Lexi Thompson

Best Male Tennis Player
* Roger Federer
Andy Murray
Rafael Nadal
Stan Wawrinka

Best Female Tennis Player
* Serena Williams
Angelique Kerber
Jelena Ostapenko
Monica Puig

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 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:

2017 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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