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ESPY Awards When: Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 8PM ET

Where:  Televised on ABC live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles

There will be another exciting award ceremony when sports stars came out to play at the 2024 ESPY Awards scheduled this year for Thursday July 11, 2024 beginning at 8PM ET live from Los Angeles on ABC.

Maing her ESPY hosting debut this year is none other than tennis legend Serena Williams.

Meanwhile, watch for 2024 ESPY nominees to be announced in June plus keep it here for more updates including presetners and preformers, and the announcement of big winners on awards night!

2023 ESPY Awards rewind

Major 2023 ESPY nominees (also see WINNERS, below) this year included LeBron James (for surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for NBA career scoring record) and Patrick Mahomes (with two nominations for Best Athlete and Best NFL Player).

Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets was also on this year's list with nods for Best Athlete in men's sport's, Best NBA Player, and best chammpionship peformance. Other top 2023 nominees included women's basketball stars A’ja Wilson, Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese.

New in 2023? Due to the Hollywood writer's strike, the ESPYs was hostless for the first time ever. But the show, as they say,went on! Opening the broadcast was rapper Lil Wayne, followed by an entire lineup of presenters and special appearances that included Patrick Mahomes, Dwayne Wade, Angel Reese, Chris Paul, Mike Tyson, Kyrie Irving, rapper Lil Durk, WWE superstars Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch, and many more.

LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes, and LSU's Angel Reese were major contenders at the 2023 ESPY Awards.

In a musical tribute, H.E.R. was also on hand to perform her latest single “The Journey” in honor of the 30th anniversary of the V Foundation and late basketball coach Jimmy Valvano’s iconic 'don't ever give up' speech at the first ESPYs in 1993.

2023 Special ESPY Awards

Recipients of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage went to the US Women’s National Team for their successful battle for more pay from the United States Soccer Federation last year.

White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks was honored with the 2023 Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his credible comeback following a battle with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Rounding out this year's special awards, the Pat Tillman Award for Service was presented to the Buffalo Bills training staff for their immediate and life-saving response to Damar Hamlin’s collapse on the field last January.

Just up ahead, check out a complete list of 2023 ESPY Award nominees and WINNERS along with 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).

2023 ESPY Award Nominees & WINNERS

Best Athlete, Men's Sports

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

WINNER: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Lionel Messi, Argentina


Best Athlete, Women's Sports

WINNER: Mikaela Shiffrin, Ski

Sophia Smith, Portland Thorns

Iga Świątek, Tennis

A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces


Best Breakthrough Athlete

Caitlin Clark, Iowa Women's Basketball

Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers

WINNER: Angel Reese, LSU Women's Basketball

Julio Rodríguez, Seattle Mariners



Novak Djokovic wins his 23rd Grand Slam title

LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for NBA career scoring record

Mikaela Shiffrin breaks the record for the most World Cup victories

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, set record for most wins in a season


Leon Edwards, UFC – defeats Kamaru Usman to win UFC welterweight title

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets – 2023 NBA Finals MVP

Lionel Messi, Argentina – 2022 World Cup Final

Rose Zhang, LPGA – first woman in 72 years to win her first professional start.

Best Comeback Athlete

Jon Jones, UFC

WINNER: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun

Justin Verlander, Current New York Mets / Houston Astros


Best Play

Michael Block Hole-in-One! GOLF

WINNER: Justin Jefferson with the Catch of the Century NFL

Ally Lemos with the perfect corner to tie the National Championship game NCAA

Trinity Thomas Perfect 10 Tying the All-Time NCAA Record NCAA


Best Team

Denver Nuggets, NBA

Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football

WINNER: Kansas City Chiefs, NFL

Las Vegas Aces, WNBA

Louisiana State Tigers, NCAA Women's Basketball

Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball

Vegas Golden Knights, NHL

Best College Athlete, Men's Sports

Zach Edey, Purdue Men's Basketball

Duncan McGuire, Creighton Soccer

Brennan O'Neill, Duke Lacrosse

WINNER: Caleb Williams, USC Football


Best College Athlete, Women's Sports

Jordy Bahl, Oklahoma Softball

Caitlin Clark, Iowa Women's Basketball

Izzy Scane, Northwestern Lacrosse

Trinity Thomas, Florida Gators Gymnastics


Best Athlete With a Disability

Erica McKee, Sled Hockey Team

Zach Miller, Snowboarding

Aaron Pike, Wheelchair Racing & Cross-Country Skiing

Susannah Scaroni, Wheelchair Racing


Best NFL Player

Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

WINNER: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs


Best MLB Player

Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

WINNER: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros


Best NHL Player

Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

David Pastrňák, Boston Bruins

Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins

Best NBA Player

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

WINNER: Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics


Best WNBA Player

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury

Candace Parker, Chicago Sky (Current Las Vegas Aces)

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm (Current New York Liberty)

WINNER: A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces


Best Driver

Brittany Force, NHRA

Kyle Larson, NASCAR

Josef Newgarden, IndyCar

WINNER: Max Verstappen, F1


Best UFC Fighter

Leon Edwards

WINNER: Jon Jones

Islam Makhachev

Amanda Nunes


Best Boxer

Gervonta Davis

Devin Haney

WINNER: Claressa Shields

Shakur Stevenson


Best Soccer Player

Aitana Bonmatí, Spain/Barcelona

Erling Haaland, Norway/Manchester City

WINNER: Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG

Sophia Smith, USWNT/Portland Thorns


Best Golfer

Wyndham Clark

Nelly Korda

Jon Rahm

WINNER: Scottie Scheffler


Best Tennis Player

Carlos Alcaraz

WINNER: Novak Djokovic

Aryna Sabalenka

Iga Świątek

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:

2023 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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