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ESPY Awards When: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 8PM ET

Where:  Televised live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA  on ABC

There was another exciting award ceremony on tap when sports stars came out to play at the 2022 ESPY Awards on July 20, 2022 beginning at 8PM ET live on ABC from the Microsoft Theatre in LA.


Best male athlete nominee Stephen Curry
hosted the 2022 ESPY Awards.

Hosting the landmark 30th anniversary event was none other than Stephen Curry, tje Golden State Warrior, NBA Champ, and one of this year's ESPY Best Male Athlete nominees.

Other leading 2022 ESPY nominees (also see WINNERS, below) included Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, and Olympic track and field champion Allyson Felix, who were among those up for multiple awards.

Other big winners of the night include this year's recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance which went to Dick Vitale, the ESPN college basketball broadcaster and cancer survivor.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award went to Vitali Klitschko, former boxing champ and currently mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine's embattled capital city.

The 2022 Pat Tillman Award for Service was presented to author, athlete, and retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans.



Presenters this year included former professional ski racer Lindsey Vonn, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, NFL quarterback Russel Wilson and wife Ciara, tennis legend Billie Jean King, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, rapper Lil Wayne, actor Jon Hamm and more.

Just up ahead, check out a complete list of 2022 ESPY Award nominees and 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 espn.com/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.


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).


2022 ESPY Award Nominees & WINNERS
(UPDATING ...)

Best Athlete, Men's Sports
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels -- WINNER
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Best Athlete, Women's Sports
Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon
Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics
Katie Ledecky, Swimming -- WINNER
Candace Parker, Chicago Sky

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Trinity Rodman, Washington Spirit
Eileen Gu, Skier -- WINNER
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Stephen Curry passes Ray Allen for most 3-pointers made in NBA history -- WINNER
Jocelyn Alo breaks Lauren Chamberlain's home run record for most in Division I history (96)
Allyson Felix, Track & Field, won her 11th career medal surpassing Carl Lewis for the United States track and field record
Tom Brady becomes the NFL all-time passing yards leader overtaking Drew Brees

Best Championship Performance
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Super Bowl LVI -- WINNER
Julianna Pena, UFC 269
Max Verstappen, F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalance – Stanley Cup Finals

Best Comeback Athlete
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors -- WINNER
Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles
Diamond DeShields, Phoenix Mercury
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Best Play
Unbelievable Corner Kick Goal by Megan Rapinoe -- WINNER
Justin Tucker's 66-yard NFL record field goal
Ja Morant's poster dunk
Hansel Emmanuel with the play of the year

Best Team
Golden State Warriors, NBA -- WINNER
Chicago Sky, WNBA
Atlanta Braves, MLB
Los Angeles Rams, NFL
Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football
Colorado Avalanche, NHL

Best Olympian, Women's Sports
Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics
Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon
Katie Ledecky, Swimming -- WINNER
Allyson Felix, Track & Field

Best Olympian, Men's Sports
Nathan Chen, Figure Skating
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Nick Mayhugh, Track & Field
Caeleb Dressel, Swimming -- WINNER

Best Game
Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills in an OT thriller (AFC Divisional Game) -- WINNER
UConn defeats NC State in double OT (Elite 8 NCAA Women's Basketball)
Kansas' 16-point rally, which was the biggest comeback in championship game history (NCAA Men's Basketball Championship)
Bryce Young rallies Alabama to beat Auburn in four OTs (NCAA Football Iron Bowl)

Best College Athlete, Men's Sports
Bryce Young, Alabama Football - -WINNER
Dante Polvara, Georgetown Men's Soccer
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga Men's Basketball
Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland Lacrosse

Best College Athlete, Women's Sports
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina Women's Basketball
Jaelin Howell, Florida State Soccer
Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma Softball -- WINNER
Charlotte North, Boston College Lacrosse

Best International Athlete, Men's Soccer
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
Sadio Mane, Liverpool
Kylian Mbappe, PSG -- WINNER

Best International Athlete, Women's Soccer
Alexia Putellas, Barcelona
Sam Kerr, Chelsea -- WINNER
Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal
Caroline Graham Hansen, Barcelona

Best NFL Player
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams -- WINNER
TJ Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

Best MLB Player
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels -- WINNER
Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Jorge Soler, Atlanta Braves

Best NHL Player
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers -- WINNER
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

Best Driver
Kyle Larson, NASCAR - WINNER
Max Verstappen, F1
Steve Torrence, NHRA
Alex Palou, IndyCar

Best NBA Player
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors -- WINNER

Best WNBA Player
Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury
Candace Parker, Chicago Sky -- WINNER

Best Boxer
Tyson Fury -- WINNER
Shakur Stevenson
Katie Taylor
Mikaela Mayor

Best MMA Fighter
Alexander Volkanovski
Charles Oliviera -- WINNER
Kamaru Usman
Kayla Harrison

Best Athlete, Men's Golf
Scottie Scheffler
Cameron Smith
Justin Thomas -- WINNER
Jon Rahm

Best Athlete, Women's Golf
Nelly Korda -- WINNER
Ko Jin-young
Lydia Ko
Minjee Lee

Best Athlete, Men's Tennis
Rafael Nadal -- WINNER
Dylan Alcott
Carlos Alcaraz
Felix Auger-Aliassime

Best Athlete, Women's Tennis
Emma Raducanu -- WINNER
Ashleigh Barty
Iga Swiatek
Leylah Fernandez

Best Athlete, Men's Action Sports
Eli Tomac, Supercross -- WINNER
Alex Hall, Ski
Yuto Horigome, Skateboard
Ayuma Hirano, Snowboard

Best Athlete, Women's Action Sports
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Snowboard
Eileen Gu, Ski -- WINNER
Rayssa Leal, Skateboard
Chloe Kim, Snowboard

Best Jockey
Flavien Prat
Irad Ortiz
Jose Ortiz -- WINNER
Joel Rosario

Best Athlete With a Disability, Men's Sports
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Nick Mayhugh, Track & Field
Brad Snyder, Paratriathlon & Swimming -- WINNER
Ian Seidenfeld, Table Tennis

Best Athlete With a Disability, Women's Sports
Oksana Masters, Cycling & Nordic/Biathlon
Jessica Long, Swimming -- WINNER
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding
Kate Ward, Soccer

Best Bowler
Jason Belmonte
Anthony Simonsen
Kyle Troup -- WINNER
Dom Barrett

Best MLS Player
Valentin Castellanos, NYCFC
Jesus Ferreira, FC Dallas
Carles Gil, New England Revolution
Carlos Vela, LAFC -- WINNER

Best NWSL Player
Ashley Hatch, Washington Spirit -- WINNER
Aubrey Bledsoe, Washington Spirit
Jess Fishlock, OL Reign
Caprice Dydasco, NJ/NY Gotham FC

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:

2022 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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