Eric Bakke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Fan voting opens Wednesday for this year’s ESPY Awards, with a star-studded list of nominees including NBA powerhouses LeBron James and Stephen Curry, boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
James and Curry are going head-to-head in the Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player categories, while American Pharoah is among the nominees in the Best Championship Performance category, alongside pitcher Madison Bumgarner, softball player Lauren Haeger and James, the NBA superstar. The horse’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, is also nominated in the Best Jockey category, while Mayweather is nominated in the Best Fighter category.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is nominated in the Best NFL Player category. Brady’s appeal of a four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” controversy is set for Wednesday.
Odell Beckham Jr., Mo’ne Davis, Cardale Jones and Jordan Spieth are nominated for best breakthrough athlete and the Best International Athlete category features tennis great Novak Djokovic, Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton, golfer Lydia Ko and soccer greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Other awards categories include Best Female Athlete, Best Upset, and Best Coach/Manager.
[Full list of nominees below. Click HERE to vote at ESPN.com/ESPYS.]
During an appearance Wednesday on Good Morning America, Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Andrew Iguodala, the NBA Finals MVP, revealed that his team had been nominated in the Best Team category, with the other teams in the category to be revealed on July 6.
The ESPYS — the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards — will be broadcast live on ABC on July 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The event will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and actor/comedian Joel McHale will host.
Caitlyn Jenner — who was known as Bruce Jenner before transitioning to a woman — will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his daughter, 5-year-old Leah, will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Still has been unwavering in his support of Leah during her battle with cancer.
The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. With the exception of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and other special awards, the ESPYS are voted upon by fans and experts.
The event raises more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation — the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano — to promote cancer research.
Full List of Nominees:
BEST MALE ATHLETE
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Odell Beckham Jr.
BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Lauren Chamberlain, career NCAA HRs
Devin Hester return, TDs
Peyton Manning, career TD passes
Klay Thompson, most points in a quarter
Georgia State over Baylor, Men’s NCAA Tournament
Kansas City Royals win AL Pennant
Mississippi over Alabama, FBS
A’s vs. Royals, MLB Wild Card
Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, NBA Playoffs
Patriots vs. Seahawks, Super Bowl
BEST PLAY – done bracket style
1. Odell Beckham catch vs. 16. Albany goalie lacrosse goal
2. Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary vs. 15. Dwayne Bravo cricket catch
3. Lionel Messi goal vs. 14. Jerian Grant dunk
4. Malcolm Butler INT vs. 13. Josh Sheehan triple back flip
5. Stephen Curry step back 3 vs. 12. Ameer Abdullah TD run
6. Ronda Rousey armbar vs. 11. Gerald Green dunk off the glass
7. Tyler Ennis goal vs. 10. Shoni Shimmel circus shot
8. Kevin Pillar catch vs. 9. Jeremy Menez goal
BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
BEST NFL PLAYER
BEST MLB PLAYER
BEST NHL PLAYER
Juan Pablo Montoya
BEST NBA PLAYER
BEST WNBA PLAYER
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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
BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Parker Bohn III
BEST MLS PLAYER
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