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ESPY Awards

ESPY Awards

  • Premiered: 
    March 3, 1993
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Sports
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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1993, the ESPYS have recognized major achievements during the previous year in sports. The ESPYS honor sport-specific performances, such as "Best MLB Player" and "Best WNBA Player," as well as the best-in-sport achievements, like "Best Female Athlete" and "Best Play." Plus, the ESPYS confer the "Arthur Ashe Courage Award" to the person showing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost. Each year starting in 2002, the event takes place the night after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The first seven ESPYS were held in New York, moved to Las Vegas in 2000, and have been held in Los Angeles since 2002.
The 2022 ESPYS, hosted by Stephen Curry, were televised live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) ABC. Country music star Mickey Guyton will be performing, with Travis Kelce providing backstage coverage, and the House of Vibe All-Stars will be providing musical entertainment throughout the show.

Former heavyweight boxing champion and mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage; author, athlete, and retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans will be honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by MassMutual; and broadcaster, hall of famer, and college basketball icon Dick Vitale will be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Additionally, the Sports Humanitarian Awards will feature honorees as part this year's show including the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, and the League Humanitarian Leadership Award.

Stars and athletes scheduled to present this year include: Odell Beckham Jr. (Super Bowl Champion), Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers), Maybelle Blair (Former All-American Girls Pro Baseball League Player), John Boyega (Golden Globe Award Winning, Actor and Producer, Small Axe), Alison Brie (Spin Me Round), Ciara (Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter), Dany Garcia (XFL Owner and Chairwoman), Ryan Garcia (Boxing), Heidi Gardner (Saturday Night Live), Jon Hamm (Top Gun: Maverick), Lil Rel Howery (Free Guy), Lil Wayne (Grammy Award winning rapper), Billie Jean King (Tennis Legend), Derek Jeter (Former MLB All-Star), Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam, XFL Owner), Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs), Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Aubrey Plaza (Emily the Criminal), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trevante Rhodes (Hulu's Mike), Aaron Rodgers (NFL MVP), Lindsey Vonn (Skiing), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos) and more. UCLA Student Athletes Maya Brady (Softball) and Kam Brown (Football) will serve as trophy presenters.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as American Sports Awards: The ESPYs


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  • The Dolby Theatre (2022) - Los Angeles, California USA