The 2018 ESPYS | Everything Viewers Need to Know

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Disney-owned ESPN will soon be holding their annual ESPYS award ceremony this month. Here is a rundown of everything viewers can expect to see…

What are the ESPYS?

An annual awards show put on by ESPN that gives 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.

When and Where are the ESPYS?

The 2018 ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Pre-show coverage will begin at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and continue on ESPN starting at 6 p.m. ET.

Who is Hosting the ESPYS?

It was announced back in May that race car driver Danica Patrick will Host the 2018 ESPYS award show.

Special Awards:

ESPN will be awarding the following special ESPYS during the ceremony:

2018 ESPYs Nominees:

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees, listed below, at ESPYS.com up until the start of the show.

BEST MALE ATHLETE

  • Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Tom Brady, New England Patriots

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

  • Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
  • Chloe Kim, Snowboard
  • Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars/United States Women’s National Soccer Team

BEST OLYMPIC MOMENT

  • Shaun White, Snowboard
  • Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, U.S. Cross Country Ski
  • U.S. Men’s Curling
  • USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

  • George Springer, Houston Astros – MLB World Series
  • Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII
  • Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – NBA Finals
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men’s Basketball – CBB National Championship

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

  • Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Sloane Stephens, Tennis

BEST GAME

  • Houston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5
  • Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose Bowl
  • USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

BEST MOMENT

  • Minnesota Vikings defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game
  • Las Vegas Golden Knights defeat Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals
  • #16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County upsets No. 1 Virginia

BEST TEAM

  • Houston Astros, MLB
  • Philadelphia Eagles, NFL
  • USA Women’s Ice Hockey
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s Basketball
  • Villanova Wildcats, NCAA Men’s Basketball
  • Golden State Warriors, NBA
  • Washington Capitals, NHL

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE

  • Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
  • Jalen Brunson, Villanova Basketball
  • Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimming
  • A’ja Wilson, South Carolina Basketball

BEST PLAY (Bracket-style voting)

  • ND’s Arike Ogunbowale hits 2nd buzzer beater to win NCAA women’s national title
  • Minnesota Miracle: Stefon Diggs makes last-second TD Catch to send Vikings to NFC championship
  • Philly Special: Eagles fool Patriots with fourth-down TD toss to Foles
  • Alabama wins national title on 41-yard OT TD pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta Smith
  • FSU’s Jessie Warren makes diving double play in WCWS
  • LeBron James nails buzzer beater 3-pointer to beat the Pacers in Game 5 of Round 1
  • Evanston Township High school freshman Blake Peters hits 80-foot buzzer beater
  • Gareth Bale scores go-ahead bicycle kick goal in Champions League Final 1022
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores bicycle kick goal against Juventus
  • Julian McGarvey makes last-second steal & heave to secure Ardsley High School’s 1st Section 1 title in 60 years
  • LeBron floats a glass-kissing buzzer beater to beat Raptors in game 3 of round 2
  • Team USA’s Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the shootout winner to secure gold medal in women’s hockey
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo leapfrog dunks on Tim Hardaway Jr
  • Acrobatic volleyball play from Autumn Finney out of Decatur High School
  • Golden Knights’ William Karlsson goes through legs for ‘goal of the year’ contender
  • Jordan Poole hits buzzer-beater to send Michigan to the Sweet 16

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

  • Roger Federer, Tennis
  • Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • Tom Brady, New England Patriots
  • Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

BEST INTERNATIONAL MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER

  • Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona/Argentina National Team
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portuguese National Team
  • Mohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egyptian National Team
  • Neymar Jr., PSG/Brazilian National Team

BEST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER

  • Lieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National Team
  • Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team
  • Pernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National Team
  • Jodie Taylor, Seattle Reign/English National Team

BEST NFL PLAYER

  • Tom Brady, New England Patriots
  • Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
  • Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

BEST MLB PLAYER

  • Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
  • Mike Trout, LA Angels
  • Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

BEST NHL PLAYER

  • Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, Las Vegas Golden Knights

BEST DRIVER

  • Josef Newgarden, IndyCar
  • Martin Truex Jr, NASCAR
  • Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
  • Brittany Force, NHRA

BEST NBA PLAYER

  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

BEST WNBA PLAYER

  • Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
  • Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings

BEST FIGHTER

  • Terence Crawford, Boxing
  • Vasiliy (Vasyl) Lomachenko, Boxing
  • Rose Namajunas, UFC
  • Georges St-Pierre, UFC

BEST MALE GOLFER

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Justin Thomas
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Patrick Reed

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

  • Shanshan Feng
  • Inbee Park
  • Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Sung-Hyun Park

BEST MALE OLYMPIAN

  • Shaun White, Snowboarding
  • Red Gerard, Snowboarding
  • David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing
  • John Shuster, Curling

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN

  • Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
  • Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
  • Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, US Women’s Hockey

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

  • Roger Federer
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Marin Cilic

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

  • Sloane Stephens
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Simona Halep
  • Garbine Muguruza

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

  • Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Ski
  • Kelvin Hoefler (BRA), Skateboard
  • David Wise (USA), Ski
  • Marcus Kleveland (NOR), Snowboard

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

  • Chloe Kim (USA), Snowboard
  • Jamie Anderson (USA), Snowboard
  • Brighton Zeuner (USA), Skateboard
  • Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Surf

BEST JOCKEY

  • Mike Smith
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Florent Geroux
  • Flavien Prat

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

  • Dan Cnossen, Nordic Skiing
  • Andrew Kurka, Alpine Skiing
  • Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
  • Mike Schultz, Snowboarding

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

  • Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
  • Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding
  • Kendall Gretsch, Nordic Skiing
  • Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field

BEST BOWLER

  • Jason Belmonte
  • Rhino Page
  • Tom Smallwood
  • Jesper Svensson

BEST MLS PLAYER

  • Nemanja Nikolić, Chicago Fire
  • Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
  • Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City
  • Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City

BEST NWSL PLAYER

  • Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign
  • Sam Mewis
  • Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns

2018 ESPYs Winners:

  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Donovan Mitchell.
  • Best College Athlete: Baker Mayfield
  • Best Female Athlete: Chloe Kim.
  • Best Male Athlete: Alex Ovechkin
  • Best Team: Houston Astros
  • Best Game: U.S. women’s national hockey team’s shootout victory over Canada in the gold medal game of the Pyeongchang Olympics
  • Best Championship Performance: Nick Foles
  • Best Moment: The Minnesota Vikings’ miracle win in their divisional round game against the New Orleans Saints
  • Best Olympic Moment: Shaun White’s gold medal-winning final run
  • Best Play: Arike Ogunbowale’s buzzer-beater to win the national championship for Notre Dame.
  • Best Record-Breaking Performance: Roger Federer, winning an 8th Wimbledon title in 2017 and won the 2018 Australian Open for his 20th Grand Slam title.
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr
  • Best NFL Player: Tom Brady
  • Best MLB Player: Mike Trout
  • Best NHL Player: Alex Ovechkin
  • Best Driver: Martin Truex Jr.
  • Best NBA Player: LeBron James
  • Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore
  • Best Fighter: Terence Crawford
  • Best Male Golfer: Jordan Spieth
  • Best Female Golfer: Sung-Hyun Park
  • Best Male Olympian: Shaun White
  • Best Female Olympian: Chloe Kim
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Sloane Stephens
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: David Wise
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim
  • Best Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mike Schultz
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Brenna Huckaby
  • Best Bowler: Rhino Page
  • Best MLS Player: Nemanja Nikolic
  • Best NWSL Player: Megan Rapinoe
  • Capital One Cup: Stanford Cardinal sports
  • Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Jim Kelly
  • Pat Tillman Award for Service: Sgt. Jake Wood of the U.S. Marines
  • Best Coach: Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: The “sister survivors” who spoke out against the sexual abuses of the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar.

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