What to know about the 2024 ESPYS, including a list of nominees

What to know about the 2024 ESPYS, including a list of nominees

ESPN is honoring the best in sports with the 2024 ESPYS on July 11.

The award ceremony comes on the heels of the Boston Celtics and the Florida Panthers winning this year’s NBA championship and NHL Stanley Cup, respectively.

Nominations include team awards for both organizations and individual honors for the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Caitlin Clark, Patrick Mahomes and Simone Biles are also among the nominees, and Prince Harry will receive a special honor.

Here’s everything to know about the award show, including who is hosting, how to watch and a full list of nominees.

Who is hosting the 2024 ESPYS?

ESPN announced tennis legend Serena Williams as the host in May.

“I couldn’t be more excited to host The ESPYS,” Williams said in a statement at the time. “This is a dream come true for me, and something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. It has been a sensational year for sports and an unprecedented one for female athletes. I can’t wait to celebrate everyone on-stage in July.”

How to watch the 2024 ESPYS

The award show will air on Thursday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

What is the nominees list for the 2024 ESPYS?

Best athlete, men’s sports

  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels / Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Scottie Scheffler, Golf
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Best athlete, women’s sports

  • Caitlin Clark, Iowa Women’s Basketball
  • Coco Gauff, Tennis
  • Nelly Korda, Golf
  • A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

Best breakthrough athlete

  • Haleigh Bryant, LSU Gymnastics
  • C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
  • Juju Watkins, USC Women’s Basketball
  • Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs

Best record-breaking performance

  • Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown for a record-breaking 17 straight games
  • Caitlin Clark becomes NCAA’s all-time scoring leader, breaking Pete Maravich’s record
  • Tara VanDerveer, former head coach at Stanford women’s basketball, gets 1,203rd win to pass Duke’s former head coach Mike Krzyzewski for most wins by any coach in NCAA basketball history
  • Max Verstappen wins record 10th consecutive race with victory at Italian Grand Prix

Best championship performance

  • Michigan’s Blake Corum and Will Johnson, 2024 College Football National Championship MVPs
  • Kayla Martello, Boston College Women’s Lacrosse
  • Midge Purce, NJ/NY Gotham FC — NWSL Championship MVP
  • Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

Best comeback athlete

  • Simone Biles, gymnast
  • Paige Bueckers, University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball
  • Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns
  • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

Best play

  • Jayda Coleman calls game sending Oklahoma to their 4th straight championship (6/4/24)
  • Anthony Edwards dunk of the year (3/18/24)
  • Alabama scores on 4th & 31 to beat Auburn (11/25/23)
  • Lamar Jackson caught his own pass and ran with it (1/28/24)

Best team

  • South Carolina Gamecocks, NCAA Women’s Basketball
  • Kansas City Chiefs, NFL
  • Michigan Wolverines, NCAA Football
  • Las Vegas Aces, WNBA
  • University of Connecticut Huskies, NCAA Men’s Basketball
  • Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
  • Boston Celtics, NBA
  • Florida Panthers, NHL
  • Texas Rangers, MLB

Best college athlete, men’s sports

  • Jayden Daniels, LSU Football
  • Zach Edey, Purdue Men’s Basketball
  • Ousmane Sylla, Clemson Soccer
  • Pat Kavanagh, Notre Dame Lacrosse

Best college athlete, women’s sports

  • Haleigh Bryant, LSU Gymnastics
  • Caitlin Clark, Iowa Basketball
  • Sarah Franklin, Wisconsin Volleyball
  • Izzy Scane, Northwestern Lacrosse

Best athlete with a disability

  • Jaydin Blackwell, World Champion Sprinter
  • Ezra Frech, World Champion High Jumper
  • Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding Champion
  • Oksana Masters, Cross-Country Skier/Hand Cyclist

Best NFL player

  • Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

Best MLB player

  • Ronald Acuña, Atlanta Braves
  • Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
  • Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
  • Corey Seager, Texas Rangers

Best NHL player

  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
  • Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Best NBA player

  • Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Best WNBA player

  • Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx
  • Breanna Stewart, New York Liberty
  • Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun
  • A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

Best driver

  • Ryan Blaney, NASCAR
  • Matt Hagan, NHRA
  • Álex Palou, IndyCar
  • Max Verstappen, F1

Best UFC fighter

  • Islam Makhachev
  • Sean O’Malley
  • Alex Pereira
  • Zhang Weili

Best boxer

  • Terence Crawford
  • Seniesa Estrada
  • Naoya Inoue
  • Oleksandr Usyk

Best soccer player

  • Aitana Bonmatí, Spain
  • Naomi Girma, USWNT
  • Vinicius Junior, Brazil/Real Madrid
  • Kylian Mbappé, France/Real Madrid

Best golfer

  • Nelly Korda
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Lilia Vu

Best tennis player

  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Coco Gauff
  • Iga Swiatek

Who are the special honorees for the 2024 ESPYS?

Prince Harry will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service. In addition, Steve Gleason will receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage and Dawn Staley will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

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