NFL stars Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, the NBA’s Stephen Curry, Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky and Olympic gymnast Sunisa Lee are among the nominees for the 2022 ESPY Awards.
Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Curry of NBA champions Golden State Warriors will vie for best athlete in men’s sports at the July 20 ceremony, alongside Shohei Ohtani of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels and Connor McDavid of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. Rodgers also landed a nom for best NFL player.
Brady was not nominated in either of those categories; his only nom came in the best record-breaking performance, where Curry, track and field star Allyson Felix and college softball player Jocelyn Alo are also nominated.
In the women’s sports category, Ledecky and Lee are up for best athlete alongside Candace Parker of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and Paralympic athlete Oksana Masters (cross-country skiing, road cycling, biathlon). Felix, Ledecky, Lee and Masters also are up for best female Olympian, while Masters also landed a nom for best female athlete with a disability.
Curry, who is hosting the ESPY Awards, also is up for best NBA player, while his team is nominated for best team alongside Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams, among others. Parker also is nominated for best WNBA player.
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The show is set to air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on July 20 on ABC from Los Angeles. Fans can cast their votes at ESPN.com/ESPYS through July 17.
The show also will handed out special awards, including the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, which will be presented to Vitali Klitschko, former professional boxer who serves as the mayor of Kyiv; the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, which will be presented to basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale; and the Pat Tillman Award for Service, which will be presented to retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans.
A full list of 2022 ESPYs nominees follows.
BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics Katie Ledecky, Swimming Candace Parker, Chicago Sky
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE Trinity Rodman, Washington Spirit Eileen Gu, Skier 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 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 Julianna Peña, UFC 269 Max Verstappen, F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche – Stanley Cup Finals
BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles Diamond DeShields, Phoenix Mercury Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
BEST PLAY Unbelievable Corner Kick Goal by Megan Rapinoe Justin Tucker 66-yard NFL record field goal Ja Morant’s POSTER Hansel Enmanuel with the play of the year
BEST TEAM Golden State Warriors, NBA 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 Allyson Felix, Track & Field
BEST OLYMPIAN, MEN’S SPORTS Nathan Chen, Figure Skating Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey Nick Mayhugh, Track & Field Caeleb Dressel, Swimming
BEST GAME Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills in an OT thriller (AFC Divisional Game) 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 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 Charlotte North, Boston College Lacrosse
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, MEN’S SOCCER Karim Benzema, Real Madrid Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City Sadio Mané, Liverpool Kylian Mbappé, PSG
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SOCCER Alexia Putellas, Barcelona Sam Kerr, Chelsea Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal Caroline Graham Hansen, Barcelona
BEST NFL PLAYER Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
BEST MLB PLAYER Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Judge, New York Yankees Jorge Soler, Atlanta Braves
BEST NHL PLAYER Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs Roman Josi, Nashville Predators Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers
BEST DRIVER Kyle Larson, NASCAR Max Verstappen, F1 Steve Torrence, NHRA Álex Palou, IndyCar
BEST NBA PLAYER Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
BEST WNBA PLAYER Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury Candace Parker, Chicago Sky
BEST BOXER Tyson Fury Shakur Stevenson Katie Taylor Mikaela Mayer
BEST MMA FIGHTER Alexander Volkanovski Charles Oliveira Kamaru Usman Kayla Harrison
BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S GOLF Scottie Scheffler Cameron Smith Justin Thomas Jon Rahm
BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S GOLF Nelly Korda Ko Jin-young Lydia Ko Minjee Lee
BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S TENNIS Rafael Nadal Dylan Alcott Carlos Alcaraz Felix Auger-Aliassime
BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S TENNIS Emma Raducanu Ashleigh Barty Iga Świątek Leylah Fernandez
BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S ACTION SPORTS Eli Tomac, Supercross Alex Hall, Ski Yuto Horigome, Skateboard Ayumu Hirano, Snowboard
BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S ACTION SPORTS Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Snowboard Eileen Gu, Ski Rayssa Leal, Skateboard Chloe Kim, Snowboard
BEST JOCKEY Flavien Prat Irad Ortiz Jose Ortiz Joel Rosario
BEST ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY, MEN’S SPORTS Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey Nick Mayhugh, Track & Field Brad Snyder, Paratriathlon & Swimming Ian Seidenfeld, Table Tennis
BEST ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY, WOMEN’S SPORTS Oksana Masters, Cycling & Nordic/Biathlon Jessica Long, Swimming Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding Kate Ward, Soccer
BEST BOWLER Jason Belmonte Anthony Simonsen Kyle Troup Dom Barrett
BEST MLS PLAYER Valentin Castellanos, NYCFC Jesús Ferreira, FC Dallas Carles Gil, New England Revolution Carlos Vela, LAFC
BEST NWSL PLAYER Ashley Hatch, Washington Spirit Aubrey Bledsoe, Washington Spirit Jess Fishlock, OL Reign Caprice Dydasco, NJ/NY Gotham FC
BEST WWE MOMENT
MATCH 1 Brock Lesnar wins Royal Rumble Bianca Belair wins RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania
MATCH 2 John Cena returns at Money In The Bank Ronda Rousey returns 4 months after giving birth to win Royal Rumble
MATCH 3 WWE welcomes back fans with full live crowd (Smackdown 7/16) Stone Cold stuns Vince McMahon, Austin Theory, and Pat McAfee on WrestleMania Night 2
MATCH 4 Roman Reigns defeats Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania to win both the Universal & WWE Championship Cody Rhodes returns to WWE at WrestleMania
MATCH 5 Big E cashes in Money In The Bank briefcase and wins WWE Championship (RAW 9/13) The Miz turns on Logan Paul at WrestleMania
MATCH 6 Becky Lynch returns at SummerSlam Undertaker inducted into WWE Hall Of Fame
MATCH 7 Edge defeats Seth Rollins in a Hell In A Cell match at Crown Jewel Wee man body slams Sami Zayn at WrestleMania MATCH 8 Brock Lesnar returns at SummerSlam to confront Roman Reigns Stone Cold returns to the ring to defeat Kevin Owens at WrestleMania