An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.
LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers and Brittney Griner are among the nominees for the 20th anniversary show, which includes 33 categories that span all sports. Celebrities such as Kenny Chesney, Zooey Deschanel and Nas also will be in attendance.
Riggle, known for his work on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and memorable appearances in “The Hangover” and “Saturday Night Live,” said he’s ready for the challenge and looking forward to meeting the athletes he has watched for years.
Tiger Woods, named the Best Golfer, won his 22nd ESPY,the most in the history of the awards, his fifth straight Best Golfer award.
“The ESPYs are proud to support Disney’s Heroes Work Here program and we’re honored to have a Marine Corps officer serve as this year’s host,” ESPN executive vp programming and acquisitions Norby Williamson said in a statement announcing the news Thursday. "Rob’s diverse background and comic style will bring new elements to the show and we’re looking forward to an entertaining show that will speak to the core sports fan."
The ESPYs are broadcast live at 8 p.m. (CT) Wednesday on ESPN/ESPNHD .
“You live for times like this when you walk down the red carpet with the likes of Serena Williams or Dirk Nowitzki or any of the great individuals and teams that have been nominated for the ESPYs,” said Blair. “And it’s a thrill of a lifetime for our student-athletes. Hopefully this is just the start of something bigger at Texas A&M.”
The only way LeBron James won't win the 2012 ESPY for Best Championship Performance is if the country lets its collective bias get in the way of making the right decision.
James' performance in the NBA Finals was nothing short of masterful, but the ESPYs official page indicates that the entire NBA Playoffs will be taken into account.
The other contenders are World Series MVP David Freese, Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart and Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
The 20th ESPYS are live on Wednesday, July 11th at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles with host Rob Riggle. The event is the one night where the sports world joins together to celebrate the best moments of the year. Fans will have the chance to select the winners by voting online or by mobile device at ESPN.com/ESPYS. Additionally, fans can follow the official ESPYS Twitter page: @ESPYS.
Athletes and coaches who have attended or appeared via satellite:
Michael Jordan, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, Monica Seles, Mark Messier, Barry Bonds, Grant Hill, Bonnie Blair, Brett Favre, George Foreman, Mario Lemieux, Hakeem Olajuwon, Jimmy Johnson, Steffi Graf, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Jeff Gordon, Rebecca Lobo, Eric Lindros, Pete Sampras, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Gary Payton and Terrell Owens.
No other award brings together all of sport, honoring the best performances, most memorable moments and, with the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, those whose courage and conviction transcend sport.
• The ESPYs are distinguished by its charitable contribution. A portion of the proceeds is donated to The V Foundation, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano, and presented at the inaugural ESPYs
Every year since 1993, ESPN’s Sports Award show has grown into a bigger and more grand event. 2012′s show marks the show’s 20-year anniversary and the culmination of many amazing years of television history. Whether it’s Justin Timberlake hosting the show, LeBron James being hoisted in a throne or Tiger Woods frequenting the stage, the ESPYs always provide great moments to celebrate the year in sports.
European athletes have often found themselves in the middle of these iconic ESPY moments. They have been honored at the ESPY podium and gained the respect of the fan and media voters, who decide the winners every year.
Every year, ESPN has their annual awards show recognizing the best in sports from that year. ESPY stands for "Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly." The first annual award show was held in 1993, and there has been one every year since.
The ESPY Awards are the official award show for sports as the Grammy Awards are for music or the Academy Awards are for movies. Many different categories pick the top players, the top teams, the top plays, and the top moments from the past year.