It’s the 2017 ESPY Awards, and fans are curious to know which A-list celebs and athletes they can expect to see on the stage tonight.
Peyton Manning will be hosting the gig at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Manning recently told ESPN.com, “It’s an honor to be asked to host the ESPYs, and it’s even more meaningful that it’s the 25th year for this incredible event. The ESPYs have been a part of my life during my entire career. I can still remember attending my very first show back in 1998 before my rookie season in the NFL.”
Read on to learn about some of tonight’s presenters, and which awards they’ll be handing out.
Former first lady Michelle Obama will be presenting the Ashe Award to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics in the late-1960s. Eunice passed away in 2009, and Obama will therefore be presenting the award to Shriver’s son, Timothy, who chairs the Special Olympics.
In a statement, Michelle Obama said, “Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a passionate champion for those with developmental challenges, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential. Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all. I am incredibly honored to present this award to her son to celebrate her life’s work.”
Actor Bryan Cranston will be presenting Vin Scully with the Icon Award tonight. Scully retired last fall after spending 67 years calling Los Angeles Dodgers games.
Jon Stewart will present the Pat Tillman Aawrd for Service to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. and Invictus Games gold medalist Israel Del Toro.
Danica Patrick is an American stock car racing driver, model, and spokeswoman.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson has hosted the awards ceremony four times in the past.
Dove Cameron is gearing up for the release of Descendants 2.
Longtime ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman has been with ESPN since its launch in 1979.
Eddie George is a former professional American football player who played as a running back in the NFL for nine seasons.
Nneka Ogwumike is an American basketball player for the LA Sparks of the WNBA.
Eilzabeth Olsen is prepping for the release of her new film Wind River, which also stars Jeremy Renner, and will be released by The Weinstein Company on August 4.
Issa Rae’s series Insecure returns July 23 on HBO.
Actor Jeremy Renner was awarded one of the Presidents Awards at the 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic.