ESPY Awards 2019: Nominees & Winners


The 2019 ESPY Awards will recognize athletic achievements from some of the most renowned athletes and entertainers.

The awards ceremony airs at 8 p.m. EST July 10 on ABC. Tracy Morgan will host the show. The show is in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater.

The star-studded nominees include tennis champion Serena Williams, NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, world-famous golfer Tiger Woods and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

This list will be updated as the winners are announced.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Male Athlete

Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

Brooks Koepka, Golf

Best Female Athlete

Winner: Alex Morgan, USWNT

Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

Simone Biles, Gymnast

Mikaela Shiffrin, US Skiing

Best International Men’s Soccer Player

Winner: Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo

Kylian Mbappe

Virgil Van Dyke

Best International Women’s Soccer Player

Winner: Sam Kerr, Australia


Pernille Harder, Denmark

Ada Hegerberg, Norway

Lucy Bronze, England

Best Moment

Winners: Lindsay Vonn, Dwayne Wade and Rob Gronkowski

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Winner: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants


Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Naomi Osaka – US Open, Australian Open

Best College Athlete

Winner: Zion Williamson, Duke MBB – 2019 Wooden Award Winner


Kyler Murray, Oklahoma Football – 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner

Rachel Garcia, UCLA Softball – USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon WBB – 2019 Wooden Award Winner

Best NFL Player

Winner: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs


Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer


Boston Red Sox, MLB

Clemson Tigers, NCAA football

New England Patriots, NFL

Toronto Raptors, NBA

Baylor Bears, NCAA women’s basketball

Virginia Cavaliers, NCAA men’s basketball

Best MLB Player

Winner: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Mookie Betts, Red Sox

Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets

Blake Snell, Tampa Bays Rays

Best NHL Player

Winner: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals


Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Best Driver

Winner: Kyle Busch, NASCAR


Lewis Hamilton, F1

Steve Torrence, NHRA

Scott Dixon, Indy

Best NBA Player

Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks


James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Paul George, OKC Thunder

Best WNBA Player

Winner: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm


Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Best Boxer

Winner: Canelo Alvarez


Vasily Lomachenko

Oleksandr Usyk

Terence Crawford

Best MMA Fighter

Winner: Daniel Cormier


Israel Adesanya

Henry Cejudo

Amanda Nunes

Best Male Golfer

Winner: Brooks Koepka


Tiger Woods

Justin Rose

Francesco Molinari

Best Female Golfer

Winner: Brooke Henderson


Ariya Jutanugarn

Brooke Henderson

Jin-Young Ko

Sung Hyun Park

Best Male Tennis Player

Winner: Roger Federer


Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Best Female Tennis Player

Winner: Serena Williams


Naomi Osaka

Simona Halep

Petra Kvitová

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

Winner: Nyjah Huston (USA), skateboard


Scotty James (AUS), snowboard

Tom Pages (FRA), freestyle motocross

Gabriel Medina (BRA), surf

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

Winner: Chloe Kim (USA), snowboard

Kelly Sildaru (EST), ski

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (NZL), snowboard

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), surf

Best Jockey

Winner: Mike Smith


Irad Ortiz Jr.

Florent Geroux

Jose Ortiz

Best Male With A Disability

Winner: Mark Barr – Triathalon


Declan Farmer – Hockey

Daniel Romanchuk – Marathon Racing

Oz Sanchez – Cycling

Best Female With A Disability

Winner: Allysa Seely, Triathalon


Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing

Tatyana McFadden, Marathon Racing

Shawn Morelli, Cycling

Best Bowler

Winner: Norm Duke


Jason Belmonte

Anthony Simonsen

Jakob Butturff

Best MLS Player

Winner: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy


Josef Martinez, Atlanta United

Wayne Rooney, DC United

Aaron Long, NY Red Bulls

Bests NWSL Player

Winner: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars

Lindsey Horan, Portland Thorns

Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns

Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage

Best Game

Winner: NFL Week 11 – LA Rams (54) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (51) – Monday Night Football


NCAAF – LSU vs. Texas A&M: Aggies win seven-overtime 74-72 thriller in highest scoring game in FBS history

NCAAW Final Four – Notre Dame (81) vs. UConn (76) – 26 lead changes

Bests Record-Breaking Performance

Winner: Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) passed Peyton Manning’s 71,940 career passing yards to move into first place on the all-time list; most completions in NFL history, 6,300+ completions passes Brett Favre


Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon Basketball) recorded her 13th triple-double. She now holds the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball record for triple doubles. She surpassed Kyle Collinsworth’s mark of 12 in four seasons at BYU. She also broke the Division I men’s and women’s record in a single season in the Ducks’ 96–78 win over Southern California (7) breaking former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth

Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) broke the NBA 3-point record in a game with 14, passing Stephen Curry’s previous mark

Matthew Boling became the first-ever high schooler to break 10 seconds in the 100-meter dash, dropping a 9.98

Best Play (bracket-style voting)

Winner: UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10


Miami Miracle: Miami Dolphins Stun the New England Patriots

Kawhi Leonard Drains Game-Winner at Buzzer in Game 7

Derrick Henry’s NFL-record 99-yard run vs. Jaguars

Wayne Rooney Just Single-Handedly Won A Match For D.C. United

Andrew Benintendi calls game

Damian Lillard Sends OKC Home On Buzzer Beater

Manchester QB Brendon Clar throws this ball to Kevin Henderson for the 48 yard TD catch

Texas Tech WR makes one-handed grab that mirrors OBJs best catch

Kinsley Washington singled home Jacqui Prober to win the Bruins’ 12th softball title

Julie Ertz gives the USWNT the lead early in the second half

Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker goes ALL OUT for the gold

Arike Ogunbowale Behind the Back Pass

Kihei Clark, Mamadi Diakite Save Virginia at the buzzer

Wilmington Charter’s Taylor Gillis with CATCH OF THE YEAR!

“Hail Mary” pass helps Texas high school football team win state title

Best Viral Sports Moment

Winner: Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA Gymnastics – scores a perfect 10


Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram, the 7-year-old running phenom is already faster than you

Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker goes ALL OUT for the gold

Don’t Sleep on Sister Mary Jo’s curveball

Best Comeback

Winner: St. Louis Blues

Bests Upset

Winner: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. upset win over Anthony Joshua


NCAAF – Old Dominion defeats No. 13 Virginia Tech 49-35, Old Dominion only had a 1.8% chance of winning according to ESPN’s FPI, making it the largest upset by an FBS team in the 14 years of Football Power Index projections

2018 US Open – Naomi Osaka defeating Serena Williams

NHL – Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off what many thought impossible, an upset for the ages after a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on in Game 4 of their best-of-7 series.

Best ESports Moment (bracket-style voting)

Winner: oLarry’s return to the NBA 2K League after the Jacksonville shooting


SonicFox winning Evo after switching sides

Team Liquid upsets defending world champ Invictus Gaming at MSI

Cloud9 wins CS:GO Boston Major

Astralis winning Katowice

Invictus League of Legends World Championship

Spitfire win inaugural Overwatch League championship

Serral winning StarCraft at BlizzCon

Shanghai Dragons end 42-game losing streak

Team OG wins the International and $11 million from qualifiers

Chiquita Evans becoming the first woman in the 2K League

Leffen finally winning EVO in what could be Melee’s last year at the event

Ninja Fortnite win with Marshmello at E3 ProAM

Chritobin Madden Challenge walk off

G2 wins R6 world championship

Mongausse winning Summer Skirmish from out of nowhere

Best WWE Moment

Winner: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw, announces his Leukemia is in remission


Becky Lynch wins both WWE Women’s Championship Titles at Wrestlemania 35

Kofi Kingston wins his first WWE Heavyweight Championship Title at Wrestlemania 35

Ronda Rousey defeats Alexa Bliss at Summerslam 2018 to win her first RAW Women’s Championship Title

Special Awards:

Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend and Basketball Hall of Famer.

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Rob Mendez

Pat Tillman Award for Service: U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis

Capital One Cup winners: Stanford women and Virginia men.