The Golden State Warrior’s top player and Cleveland’s hometown hero are both nominated for the Best Male Athlete Award. Curry took the title in 2015 when both he and James were also nominated.
Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton and Washington Nationals’ right fielder Bryce Harper are also in the running for that category.
WNBA star Breanna Stewart is nominated for the Best Female Athlete category for the third time, and while Serena Williams will not be joining Stewart in that bracket this year, she is still in the running to receive an ESPY award for Best Female Tennis Player.
Snowboarding phenomena Chloe Kim battles Irish UFC star Conor McGregor as they both fight to be the first in their sport to win Best Breakthrough Athlete. Meanwhile, Team USA star Carli Lloyd could become the first soccer player ever to be nominated for Best Championship Performance.
WWE Superstar John Cena will be hosting the 24th annual star-studded event to commemorate this year’s sports achievements, major upsets and unforgettable moments. The ESPYS will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC on Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET.
Fans are now able to cast their vote for their favorite athletes at ESPYS.com up until the start of the event.
Below is the list of all the nominees.
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Elena Delle Donne
BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Von Miller – Super Bowl
Carli Lloyd – World Cup Final
Sidney Crosby – Stanley Cup Playoffs
LeBron James – NBA Finals
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Stephen Curry – single season three-pointers made
Geno Auriemma – most NCAA basketball titles in D1 history (11)
Christian McCaffery – single season NCAAF all-purpose yards
Villanova vs. North Carolina – Men’s NCAA Basketball Final
Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers – NFL Divisional Round
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA Finals Game 7
BEST PLAY (16 NOMINEES VOTED BRACKET-STYLE)
- Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary vs. 16. Crazy 66-yard Ole Miss’ TD
- Kris Jenkins buzzer beater vs. 15. Connor McDavid goal
- Michigan St punt block TD vs. 14. Stanford trick play w/ circus catch
- LeBron Game 7 block vs. 13. Louis Oosthuizen hole-in-one off of ball
- Steph Curry 38-foot game-winner vs. 12. Army softball player leaps over tag
- Holly Holm knockout of Ronda Rousey vs. 11. Bartolo Colon first home run
- Tiffany Howard HR robbery WCWS vs. 10. Josh Donaldson diving into stands
- Jairo Samerio scores on scissor-kick ground vs. 9. Dele Alli juggling goal for Tottenham
Kansas City Royals
Alabama Crimson Tide
Ned Yost – Kansas City Royals
Geno Auriemma – UConn Huskies
Jay Wright – Villanova Wildcats
Nick Saban – Alabama Crimson Tide
Tyronn Lue – Cleveland Cavaliers
BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
BEST NFL PLAYER
BEST MLB PLAYER
BEST NHL PLAYER
BEST WNBA PLAYER
Elena Delle Donne
BEST MALE GOLFER
BEST FEMALE GOLFER
BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE
BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE
Irad Ortiz Jr.
BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
BEST MLS PLAYER