ESPY Award winners 2021: Live results, highlights, best moments from the ESPYs

ESPN’s main programming this July will be the Suns vs. Bucks NBA Finals, but on Saturday, the network will utilize a two-day break in the series to host the biggest awards show in sports.

Last year, the ESPY Awards were moved to June because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With sporting events postponed and canceled, the annual show was held virtually and highlighted the social achievements of athletes.

This year, the event will return to its normal format. The show will focus on athletic achievements and will honor the best athletes, teams, performances and more. Among the nominees are Tom Brady, Simone Biles, Aaron Rodgers, Chris Paul, Paige Bueckers, Naomi Osaka and DK Metcalf.

Additionally, the ESPYs will present the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Maya Moore, Chris Nikic and Marcus Rashford, respectively.

Moore, a former WNBA superstar, will receive the Arthur Ashe Award for her efforts to free Jonathan Irons from a Missouri prison. Nikic will receive the Jimmy V Award after becoming the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon last November. English soccer player Rashford will receive the Pat Tillman Award after helping to combat food poverty and hunger with his charitable efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ABC. The event will be hosted by actor Anthony Mackie, known for his role as Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Below are the nominees and winners at the 2021 ESPY Awards. 

2021 ESPY Award winners by category

Below is the complete list of nominees for each category at ESPN’s 2021 ESPY Awards, including best male and female athlete.

The winners will be updated as awards are announced.

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS

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BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS

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BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

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BEST GAME

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BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS

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BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS

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BEST TEAM

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BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

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BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, MEN’S SOCCER

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BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SOCCER

Winner: Sam Mewis

BEST PLAY

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BEST NFL PLAYER

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BEST MLB PLAYER

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BEST NHL PLAYER

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BEST DRIVER

Winner: Lewis Hamilton

BEST NBA PLAYER

Winner: Stephen Curry

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Winner: Breanna Stewart

BEST BOXER

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BEST MMA FIGHTER

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BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S GOLF

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BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S GOLF

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BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S TENNIS

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BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S TENNIS

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BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S ACTION SPORTS

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BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S ACTION SPORTS

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BEST JOCKEY

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BEST ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY, MEN’S SPORTS

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BEST ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY, WOMEN’S SPORTS

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BEST BOWLER

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BEST MLS PLAYER

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BEST NWSL PLAYER

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