ESPY Award Nominations 2019: Full List of Nominees

The 2019 ESPY Awards take place on Wednesday, July 10 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony honors the top athletes, performers, and games from the past year. From Best Male and Female Athlete to the best game and championship moment, we get to relive some of the most thrilling times of the year.

The top awards for this year’s ceremony come down to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Patrick Mahomes, Brooks Koepka, and Mookie Bests for Best Male Athlete, while Alex Morgan, Simone Biles, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Breanna Stewart battle it out for Best Female Athlete.

This year’s event — which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on, you guessed it, ESPN — will be hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan.

Who could bring home this year’s awards?

A full look at the 2019 ESPY Award nominees can be seen below.


2019 ESPY Award Nominees

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Best Male Athlete

  • Mookie Betts
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

Best Female Athlete

  • Simone Biles
  • Alex Morgan
  • Mikaela Shiffrin
  • Breanna Stewart

Best Breakthrough Athlete

  • Saquon Barkley
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Christian Yelich
  • Trae Young

Best Game

  • Texas A&M defeats LSU 74-72 in seven overtimes in highest scoring NCAA FBS game in history
  • Los Angeles Rams defeat Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Notre Dame defeats UConn 81-76 in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four

Best Play (Elimination Format)

  • Miracle in Miami (advanced to Finals)
  • Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning buzzer-beater that made the Toronto Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference finals (advanced to Finals)
  • Derrick Henry runs for a NFL record tying 99-yard TD (advanced to Finals)
  • Wayne Rooney single-handedly won a game for DC United
  • Katelyn Ohashi scores a Perfect 10 in gymnastics (advanced to Finals)
  • Andrew Benintendi calls game
  • Damian Lillard’s buzzer-beater that sent the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference playoffs and eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder (advanced to Round 2)
  • Midlothian, Virginia QB Brendon Clark throws a 48-yard TD pass to Kevin Henderson that popped behind his opponent’s head
  • Texas Tech wide receiver T.J. Vasher does his best Odell Beckham Jr. imitation (advanced to Round 2)
  • Kinsley Washington singled home Jacqui Prober to win UCLA‘s 12th Women’s College World Series softball title
  • Julie Ertz scores a goal against Brazil early in the second half (advabced to Round 2)
  • Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker goes for the gold at the Big 12 Championships
  • Arike Ogunbowale behind the back pass (advanced to Round 2)
  • Kihei Clark and Mamadi Diakite save Virginia at the buzzer in the Elite EIght
  • Wilmington Charter’s Taylor Gillis with a sensational catch
  • North Shore Senior High School wins Texas state title with Hail Mary pass

Best Team

Best College Athlete

  • Rachel Garcia
  • Sabrina Ionescu
  • Kyler Murray
  • Zion Williamson

Best Record-Breaking Performance

  • Matthew Boling breaks the national high school record for the boys’ 100 meter dash.
  • Drew Brees surpassing Peyton Manning’s 71,940 NFL passing yards on Monday Night Football; he also surpassed Brett Favre’s completion record
  • Sabrina Ionescu scoring her 13th triple double in her NCAA career, making her the record holder for most triple doubles, male or female, in NCAA history
  • Klay Thompson scoring 14 3-point field goals in a NBA game, breaking Stephen Curry’s previous record

Best NFL Player

  • Drew Brees
  • Aaron Donald
  • Todd Gurley
  • Patrick Mahomes

Best NBA Player

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Kevin Durant
  • Paul George
  • James Harden

Best MLB Player

  • Mookie Betts
  • Jacob DeGrom
  • Blake Snell
  • Christian Yelich

Best NHL Player

  • Nikita Kucherov
  • Connor McDavid
  • Nathan McKinnon
  • Alexander Ovechkin

Best MLS Player

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Josef Martìnez
  • Aaron Long
  • Wayne Rooney

Best NWSL Player

  • Abby Erceg
  • Adrianna French
  • Lindsey Horan
  • Sam Kerr

Best International Men’s Soccer Player

  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Lionel Messi
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Virgil Van Dijk

Best International Women’s Soccer Player

  • Pernille Harder
  • Ada Hegerberg
  • Sam Kerr
  • Lucy Bronze

Best MMA Fighter

  • Israel Adesanya
  • Henry Cejudo
  • Daniel Cormier
  • Amanda Nunes

Best Driver

  • Kyle Busch
  • Scott Dixon
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Steve Torrence

Best Male Golfer

  • Brooks Koepka
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Justin Rose
  • Tiger Woods

Best Male Action Sports Athlete

  • Nyjah Huston
  • Scotty James
  • Gabriel Medina
  • Tom Pagès

Best Female Action Sports Athlete

  • Stephanie Gilmore
  • Chloe Kim
  • Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
  • Kelly Sildaru

Best Female Athlete with a Disability

  • Oksana Masters, Nordic skiing
  • Tatyana McFadden, marathon racing
  • Shawn Morelli, cycling
  • Oz Sanchez, cycling

Best Male Athlete with a Disability

  • Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Declan Farmer, sledge hockey
  • Daniel Romanchuk, marathon racing
  • Oz Sanchez, cycling

Best Jockey

  • Florent Geroux
  • Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Mike E. Smith

Best Upset

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sweep the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs
  • Old Domininon defeats #13 Virgina Tech
  • Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open
  • Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight boxing title fight

Best Viral Moment

  • Seven-year-old track and field phenom Rudolph Ingram
  • Texas A&M athlete Infinite Tucker lunges for the gold at the Big 12 Championships
  • Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in gymnastics
  • Sister Mary Jo’s first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game is a curveball

Best WWE Moment

  • Roman Reigns returns to action following a recurrence of leukemia
  • Becky Lynch wins Raw and SmackDown Women’s titles at the main event of WrestleMania 35
  • Kofi Kingston wins the WWE Championship after 11 years at WrestleMania 35
  • Ronda Rousey wins the Raw Women’s title at Summerslam

2019 ESPY Awards Viewing Information

Event: 2019 ESPY Awards
Date: Wednesday, July 10
Location: Los Angeles, California
Venue: Microsoft Theatre
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Broadcast: ESPN

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