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The 2022 ESPY Awards will take place on July 20, 2022, and will mark the 30th anniversary of the ESPY Award. Here, you will know the 2022 ESPY Award Nominees.

This year, there are 36 categories in total. One winner will be chosen from each category through the votes of fans, sportswriters, broadcasters, sports executives, and sportspersons. 

ESPN has announced the nominees for this year’s ESPY Award. 

Here are the 2022 ESPY Award Nominees:

Best Athlete, Men’s Sports Best Athlete, Women’s Sports
  • Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors, NBA
  • Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers, NHL
  • Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels, MLB
  • Aaron Rodgers – Green BayPackers, NFL
  • Katie Ledecky – Swimming
  • Sunisa Lee – Gymnastics
  • Oksana Masters – Cross country skiing, biathlon
  • Candace Parker – Chicago Sky, WNBA
Best Breakthrough Athlete Best Comeback Athlete
  • Eileen Gu – Skiing
  • Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies, NBA
  • Trinity Rodman – Washington Spirit, NWSL
  • Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts, NFL
  • Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals, NFL
  • Diamond DeShields – Phoenix Mercury, WNBA
  • Trey Mancini – Baltimore Orioles, MLB
  • Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors, NBA
Best Olympian, Men’s Sports Best Olympian, Women’s Sports
  • Nathan Chen – Figure skating
  • Caeleb Dressel – Swimming
  • Declan Farmer – Sled hockey
  • Nick Mayhugh – Track and field
  • Allyson Felix – Track and field
  • Katie Ledecky – Swimming
  • Sunisa Lee – Gymnastics
  • Oksana Masters – Cross country skiing, biathlo
Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports
  • Chet Holmgren – Gonzaga basketball
  • Dante Polvara – Georgetown soccer
  • Logan Wisnauskas – Maryland lacrosse
  • Bryce Young – Alabama
  • Jocelyn Alo – Oklahoma Sooners softball
  • Aliyah Boston – South Carolina basketball
  • Jaelin Howell – Florida State soccer
  • Charlotte North – Boston College lacrosse
Best Team Best Championship Performance
  • Atlanta Braves, MLB
  • Chicago Sky – WNBA
  • Colorado Avalanche – NHL
  • Georgia Bulldogs football – NCAA Division I FBS
  • Golden State Warriors – NBA
  • Los Angeles Rams – NFL
  • Oklahoma Sooners softball – Women’s College World Series
  • Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Super Bowl LVI
  • Julianna Peña, UFC 269
  • Max Verstappen, Formula One – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche – Stanley Cup Finals
Best Game Best Play
  • AFC Divisional Game: Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills in an OT thriller
  • Elite 8 NCAA Women’s Basketball: UConn defeats NC State in double OT
  • NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kansas’ 16-point rally, which was the largest comeback in championship game history
  • Iron Bowl: Bryce Young rallies Alabama to beat Auburn in four OTs
  • Unbelievable corner kick goal by Megan Rapinoe
  • Justin Tucker 66-yard NFL record field goal
  • Ja Morant’s Poster
  • Hansel Enmanuel with the play of the year
Best Record-Breaking Performance Best NFL Player
  • Stephen Curry passes Ray Allen for most 3-pointers made in NBA history
  • Jocelyn Alo breaks Lauren Chamberlain’s home run record for most in Division I history (96)
  • Allyson Felix won her 11th career medal surpassing Carl Lewis for the United States track and field record
  • Tom Brady becomes the NFL all-time passing yards leader overtaking Drew Brees
  • Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams
  • Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  • Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts
  • T. J. Watt – Pittsburgh Steelers
Best MLB Player Best NHL Player
  • Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
  • Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
  • Jorge Soler – Atlanta Braves
  • Roman Josi – Nashville Predators
  • Auston Matthews – Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers
  • Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers
Best NBA Player Best WNBA Player
  • Chet Holmgren – Gonzaga basketball
  • Dante Polvara – Georgetown soccer
  • Logan Wisnauskas – Maryland lacrosse
  • Bryce Young – Alabama
  • Jocelyn Alo – Oklahoma Sooners softball
  • Aliyah Boston – South Carolina basketball
  • Jaelin Howell – Florida State soccer
  • Charlotte North – Boston College lacrosse
Best MLS Player Best NWSL Player
  • Valentín Castellanos – NYCFC
  • Jesús Ferreira – FC Dallas
  • Carles Gil – New England Revolution
  • Carlos Vela – Los Angeles FC
  • Ashley Hatch – Washington Spirit
  • Aubrey Bledsoe – Washington Spirit
  • Jess Fishlock – OL Reign
  • Caprice Dydasco – NJ/NY Gotham FC
Best International Athlete, Men’s Soccer Best International Athlete, Women’s Soccer
  • Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
  • Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
  • Sadio Mané – Liverpool
  • Kylian Mbappé – PSG
  • Caroline Graham Hansen – Barcelona
  • Sam Kerr – Chelsea
  • Vivianne Miedema – Arsenal
  • Alexia Putellas – Barcelona
Best Driver Best Driver
  • Kyle Larson, NASCAR
  • Álex Palou, IndyCar
  • Steve Torrence, NHRA
  • Max Verstappen – Formula One
  • Joel Rosario
  • Irad Ortiz
  • José Ortiz
  • Flavien Prat
Best Male Golfer Best Female Golfer
  • Jon Rahm
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Cameron Smith
  • Justin Thomas
  • Nelly Korda
  • Ko Jin-young
  • Lydia Ko
  • Minjee Lee
Best Boxer Best MMA Fighter
  • Tyson Fury
  • Shakur Stevenson
  • Katie Taylor
  • Mikaela Mayer
  • Kayla Harrison
  • Charles Oliveira
  • Kamaru Usman
  • Alexander Volkanovski
Best Male Action Sports Athlete Best Female Action Sports Athlete
  • Eli Tomac – Supercross
  • Alex Hall – Skiing
  • Yuto Horigome – Skateboarding
  • Ayumu Hirano – Snowboarding
  • Bryce Young – Alabama
  • Eileen Gu – Skiing
  • Chloe Kim – Snowboarding
  • Rayssa Leal, Skateboarding
  • Zoi Sadowski-Synnott – Snowboarding
Best Athlete, Men’s Tennis Best Athlete, Women’s Tennis
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Dylan Alcott
  • Félix Auger-Aliassime
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Emma Raducanu
  • Ashleigh Barty
  • Iga Świątek
  • Leylah Fernandez
Best Male Athlete with a Disability Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  • Declan Farmer – Sled hockey
  • Nick Mayhugh – Track and field
  • Brad Snyder – Paratriathlon & swimming
  • Ian Seidenfeld – Table tennis
  • Oksana Masters – Cycling & Nordic/Biathlon
  • Jessica Long – Swimming
  • Brenna Huckaby – Snowboarding
  • Katy Ward – Soccer
Best Bowler Best WWE Moment
  • Dom Barrett
  • Jason Belmonte
  • Anthony Simonsen
  • Kyle Troup
Note: Best WWE Moment is an elimination format featuring 16 competitors at the start.
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