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ESPY Awards 2014: Date, Host, TV Schedule, Awards List and More

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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 14, 2014

Since Drake is the host of the 2014 ESPY Awards, shouldn't there be a "Started From the Bottom" Award? Something to recognize a player or team that made the biggest jump from one season to the next.

It's just an idea for the uber popular event with the rather unconventionally themed awards. This year's version airs on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Quite obviously, it will air on ESPN.

Here's a look at the awards list planned for the event. You can still vote on every category here. Voting doesn't end until July 16.

 

  • Best Male Athlete
  • Best Female Athlete
  • Best Moment
  • Best Team
  • Best Comeback Athlete
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete
  • Best Championship Performance
  • Best Game
  • Best Upset
  • Best NFL Player
  • Best NBA Player
  • Best MLB Player
  • Best NHL Player
  • Best Driver
  • Best Coach/Manager
  • Best Fighter
  • Best Bowler
  • Best Jockey
  • Best MLS Player
  • Best Male U.S. Olympian
  • Best Female U.S. Olympian
  • Best International Athlete
  • Best WNBA Player
  • Best Male Golfer
  • Best Female Golfer
  • Best Male Tennis Player
  • Best Female Tennis Player
  • Best Male College Athlete
  • Best Female College Athlete
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete
  • Best Play

 

 

Potential Big Winners

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant are among the athletes nominated in more than one category. Mayweather is up for Best Fighter and Best Male Athlete. Durant will go against Mayweather in the latter category. He's also one of the four players nominated for Best NBA player.

Durant could be one of the biggest winners of the night. His emotional MVP acceptance speech is also up for Best Moment. He'll face some tough competition from voters who are likely still buzzing over the World Cup.

Team USA's thrilling win over Ghana may benefit from an element of recency.

 

Are You Worried About Drake as a Host?

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 12:   Grammy Award-winning artist Drake kicks off his three-day Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW) event with a special Houston Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images
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After reading this tweet from Fox Sports Florida's Caroline Granado, everyone isn't enthused with Drake hosting the ESPY Awards.

We all know he is a big sports fan—for several teams—but can he really handle the job of hosting such a big event? Per his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Drake says he's not going to try to be too "Fancy." "He's Going In" with intentions on being "Successful."

See what I did there? What he actually said was:

"One of the talents I am able to bring is music, but I want to just prepare a great night for people. I am not going to put on a strictly music-based show." 

If he mixes in a few performances and has some nice guest stars, the show might actually be pretty solid. The previous hosts haven't been able to bring an element of musicality to the role.

It should be at least interesting.

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