ESPY Awards 2012 Winners: Lebron James Takes 3 Trophies [FULL LIST]

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The 2012 ESPY Awards celebrated its 20th annual edition Wednesday night with big wins for NBA star, Lebron James. The young player earned three trophies but was not able to be at the ESPY ceremony.

James, who was in Las Vegas preparing for the London Olympics, took home one of the top honors--Best Male Athlete. The star also shared the victory of Best Team for the Miami Heat for which he helped bring the NBA Championship.

The fan-voted 2012 ESPY Awards enjoyed a star studded night with top players dressed to impress. Scattered in the audience were athletes including Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow, and MLB star, Josh Hamilton.

The award show, which is short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, seeks to acknowledge individual and team achievements in sports.

Here is a list of the 2012 ESPY Award Winners and Nominees

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

LeBron James, NBA/Miami Heat - WINNER

Aaron Rodgers, NFL/Green Bay Packers

Justin Verlander, MLB/Detroit Tigers


BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Brittney Griner, NCAA/Baylor women's basketball - WINNER

Maria Sharapova, Tennis

Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Abby Wambach, USA women's soccer

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

David Freese, World Series MVP

LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP - WINNER

Eli Manning, Super Bowl MVP

Tony Stewart, NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Jonathan Quick, NHL Conn Smythe Trophy winner

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Anthony Davis, University of Kentucky basketball

Robert Griffin III, Baylor football

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks - WINNER

Alex Morgan, USA women's soccer

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino's single-season record for passing yards - WINNER

Coach Mike Krzyzewski passes Bob Knight

Mariano Rivera breaks the saves record

Lexi Thompson becomes youngest LPGA winner

BEST UPSET

Iowa State over Oklahoma State in football

L.A. Kings win Stanley Cup as 8-seed -WINNER

Lehigh over Duke (15 over 2), NCAA tournament

Norfolk State over Missouri (15 over 2), NCAA tournament

BEST GAME

Missouri at Kansas college basketball

Niners-Saints, NFC playoff game - WINNER

Rangers-Cardinals, World Series Game 6

BEST MOMENT

Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit

Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas, sudden-death playoffs - WINNER

Bubba Watson wins Masters in playoff

Final night of the 2011 MLB season

BEST COMEBACK

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Johan Santana, New York Mets

Maria Sharapova, Tennis

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions - WINNER


BEST COACH/MANAGER

John Calipari, Kentucky basketball

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants - WINNER

Kim Mulkey, Baylor women's basketball

Patrick Murphy, Alabama softball

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

Darryl Sutter, LA Kings

BEST NFL PLAYER

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers - WINNER

Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

BEST MLB PLAYER

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers - WINNER

Matt Kemp, LA Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers

Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

BEST NHL PLAYER

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Quick, LA Kings - WINNER


BEST DRIVER

Dario Franchitti, IndyCar

Tony Stewart, NASCAR - WINNER

Sebastian Vettel, Formula 1

Del Worsham, NHRA

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

LeBron James, Miami Heat - WINNER

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury - WINNER


BEST FIGHTER

Jon "Bones" Jones, MMA

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxing - WINNER

Anderson Silva, MMA

Andre Ward, Boxing

BEST MALE GOLFER

Luke Donald

Bill Haas

Rory McIlroy

Webb Simpson

Bubba Watson- WINNER


BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Cristie Kerr - WINNER

Yani Tseng

So Yeon Ryu

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Novak Djokovic - WINNER

Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Victoria Azarenka

Petra Kvitova

Maria Sharapova - WINNER

Samantha Stosur

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth hockey

Anthony Davis, Kentucky basketball

Robert Griffin III, Baylor football - WINNER

Andrew Luck, Stanford football

Mike Zunino, Florida baseball

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball - WINNER

Alex Jupiter, USC volleyball

Caitlin Leverenz, University of California swimming/diving

Teresa Noyola, Stanford soccer

Jackie Traina, Alabama softball

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Travis Rice, Snowboarding

Kelly Slater, Surfing

Ryan Villopoto, Motocross/Supercross

Shaun White, Snowboarding/Skateboarding- WINNER


BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

Jamie Anderson, Skiing - WINNER

Kelly Clark, Snowboarding

Carissa Moore, Surfing

Kaya Turski, Skiing

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano

Ramon Dominguez

Mario Gutierrez - WINNER

John Velazquez

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Baxter Humby, Kickboxing

Ray Martin, Track & field

Kyle Maynard, Climbing - WINNER

Oz Sanchez, Cycling

Tyler Walker, Alpine Skiing

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Jessica Long, Swimming - WINNER

Chelsea McClammer, Track & Field

Tatyana McFadden, Track & Field

Alana Nichols, Alpine Skiing

Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte

Mike Fagan

Sean Rash - WINNER


BEST MLS PLAYER

David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy- WINNER

Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo

Dwayne De Rosario, DC United

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

Walter Dix - WINNER

Carmelita Jeter

Jason Richardson

Christian Taylor

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Novak Djokovic, tennis

Lionel Messi, soccer - WINNER

Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer

Yani Tseng, golf

BEST TEAM

Alabama football

Baylor women's basketball

Kentucky men's basketball

Los Angeles Kings

Miami Heat - WINNER

New York Giants

St. Louis Cardinals

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