Global track superstar Usain Bolt captured prestigious ESPYS award for a third time. Bolt claimed his third hold on the award after beating out Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic to be named the Best International Athlete at the ceremony that was held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. Award winners are chosen through voting by fans, sportswriters, broadcasters, sports executives, and sportspersons, collectively experts; or ESPN personalities.
The first ESPYs were awarded in 1993. As the similarly-styled Grammy (for music), Emmy (for television), Academy Award (for film), and Tony (for theatre), the ESPYs are hosted by a contemporary celebrity; the style, though, is more relaxed, light, and self-referential than that of many other awards shows, with comedic sketches usually included.