The 2016 ESPY Awards went down Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, California and got underway with the usual red carpet affairs.

The ESPYs then rolled into an extremely important message from four of basketball’s best players. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony started the evening with a group speech on gun violence and police brutality in America and how it needs to end.

Lindsey Vonn then mixed things up with football star J.J. Watt a bit one the red carpet and also together as a presenter.

But the highlight for our world on Wednesday night was the Best Male and Best Female Action Sports Athlete awards — despite these two categories not even being shown on the broadcast (what’s up with that ESPN?).

The male category consisted of Ryan Dungey, Nyjah Huston, Gus Kenworthy, Pedro Barros and Mark McMorris while the female nominees were Chloe Kim, Keala Kennelly, Jamie Anderson and Carissa Moore.

Dungey and Anderson took the honors and in doing so become this year’s most widely known action sports athletes. Ryan Dungey is also still riding a trail of global popularity following his being part of the recently released ESPN Body Issue.

In other action sports news within the ESPYs, surfer Bethany Hamilton withdrew her name from nomination for Best Female Athlete with a Disability only hours before the ESPYs started.

According to E News, Bethany requested her name be withdrawn. An ESPN representative told E that Bethany “didn’t feel it was a good fit for her.”

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