2012 ESPYS Nominees include LeBron James and the Miami Heat

lebron-james-miami-heat-nba-finals-championship-2012.jpgSome of the best athletes around are being honored at the 2012 ESPY awards, hosted by Rob Riggle in a live ceremony on Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The winners are up to you, though -- all of the categories are now open for voting. That means you can decide the best NBA player, the best championship performance, the best male and female athletes and more over at ESPN.com.

Voting is open until the live show starts, and you can learn more about the nominees on the "ESPY Nomination Special," hosted by Colin Cowherd and Charissa Thompson, on Wednesday, June 27 at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.

Nominees include LeBron James, Jeremy Lin, the Los Angeles Kings, Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn, Maria Sharapova, Abby Wambach and more. Check the nominees below:

BEST MALE ATHLETE
Novak Djokovic, Tennis
LeBron James, NBA Miami Heat
Aaron Rodgers, NFL Green Bay Packers
Justin Verlander, MLB Detroit Tigers

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women's basketball
Maria Sharapova, Women's Tennis
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Abby Wambach, USA Women's Soccer

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
David Freese, World Series MVP
LeBron James, MVP in NBA finals
Eli Manning, MVP in Super Bowl
Tony Stewart, winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
Jonathan Quick, Conn Smythe winner in the Stanley Cup

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Anthony Davis, University of Kentucky basketball
Robert Griffin III, Baylor football
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks
Alex Morgan, USA women's soccer

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino's single-season record for passing yards
Coach K passes Bob Knight
Mariano Rivera, breaks the save record
Lexi Thompson, Youngest winner of an LPGA event

BEST UPSET
Iowa State over Oklahoma State in football
Los Angeles Kings winning Cup as an eighth seed, Stanley Cup
Lehigh over Duke, NCAA men's basketball tournament
Norfolk State over Missouri, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

BEST GAME
Missouri at Kansas college basketball
Niners-Saints, NFC playoff game
Rangers-Cardinals, World Series Game Six

BEST MOMENT
Derek Jeter's 3000th hit
Tebow to Thomas sudden death playoff touchdown
Bubba Watson winning Masters
Final night of the 2011 MLB season

BEST TEAM
Alabama football
Baylor women's basketball
Kentucky men's basketball
LA Kings, NHL
Miami Heat, NBA
NY Giants, NFL
St. Louis Cardinals, MLB

BEST COMEBACK
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Johan Santana, NY Mets
Maria Sharapova
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

BEST NFL PLAYER
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

BEST MLB PLAYER
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
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

BEST DRIVER
Dario Franchitti
Tony Stewart
Sebastian Vettel
Del Worsham

BEST NBA PLAYER
Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
LeBron James, Miami Heat
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

BEST FIGHTER
Jon "Bones" Jones, MMA
Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxing
Anderson Silva, MMA
Andre Ward, Boxing

BEST MALE GOLFER
Luke Donald
Bill Haas
Rory McIlroy
Webb Simpson
Bubba Watson

BEST FEMALE GOLFER
Cristie Kerr
Yani Tseng
So Yeon Ryu

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
Victoria Azarenka
Petra Kvitova
Maria Sharapova
Samantha Stosur

The rest of the nominees can be found at ESPN.com/ESPYS.
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