At the upcoming 2023 ESPY Awards, fans can anticipate a remarkable tribute performance by H.E.R., set to be broadcasted live on ABC. The prestigious event is scheduled for 12th July at the renowned Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The show promises to be a memorable occasion.
H.E.R. is going to perform her latest single, ’The Journey’ in a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the V Foundation and late basketball coach Jimmy Valvano’s iconic speech at the first ESPYs. Valvano was an American college basketball player, coach and broadcaster. When he was working as the head coach in North Carolina State University, his team won the 1983 NCAA men’s basketball title against the heavily favoured Houston Cougars.
Jimmy is also remembered for his inspirational speech delivered on 3rd March,1993 at the ESPY Awards while he was battling with terminal cancer. He implored the audience to cry, think and laugh every single day. He also founded the V Foundation For Cancer which had the following motto: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Valvano passed away two months later from adenocarcinoma.
ESPN has helped in raising more than $195 million for the V Foundation over the past 30 years. In a notable recognition, Liam Hendriks, the resilient pitcher and cancer conqueror from the Chicago White Sox, is set to receive the esteemed Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will be honoured with the distinguished Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, while the dedicated training staff of the Buffalo Bills will be presented with the esteemed Pat Tillman Award for Service. This year, the ESPYs, proudly sponsored by Capital One, will be jointly produced by ESPN and Full Day Productions, promising an exceptional event to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional individuals and teams.
H.E.R. has amassed an astounding collection of awards at the age of 26, including five Grammys and an Oscar. Her incredible work with D’Mile (Dernst Emile II) and Tiara Thomas garnered them a Grammy for Song of the Year in 2021 for the powerful anthem ‘I Can’t Breathe,’ which resonated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Furthermore, their work on the film ‘Judas and the Black Messia’h earned them an Oscar for Best Original Song for ‘Fight for You’.
H.E.R. has received three Grammy nominations for Album of the Year as a lead artist, from 2018 to 2021, establishing her consistent presence and significance in the music business.