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LaMelo Ball

‘That’s Melo. He’s Made the Difference.’

An NBA franchise desperate for a face found one in a globetrotting, teenage point guard, whose pizzazz as a passer has transformed the Hornets into a hot ticket.

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Caeleb Dressel Wins SI's 2021 Athlete of the Year Award

Billed as the next Michael Phelps, he landed in Tokyo under a blazing spotlight. By winning five gold medals, he somehow exceeded the hype.

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Suni Lee Wins SI's 2021 Athlete of the Year Award

When her teammate came down with the twisties, she bounded into the breach, helping Team USA get silver and earning an all-around gold she never even imagined.

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Video: Tom Brady's Speech After Winning Sportsperson of the Year

Brady began the year by winning his seventh Super Bowl title and fifth Super Bowl MVP, and remains one of the game's best passers at 44 years old.

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WATCH: Tom Brady Accepts Sportsperson of the Year Award

WATCH: Tom Brady Accepts Sportsperson of the Year Award

Suni Lee and Caeleb Dressel win SI Athlete of the Year

Olympians Suni Lee, Caeleb Dressel Win SI's Athlete of the Year

A woman gymnast who stepped into an unexpected spotlight and a swimmer who made Olympics history were honored during the SI Awards.

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2021 Sportsperson of the Year: Tom Brady

Tom Brady is Sports Illustrated's 2021 Sportsperson of the Year.

Tom Brady: Sportsperson of the Year

Tom Brady Wins the 2021 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

The quarterback earns this honor for the second time, 16 years after the first, for a year defined by victory in Super Bowl LV and—in the midst of an MVP-caliber encore—victory over time itself.

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Watch the 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards Show

The 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards will begin at 8 p.m. ET.

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Categories and Nominees for This Year's SI Awards

Let's take a look at the categories and nominees for this year's show.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Wins SI's Gamer of the Year Award

The Steelers receiver beat out Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Hornets forward Gordon Hawyard and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.

Tyler Herro attends The 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 07, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida.

Tyler Herro Wins SI's Best Dressed Athlete of the Year Award

Herro wore a bright orange suit to the show that drew plaudits from co-hosts DJ Khaled and Cari Champion after Herro accepted the award.

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South Dakota's Hail Mary Wins SI's Play of the Year

The Coyotes beat rivals South Dakota State with a miraculous tip-drill touchdown.

Billie Jean King is the recipient of Sports Illustrated's 2021 Muhammad Legacy Award.

Billie Jean King Wins SI's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Unwavering in her fight for equality, the tennis trailblazer is the recipient of an honor that celebrates sportsmanship and impact.