BET Award for Athlete of the Year

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Below are the nominees and winners for the BET Award for Best Female Athlete & Male Athlete. Serena Williams holds the record for most wins in the Female Athlete category with 8 wins, she also holds the record for the most nominations, being nominated every year since the awards inception. LeBron James holds the records with 5 wins for Male Athlete. Kobe Bryant comes in second place with 3 awards. The Best Male Athlete has always been a basketball player until Michael Vick won it in 2011.



Best Female Athlete[edit]

Year Winner Nominees
2012 Serena Williams Skylar Diggins
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Venus Williams
2011 Serena Williams Tamika Catchings
Candice Dupree
Maya Moore
Venus Williams
2010 Serena Williams Tamika Catchings
Vanessa James
Candace Parker
Venus Williams
2009 Serena Williams Candace Parker
Venus Williams
Lisa Leslie
Tamika Catchings
2008 Candace Parker Cheryl Ford
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Tamika Catchings
2007 Serena Williams Swin Cash
Tamika Catchings
Lisa Leslie
Gail Devers
2006 Venus Williams Serena Williams
Lisa Leslie
Sheryl Swoopes
Chamique Holdsclaw
2005 Serena Williams Gail Devers
Lisa Leslie
Venus Williams
Laila Ali
2004 Serena Williams Cheryl Ford
Lisa Leslie
Laila Ali
Venus Williams
2003 Serena Williams Sheryl Swoopes
Lisa Leslie
Laila Ali
Venus Williams
2002 Laila Ali Lisa Leslie
Vonetta Flowers
Venus Williams
Serena Williams
2001 Marion Jones Venus Williams
Serena Williams
Sheryl Swoopes

Best Male Athlete[edit]

2012 Kevin Durant LeBron James
Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony
Victor Cruz
2011 Michael Vick Derrick Rose
Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony
LeBron James
2010 LeBron James Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Usain Bolt
Tiger Woods
2009 LeBron James Reggie Bush
Dwyane Wade
Tiger Woods
Kobe Bryant
2008 Kobe Bryant Chris Paul
LeBron James
Tiger Woods
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
2007 LeBron James Reggie Bush
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Dwyane Wade
Tiger Woods
2006 LeBron James Vince Young
Kobe Byrant
Tiger Woods
Shaquille O'Neal
2005 Shaquille O'Neal Tiger Woods
LeBron James
Donovan McNabb
Allen Iverson
2004 LeBron James Barry Bonds
Carmelo Anthony
Tiger Woods
Shaquille O'Neal
2003 Kobe Bryant Tiger Woods
Barry Bonds
Allen Iverson
Tracy McGrady
2002 Kobe Bryant Tiger Woods
Derek Jeter
Allen Iverson
Michael Jordan
2001 Allen Iverson Tiger Woods
Kobe Bryant
Shaquille O'Neal

Controversy[edit]

Some of the nominations have brought up some controversy. Reggie Bush was nominated for the award twice, in 2007 and 2009, despite putting up average numbers for a player at his position in both those seasons. In both years, he was nominated among athletes who were considered the best of the best in their sports, which upset some sports fans, as Bush has not accomplished enough to be in the same list as them.