7 moving and memorable moments from the 2015 ESPY awards

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The ESPY Awards kicked off Wednesday night in Los Angeles and it was clear from the multitude of emotional and heartwarming presentations that this award show was trying hard to distance itself from the multitude of other awards shows by tugging strongly at the heartstrings with meaningful content and deeply moving tributes.

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7 moving and memorable moments from the 2015 ESPY awards

BEST: Hope Solo, 33, stunned in a gunmetal sequined gown that looked flawless on her fit, statuesque frame. Easy auburn waves completed the star goalie's standout look. 

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WORST: Kylie Jenner has a gorgeous body, but in this case, less is more. Gold sequins, from mock turtleneck to train, dated the 17-year-old's ensemble. 

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BEST: Talk about a power couple! Russell Wilson and Ciara, 26 and 29, turned heads in coordinated black and plum outfits. The Seahawks quarterback looked dapper in his berry-hued suit, and the Grammy Award-winning singer stunned in a flowy ombre gown with a cinched waist and hip-high slit.

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BEST: Not to be outshone, resident hot couple Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter kept it simple in all-black looks. Jenner, 31, added some edge to his look with black sneakers.

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WORST: Ronda Rousey, 28, may be on the top of her game in the ring, but the UFC women's bantamweight champion missed the mark on the red carpet in a black and white bodycon dress with fishnet details.

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BEST: Mel B, 40, was a total bombshell in a red cleavage-baring dress with matching red stilettos.

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WORST: Lindsey Vonn, 30, has had some major fashion wins as of late, but her ESPYs look wasn't one of them. The skier rocked a flimsy-looking red gown with an odd hem and clunky black booties.  

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BEST: We could not have chosen a more perfect gown for Caitlyn Jenner's public debut. The Arthur Ashe award recipient, 65, wowed in a crisp, breathtaking white long-sleeved gown and flawless curls.  

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WORST: Marquette King, 26, of the Oakland Raiders made a splash in a Superman costume on the red carpet.

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BEST: This comes as no surprise ...  Kendall Jenner is no stranger to the red carpet, and the model, 19, killed it in a gorgeous black gown with mesh cutouts.

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WORST: We love Halle Berry, but we're not digging those bell sleeves!  

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BEST: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, 25, earned some major style chops in a daring turquoise and black gown.

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WORST: We'll give Alex Morgan an "A" for effort, but her mismatched gown looked like a Bar Mitzvah dress gone wrong. 

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BEST: Canadian model Grace Mahary rocked a sexy leg-baring black gown with a dramatic side part and strappy sandals.

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WORST: While we definitely don't mind checking out Sydney Leroux's rock-hard abs, the ESPYs red carpet might not have been the right place.

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BEST: Jake Gyllenhaal sure cleans up nice! The "Southpaw" actor, 34, looked freshly-groomed in a dapper suit and slicked back hair.

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WORST: We're all for Odell Beckham Jr.'s risky red jacket, but the gold chains and maroon smoking loafers took away from his otherwise fun look.  

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BEST: Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, 35, dazzled in a beaded minidress and messy updo.

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WORST: Looks like Britney's been spending a little too much time in Vegas. The singer, 33, who has been in residency at Planet Hollywood, looked like she stepped right off stage in a disastrous sequin and fringe number.

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BEST: Rachel McAdams, 36, turned heads in a sexy red tuxedo.

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WORST: Surfer Anastasia Ashley, 28, looked adorable, but the super-short minidress looked more like a top ... It was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen!

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BEST: Janet Mock, 31, was a breath of fresh air in a fun, printed two-piece set and natural curls.

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WORST: This look isn't the worst we've seen, but Stephanie Bauer's flamenco-inspired skirt felt cheap, and the black crop top seemed too casual for the event.

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BEST: Hannah Davis, 25, totally stunned in a fun, printed minidress with a bit of sparkle. A high ponytail and glam makeup completed her sexy look. 

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WORST: Singer Bleona Qereti, 30, looked more like a figure skater in an out-there black minidress complete with mesh, fishnet, sequins and faux flames.

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In a night filled with tears, laughs, inspiration and joy, here are seven moments from the 2015 ESPY Awards that will stick with you.

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1. Danielle Green Wins the Pat Tillman Award for Service

Danielle's emotional introductory video, telling the story about how she enlisted in the Army and ended up enduring a terrible arm injury that required amputation, already had us teary-eyed. But when she delivered her emotional acceptance speech and shared a story about her Army comrades went back to where she lost her hands to retrieve her wedding ring for her, it became the kind of speech that sticks with you forever. Her ultimate message -- "We can all find ways to support the people around us. We can all find a purpose on this Earth larger than yourself" -- really struck a powerful cord with the audience.

2. Lauren Hill's Parents Accept Her ESPY Award

Lauren Hill was a teenage basketball player who fought a daunting battle against brain cancer, all while working to achieve her goal of playing college basketball. Sadly, Hill passed away in April, but not before achieving her dream. In November, Hill played a game of college basketball for Mount St. Joseph University to a sold-out and wildly supportive crowd.

Hill's parents accepted the ESPYs' Best Moment award, and gave a moving, heartfelt speech on behalf of their late daughter, sharing the message her legacy embodied: "It is possible to achieve your dreams."

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3. Joel McHale's 30 for 30 Documentary

While the night's most impactful moments were also the most emotional, the show wasn't without its fun. Host Joel McHale's monologue at the start of the night had some pretty solid jokes, but the mock episode of ESPN's 30 for 30 that skewered McHale (and his opening monologue) was brilliant and gave a ton of stars and athletes a chance to burn McHale.

4. Devon Still Honors His Daughter Leah

In what might have been the most powerful presentation of the night, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still accepted the ESPY Award for Perseverance on behalf of his 5-year-old daughter Leah, who has spent the last two years battling cancer. Leah's doctors said that she wasn't up to appearing at the ceremony, so a tearful Devon took the stage alone and shared stories of the strength and courage his little girl has shown during her incredibly difficult struggle and recovery. Leah even got to say hello through a cheery pre-recorded message that brought tears to everyone's eyes.

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5. Ben Affleck Presents Derek Jeter With the Icon Award

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Ben Affleck was tasked with presenting the Icon Award to former Yankee Derek Jeter, despite being a life-long Boston fan. However, Affleck did an admirable job proving that it's simply impossible to not respect the importance and consistent sportsmanship of Jeter, telling that audience that his heart was broken when the Yankee superstar announced his retirement.

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6. Caitlyn Jenner Accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner (R) accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from former professional soccer player Abby Wambach onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner (R) accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from former professional soccer player Abby Wambach onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and speaks onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Caitlyn Jenner (R) and mother Esther Jenner attend The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner (R) accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from former professional soccer player Abby Wambach onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from former professional soccer player Abby Wambach onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Soccer player Abby Wambach, of the United States women's national soccer team, left, presents Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner (C) accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from former professional soccer player Abby Wambach (R) onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner (R) accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from former professional soccer player Abby Wambach onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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In what had to be the most anticipated and highly publicized moment of the evening, Caitlyn Jenner was presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and she made sure to use her platform to share an important message of love and acceptance, stressing the importance of respect for all people. It was the speech so many hoped for, as it shined a light on issues facing the trans community in a way that could hopefully spark real change.

7. U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Again

USA! USA! USA! The Best Team Award was obviously going to go the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, but it was just such a perfect way to end the ceremony on a high note.

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