Timberlake set to host 16th annual ESPY Awards

Updated: April 2, 2008, 2:17 PM ET
ESPN.com

Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back to the ESPYS.

[+] EnlargeThis I promise you: Justin Timberlake will be joined by an all-star lineup of athletes and entertainers at the ESPYS.
Scott Gries/Getty ImagesThis I promise you: Justin Timberlake will be joined by an all-star lineup of athletes and entertainers at the ESPYS.

Timberlake, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer and actor, will host the 16th annual ESPY Awards on July 20, ESPN announced Wednesday.

"I'm very excited to be hosting the 16th edition of the ESPYS. I can't wait for the day of the show as I'm truly a sports junkie," Timberlake said. "Since the last ESPYS, there have been amazing moments in sports and I'm looking forward to recapping all of them with ESPN's die-hard fans."

In 2002 Timberlake released his first solo album, "Justified"; his second solo album, "Future Sex/Love Sounds," had four consecutive No. 1 singles. He has also appeared in several films including "Shrek the Third," "Black Snake Moan," "Alpha Dog" and "Southland Tales."

He is also no stranger to sporting events. In addition to hosting the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and performing at the Olympics while with 'N Sync, he also performed in the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII, when Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

"I'm beyond excited to have Justin as this year's host," Maura Mandt, executive producer of the 2008 ESPYS, said in a statement. "Not only is he a world-class music performer and established actor but he is a talented and creative producer. He brings his talent and enthusiasm for sports to the show. And this year, with a new home at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Justin will bring the ESPYS to a new level."

The two-hour event will move to the new Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, a 7,100-seat venue located across the street from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. ESPN has signed a multiyear deal with the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live to host the ESPYS, which had taken place at the Kodak Theatre for the past six years.

For the fifth consecutive year, fans will determine the winners in all categories except the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and other special awards by voting online starting July 1.