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Hard Rock Live to host Sports Illustrated Awards show

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is scheduled to be a presenter at the Sports Illustrated Awards on Dec. 7, 2021, at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. (Photo SI)

HOLLYWOOD —The sports world’s spotlight will shine on Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. when it hosts the annual Sports Illustrated Awards show.

The evening will be emceed by Grammy Award-winning recording artist DJ Khaled and broadcast journalist and TV personality Cari Champion with musical performances from rapper 2 Chainz and DJ Irie.

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year will be announced at the show.

Some of the athletes scheduled to present awards include Billie Jean King, Chad Johnson, Candace Parker, Dan Marino, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Rob Gronkowski, Shaquille O’ Neal, Suni Lee, Tyler Herro and Udonis Haslem.

The program will recognize the year’s notable athletes, teams and sports moments. It will be livestreamed on Sports Illustrated social media sites.

Every year since 1954, SI’s Sportsperson of the Year honor has recognized the athlete, coach or team who best represents the spirit and ideals of sportsmanship, character, and performance. Past winners include LeBron James, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Megan Rapinoe, Tiger Woods and Muhammad Ali.

The awards show comes on the heels of Sports Illustrated using Hard Rock venues, including Hollywood, for its swimsuit edition that was released in July.

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