WASHINGTON — The ESPY Awards on Wednesday night were for celebration, but a few serious, somber and touching moments stole the show.

First, LeBron James and other NBA stars opened the show with a message to the public about gun violence in the country.

Then Chance the Rapper performed a beautiful tribute to Muhammad Ali, who passed away last month.

The song was gorgeous, as were the visuals of Ali behind Chance throughout. The background choir also added to the touching tribute, but the piece de resistance was Chance performing the tribute with an old school boxing microphone suspended from the ceiling.

There was also a nice moment when sideline reporter Craig Sager was given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance by Vice President Joe Biden. Sager has fought cancer for more than a year, and he got to cover his first NBA Finals this year.

James, Sager Star at ESPY Awards

WNBA player Breanna Stewart, who was named Best Female Athlete, pleaded with the audience to help demand equality for women.

“Equality for all takes each of us making an effort,” Stewart said. “Thank you for this honor and together let’s be better.”

On a much lighter note, Chance the Rapper also danced with Steph Curry to what has now become Curry’s signature dance.

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