Matthew Perry to serve as host at The 2005 ESPY Awards

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Destiny's Child to perform at The ESPYs  

ESPN Press Release

Destiny's Child will appear in one of its last nationally televised performances at The 2005 ESPY Awards, it was announced by Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. ESPN will televise the 13th annual industry-wide sports celebration hosted by actor Matthew Perry on Sunday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams shocked fans with the recent announcement that they are "retiring as Destiny's Child and moving forward to pursue personal goals and individual careers in music, theater, television and film." Destiny's Child, one of the top-selling musical acts during the last 10 years, has sold more than 40 million records worldwide.

Currently on tour in Europe, Destiny's Child will return to the United States for a tour date on July 9 and will tape the ESPYs on Wednesday, July 13.

"Given the recent news, this special performance by Destiny's Child is yet another example of how we're fulfilling our promise to viewers that this year's show will be a memorable one. After all, the ESPYs are a celebration and having this phenomenal act in the lineup makes it even more so," said Maura Mandt, senior coordinating producer for The 2005 ESPY Awards.

For the first time this year, nominations for The ESPY Awards will be announced on "Nomination Friday" -- Friday, June 24 -- a daylong event that will break the nomination news throughout ESPN's many platforms. Starting at 8 a.m., the "Best in Sport" nominees will be announced on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning, the hugely popular syndicated sports radio show hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg (Erik Kuselias will be filling in for Greenberg). At 8:10 a.m. fan voting will begin at After Mike and Mike, the announcement ball will be passed throughout the ESPN network -- from ESPNEWS to chats with celebrities and athletes, and ESPN360, all the way to The ESPY Nomination Show presented by GMC at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN from the ESPN Zone in Anaheim.

The ESPY Awards
The ESPY Awards gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. And for the second year in the event's 13-year history, fans will determine the winners in all categories.

The 2005 ESPY Awards will include both sport-specific awards such as Best MLB Player and Best Women's Tennis Player and distinguishing cross-cutter awards, categories that pit different sports against each other, such as Best Team or Best Female Athlete. In addition, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. The ESPY Awards are committed to the advancement of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano and announced at the inaugural ESPY Awards in 1993.

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