BC Sports Personality of the Year - LIVE!
Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is the odds-on favourite to win the main prize on tonight, vying with five others for the prestigious award.
Though one nominee, Tyson Fury, built up to tonight by requesting he be removed as a candidate.
Fury and Hamilton join jockey Hollie Doyle, six-time snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, England cricketer Stuart Broad and Liverpool football captain Jordan Henderson in a sporting year badly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The boxer was shortlisted after he became the WBC world heavyweight champion by beating American Deontay Wilder in February, with Doyle breaking her own record for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey before enjoying a Champions Day double at Ascot.
O'Sullivan was nominated after his latest Crucible success, beating Kyren Wilson for his sixth global title in August. He is the first snooker player to be nominated since Stephen Hendry in 1990. Broad took his 500th wicket in the series against the West Indies in the summer, becoming only the second Englishman after Jimmy Anderson to do so.
Henderson is nominated after skippering Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years, having also been their captain when they won the 2019 Champions League.
Follow all the action and awards below!
That’s all, folks! Our presenting foursome wrap up the night after the main award.
Lewis Hamilton speaks
“Congratulations to all the incredible nominees ... I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved.
"I want to thank everyone who called in and voted for me, I wasn’t expecting this, knowing there are so many great contenders, but I think we are all winners.
"I want to send a Merry Christmas to everyone ... all the front line workers, all the children around the world, try and stay positive through this difficult time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
And… Lewis Hamilton is the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year!
Jordan Henderson is the SPOTY runner-up.
Young jockey Hollie Doyle picks up the bronze medal.
It’s almost time!
An announcement on SPOTY winner is imminent. Can anyone beat Lewis Hamilton?
Celeste is back with a cover of Nat King Cole’s ‘Smile’ as we remember who we lost in 2020.
He adds: “My team deserves it. They did an incredible job. It’s a mix of talent, character, desire and then plus the power of the club, which is really a big one ... that all comes together and we could become champions. It was a great moment."
Klopp with a cheeky dig
“Getting this prize in Manchester by the way makes it even sweeter,” he says of the team prize, with a bit of a grin.
Klopp adds the Coach of the Year prize to his team prize!