The Laureus World Sports Awards returned to Monaco on Monday 18 February 2019, where the cream of global sport – past, present and future – gathered to celebrate another special year of sport.
Monaco, with its spectacular setting on the shores of the Mediterranean, is a historic sporting location and the perfect venue for the Laureus World Sports Awards.
It is best known, of course, for the iconic Monaco Grand Prix each May, when the sedate Principality is turned into the most famous street circuit in the world with the howl of Formula One cars and the roar of a passionate crowd.
Monaco is also host to one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world, the Monte Carlo Masters, which has been played annually since 1897, and is the home of AS Monaco and seven-time French Champions.
Monaco hosted the Laureus Awards Ceremony, where legends of sport, past and present, came together to honour the winners of this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards.
The Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony took place at the famous "Salle des Etoiles", part of The Sporting Club Monte Carlo.
The Sporting Club provided a magnificent backdrop to one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar, featuring the famous Laureus Red Carpet and Winners Walk.
Located on the Larvotto peninsular, entirely surrounded by the sea, The Sporting Club comprises of the "Salle des Etoiles" & "Salle des Palmiers", entirely dedicated to shows and events.
Actor James Marsden, star of X-Men and Westworld, presented the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards.
James has been featured in a wide range of films and TV shows since he gained prominence on the big screen, including HBO’s critically-acclaimed sci-fi series Westworld; box-office smash Enchanted; 27 Dresses; the X-Men trilogy starring as “Cyclops;” Lee Daniels’ The Butler, in the iconic role of John F. Kennedy; Adam Shankman's musical Hairspray, as “Corny Collins;” romantic-dramas The Notebook and The Best of Me; comedies Death at a Funeral and Bachelorette; and hit comedy series 30 Rock.
Joining James as co-host was leading British sports broadcaster Amanda Davies. Amanda has been a sports anchor with CNN since 2012 and has fronted the network’s ‘World Sport’ coverage at multiple global sports events, including Summer and Winter Olympics, Football World Cups, Champions League Finals, the Tour de France and the World Athletics Championships.
Leading British singer-songwriter and Grammy-nominated musician Jorja Smith entertained guests at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
Jorja's talent is now being recognised globally, with multiple awards nominations, including Best New Artist at the GRAMMY Awards, along with Best British Female, Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist at the BRIT Awards 2019. Since bursting on to the scene, Jorja has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Drake, Bruno Mars, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar and Rag’n’Bone Man.