The "Soirée des Etoiles" was first held in Doha, Qatar, in December 2014, in between the annual FINA World Aquatics Convention and the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). The second edition was then organised in Budapest (HUN) in January 2016, as a stand-alone event, in the capital which later hosted wonderful FINA World Championships (in July 2017).
 
The third edition which rewarded the Aquatics best athletes of 2016 was held in Windsor (CAN), again in conjunction with the FINA World Aquatics Convention and the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
 
For this fourth edition, the event moves to Sanya (CHN) as FINA unveiled on December 4, 2016, a a long-term partnership with Alisports for the organisation of the FINA/alisports World Aquatics Gala - “Soirée des Etoiles", from 2016 through 2025. In addition to this partnership, Alisports has become the exclusive e-commerce, ticketing, and sports tourism partner of FINA for the Chinese territory.
 
Take a look at the past winners of the prestigious award here.