I’ve been to dozens of adult awards shows, many of which were trainwrecky, short-lived affairs (some of the longest-lived are trainwrecks, too). But last week’s inaugural Fanny’s—a fan-voted (ahem) part of Exxxotica Atlantic City—sounds like it was huge fun.
Kelly Shibari, who won the BBW “Whole Lotta Love” Award, told me earlier that controversy had erupted over some of the clever award titles. She said that the BBW award had originally been called “Hungry Like the Wolf” or something similar, and people had been upset.
But Exxxotica—which also touches down in South Florida and Chicago later this year—seems like an event that isn’t as porn industry-bound as its western counterparts, leading to some interesting choices.
What is interesting about this east-coast award show (in addition to the fact that it had a MARCHING BAND) is that some names aren’t familiar to me. Not that I’m so deep in the loop that I’m about to get a ridiculous barbed wire bicep tattoo, but at the very least I’m aware of people I haven’t met by osmosis. Who is Karmen Karma, for example? Must find out.
One quibble I’d make is that “Non-White Performer of the Year” is as outdat6ed as the old “Black Athlete of the Year.” There’s no corresponding “Non-Negro” Performer of the Year at the Urban-X awards, so let’s stop ghettoizing the races in our post-racial society (unless, of course, it’s in a movie, where casual racism is part of porn’s taboo).
And by the way: Who is Veronica Rodriguez? Must find out.
The following is a press release reprinted to enlighten non-adult industry readers about how the porn business talks about itself. It was written by an adult industry marketing professional.
2013 EXXXOTICA Fan Choice Awards Announces Winners
Star-Studded Fanny Awards ‘Arrives’ With Amazing Show In Atlantic City
(Atlantic City, NJ — April 23, 2013) Adult’s hottest stars came out for the inaugural EXXXOTICA Fan Choice Awards (www.thefannys.com) presented by Chaturbate (www.chaturbate.com) held Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino & Resort as part of the first-ever EXXXOTICA Atlantic City.
Hosted by comedians and hosts of VH1’s “That Metal Show,” Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, along with Adam and Eve contract star Alexis Texas, The Fannys instantly became a premier event with an incredible live show which a camera crew captured for future on demand cable broadcast.
The sold out show began with the “pink carpet” arrivals of the stars, celebrities and VIPs, hosted by the amazing Allie Haze. Once the carpet wrapped and the fans took their seats aside the stars, a brass band paraded from the entrance, over the pink carpet, and down the aisles to the main stage to kick-off the show. The hosts had the crowd laughing with their introductions of The Fannys and throughout the night, Jamieson, Florentine and Texas continued their on-stage entertainment.
Entertainment was one thing the show was filled with from start to finish. Adult superstar Stoya left jaws dropping and hands clapping with her sexy and riveting aerial ring act. She was a tough act to follow, but that’s what the Peek A Boo Revue did. The Philadelphia-based dance troupe, who have also appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” performed a choreographed dance number that the crowd flat-out loved. Rubberdoll, an EXXXOTICA favorite who has entertained crowds since 2007 in Miami Beach, took the stage towards the end of the night and left everyone on their feet with her sexy show.
The stars were in full force throughout the night, with an all-star list of presenters announcing the choices of the fans. It was a who’s who of adult in the list of dozens of presenters who were joined by other celebrities on stage such as former WWE Diva/Playboy covergirl and “Survivor: China” star Ashley Massaro, “Amish Mafia” cast member Crazy Dave, and pro wrestler, Snitsky. After over 250,000 votes were counted, trophy girls Lilly Banks, Raven Bay and Teal Conrad from LA Direct Models, handed out the custom made trophy designed by artist Fang Ling Lee.
Two very special awards were also presented for Lifetime Achievement. Tera Patrick received the first one and graciously accepted the award from presenters Charmane Star and Lisa Ann, thanking all of her fans, co-stars and friends. The second was presented to adult film legend Ron Jeremy, who was not able to attend due to his ongoing recovery from heart surgery, but instead taped an acceptance speech. Nina Hartley, Sunny Lane and Ed Powers introduced the most famous man in adult and the crowd gave a standing ovation for the recovering hall of famer.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the production and the staff who helped create it,” Said J. Handy, Executive Producer of The Fannys. “We’re amazed at how well our first-ever awards show turned out and can’t wait to see what we can do next year!”
It was a night to remember for all of the winners. EXXXOTICA would like to personally thank all of the nominees, presenters, hosts, entertainers, sponsors Chaturbate, Vivid.com, Vape World, Cam4, HotMovies.com and Eros.com, and especially the fans, for making the first-ever EXXXOTICA Fan Choice Awards a resounding success.
2013 EXXXOTICA Fan Choice Awards Winners:
Most Valuable Vagina (Favorite Female Star) – Gianna Michaels
Cocksman of the Year (Favorite Male Star) – James Deen
Thirsty Girl (Favorite Oral Star) – Sara Jay
Most Heroic Ass (Favorite Anal Star) – Kelly Devine
New Girl on the Block (Favorite Female Rookie) – Karmen Karma
Movie of the Year – Lisa Ann Can’t Say No (Wicked Pictures)
Director of the Year – Stormy Daniels
Who’s Your Mommy? (MILF/Cougar of the Year) – Lisa Ann
Non-White Chick of the Year (Ethnic Star of the Year) – Veronica Rodriguez
Cyber Hustla (Webcam Girl of the Year) – Taylor Stevens
Whole Lotta Love (BBW Performer of the Year) – Kelly Shibari
TS, I <3 U (Transgender Performer of the Year) – TS Madison
The Who (Underrated Star of the Year) – Johnny Castle
Lifetime Achievement Awards – Ron Jeremy and Tera Patrick
Studio of the Year – Vivid Entertainment
Website of the Year – HotMovies.com
Best New Product – Vape World
Best Branding – Cam4.com
Webcam Site of the Year – Chaturbate.com