The 2020 GayVN Awards were held Monday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and it was quite the gay affair.
Performers, directors, producers, and fans of adult entertainment came out to celebrate and hand out trophies at the event that’s been called “the Oscars of Gay Porn.”
I’ve never attended an awards show for adult entertainment, so I was super curious as to how this would all go down (no pun intended).
One thing I did learn – when picking up your credentials, don’t stand in the background while Cutler X is taking a photo because he will yell at you for “photo-bombing.”
Now, the awards show did begin an hour late (is that called being on ‘gay time?’), but what followed was an impressive and well-produced event by ManyVids.
Alec Mapa returned to hosting duties this year alongside new co-host comedienne/TV host Nicole Byer. Plus, there was musical entertainment by King Princess and a special performance by Alyssa Edwards.
At the event, Dallas Steele (nominated for Best Group Sex Scene and Favorite Daddy) told me he feels the event helps to de-stigmatize the industry.
“You look around at all these beautiful, well-dressed people,” said Steele. “If my mom were still around I’d be proud to have her here. I think it’s incredibly positive about our industry.”
Brian Davilla (nominated for Favorite Bear, also directed nominees in Best All Sex movie and Best Group scene) said his favorite aspect of the night was the sense of family among a group of people he warmly termed a ‘weird fraternity.’
“I’ve developed lifelong friendships that really transcend the work,” shared the woofy Davilla.
Some history was made and a barrier broken as DeAngelo Jackson became the first Black performer to take home the trophy for Best Actor for his work in Blended Family:
the first black gay pornstar to win the award of best (lead) actor: @DeAngeloJxxx (video from @TheSharok’s ig story) 👏🤯😌💕💘 #BlackLivesMatter #Diversity #GayVNAwards pic.twitter.com/9O3MnBvrsA
— luna (@lunamoonorg) January 21, 2020
Cade Maddox won for Performer of the Year:
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR @CadeMaddoxXx #winner @FalconStudiosPR @GayVN @ManyVids pic.twitter.com/SqVCD8Wnqu
— KEVIN BENOIT (@kevinbenoit) January 21, 2020
Check out some of the attendees on the red carpet:
I also got to meet the oh-so-handsome Matthew Camp, who was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Camp Chaos.
A year ago, I interviewed Camp about the then-upcoming project and I am happy to report Camp is even more impressive in person as he was warm, thoughtful and charming in our short conversation.
Here’s the interview with Camp in case you missed it:
Here is the full list of winners for the 2020 GayVN Awards:
2020 GayVN Hall of Fame inductee – Tim Valenti, NakedSword/Falcon Studios CEO
Best Actor – DeAngelo Jackson, Blended Family, Icon Male/Mile High
Best All-Sex Movie – Love and Lust in Montreal, Falcon Studios
Best Bi Sex Scene – Natalie Mars, Ella Nova, Ricky Larkin & Wesley Woods; Free for All, WhyNotBi.com
Best Director – Feature – Jake Jaxson & RJ Sebastian; Le Garçon Scandaleux, CockyBoys/PinkTV;
Best Director – Non-Feature – Steve Cruz; Outta the Park!, Raging Stallion/Falcon
Best Duo Sex Scene – Ashton Summers & Pheonix Fellington, Fellington’s Flip Fuck, HelixStudios.com
Best Feature – Vegas Nights, HelixStudios.com
Best Fetish Sex Scene – Alex Mecum & Michael DelRay; My Brother’s Discipline, Kink.com
Best Group Sex Scene – Alam Wernik, Blake Ryder, Jay Dymel, Nic Sahara & Sean Duran; Five Brothers: The Takedown, NakedSword/Falcon
Best Newcomer – Nic Sahara and Alex Riley (tie)
Best Supporting Actor – Dante Colle, At Large, Raging Stallion/Falcon
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Jack Harrer, Peter Annaud & Marcel Gassion; Offensively Large 4, BelAmi/Pulse
Performer of the Year – Cade Maddox
GayVN 2020 Fan Awards:
Favorite Bear – Teddy Torres
Favorite Body – Blake Mitchell
Favorite Bottom – Rourke
Favorite Butt – Beaux Banks
Favorite Cam Guy – Callum and Cole (joint page)
Favorite Cock – Calvin Banks
Favorite Daddy – Rocco Steele
Favorite Dom – Austin Wolf
Favorite FTM Star – Billy Vega
Favorite Top – Zilv Gudel
Favorite Twink – Joey Mills
Hottest Newcomer – Rhyheim Shabazz
Social Media Star – Armond Rizzo