For nearly three decades the AVN Awards show has been the adult industry’s biggest night and the award itself, the industry’s highest honor. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, AVN celebrates outstanding achievements in “the business of pleasure.” Nearly 100 awards are given out in categories as diverse as Best Video, Best New Starlet, Most Outrageous Sex Scene, Best Group Sex Scene and Best Selling DVD of the Year.
The AVN Awards show takes place each January during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas and is attended by everyone who is anyone in the adult industry. Featuring mainstream comedians and music acts, the event has been broadcast on Showtime Networks since 2008. Viewed by millions, the show has included performances by Grammy-nominated artist Flo Rida, Baby Bash, Buckcherry, Smash Mouth, Lit, Lil’ Jon & the Ying Yang Twins and has featured appearances by celebrities such as Lisa Lampanelli, Dave Attell, Gene Simmons, Jim Norton, Bobby Slayton, Chris Angel, Vince Neil and more.
Dubbed "the Oscars of adult" by Entertainment Weekly, the AVN Awards is a must-attend, must-see event featuring the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture.
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For over 30 years, AVN has honored the very best in adult entertainment and has shaped not only the industry but its relationship to the mainstream. No other event has showcased the world of adult quite like the AVN Awards. AVN shines the spotlight on “the business of pleasure” and gives credit to the hardworking people that create the mystique and fantasy of erotic entertainment.
Historically, the first AVN Awards were given out to the winners in February, 1984 (for the year of ’83), with little fanfare as compared to now. "Scoundrels," by director Cecil Howard, was the first recipient of AVN's Best Film award.
The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas – all the major stars of the day attended, as well as over 600 adult industry attendees. In what would have been a glorious Kodak moment for any industry historian, Traci Lords, Marilyn Chambers, Seka and Ginger Lynn all appeared on stage to celebrate the best of the best. "Talk Dirty to Me, Part III" won that year's Best Film award, and Henri Pachard's "Long Hard Nights" took the Best Video honors.
The AVN Awards Show moved to the Tropicana Hotel, entertainment was added and luminaries from around the world attended. The AVN Awards Show began to take on the trappings of any major awards event. The show remained at the Tropicana for six years, where the show grew to include over 1,500 attendees.
AVN began its multi-year run at Bally's Hotel & Casino, where over 2,500 industry employees, stars and fans could attend. Some great comics hosted those shows, including Bobby Slayton, Robert Schimmel, Richard Jeni and the late Bill Hicks. Stars such as Ice-T gave out awards and such Hollywood elite as Red Foxx, Rich Little, Penn and Teller, Drew Carey, Andy Richter, and many others have attended. Such now-classic adult films as “Night Trips”, "The Devil in Miss Jones, Part 3"; "Justine," "Face Dance" and "The Masseuse" won major awards.
AVN made the quantum leap to the "big time" with its first pay-per-view event on The Spice Channel. The show played the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, where over 3,000 attended in a setting where the production values rivaled that of mainstream Hollywood. The venue inspired Entertainment Weekly to call the AVN Awards, "the Oscars of Adult."
"Latex" from Michael Ninn and "Blue Movie" from Michael Zen were the big winners that year.
AVN returned to the Vegas strip for the 1997 AVN Awards where the Riviera Hotel and Casino rolled out the red carpet. Nearly 3,000 people attended another sold out show which was hosted by Bobby Slayton. "Bobby Sox" won the award for Best Film while "Shock" took Best Video honors.
AVN moved to the prestigious Caesar's Palace for the most elaborate awards show ever, complete with an international buffet that wooed even the harshest critics. That show was sold out months in advance, with 2,500 people squeezing into a relatively smaller ballroom. Al Goldstein received AVN's Special Achievement Award for his lifetime dedication to the First Amendment and big winners included "Bad Wives" and "Buda."
AVN returned to its old stomping grounds, Bally's, where nearly 3,000 people were accommodated. That elaborate show was highlighted by a moving speech by Larry Flynt, who accepted a Special Achievement Award from AVN Magazine publisher Paul Fishbein. "Looker" was the surprise winner in the Best Film category while "Cafe Flesh 2" won for Best Video.
The AVN Awards Show was hosted at The Venetian Hotel and Casino where it remained through 2006 and played to capacity crowds of 3,500 people each year. The 2005 Show, hosted by Jenna Jameson, saw the big awards go to Adam & Eve's "Rawhide," Wicked's "Beautiful" and Vivid's "Heart of Darkness."
Demonstrating the growth of the annual industry event and its broadening mainstream appeal, the AVN Awards moved to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2007 and opened its doors to the public with an estimated attendance of over 6,000. Indie rocker Buckcherry opened the show, while comic Jim Norton and Wicked Picture's Jessica Drake hosted the event. The industry's most celebrated and distinguished personalities were recognized, including Brad Armstrong whose high-octane movie "Manhunters" won The Best Film Category.
In 2010, the AVN Awards made another exciting move, this time to the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort. This world-famous venue played host to the most exciting awards show ever. The 2010 Awards featured the largest red carpet event in the show’s history – a who’s who of adult industry elite and mainstream celebrities with media coverage representing over 25 nations.
Porn and rock came together in spectacular fashion with a bold move to the Hard Rock in 2012. Veteran red carpet host Dave Navarro returned to cover the pre-show madness while funnyman Dave Attell (hosted in 2010) returned to MC the awards ceremony. Industry luminary Steve Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment was given the first ever Visionary Award and rapper Too Short lit up the stage with his tribute to the hottest starlets in the business – “Porno Bitch”.