by Curtis L. Isom – Founder / Editor-In-Chief
By the time you read this you may or may not have seen the 2017 AVN Awards Show on Showtime. If you haven’t this will be news to you. If you have, then I’m going to share some things you probably didn’t see on the broadcast.
But let me start with some backstory………
2016 was my first time covering the AVN awards show because I was asked by the head of the EMMReport media group if I was interested because one of his photographers became unavailable. This lead me to being able to shoot the “post” red carpet and 2016 awards show. When it came time to get ready to attend AVN in 2017, I contacted the head of EMMReport, who I’ll call “D”, and offered to shoot the awards show if he needed someone. I told him I only wanted to shoot the awards show because there’s multiple red carpets at the AVN Awards and if I’m unable to photograph everyone walking a red carpet, I prefer not to shoot at all. He said he understood and would let me know. When we were finally in Las Vegas for AVN 2017, I was told I was shooting the awards show.
Little did we know how difficult getting me into the show would become.
Now the AVN awards are held in The Joint, the main performance venue of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with only a few direct ways to get to it. All of them covered by security the night of the awards. As a member of the media, I have to apply for press credentials which allow me to freely access most events during AVN. The red carpet and awards show have different credentials and understandably are applied for separately. No problem. Since I offered to shoot the awards show for “D”, I was to be included in the passes he would get for the awards show. What we didn’t know was that between 2016 and 2017, there was a change in who was approving the award show media passes and they had decided to things differently than before. So differently that there was a question if there was going to be any credentials for anyone at all, but no matter what, we were determined for me to shoot the awards show Saturday night.
So Saturday comes and after finishing up at the AVN expo, I returned to my room to rest and wait for my call to come and shoot the awards. When the call came, I headed back to the Hard Rock with my “re-supply bag” which held extra camera batteries and SD cards because “D” was using my camera to shoot video of the red carpets. I get to the Hard Rock, the main red carpet is still going and so long it cuts the main casino floor in half with a “cross walk” area near the beginning at the other side of the casino. I make my way to Vinyl (a night club in the Hard Rock) to await receiving my credentials. Roughly two hours passed before I received the necessary pass during which “D” and I exchanged a few texts and phone calls. The reason for the wait was the main red carpet was still going on and until it ended, the awards show wouldn’t be starting. If I get to shoot the awards show again, I know NOT to arrive so early. Finally the main red carpet is winding down and time arrives for me to receive an awards show pass then go through Vinyl it on the way to The Joint. Simple, right? I receive my awards show pass, but getting the pass was one thing, getting to the awards show in The Joint became a challenge starting with trying to go through Vinyl (which my pass was suppose to do) on my way to The Joint. Here’s how my journey to The Joint went:
Hotel Security #1: (stops me at the door into Vinyl) You can’t come in here with that badge. You have to go through the glass doors entrance to The Joint.
Me: I was told this……..
Hotel Security #1: You have to go to the way I told you.
So I headed through the main casiono floor, out the main hotel/casino entrance, and made my way to the glass door entrance to The Joint. As I approached the doors, I could see another hotel security guard. And about fifteen feet away from him, a couple of Las Vegas finest talking to one another.
Hotel Security #2: No cameras allowed in here!
Me: I don’t have a camera. This is my re-supply bag. (unzipping it as I’m walking) Want to look inside? (shows inside of re-supply bag) My camera is in there! (pointing towards The Joint)
Hotel Security #2: Well, you can’t get in this way with that badge. (pulls out a folded sheet of paper)
Me: But the other security person told me to come this way
(Out of the corner of my eye I notice the two LV officers have stopped talking and are now watching the exchange between hotel security #2 and I. Great.)
Hotel Security #2: (unfolds sheet of paper that show a number of different colored badges rivaling the National Security color alerts.) See your badge color allows you into Vinyl…..
Me: That’s where I came from! And was told to come here!
Hotel Security #2: Well……(my phone rings. It’s “D”)
Me: (to Hotel Security #2) Hang on. (answering the phone) Yeah?
D: Where are you?
Me: I’m in the hallway outside the Joint. I’m having a little problem. They’re not letting me in.
D: Hang on, someone’s coming to get you.
Me: OK. (I hang up and tell Hotel Security# 2): Someone’s coming. (LV finest still watching)
Hotel Security #2: Ok.
(Out of The Joint comes a well-dressed tall African-American gentleman who reminds me of Ving Rhames and he heads directly to me)
“Ving Rhames”: (to me) You Curtis?
“Ving Rhames”: (to hotel security #2) He’s to come with me.
Hotel Security #2: Ok.
Me: (to “Ving Rhames”) Thanks!
(“Ving Rhames” and I start walking toward The Joint entrance We are halfway there when one of the head individuals who coordinates the media covering AVN stops us. What the hell?)
Media Coordinator: (to me) Why is “D” bringing you in?
Me: I’m brought in specifically to shoot the awards show.
Media Coordinator: Oh…..ok.
(“Ving Rhames” and I continue on into The Joint and “D” comes to us.)
Me: (to “Ving Rhames”) Thanks again.
“Ving Rhames”: No problem.
“D” meets us and while walking to my spot to shoot the awards from, I explain what I just went through. We had to chuckle because of how something so simple was made so hard and complicated. Anyway I get settled into my spot, take a few test photos, then wait for the awards show to start.
The 2017 AVN Awards Show, was hosted by Aspen Rae, Riley Reid, and comedian Colin Kane. Sponsored by Chaturbate.com and MyFreeCams.com, it also featured musical performances by Flo-Rida. At the end of this article I included a list of all the 2017 AVN Awards given so you can see the wide range the awards given. The awards given were basically the same as last year and were what I considered the “major” awards. If they presented all the awards, I would have spent another day or two in the Joint.
Overall the show went well, and I enjoyed it, but as I stated at the beginning, there were a few things that happened that you probably didn’t see during the Showtime broadcast. The main one was that when the video screen went to “And the Nominees are……” only one or two nominees were shown then it would cut to “And the Winner is…” This video fuck-up happened not once or twice, but THREE times!! And when it happen the third time you thought the audience might just riot by the displeasure they expressed. Evidently after they had rehearsed the show, someone forgot to double check to make sure ALL the short test videos were replaced with the full length ones. I was standing next to where the Showtime cameras and video operator were stationed and on the third video fuck-up I looked at them and said, “Really?” Now after each video fuck-up they did a “restart” and showed the full nominee video but I doubt that after that show the video operator still has a job with Showtime.
But wait, there’s more…..
One of these video fuck-ups occurred when it came to award the Fan Awards for Favorite Cam Girl which is when something unexpected happened. After they ran the correct video, they announced Kati3kat as the winner. Now Kati3kat comes up on stage, receives her award, and is about to say a few words, when a blonde woman comes running up on stage, grabs the mic and says, “I’m sorry Kati3kat, but Aspen Rae is a better cam girl and she should have won this award” and leaves the stage. As this rude woman is making her way back to her seat, she’s receiving high fives from other members of the audience. Really? All I could think of is how the rude woman just possibly made a career ending move and that this was an award voted on by FANS and they alone picked Kati3kat and not Aspen Rae. As for Kati3kat, the interruption left her speechless and she left the stage. Did I happen to get photos, of this? You bet I did.
Overall, even with the video-fuck-ups and rude interruption, I had a great time at the 2017 AVN Awards show. I got some really great shots and have included some in the galley accompanying this article under the “Event Photos” section of the website. It’s a honor to watch some of the people I have become acquainted be recognized for their hard work. It’s also a honor to be able to shoot the awards show based on the hard work I put into covering this industry.
I am very grateful for being a part of this industry and thank everyone of you who read my articles and support my work. Till next time………
Here’s a list of all the 2017 AVN Awards:
All-Girl Performer of the Year: Jenna Sativa
BBW Performer of the Year: Angel DeLuca
Best Actor: Xander Corvus, The Preacher’s Daughter, Wicked Pictures
Best Actress: Kleio Valentien, Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene: Serena Blair, Celeste Star & Alix Lynx, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Girlsway/Girlfriends
Best All-Girl Movie: Missing: A Lesbian Crime Story, Girlsway/Girlfriends
Best All-Girl Series: Women Seeking Women, Girlfriends Films
Best Amateur/Pro-Am Movie: Amateur POV Auditions 26, Amateur Allure/Jules Jordan
Best Amateur/Pro-Am Series: Amateur Introductions, Amateur Allure/Jules Jordan
Best Anal Movie: The Art of Anal Sex 3, Tushy/Jules Jordan
Best Anal Series: Anal Beauty, Tushy/Jules Jordan
Best Anal Sex Scene: Megan Rain & Manuel Ferrara, Anal Models, Tushy/Jules Jordan
Best Anthology Movie: Natural Beauties, Vixen/Jules Jordan
Best Art Direction: Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best BDSM Movie: Deception: A XXX Thriller, Kink.com/Jules Jordan
Best Big Bust Movie: Big Wet Breasts 3, Jules Jordan Video
Best Big Butt Movie: Anikka vs Kelsi, Hard X/O.L. Entertainment
Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene: Kendra Sunderland & Mick Blue, Natural Beauties, Vixen/Jules Jordan
Best Cinematography: Eddie Powell, The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, New Sensations Erotic Stories
Best Comedy – Cindy Queen of Hell, BurningAngel/Exile
Best Continuing Series: Angela Loves …, AGW/Girlfriends
Best Director: Feature – Jacky St. James, The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, New Sensations Erotic Stories
Best Director: Foreign Feature – John Stagliano, Hard in Love, John Stagliano/Evil Angel
Best Director: Foreign Non-Feature – Nacho Vidal, Nacho Loves Nekane, Nacho Vidal/Evil Angel
Best Director: Non-Feature – Greg Lansky, Natural Beauties, Vixen/Jules Jordan
Best Director: Parody – Axel Braun, Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Double Penetration Sex Scene – Abella Danger, Mick Blue & Markus Dupree, Abella, Hard X/O.L. Entertainment
Best Drama – The Preacher’s Daughter, Wicked Pictures
Best Editing – Eddie Powell, The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, New Sensations Erotic Stories
Best Ethnic/Interracial Series – Black & White, Blacked/Jules Jordan
Best Ethnic Movie – Asian Fuck Machines, Jules Jordan Video
Best Foreign Feature – Sherlock: A XXX Parody, Digital Playground/Pulse
Best Foreign Non-Feature – Rocco’s Italian Porn Boot Camp 2, Rocco Siffredi/Evil Angel
Best Foreign Series – Rocco One on One, Rocco Siffredi/Evil Angel
Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene – Riley Reid & Reena Sky, Missing: A Lesbian Crime Story, Girlsway/Girlfriends
Best Gonzo Movie – Angela Loves Gonzo, AGW/Girlfriends
Best Group Sex Scene – Jojo Kiss, Katrina Jade, Casey Calvert, Goldie Rush, Keisha Grey, Prince Yahshua, Lexington Steele & Rico Strong, Orgy Masters 8, Jules Jordan Video
Best Ingénue Movie – Fresh Girls 3, Jules Jordan Video
Best Interracial Movie – My First Interracial 7, Blacked/Jules Jordan
Best Makeup – Cammy Ellis & May Kup, Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Male Newcomer – Ricky Johnson
Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project: No on Prop 60, Julia Ann
Best Marketing Campaign – Company Image: Blacked/Tushy/Vixen
Best MILF Movie: Dirty Rotten Mother Fuckers 10, Jules Jordan Video
Best New Imprint: Vixen
Best New Series: Her 1st Interracial, Dark X/O.L. Entertainment
Best New Starlet: Holly Hendrix
Best Non-Sex Performance: Nyomi Banxxx, Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Movie: Mother-Daughter Exchange Club 44, Girlfriends Films
Best Oral Movie: Facialized 3, Hard X/O.L. Entertainment
Best Oral Sex Scene: Adriana Chechik, Adriana Chechik: The Ultimate Slut, Jonni Darkko/Evil Angel
Best Orgy/Gangbang Movie: Gangbanged 7, Elegant Angel Productions
Best Parody: Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Polyamory Movie: Babysitting the Baumgartners, Adam & Eve Pictures
Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production: Misha Cross & Nikita Bellucci, Hard in Love, John Stagliano/Evil Angel
Best Screenplay: Jacky St. James, The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, New Sensations Erotic Stories
Best Screenplay – Parody: Axel Braun, Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Solo/Tease Performance: Asa Akira, Asa Goes to Hell, Wicked Pictures
Best Soundtrack: The Submission of Emma Marx: Exposed, New Sensations Erotic Stories
Best Special Effects: Supergirl XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Specialty Movie – Other Genre: Marshmallow Girls 4, Aiden Starr/Evil Angel
Best Specialty Series – Other Genre: Schoolgirl Bound, Digital Sin
Best Star Showcase: Abella, Hard X/O.L. Entertainment
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Armstrong, The Preacher’s Daughter, Wicked Pictures
Best Supporting Actress: Joanna Angel, Cindy Queen of Hell, BurningAngel/Exile
Best Taboo Relations Movie: Tabu Tales: Me, My Brother and Another, Digital Sin
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Boy/Boy/Girl: Kleio Valentien, Tommy Pistol & Charles Dera, Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Girl/Girl/Boy: Alex Grey, Karla Kush & Christian Clay, Anal Beauty 4, Tushy/Jules Jordan
Best Transsexual Movie: Real Fucking Girls, Grooby/Exquisite
Best Transsexual Series: Trans-Visions, Joey Silvera/Evil Angel
Best Transsexual Sex Scene: Buck Angel & Valentina Nappi, Girl/Boy 2, DV Productions/Evil Angel
Best Virtual Reality Sex Scene: Joanna Angel, Abella Danger & Manuel Ferrara, Angel ‘n Danger, Dirty Monkey/HoloFilm
Clever Title of the Year: Aunts in My Pants, Forbidden Fruits/Exile
Director of the Year: Greg Lansky
Female Foreign Performer of the Year: Misha Cross
Female Performer of the Year: Adriana Chechik
Mainstream Star of the Year: Julia Ann
Male Foreign Performer of the Year: Danny D
Male Performer of the Year: Mick Blue
MILF Performer of the Year: Kendra Lust
Most Outrageous Sex Scene: Holly Hendrix, Adriana Chechik & Markus Dupree in “Creamy Bottom Fun Ball Happy Time,” Holly Hendrix’s Anal Experience, Jonni Darkko/Evil Angel
Movie of the Year: Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, Wicked Comix
Transsexual Performer of the Year: Aubrey Kate
WEB & TECHNOLOGY
Best Affiliate Program: Famedollars.com
Best Alternative Website: Kink.com
Best Dating Website: Flirt.com
Best Membership Website: Tushy.com
Best Porn Star Website: TashaReign.com
Best Solo Girl Website: Bryci.com
Best Virtual Reality Innovation/Site: HoloGirlsVR.com
Best Web Director: Glenn King
Best Condom Manufacturer: Trojan
Best Enhancement Manufacturer: MD Science Labs
Best Fetish Manufacturer: Stockroom
Best Lingerie or Apparel Manufacturer: Fantasy Lingerie
Best Lubricant Manufacturer: System JO
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Small: Berman Innovations/POP Dildo
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Medium: Jopen
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Large: NS Novelties
RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION
Best Boutique: Cupid’s Closet (Westchester, CA)
Best Retail Chain – Small: Babeland
Best Retail Chain – Medium: Ambiance, The Store for Lovers
Best Retail Chain – Large: Lion’s Den
Best Web Retail Store: AdultEmpire.com
And finally, here are the winners of the Fan Awards, who were chosen by fan votes.
Favorite Cam Girl: Kati3kat
Favorite Cam Guy: AdamSinner
Favorite Camming Couple: CookinBaconNaked
Favorite Female Performer: Riley Reid
Favorite Male Porn Star: Johnny Sins
Favorite Trans Cam Star: Aubrey Kate
Favorite Trans Porn Star: Aubrey Kate
Hottest MILF: Kendra Lust
Hottest Newcomer: Lana Rhoades
Most Amazing Sex Toy: Angela White Fleshlight
Most Epic Ass: Alexis Texas
Most Spectacular Boobs: August Ames
Social Media Star: Riley Reid
Web Queen: Kissa Sins