The AVN Awards rocked the stage at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, proving that porn is alive and well, and as big (and hard) as ever. The awards sold out, thousands of people around the world watched the live streamed ceremony, and the AVN expo over the weekend was packed and throbbing.
The show kicked off with Cardi B performing and porn stars Romi Rain and Bailey Rayne making XXX-rated sex jokes with comedian Esther Ku. The awards continue to give out “only in porn” awards such as “Best Group Sex Scene” (and yes, everyone in the “group” got a trophy) to “Most Clever Title”, which went to “Hamiltoe.”
My personal favorite of the year, which won “Movie of the Year” and “Best Action/Thriller”, The Possession of Mrs. Hyde, went to director Axel Braun, for his Hitchcock-like, porn version of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. He wrote the script with his father Lasse Braun, a porn pioneer from the “Golden Age of Porn”, and his son Rikki Braun, a young filmmaker. It won for “Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene” with the smokin’ Ramon Nomar and Avi Love, as well as “Best Screenplay” and “Best Director-Feature.” Movies like these are great for couples to watch and feature hot porn guys going down on the ladies, which women say is the number one activity they want to watch in porn.
Above: Porn dudes are hotties. From left, winner of “best male actor” Seth Gamble, director Rikki Braun, his father director Axel Braun, (the most famous porn director on the planet right now), and porn star Ramon Nomar.
Porn star turned director Kayden Kross won “Director of the Year” while porn star Angela White won “Best Female performer” and “Most Spectacular Boobs.” A no-shame, “relax, it’s the porn awards” attitude prevailed at the ceremony, with award winners not taking themselves too seriously. Porn star Charlotte Stokely dedicated her award “to the pussy”, while jumping up and down. Only at the “Oscars of Porn.”