The X-Rated Critics Association (XRCO) held its 33rd annual awards show at Ohm, in the heart of Hollywood, on Thursday, April 27. The event is known as "the world's largest private adult industry party," and it's a much more low-key, relaxed affair than the networking-heavy AVN and XBIZ ceremonies. With playful categories such as "Best Orgasmic Oralist," "Unsung Swordsman" and "Best Cumback" (the great Briana Banks), the XRCO event is a loud, boozy affair that harkens to the less corporate, more rowdy past of this Southern California entertainment industry. Step with us into the crazy world of the XRCO Awards 2017, where porn's reviewers select the best of adult entertainment, while the stars let their hair down. All photos by Gustavo Turner (Instagram: @gustavoturner).
I was having a dream the other night. Tommy Chong and Viola Davis were there, and Bonnie Morgan was wearing shoes for hats. Wait, no, that was the GBK Oscar's Gifting Suite at a super secret Beverly Hills location. Sometimes it is hard to tell reality from your dreams, especially during awards season.
While the big awards were given out on Sunday, Feb. 26, to a select few, the week before was filled with celebrity-filled gifting suites. Celebs had their hair braided by WEN's hairstylists and blown out by TIGI, and let Wolfgang Puck caffeinate their lives at Secret Room's pre-Oscar suite at the SLS Hotel. Friday and Saturday, at GBK's pre-Oscar suite, nominees sipped 4 Copas organic tequila, planned what to build with their Pixels.com gift certificate, booked a plane ride to Costa Rica to enjoy their stay at the Retreat and relaxed with a nice Burke Williams massage. Il Palato and Ike's Place fed everyone and a very lucky few received a red carpet–ready Juisko watch.
Through March 13, the Madison and Mulholland pop-up shop at Hollywood and Highland is selling the items inside the infamous $25,000 Oscar nominee gift bag.
Photos by Star Foreman.
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The afterparties are where people truly loosen up at awards shows. Sunday night's Grammy Awards ceremony was emotional and political, but at the official afterparty, held at L.A. Live, people just plain partied. Catered by Patina Group, with legendary chef Joachim Splichal at the helm, the Midsummer's Night Dream–themed party had costumed dancers and models, an excellent set by Gavin DeGraw and his wildly attractive band, and a feast served to hundreds of people who'd been fasting since the night before. The food was very pretty, all bright colors and tiny little jewels of dessert. Click through to see the woodlands-inspired offerings, and the stylish people who got to eat them.
All photos by Brian Feinzimer on Feb. 12.
When this year's Grammy nominations were announced in early December, I scanned the jazz and related nominations, looking for friends and acquaintances who'd received nods this year. After a couple of minutes I started counting, and it rapidly became clear that the 2017 Grammy nominations capped a watershed year for...
At the annual AVN Awards, aka "the Oscars of Porn," the entire adult-film industry gets together to see who wins Best Picture, Performer of the Year and, of course, Best Interracial MILF Orgy/Gangbang in a Foreign Feature. The awards were held Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith.