November 21, 2016 | Posted in straight by
Last week, XBIZ announced its nominations for the 2017 XBIZ Awards. The nominations party - like the awards show itself - was an adult industry-only, exclusive event called the RISE Adult Performer Appreciation Gala. It was hosted by director/producer Kelly Holland and celebrated the 25th year of the adult industry political lobbying group, the Free Speech Coalition. Porn legend Julia Ann was presented with an award for her work in defeating California's Prop 60 and Wicked Pictures contract star/sex educator jessica drake was also presented with a RISE Award for her work as an educator and an activist and for generally being an excellent example of what kind of awesomeness a porn star can achieve in general.
The XBIZ Awards will be hosted by porn legend Ron Jeremy and is scheduled to take place on January 12, 2017 in Los Angeles following the magazine's industry-only trade show. The awards show will debut its first virtual reality sex scene award to reflect the popularity of that new genre, along with other non-video categories. It was a big year for porn, both creatively and politically and both awards shows - this and the AVN one - should prove to be very interesting this year.
Click here to take a look at the full list of nominations.