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This Is Who Won at the "Golden Globes of Gay Porn" for 2019

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Full listing of awards at the end of the story.

It was a busy weekend in Chicago. On Saturday, in the midsts of International Mr. Leather weekend, the Grabby’s held it’s 20th annual ceremony. Handing out over 30 awards and signs of recognition, the event, which was heavily rumored to be the last following the death of organizer Mark Nagel, celebrated the best and the greatest of the gay porn industry.

“Me and Mark always joked amongst ourselves that yes, the GayVNs are the 'Oscars of gay porn,'” Stacy Bridges, who produced the Grabby’s alongside Nagel who died of an epileptic seizure in February, told Out. “We, [the Grabby’s,] are the Golden Globes.”

This year’s event was hosted by Honey West and ChiChi LaRue, who have both hosted the Grabby’s since it was founded by Gay Chicago Magazine’s co-founder Ralph Gernhardt. At the time, it was held at the since-closed bath house Man’s Country, then owned by Chuck Renslow, the founder of IML.

Among the awards some of the highlights included Max Konnor and Boomer Banks who both won for Hottest Cock — circumcised and uncircumcised respectively. “This is actually my second best cock award,” Banks said on the stage. Max Adonis cried on stage when his name was announced for Best Newcomer alongside Alam Wernick.

Adam Killian, Ryan Rose, mr. Pam, Johnny V, and David Aries were all inducted into the Grabby’s Wall of Fame, Kilian taking to the stage in a Tom of Finland bodysuit. “Mark really supported me early on and he’s the reason I got so many awards and so much attention,” he said. The tribute was one of many throughout the night in honor of Nagel. His sister took to the stage to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor, one of only seven given away in the history of the show.

“I was kind of dreading the award because it’s kind of like you’re going out to pasture, but I’m not going nowhere.” mr. Pam said when they received their Wall of Fame induction. They also took home an award for Best Videography in “The Last Rose.” When Johnny V went up to be inducted, he used the moment to poke verbal jabs at longtime friend Rose. It devolved into the two stripping off their shirts onstage to see who had the better body. Sorry boys but DeAngelo Jackson, who received the trophy for Hottest Body, will always win that award.

In a sign of the times, fan site platform JustFor.Fans won the Best Web Original Content award beating out sites like Noir Male, Men.com, and CockyBoys. The service also sponsored a fan award which went to top performer Griffin Barrows. “I went through a period of time in my life where I was kicked out by my very conservative family and I was homeless for a bit,” he said in his acceptance speech. “But my porn family took me in and took care of me.” That family has also expanded with his ever-growing fandom as, outside of the event, a few people asked the performer for photos.

“What sets the Grabby’s apart from other porn shows is we are 80 percent fans and 20 percent industry and most of the other shows are the reverse in terms of attendance,” Bridges told Out. “I feel like the porn stars actually feel like a celebrity when they come.” And that feeling is not likely to leave soon. Though he had said previously to some that this would be the final Grabby’s, Bridges reversed that decision on stage, later telling Out that it was because of the enthusiasm for the weekend and how important the event is for the industry.

“Something special is brewing for next year,” he said on stage. “Grabby’s is not over.”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mark Nagel

WALL OF FAME

Adam Killian

Ryan Rose

mr. Pam

Johnny V

David Aries

BEST MODELS

Hottest Cock -- Boomer Banks and Max Konnor

Best Versatile Performer - Pheonix Fellington

Hottest Bottom -- Armond Rizzo

Hottest Body -- DeAngelo Jackson

Hottest Top -- Cade Maddox

Twink Performer -- Joey MIlls

Best Newcomer -- Max Adonis and Alam Wernik

Performer of the Year -- Calvin Banks and Michael Roman

 

FAN FAVORITES

Squirt.org Fan Favorite -- Rocco Steele

Steamworks’ Fan Favorite -- Men.com’s “Spiderman: A Gay XXX Parody”

Justfor.Fans Fan Favorite -- Griffin Barrows

 

BEST PERFORMANCE SCENES

Best Supporting Actor -- Bruce Beckam in Naked Sword’s “The Slutty Professor”

Best Actor -- Wesley Woods in Falcon Studios’ “Zack & Jack Make a Porno”

Best All Sex Movie -- Lucas Entertainment’s “Zapped, Drilled and Fucked”

Hottest Rimming -- Beaux Banks, Trey Donovan and Trent King in Noir Male’s “The Photoshoot”

Hottest Flip -- Jessie Colter, Max Duro and Adam Killian in Naked Sword’s “Nob Hill”

Best Duo -- Bruce Beckham and Damien Stone in Men.com’s “Stranded”

Best Group -- Julian Bell, Tyler Hill, Joey Mills, Cameron Parks, Angel Rivera and Kyle Ross in Helix Studios’ “Vegas Nights”

Best Threeway Scene -- Ace Era, Tyler Roberts and Dave Slick for Naked Sword’s “The Slutty Professor”

Best Movie / Web Series -- Helix’s “Vegas Nights”

 

BEST PRODUCTION SCENES

Best Web Original Content -- JustFor.Fans

Best Screenplay -- Jake Jaxson for Cockyboys’ “All Saints”

Best Videography -- mr.Pam and Leo Forte for Naked Sword and Bel Ami’s “The Last Rose”

Best Director All Sex -- ChiChi LaRue for Noir Male’s “Black on White”

Best Still Photography -- Sam Brighton

Best Editing -- Jesse Garcia for Naked Sword’s “The Slutty Professor”

Best Director Movie/Web Series -- Jake Jaxson for Cockyboys’ “All Saints”

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