I have been working in the gay porn industry for 15 years, but this was my first time attending The Grabby Awards. (See the full list of winners here.) It is part awards show, part entertainment, and over-all a great opportunity if you like partying with porn stars at multiple events going on all over Chicago during the IML Memorial Day weekend.
There was certainly no shortage of hot boys at Metro nightclub for the awards this year. I started the evening by meeting up with Titan stars Jessie Jackman and Dirk Caber, both of whom I found to be very nice, down to earth guys who also happened to be presenting awards (and sporting some very sexy leather gear).
First to the stage were the night’s hosts, Chi Chi LaRue and Honey West. Once again Chi Chi was shrill and bitchy and started the night apologizing for her ‘off color’ remarks the previous year, drawing some laughter by saying she would apologize again next year for the comments she made tonight.
The first of those comments came just a few minutes later when she introduced Billy Santoro as “the one with the big horse teeth.”
Mr. Pam graciously accepted the award for Connor McGuire as Best Actor for Naked Sword’s Dirty Rascals. It was refreshing to see a female director up on the stage accepting an award for a movie she directed, showing that women do have a place in the gay porn world.
The biggest winner of the night went to Rocco Steele, who seemed to take home award after award. From ‘Hottest Cock,’ to ‘Squirt.org Fan Favorite’ and ‘Best Group Scene’ he certainly seemed to have won some friends in the Academy (not that I think his horse hung cock hurt matters any). In one of his many acceptance speeches of the night, he said he enjoyed working with a condom and sounded almost shameful of his past bareback scenes. It left me to wonder if this spells the end of his bareback career? This is what he told me in this interview I did with him for HDKRaw a few months ago. I asked him if performing in bareback porn ever an issue for him, and he said, “It was and has always been an issue for me. I know there are mixed views on it and even I have mixed views. I am not a 100 percent bareback actor and I know people want me to be… but I don’t feel comfortable with that. Starting out, I wanted to be a condom actor but those jobs were not offered to me right away. Now they are. I enjoy representing both bareback and condom porn because as I’ve said in earlier interviews, it reflects my personal life.”
Here he is accepting the award for Hottest Cock:
Nick Capra got up to accept his Wall of Fame award and made some funny comments about how when he’s usually talking at podiums it’s about being an alcoholic.
The funniest moment was definitely when the sound went out on clip from CockyBoys’ Answered Prayers and Levi Karter created his own improv of the dialogue. He was also responsible for the second funniest moment of the evening, when he went onstage to accept an award and then asked ‘What’s this award for again?’ Lord, bless her heart.
It was definitely a pleasant surprise when TitanMen won the Award for Best Fetish Movie, Foul Play. I should admit here that TitanMen.com is one of the websites I do Marketing for, but I had no idea we were going to win and hadn’t expected to pick up an award. I ended up getting on stage and taking it, looking like a nervous wreck, but I guess I winged the acceptance speech alright. Fortunately Titan exclusive Jesse Jackman was there to pick up his own award for ‘Best Manly Man,’ which was very well deserved if not for his deep, sexy voice alone!
The other big winner was obviously for CockyBoys Answered Prayers, with all the models praising Jake Jaxson and Jake Jaxson praising all the models. If nothing else, their table full of twinks definitely knew how to make the most noise!
About the Author:
Danny Zeeman is a Writer and Webmaster who runs a host of gay porn sites for studios such as Japanboyz,TitanMen, FactoryVideos, HotDesertKnights and more. He currently resides in Chi-cago. You can follow him on Twitter @dannyzeeman