ED’s 2023 Award Nominees Revealed!

 

Following the pre-nomination online voting process in mid-May, ED Publications is pleased to announce the official nominees for the 2023 ED’s Awards! The complete list is available below, and the ballot launches for voting this Friday, June 30 (3 pm EST, noon PST).

The Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show — popularly known as the ED’s Awards Show — is the ONLY national awards show for the multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry and is produced by ED Publications. The show is slated for August 22, 2023, now at the Paris Theater inside the Paris Hotel & Casino, host of this year’s 30th Anniversary EXPO (tickets are $69). Established in 1998, the ED’s Awards Show — now in its 25th year — is the marquee event of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, the only national convention & tradeshow for the gentlemen’s club industry since its inception in 1993.

The 2023 ED’s Awards Show will be hosted by top comedian Joe DeVito, whose dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at clubs and colleges across the USA, and at the top venues in New York City. Joe has appeared on television more than 150 times, including Comedy Central, The Late Late Show (CBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), AXS-tv’s Gotham Comedy Live, Comics Unleashed, E! Network, CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and more. As a writer, Joe has contributed to Maxim Magazine, MTV, and the award-winning film “Super Size Me.” When he was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Canada, the Montreal Gazette rated his performance “9.5 out of 10,” adding, “He ruled the room!” Joe’s debut album “First Date with Joe DeVito” is in regular rotation on Spotify and Sirius XM satellite radio.

The Final Ballot for the 2023 ED’s Awards will be available for voting at www.theEDawards.com, from Friday, June 30 at 3 pm EST through July 16 at midnight!

The ED’s Awards Show honors the country’s top adult nightclubs, touring feature entertainers, club staff and industry professionals. The categories for clubs and entertainers have evolved over the years to keep pace with the industry’s evolution. Today, awards are given to clubs in four regions—East, South, Midwest and West— in the Club of the Year and “Small” Club of the Year categories. There are also awards for “Feature” Club of the Year (clubs that book touring feature entertainers regularly), Urban Club of the Year, and Club Chain of the Year.

The most prestigious club award is “Overall Club of the Year,” a category that showcases the top clubs from across the U.S. These clubs have either won or were nominated in their award region multiple times. In 2022, a new award was established — “Overall Small Club of the Year” —and celebrates nominees from across the U.S. that represent clubs that are either in smaller club markets or are venues that are not “mega-clubs” (i.e., less square footage). 

The ED’s Awards also honor club staff, as they are often the ones responsible for helping their clubs achieve their success. These categories include General Manager of the Year, DJ of the Year and Club Employee of the Year. Another new award introduced in 2022 — Businesswoman of the Year — recognizes female industry professionals who have gone above and beyond in their individual fields.

The Entertainer Awards were also revamped in 2022. Reflecting the positive reception to the ED Awards in 2021, the ED’s Awards Show now boasts on-stage performances by the two finalists from the 2023 EDI East and West contests. Note: The Finals of the EDI East and West competitions will once again be decided during EXPO. The top two finishers from the EDI East and EDI West’s Showgirl Division — Michelle Lynn, Autumn Knights, Justice and Hayla Faye — will compete during EXPO on Sunday evening, August 20, at Peppermint Hippo in Las Vegas. The top two finishers will then move on to perform during the main ED’s Awards Show on August 22.

Finally, ED Publications inducts at least one industry professional each year into its Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals who have helped improve or transform the adult nightclub and/or feature entertainment industries over the course of their careers.

2023 ED’s Awards, Club Nominees:

Overall Club of the Year

The Cloakroom, Washington, DC

The Pony Club, Memphis, TN

Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, Nashville, TN

Thee Dollhouse, Myrtle Beach, SC

Gold Club, San Francisco 

Scores Gentlemen’s Club, Mooresville, NC

Rick’s Cabaret, New York City 

Bucks Cabaret, Dallas

Sapphire, Las Vegas

Penthouse Club, Tampa, FL

Overall “Small” Club of the Year

The Mouse’s Ear, Johnson City, TN

Peppermint Hippo, Little Rock, AR

The Library Gentlemen’s Club, Las Vegas

Uncle Buck’s Boobie Bungalow, Huntsville, AL

Sam’s Hofbrau, Los Angeles 

Double Visions, Horsham, PA

Deja Vu, Stockton, CA 

Kandy’s Adult Playground, Waterford, PA

Leather & Lace Southend, Charlotte, NC

The Treasure Club, Greensboro, NC

Club Chain of the Year

The previous year’s winner in this category (Deja Vu) is not eligible for nomination the following year 

The Pony Clubs

Spearmint Rhino

Rick’s Cabaret

MAL Entertainment

Bucks Cabaret

Peppermint Hippo

Larry Flynt’s Hustler Clubs

The Penthouse Clubs/Kirkendoll Mgmt

Club of the Year East

Archibald’s, Washington, DC

Rick’s Cabaret, Pittsburgh 

Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, New York City

Delilah’s, Philadelphia

Foxy Lady, Providence, RI

The Penthouse Club, Baltimore

Spearmint Rhino, Lexington, KY

Diamonds Cabaret, Dayton, OH

Small Club of the Year East

Bucks Platinum, Toledo, OH

Cheerleaders, Gloucester City, NJ

Mr. Happy’s, Waterbury, CT

Nite Moves, Latham, NY

Savannah’s On Hanna,  Harrisburg, PA

Incognito Gentlemen’s Club, Paducah, KY

Club Alex’s, Stoughton, MA

Tiffany’s Cabaret, Cheektowaga, NY

Club of the Year South

Rachel’s of West Palm Beach, WPB, FL

The Penthouse Club, New Orleans

Ora Ultra Cabaret, WPB, FL

Thee Dollhouse, Myrtle Beach, SC

Scarlett’s Cabaret, Miami

Monroe’s of Palm Beach, WPB, FL

Gold Club, Charlotte, NC

Michael’s Mens Club, Broussard, LA

Small Club of the Year South

Crazy Horse Cabaret, Port Allen, LA

The Mouse’s Ear, Knoxville, TN

Candy Store, Mobile, AL

The Red Room, New Port Richey, FL

Lido Cabaret, Cocoa Beach, FL

Teasers, Key West, FL

2001 Odyssey, Tampa

The Cheetah, Pensacola, FL

Club of the Year Midwest

Big Al’s, Peoria, IL

Deja Vu Showgirls, Lansing, MI

Downtown Cabaret, Minneapolis 

Spearmint Rhino, Minneapolis 

On the Border, Franklin, WI

Rick’s Cabaret, Chicago

Night Trips, Oklahoma City, OK

Silk Exotic, Madison, WI

Small Club of the Year Midwest

Blackjacks, Elgin, IL

Lickity Splitz, Wausau, WI

The Pony, Indianapolis, IN

BigFoot Lounge, Rockford, IL

Rumors Cabaret, Columbia, MO

Idle Hour Saloon, Hurley, WI

Xcess Evansville Strip Club, Evansville, IN

NightShift, North Webster, IN

Club of the Year West

Diamond Cabaret, Denver 

Bucks Wild, Houston

Perfect 10, N. Austin, TX

The Library, Westminster, CA

Curves Cabaret, Tucson, AZ

Peppermint Hippo, Las Vegas

4Play Gentlemen’s Club, Los Angeles

The Lodge, Dallas

Small Club of the Year West

Angelwitch Cabaret, Lubbock, TX

Maximus, Victoria, TX

Lucky Devil Lounge, Portland 

Teasers, Three Forks, MT

Club SINROCK, Anchorage, AK

Hi-Liter, Phoenix 

Blue Sapphire, Ogden, UT

Jumbo’s Clown Room, Los Angeles

“Feature” Club of the Year  

Expose, San Diego

Pony Club, Huntsville, AL

Cheerleaders, Pittsburgh

Deja Vu, Tampa

Red Parrot, El Paso, TX

Scarlett’s Cabaret, Sulphur, LA

Silk’s, Palm Harbor, FL

Dreamgirls, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Urban Club of the Year  

Diamond Club, Atlanta

Club Onyx, Houston 

Dawg Pound Gentlemen’s Club, Brooklyn, IL

Rose Gold, Columbia, SC

Diamond Club Cabaret, Bronx, NY

Magic City, Atlanta

Girl Collection, Las Vegas

Blue Flame Lounge, Atlanta

Entertainer Award Nominees

Feature Entertainer of the Year  

The top feature entertainers in clubs today!

SharZayn

Angel Beau

Ms. Parker

Michelle Lynn

Kenna James

Hayla Faye

Autumn Knights

Bambi Wilde

Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year

The feature entertainers who thrive on repeat bookings — clubs love them!

Katie Morgan

Janine Jericho

Justice 

Pixie Raye

BJ McNaughty

Phoenix Phires

Ella Hotwheels  

Tiny Texie

Newcomer Entertainer of the Year

Entertainers who have been taking US feature bookings for less than three years

Lauren Lotus

Raychel Revolver

Lauren Phillips

Miss Galaxy

Linzee Ryder

Lucy Skye

Chere Noble

Claire Fae

International Entertainer of the Year

Entertainers who are either based outside of the US, or have resided/booked in the US for less than two years

Ciara

Kruella Kraken

Nia Nebula

Delilah Daniels

Cherry Pop

Rachel Rampage

Kimberly Blaze

Heather Heaven

Miss ExoticDancer.com of the Year

    • Charlotte Autumn, Miss August 2022

 

    • Claire Fae, Miss September 2022

 

    • Lauren Lotus, Miss October 2022

 

    • Riley Mae, Miss November 2022

 

    • Kimberly Blaze, Miss December 2022

 

    • Ella Hotwheels, Miss January 2023

 

    • Stella Love, Miss Feb 2023

 

    • Diamond, Miss March 2023

 

    • Phoenix Phires, Miss April 2023

 

    • Nia Nebula, Miss May 2023

 

    • Koyote Von Diva, Miss June 2023

 

    • Ciara, Miss July 2023

 

Club Staff & Industry Pro Award Nominees

GM of the Year

• Lewis Deangelis, Peppermint Hippo, Little Rock, AR

• Jimmy Edwards, Bucks Wild, Dallas

• Michael “Wolf” Abrams, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, Washington Park, IL

• Mario Rinaldi, Monroe’s Of Palm Beach, WPB, FL

• Ashlie Gorton, Treasure Club, Greensboro NC

• Ashley McGuire, Rachel’s of West Palm Beach, FL

• Paul Colella, Rick’s Cabaret, Pittsburgh

• Dylan Nichols, Downtown Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN

• Frankie Fusco, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, San Francisco

• Renee Cipolla, Big Al’s, Peoria, IL

Businesswoman of the Year

• Caressa, Pole Position

• Kelly Skillen, GoBest!

• Greta Torres, Bucks Cabaret Corporate Office

• Kristin Messick, Omega Pattern Works

• Sandra Do, Chief of Staff, Peppermint Hippo

• Macy John, Director of Marketing, Rick’s Cabaret

• Marsha Mills, Alpha Patterned Carpets

• Miriam Ramos, Platinum Processing

• Rio Rivers, Miss Nude World & Miss Exotic Pageants

• Jennifer Cartwright, Monroe’s of Palm Beach, WPB, FL

 

Employee of the Year

This category includes all club positions with the exception of GM or DJ

• Manny Resto, Security, Mons Venus, Tampa, FL

• Aaron Little, Door Host, Blackjacks, Elgin, IL

• Tori King, Day Manager, Mouse’s Ear Johnson City, TN

• Caressa Thomas, Bartender, Lido Cabaret, Cocoa Beach, FL

• Chris Nathaniel, DJ/Bouncer, Scores, Mooresville, NC

•  Joey DiGiacomo, VIP Manager, Rachel’s of Palm Beach, WPB, FL

• Mark Caravella, Regional Manager, Peppermint Hippo

• Jennifer Heskett, Door Girl, Scarlett’s Cabaret, Sulphur, LA 

• Omri Geva, Bartender, The Lodge, Dallas

• Nicholas Dale, Senior Host, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, San Francisco

 

DJ of the Year

•  John Rucker, Deja Vu, Nashville

•  Andrew Jones, Rachel’s Palm Beach, WPB, FL

•  Nikko Maya, Pony Too, Madison, AL

•  Christopher Brennan, Treasure Club, Greensboro, NC

•  Rob Reed, Pharaoh’s, Buffalo, NY

•  Anthony “Binger” Bellao, Tootsie’s Cabaret, Miami

•  Marc D, Blackjacks, Elgin, IL

•  Manny Pastor, The Penthouse Club, Tampa

•  Daryl Roberson, Scarlett’s Cabaret, E. St. Louis, IL

•  Jimmy “Brock” Harris, Trophy Club, Greenville, SC

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