It is estimated that around half of all online content today is porn-related. This means that adult entertainment producers release tons of videos. The sheer number of genres may stun you! Whether you are into straight or gay sex, hentai or ebony, you may be rest assured that porn studios have already brought your fantasies to life.

Pornography is the most lucrative business on earth, and like any other business, it has its own trade shows and award ceremonies. Every year, the AVN awards show recognized achievements in as many as 100 categories. After all, porn is filmmaking, too!

The Time and Place

Every January, Las Vegas welcomes thousands of attendees and hundreds of porn studios to the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. The event is held in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It is sponsored by the US adult video trade magazine,  and is promoted as “the world’s largest adult extravaganza”.

By the end of the four-day convention, VIP guests are invited to see the awards show. VIP status also gives access to special hours and private suite parties, as well as gifts and a special entrance.


All nominations belong to the fields of creation and marketing of porn. Some of the numerous categories are identical to industry awards in non-porn filmmaking, while others are specific to the porn/erotic segment. For ten years, the show has been broadcast on Showtime, but as a cut 90-minute version. The nominations include:

  • Best new starlet;
  • Female performer of the year;
  • Male performer of the year;
  • Best male newcomer;
  • Best actress/Best actor;
  • Best supporting actress/Best supporting actor;
  • Best non-sex performance;
  • Best tease performance;
  • Best cinematography;
  • Best all-sex video;
  • Best all-girl sex scene;
  • Best selling title of the year;
  • Best renting title of the year;
  • Best director;
  • Best film;
  • Best video featureADULT ENTERTAINMENT EXPO foreign feature.

Creators of gay adult content received the award from 1986 till 1998, when they were given their own separate ceremony, the GayVN Awards, entirely focused on the gay audience.

The Importance

In 2013, porn star Tanya Tate shared her impressions from the ceremony with the Huffington Post: “If you are more popular with the fans, companies are more likely to book you for their production”, “Being nominated for awards help build your recognition with your fan base. People that win male and female performer of the year are generally solid consistent talent that is open to many ‘levels’, and some of these performers already have higher basic rates than others”.

The AVN show is the “Oscars of porn”. It is the most important event recognizing the achievements of professionals in the industry, and it is definitely worth watching.