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Grabby Awards presented to top performers during annual show in Chicago

Memorial Day Weekend continues in gay Chicago with IML

Chicago, IL — The 2011 Grabby Awards, hosted by Chi Chi LaRue and Honey West, took center stage Saturday night at Chicago's Park West Theatre. The awards show coincides annually with International Mr. Leather over Memorial Day Weekend.

Chi Chi LaRue co-hosted the 2011 Grabby Awards :: anthony meade
Chi Chi LaRue co-hosted the 2011 Grabby Awards 
credit :: anthony meade
The Grabby Awards, better know as The Grabbys, are presented by Grab Magazine to some of the gay adult industry's best talent and performers.

Stacy Bridges and Mark Nagel, the show's organizers and producers, called this year's award ceremony another success. 

"Stars have flown in from all over the country and world for the most anticipated weekend in the industry," Bridges told 

For the first time in the 20-year history of the Grabby Awards, Bel Ami exclusives attended the event in Chicago. Dolph Lambert, Kris Evans, Jean-Daniel Chagall and Kevin Warhol traveled from Prague, Czech Republic. Before attending the Grabbys, the Bel Ami group toured the Windy City. 

Actor and director Brent Everett won the 'Best Actor' award. The 27-year-old Everett shared the 'Performer of the Year' award with the beefy Samuel Colt. 

Sister Roma, Steve Shay, Brandon Baker and Dean Monroe were presented with a Grabby 'Wall of Fame' award. Sister Roma, who co-hosts the popular ‘Tim and Roma' podcast, received a standing ovation from the crowd. 

British director and producer Kristen Bjorn was awarded the Grabby 'Lifetime Achievement,' but was not present to accept the award. 

Tony Buff, Shane Frost and Dean Monroe co-hosted the awards show with this year's Trophy Studs: Eric Austyn, Bill Byron, Dante Escobar (replacing Angel Rock) and Phenix Saint.

The International Mr. Leather Contest, which is the culmination of an active LGBT Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago, is Sunday night at 6 p.m.

Related: Complete list of 2011 Grabby Award Winners (from

Related: View more photos from the 2011 Grabby Awards
I was there Saturday night, and the show was incredibly disorganized, starting late, presenters missing, wrong trophies, terrible audio when playing video clips, amateur video setups (PC desktop clearly visible), no list of nominees on the screens, they didn't even have a rehearsal!
Posted by Anonymous attendee on Thu, 6/2/2011 7:23 AM
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