Grabbys Award Show goes virtual for 21st anniversary special

Tue. May 19, 2020 9:37 PM by News Staff

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Grabbys to live-stream for free with Chi Chi LaRue and Honey West, May 30

Chicago, IL - The show must go on, albeit virtually, organizers of the annual Grabbys Award Show announced on Tuesday.

“Despite the unfortunate situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the show must go on — safely,” said producer Stacy Bridges. “We're excited the Grabbys is the first gay erotic award show to be live-streamed, providing more fans the opportunity to join the celebration for free. And unlike our live-stage productions, the show this year will feature adult material, such as X-rated film clips for 'Best Movie' nominees!”

Although industry insiders, stars and fans of the gay erotic film industry are not able to gather in Chicago due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show will be live-streamed for free on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. (CDT).

Chi Chi LaRue and Honey West will return for their 21st year as hostesses, this year virtually from separate locations: Chi Chi LaRue from Minneapolis and Honey West in Chicago. The show is expected to run 90 minutes, Bridges said.

GayVN Stars is the presenting sponsor. “We are thrilled to be working with our friends at the GRABBYS to stream their highly anticipated ceremony live on our GayVN Stars platform,” said AVN Media Network CEO Tony Rios. “We're looking forward to seeing all the fans of adult entertainment worldwide come together online for this special interactive broadcast event.”

Additional sponsors include Grab Magazine, Swiss Navy Lube, and Steamworks Baths Chicago.

The 2020 Grabbys Award Show, to highlight exceptional talent and performances in the gay erotic film industry, along with pre and post-parties are traditionally held Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Founded by Ralph Paul Gernhardt, the first Grabbys - formerly known as Adult Erotic Gay Video Awards - were given on May 29, 1999.

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