It’s time for YOUR input:
Who should make the Final Ballot for the 2022 ED Awards in Las Vegas?
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 gentlemen’s club industry and is slated for August 16, 2022, at the Criss Angel Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Established in 1998, the ED’s Awards Show 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 first step in the process of nominations for the ED Awards is the pre-nomination voting, which will take place via direct email with an online ballot to all verified industry professionals. Pre-nomination votes will be accepted until Monday, June 20.
The ED’s Awards Show honors the country’s top gentlemen’s clubs, touring feature entertainers and club staff. The categories for clubs and entertainers have evolved over the years to keep pace with the industry’s evolution. This year, awards are given to clubs in four updated regions — East, South, Midwest and West.
There are also club 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 (“chains” are club brands that own multiple locations, such as Rick’s Cabaret, Deja Vu, Spearmint Rhino, Penthouse Clubs, Pony Clubs, Bucks Cabaret, Penthouse Clubs, etc.).
The most prestigious club award is “Overall Club of the Year,” a category that typically boasts eight-to-ten nominees from across the U.S. These are clubs that have either won or were nominated in their award region multiple times.
The ED’s Awards also honor club staff, as they are the ones largely 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.
New awards for clubs and industry pros!
The “Overall Small Club of the Year” Award will celebrate 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 substantial square footage). The “Innovative Executive of the Year” Award will honor industry professionals who have been exceptional in the areas of creativity and forward-thinking innovation. Finally, The “Businesswoman of the Year” Award will honor female industry professionals who have excelled in their careers, clubs and/or businesses.
New entertainer awards!
The “entertainer” award category has been revamped for 2022. Reflecting the positive reception to the ED Awards in 2021, the ED’s Awards Show will feature on-stage performances by the two finalists from the 2022 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 (SharZayn, Michelle Lynn, Ms. Parker, Katie Sutra) will compete during EXPO on Sunday evening, August 14 (@Deja Vu Showgirls). The top two finishers will then move on to perform during the main ED’s Awards Show.
The full list of entertainer awards being presented at EXPO 2022 will include EDI 2022 Champion, the new “Feature Entertainer of the Year” Award(recognizing the most frequently booked feature entertainers), “Newcomer Entertainer of the Year” and “Miss ExoticDancer.com.”
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