The 2019 ED’s Awards Show will be held Tuesday, August 13th, at the Criss Angel Theater in Las Vegas during the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The Final Ballot will go live on Wednesday afternoon, June 26th at, and remain live until July 8th!

It’s still the only awards show in the world honoring gentlemen’s clubs, club staff and feature entertainers, and in 2019 the multi-billion-dollar adult club industry will once again collectively descend on Las Vegas to honor the best of the best. The 2019 Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show—the ED Awards—will be held on August 13th during the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Expo at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 2019 ED Awards Show is presented in a brand partnership with Patron Tequila, and will be hosted by top comedian and Comedy Central star, Chris Distefano.

The ED Awards Final Ballot will remain live for voting until July 8th.

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. Today, awards are given to clubs in four regions—East, South, Central and West—with designations for Club of the Year and “Small” Club of the Year in each region (“small” club is determined by physical size or the size of the market in which the club is located). There are also club awards for “Feature” Club of the Year (clubs which book touring feature entertainers regularly), Urban Club of the Year, International Club of the Year (clubs outside of the U.S.), and Club Chain of the Year (“chains” are club brands which own multiple locations, such as Rick’s Cabaret, Deja Vu, Spearmint Rhino, Penthouse Clubs, etc.).

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The most prestigious club awards is “Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year,” a category which boasts ten nominees from across the US. This year, the nominees for Overall Club of the Year are: Cloakroom Gentlemen’s Club in Washington DC, Hustler Club in New Orleans, Ocean Gentlemen’s Club in Chicago, Penthouse Club in New Orleans, The Pony Club in Memphis, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, Scarlett’s Cabaret in Hallandale Beach, FL, Scores Gentlemen’s Club in Mooresville, North Carolina, Spearmint Rhino in Dallas and Thee Dollhouse in Myrtle Beach (E11EVEN in Miami is the reigning ED’s Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year).

The ED Awards also honors club staff, as they are the ones largely responsible for helping their clubs achieve their success. There are three categories for staff awards: General Manager of the Year, Club Employee of the Year and DJ of the Year.

In the Entertainer award category, there are six awards presented each year. They include Newcomer Entertainer of the Year, Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Adult Entertainer of the Year, International Showgirl of the Year, Miss of the Year, and the top award for entertainers, Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year (Natasha Nova is the reigning Entertainer of the Year). The nominees for the 2019 Overall Entertainer of the Year Award are Justice, Shar Zayn and Bellzora.


The criteria for the Overall Entertainer of the Year category has evolved since the show’s inception. Two of the Entertainer of the Year nominees come from the Annual EDI (Exotic Dancer Invitational) East and West contests; the winner of the “Showgirl” Division in each contest are automatically nominated for Entertainer of the Year. This year, Justice won the EDI West at the Bucks clubs in Dallas Ft. Worth, while Shar Zayn won the EDI East at The Pony Club in Memphis.

The criteria for the final Entertainer of the Year nominee has remained steady for the past several years: The nominee will not only receive support on the ED Awards Pre-Nomination ballot, but she will also represent the top “showgirl” entertainer who has had the most club bookings in the preceding 12-month period. In 2019, that entertainer is Bellzora. Each of these Entertainer of the Year nominees will perform live during the Annual ED’s Awards Show.

Here is the complete list of 2019 ED Award Nominees!


Club Award Nominations

Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year

Cloakroom Gentlemen’s Club in Washington DC, Hustler Club in New Orleans, Ocean Gentlemen’s Club in Chicago, Penthouse Club in New Orleans, The Pony Club in Memphis, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, Scarlett’s Cabaret in Hallandale Beach, FL, Scores Gentlemen’s Club in Mooresville, North Carolina, Spearmint Rhino in Dallas, Thee Dollhouse in Myrtle Beach

Club of the Year – East

Centerfolds in Boston, Delilah’s in Philadelphia, Spearmint Rhino in Pittsburgh, Penthouse Club in Baltimore, Scores in New York City, Rick’s Cabaret in Pittsburgh, Cheerleaders in Philadelphia, Wonderland in Providence, Rhode Island

Small Club of the Year – East

35 Club in Sayreville, New Jersey, Babe’s NOLA in Burlington, New Jersey, Chase Lounge in Dover, Delaware, Club Alex’s in Stoughton, Massachusetts, Paper Moon (Southside) in Richmond, Virginia, Savannah’s on Hanna in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Southern X-Posure in Morgantown, West Virginia, Teaser’s in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Club of the Year – South

Deja Vu in Nashville, The Furnace in Birmingham, Gold Club in Charlotte, E11EVEN in Miami, The Pony Club in Huntsville, Spearmint Rhino in West Palm Beach, Tootsie’s Cabaret in North Miami, Treasure Club in Myrtle Beach

Small Club of the Year – South

2001 Odyssey in Tampa, Candy Store in Mobile, Centerfold Lounge in Jacksonville, Icon Gentlemen’s Club in Trinity, Florida, Leather and Lace North in Charlotte, Lido Cabaret in Cocoa Beach, Shadow Cabaret in Hialeah, Florida, Wacko’s in Jacksonville

Club of the Year – Central

Bucks Wild in Dallas, Hustler Club in Washington Park, Illinois, Penthouse Club in Detroit, Perfect 10 in San Antonio, Rick’s Cabaret in Chicago, Spearmint Rhino in Carter Lake, Iowa, Rick’s Cabaret in Odessa, Texas, The Pony Club, Evansville, IN

Small Club of the Year – Central

Bonkers in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Cover Girls in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Heartbreakers in Dickinson, Texas, Lucky Lady in Evansville, Indiana, The Pony Club, East Cape Girardeau, IL, Rumors Cabaret in Columbia, Missouri, Sensations in Grand Rapids, Show Palace in Darien, Wisconsin

Club of the Year – West

CLUB SINROCK in Seattle, Club Rouge in Portland, The Library Gentlemen’s Club in Anaheim, Little Darlings in Las Vegas, Palomino Club in Las Vegas, Penthouse Club in San Francisco, Spearmint Rhino in Los Angeles, Ten’s Showclub in Tucson

Small Club of the Year – West

Chicas Cabaret in Phoenix, Deja Vu in Stockton, California, Desert Flame in Mesa, Arizona, Devil’s Point in Portland, Fantasy Castle in Long Beach, California, Fabulous Tip Top Club in Eureka, California, Players Club in Denver, Roaring ‘20s in San Francisco

Feature Club of the Year (clubs that regularly book feature entertainers)

Archibald’s in Washington, DC, Cadillac Lounge in Providence, RI, Crazy Horse in San Francisco, Expose in San Diego, The Fox Gentlemen’s Club in Bath, PA, Jaguars in Lubbock, Texas, Monroe’s of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, On the Border in Franklin, Wisconsin, Platinum 84 in Denver, Trophy Club in Greenville, South Carolina

International Club of the Year (outside of the 50 US states)

Bada Bing in Copenhagen, Denmark, Capital Men’s Club in Canberra, Australia, Club Vixen in Brisbane, Australia, Deja Vu in Tijuana, Frenchy’s Next Level in Puerto Rico, NuDen in Ottowa, Canada, Penthouse Club in Perth, Australia, Private Eyes (Chapel Street) in Aberdeen, Scotland. Spearmint Rhino in London, The Mermaid Bar in Auckland, New Zealand

Urban Club of the Year

Allure Gentlemen’s Club in Atlanta, Club Babes in Atlanta, Club Lacy’s in Las Vegas, Club Lexx in Miami, Club Onyx in Centreville, IL, Follies in Atlanta, Magic City in Atlanta, Onyx in Houston, Plae in Houston, Starlet’s Gentlemen’s Club in New York City

Club Chain of the Year

Bucks Cabaret/Bucks Wild, MAL Entertainment, Penthouse Clubs, RCI Hospitality (Rick’s Cabaret), Scores, Spearmint Rhino, The Pony Club, Southwest Clubs  [As winners of the 2018 Club Chain of the Year Award, the Deja Vu/Hustler Clubs chain is exempt from nomination in 2019.]

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Entertainer Award Nominations

Overall Entertainer of the Year

Bellzora, Justice and Shar Zayn

Newcomer of the Year

Aerial Leigh, Bailey Fox, Britney Amber, Cali Marie, Cassius Chay, Elsa Jean, Heather Heaven, Michelle Lynn, Pixie Raye, Raven Kali

Club Favorite of the Year

Angel Beau, Annie Lane, Bambi Wilde, BJ McNaughty, Blake Monroe, Janine Jericho, Lori Lane, Mila DeLuna, Ruby Ryder, Shay Lynn

International Showgirl of the Year

Alexandra Belle, Champagne, Cherry Pop, Charlie Chaser, Dinah Might, Frenchie Love, Gracie Lace, Onyx, Venus Starr

Adult Entertainer of the Year

Brett Rossi, Jayden Cole, Jessa Rhodes, Katie Morgan, Nicolette Shea, Nikki Delano, Reya Sunshine, Richelle Ryan, Romi Rain, Sophie Dee

Miss of the Year

Frenchie Love, Ms. Parker, Katie Sutra, Cherry Pop, Justice, Shar Zayn, Ruby Ryder, Freebird, Frankie Fatale, Ryan Lee, Heather Heaven, Dani Steel 

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Club Staff Award Nominations

General Manager of the Year

Ann Kesler, Hustler Club, New Orleans, Charlie Castro, Vivid, New York City, Darin Mabry, Gold Club, Charlotte, Jim Bicandi, Spearmint Rhino, Boise, John Miller, Penthouse Club, New Orleans, Mario Rinaldi, Monroe’s of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Mike Watkins, Bucks Cabaret, Fort Worth, Ryan Godfrey, Silver City, Dallas, Stephanie Wilbanks, Pony Club, Memphis, Trevor Bowen, Little Darlings, Las Vegas

Employee of the Year

Adam Ross, Manager, Scarlett’s Cabaret in Hallandale Beach, FL, Chellie Knight, House Mom, Gold Club, Charlotte, Courtney Miller, Manager, Club Babes, Atlanta, Deanna LaPoint, Shift Manager, Little Darlings, Las Vegas, Gabe Muzquiz, Manager, Spearmint Rhino, Dallas, Greta Torres, Accounting, Bucks clubs, Texas, Heaven, House Mom, Pony Club, Memphis, Jonas Hair, Manager, Penthouse Club, Tampa, Ray Vega, Manager, The Library, Anaheim, CA, Sally Chew, Front Office, Tootsies, Miami

DJ of the Year

Anthony “Binger” Bellao, Penthouse Club, New Orleans, David Hulme, Bucks Cabaret, Ft. Worth, DJ Max, Spearmint Rhino’s California Girls, Anaheim, Douglas Lima, Shadow Cabaret, Pompano Beach, Dylan Boyd, Rick’s Cabaret, Ft. Worth, Kevin Kessler, Booby Trap, Pompano Beach, Jeremy Sweigert, Michaels Men’s Club, Broussard, LA, Mike Barber, The Fox Gentlemen’s Club, Bath, PA, Nick Stobaugh, Deja Vu corporate/Little Darlings, Las Vegas, Stacey Wiggins, Christie’s Cabaret, Brunswick, OH

More about ED Awards host Chris Distefano:

If you watch Comedy Central, you’ve definitely seen Chris Distefano. His own TV show? Yes—a series called “Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano” which airs on Friday nights. His own one-hour special? Yes—“Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist” premiered in January 2019. And after recently being signed to an exclusive deal with Comedy Central, expect Chris to be a fixture on the channel that showcases the top current and up-and-coming comedians in the world.

Chris first burst onto the scene as a standout on MTV’s talking heads franchise Guy Code/Girl Code, with PopSugar naming him the “funniest guy on MTV.” He went on to star in the IFC series Benders and serve as co-host of Netflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster. He has appeared on TruTV’s Comedy Knockout and MSG Network’s People Talking Sports, and he has performed stand-up on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Get your Planet Hollywood hotel room and ED Awards Show tickets today!

The EXPO hotel room block—which has sold out every year for the past four years—is set to expire on July 10th! Hotel rooms at Planet Hollywood start at just $79 per night, Sunday night through Wednesday night, and can be booked today by visiting this link or by calling 866-317-1829 and asking for the “Gentlemen’s Club Expo” rate.

To purchase tickets for the 2019 ED Awards Show at the Criss Angel Theater in Las Vegas, call ED Publications at (727) 726-3592 or go to this page to buy tickets for $89 each.

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