The 2015 ED's Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Official Pre-Nominations Ballot
Each year, we at ED Publications give you—the adult nightclub industry professional—the chance to nominate the adult nightclubs, adult club staff members and/or feature entertainers that you feel most deserve to be on the Final ED's Awards Ballot. It's your chance to let us know who has had a particularly stand-out year, and who deserves to be recognized as "the best of the best" in our industry.
The following ED's Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Official Pre-Nominations Ballot offers pre-nomination voting for each of the three award categories: adult nightclubs, club staff and feature entertainers. Please note, this is NOT the Final Ballot, and the fact that a club, staff member or entertainer is suggested on this Pre-Nominations Ballot does not mean that they will make the Final Ballot. Those clubs or individuals who make the Final Award Ballot will do so based on the amount of support they receive via this Pre-Nominations Ballot, as well as by input from select industry professionals and the ED staff. And when you vote, please let us know why that club, entertainer or staff member deserves to make the Final Award Ballot!
This pre-nominations ballot will be live starting Thursday, May 21st, and will be online until Friday, June 5th. After tabulating all of the votes, the Final Ballot will be posted for online voting beginning on Thursday, June 25th.
Please note: Two of the four Overall Entertainer of the Year nominees will be selected, based on the fact that they won the EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) dance contest, produced by ED Publications. The winner of the EDI-West contest (held at Dames n' Games in Los Angeles) was Justice; the winner of the EDI-East contest (held at Fantasies Nightclub in Baltimore) will be announced following the contest's completion on June 1st. Two more Overall Entertainer of the Year nominees will be selected based in part on the pre-nominations voting process (for a total of four Overall Entertainer of the Year nominees). For more information on the EDI contests, and to see which entertainers performed well at these contests, please visit our contest website www.theEDIs.com.
New for 2015: International Club of the Year
For the first time ever, the ED’s will include the “International Club of the Year” Award. “In recent years we have had adult nightclub owners from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Europe and Australia attend the EXPO,” notes Waitt. “In recognition of the huge adult nightclub market outside of the U.S., we have added an International Club of the Year category to the Annual ED Awards Show.”
Four U.S. Club Award Regions
Beginning in 2014, in an effort to make our adult nightclub awards even more selective, we narrowed our club award regions down from five to four (please see the region map). Our new award regions are:
East New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island), New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky
Central North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan
South North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas
West Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii
ED Awards presented at Monday's Opening Night Pub Crawl Reception
As was the case in 2013 & 2014, we will be presenting a number of ED Awards outside of the main Awards Show on Tuesday, August 25th, at the Civic Theater in New Orleans. This will allow us to keep our Awards Show at a slim, trim two hours (a request that has been made by many show attendees), and still provide a stage for our esteemed award winners.
At this year's EXPO Opening Night Pub Crawl Reception on Monday, August 24th (7:30-9 pm), we will be presenting the following ED Awards, as voted on by you, the adult nightclub industry professional (please note, we will also announce the names of all winners from Monday night's presentations at Tuesday's main ED Awards Show):
• Feature Club of the Year
• International Club of the Year
• Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year
• Adult Movie Entertainer of the Year
• Miss ExoticDancer.com of the Year
• Club Employee of the Year
• DJ of the Year
(The General Manager of the Year Award will be presented on Tuesday evening, during the main ED Awards Show.)
"Big, Bold and Sassy" Thea Vidale to host 2015 ED's Awards Show at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans!
Best known for her primetime ABC show “Thea,” Thea Vidale is a 30-year comedy veteran whose show can be as clean or as dirty as the audience calls for. “Thea is perfect for New Orleans,” says ED Publisher Don Waitt. “She’s big, bold and sassy and that is an exact reflection of what The Big Easy is. And naturally, she’ll be bringing her wildest show!”
On television, Thea was best known for her primetime ABC sitcom, for which she was nominated for a People’s Choice Award as Favorite Female in a New Series. Thea has also appeared on numerous hit TV shows and sitcoms, including Last Comic Standing, Comics Unleashed, Hot Tamales Live on HBO, Ugly Betty, Law & Order CI, and Ellen.
Thea Vidale began her career in 1986 doing amateur stand-up comedy nights in Houston before quickly progressing to comedy clubs in Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. Since then she has successfully and hilariously appeared in just about every entertainment medium, from national comedy tours to television sitcoms to movie roles.
Use this map to determine how we divided the clubs into regions.
Each region has two voting categories, one for large clubs and one for small clubs.
A small club is defined as a club under 5000 sq ft.