Transgender Erotica Awards

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Transgender Erotica Award (The TEA Show)
8th Transgender Erotica Awards
Transgender adult model Chelsea Marie accepts a Transgender Erotica Award for Best Alternative Model of 2013 at the 6th Annual Tranny Awards.
Awarded for Exceptional performance in various aspects of the creation and marketing of transgender erotica.
Sponsor Grooby Productions
Location Los Angeles, California
Country United States
Presented by Grooby Productions
Reward Trophy
First awarded 2009
Last awarded Present
Official website

The Transgender Erotica Awards, formerly known as The Tranny Awards, are a group of movie awards presented annually in the United States recognizing performances and performers in the field of transgender pornography, with an emphasis on erotic photography and pornographic movies. Organized by adult industry production company Grooby Productions, the awards were first given in 2009. Citing a poor representation of transgender performers and producers in mainstream adult awards ceremonies,[1] the Tranny Awards were created to recognize achievement in the transgender adult industry.

The awards nominations are submitted from industry and fans from the transgender adult industry; the winners are voted for by a panel of judges, representing fans, producers, performers and professional critics. Each year there is a different panel of judges.


In 2008, Grooby Productions sponsored the Tranny Awards to correct "the lack of recognition that the transgender erotica industry gets."[2] Some comic confusion arose when the California Transportation Foundation, a nonprofit associated with Caltrans, also decided to call its 20th annual awards ceremony to celebrate "transportation achievement" the TRANNY Awards.[3] The judges panel for the 1st annual Tranny Awards included transgender adult film icon Meghan Chavalier, Bob’s Tgirls owner Bob Maverick, and Grooby Productions CEO Steven Grooby.[4]

From 2010 onward, the Transgender Erotica Awards were live events. Hosted in North Hollywood, the 2nd annual Tranny Awards were held in February 2010. Judges included AVN award winning transgender producer/model Wendy Williams, Black Tgirls producer Kila Kali, and influential transgender blogger Caramel.[5]

The 2011 Tranny Awards were held in North Hollywood in February 2011, hosted by transgender adult model Michelle Austin. Notable winners included Bailey Jay, Angelina Valentine, and Joanna Jet. Sponsors for the 3rd annual Tranny Awards included Shemale Strokers, SMC, and Tranny News Daily.[6]

The 2012 Tranny Awards were hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Nicole Paige Brooks at Joseph's Cafe in Hollywood on February 19, 2012. The 4th annual Tranny Awards saw a sharp rise in number of sponsors, from the previous award show’s 8 sponsors to 19 total sponsors.[7] Notable sponsors included Cam4, Eros, AEBN,, and Third World Media. Making up the judges panel were XBIZ Award winning transgender performer Jesse Flores, StrokingQueens webmaster Housekeeper, and XCritic's main reviewer Apache Warrior.[8]

The 2013 awards were held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale and hosted by television drag celebrity Jujubee, catering to more than 200 attendees.[9] The 5th annual Tranny Awards added some major award categories, including Best FTM Performer (awarded to Buck Angel), Best Scene Director, and Best Internet Personality.[10] New notable sponsors included iFriends, Bob’s TGirls, Transformation Magazine, and The UP Network. The judges panel included FTM performer James Darling, UP Network owner Ecstatic, transgender adult icon Joanna Jet, and AVN writer Darklady.[11]

The 2014 awards were once again hosted by Jujubee at the Beyond the Stars Palace on February 16, 2014, with the after party hosted the following evening at The Dragonfly in Hollywood. New notable sponsors included XXX, Trans500, The Stockroom,, and Fame Dollars. Judges included AVN award winning performer Christian, Frank of Franks-Tgirlworld, and Centurian owner Hanna Rodgers.[12]

With the announcement of the 7th annual award show, Grooby renamed the organization from the Tranny Awards to the Transgender Erotica Awards.[13] Despite the continued common usage of terms such as "shemale" and "tranny" in modern pornography,[14] the response to the event’s rebranding effort has "largely been positive."[15]

The 2015 awards were hosted by Jujubee at The Avalon on February 15, 2015, with the after party hosted the following evening at Bardot in Hollywood. New notable sponsors included Dr. Sinclair, GameLink, and LELO. Judges included AVN award winning performer Ashley Blue, FTM icon Buck Angel, and XCritic writer Dr. Jay.[16]

The 2016 awards were continued with the same formula and were once again hosted by Jujubee at The Avalon with the event moving to the first weekend in March. New judges included comedian Jim Norton. Changes this year included splitting the Best Non-TS Performer into both Male and Female categories, with and Grooby_Productions performer Mona Wales being the inaugural winner in Best Non-TS Female. New award, Best Industry Professional went to Mark Kernes, long time writer for AVN_(magazine). Ts_Madison was presented in person with a Lifetime Achievement, as was early Grooby photographer The Commander. Performer Kimberly Devine received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Wendy Williams. [17] [18]

Award categories

In order to be eligible to be nominated for a given year's Awards, a title must have been released between October 31 and November 1 of the preceding year.[19]

Production categories

  • Best DVD
  • Best Scene
  • Best FTM Scene
  • Best Solo Website

Performer categories

  • Best New Face
  • Best Solo Model
  • Best Hardcore Model
  • Best FTM Performer
  • Best Non-TS Performer (Male)
  • Best Non-TS Performer (Female)
  • Best Foreign Performer
  • Fan Choice Award
  • Best Internet Personality
  • Ms. Unique

Technical categories

  • Best Scene Director
  • Best Photographer
  • Best DVD Director
  • Best Industry Professional

Special/Sponsored categories

  • Shemale Strokers Model of the Year
  • Bob’s TGirls Model of the Year
  • Kink's Kinkiest T-Girl Domme
  • Dr. Sinclair's Transcendence Award
  • Trans 500 Model of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Transgender Erotica Award Winners

The following is a list of the winners in the major categories for the Transgender Erotica Awards.

Winners 2009–2011

2009[4] 2010[5] 2011[6]
Best New Face Hazel Tucker Amy Daly Domino Presley
Best Solo Model Natassia Dreams Hazel Tucker Bailey Jay
Best Hardcore Model - - Celeste
Best Non-TS Performer Christian XXX Billy Long Angelina Valentine
Best Foreign Performer Bianca Frieres, Areeya - -
Best DVD Director - Joey Silvera Buddy Wood
Best DVD Buddy Wood’s Shemale Superstars Hazel Does Hollywood Morgan Bailey’s Bad Day
Black TGirls Model of the Year Katie Coxx Natalia Coxx Sheeba Starr
Shemale Yum Model of the Year Chrissy Morgan Bailey Domino Presley
Shemale Stroker of the Year - - Britney Markham
Best Solo Website Latina Tranny – Wendy Williams – Mandy Mitchell –
Lifetime Achievement Meghan Chavalier Olivia Love Joanna Jet, Tony Vee
Best DVD Performer Vicki Richter Hazel Tucker Jessica Foxx

Winners 2012–2014

2012[7] 2013[10] 2014[20]
Best New Face Eva Lin Jane Marie Kim Bella
Best Solo Model Sarina Valentina Sarina Valentina Sarina Valentina
Best Hardcore Model Eva Lin TS Foxxy Venus Lux
Best FTM Performer - Buck Angel James Darling
Best Non-TS Performer Christian XXX Wolf Hudson Christian XXX
Best Foreign Performer - Rui Matsushita Bruna Castro
Best Alternative Model Mandy Mitchell Danni Daniels Chelsea Marie
Best DVD Director Joey Silvera Joey Silvera Joey Silvera
Best DVD Rogue Adventures #37 Forbidden Lovers The Tranny Chaser
Best Scene Eva Lin, Honey Foxx, Sebastian Keys – TS Domination Wendy Summers, Sadie Hawkins – Managed Venus Lux, Foxxy – Asian Nail Salon
Black TGirls Model of the Year Nody Nadia Chanel Couture Kandii Redd
Shemale Yum Model of the Year Domino Presley Jane Marie Sienna Grace
Shemale Stroker of the Year Delia TS Tyra Scott Gina Hart, Penny Tyler
Bob’s TGirls Model of the Year - Adriana Lynn Rush Eva Cassini
Fan’s Choice Award - Jane Marie Khloe Hart
Best Photographer Nick Milo - Blackula
Best Scene Director - Sammy Mancini Buddy Wood
Best Internet Personality - Wendy Summers Wendy Summers
Best Solo Website Mandy Mitchell – Jesse Flores – Venus Lux –
Lifetime Achievement (Performer) Vaniity Gia Darling Danny Evangelista
Lifetime Achievement (Producer) Joey Silvera Sammy Mancini Bob Maverick
Voluptuous Diva - - Michelle Austin

Winners 2015–2017

2015[21] 2016[22] 2017
Best New Face Kelly Klaymour Natalie Mars -
Best Solo Model Penny Tyler Domino Presley -
Best Hardcore Model Jessy Dubai Jonelle Brooks -
Best FTM Performer James Darling Dicky Johnson -
Best Non-TS Performer (M) Robert Axel Robert Axel -
Best Non-TS Performer (F) - Mona Wales -
Best Foreign Performer Miran Miran -
Ms. Unique Nina Lawless Chelsea Marie -
Best DVD Director Buddy Wood Joey Silvera -
Best DVD Shemale Secret Service Kaitlyn Gender & My TS Student (Tie) -
Best Scene Radius Dark – All TGirls Foursome Yasmin Lee, Lucas Knight – TS Seduction -
Best FTM Scene Chance Armstrong, Delia Delions – The Handyman Dicky Johnson, Trixxy Von Tease – DickyJohnson -
Shemale Stroker of the Year Kelly Klaymour Sasha Skyes -
Bob’s TGirls Model of the Year Jessy Dubai Domino Presley -
Kink’s Kinkiest T-Girl Domme - Nina Lawless -
Trans 500 Model of the Year - Kylie Maria -
Grooby Girl Model of the Year Kylie Maria Ava Keading -
Fan’s Choice Award Aubrey Kate Kylie Maria -
Best Photographer Radius Dark Josh Stone -
Best Scene Director Blackula Jamie French -
Best Internet Personality Bailey Jay Becca Benz -
Best Solo Website Jamie French – Venus Lux – -
Lifetime Achievement (Performer) Foxxy Ts Madison, Kimberly Devine -
Lifetime Achievement (Producer) Ed Hunter The Commander -
Transcendence Award Tori Mayes Gia Darling -
Best Industry Professional - Mark Kernes -
Black TGirls Model of the Year Kayla Biggs - -

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