WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — CCBill and Flirt4Free each took home three Cybersocket Web Awards last night during the 2018 iteration of the annual program.
The Cybersocket Web Awards, presented by Flirt4Free, again took place at the Robertson Boulevard warehouse-sized, second-floor venue PH West Hollywood.
Red-carpet arrivals, greeted on the first floor, trekked up to the event at the lavish hall — complete with crystal spheres and an abundance of faux ivy hanging from the ceiling — where hundreds of partygoers were about to celebrate the outstanding gay adult website operators recognized for their vast accomplishments in the past year.
The annual Cybersocket Web Awards offers both Surfer Choice and Industry Choice categories.
This year, payment processing company CCBill, took home three awards — Best Webmaster Resource, Business Person of the Year (Gary Jackson) and the Cybersocket Wall of Fame Award of Excellence (Kathi Stout).
Flirt4Free took Best Affiliate Program and Company of the Year, as well as Best Marketing/Social Media/Affiliate Rep (Kimi Evans).
Chi Chi LaRue, who won the Surfer’s Choice award for Best Director, hosted the evening’s awards program, which got underway at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday. Performer Wesley Woods co-hosted.
LaRue and Woods established a lively rapport as they barreled through announcing the top three vote-getters, and eventual winner, in 39 categories. When Woods ventured off-script with an off-color joke — the first among dozens — LaRue clapped back to her famous protégé: “Bitch, remember I made you.”
LaRue introduced a trio of trophy boys, which included newcomers Alex Chu and Justin Yarmouth as well as veteran hunk Dean Phoenix.
“He’s a trophy daddy now,” she said.
Among the attendees were straight-biz starlets Silvia Saige and Mona Wales, who expressed solidarity with the gay industry and declared an interest in “picking off” the “pretty, horny” gay-for-pay models; drag performers Bradley Pickleshimer and Lady Sabrina; gossip columnists Billy Masters, Joe Filippone and Zachary Sire; socialite Bobby Trendy; and Morgan Sommer and Tim Lutz of Cybersocket.
Dozens of performers also attended. Among them were Josh Brady, Max Carter, Michael Delray, Trenton Ducati, Jimmy Durano, Sean Ford, Colton Grey, Danny Gunn, Jack Hunter, Alex James, Skyy Knox, Blake Mitchell, Logan Moore, Pierce Paris, Brendan Patrick, Sergeant Miles, Joey Mills, Dean Monroe, Cameron Parks, Kyle Ross, Aaron Savvy, Johnny V, Alam Wernick, Brandon Wilde and Arad Winwin.
Preshow red carpet interviews were conducted by mr. Pam. Musical entertainment was provided by DJ Rhea Litré in addition to a performance from aerialist Brett Womack. A quartet of muscular bartenders were clad only in Andrew Christian-branded underwear.
Event sponsors include iWantEmpire (platinum sponsor); CCBill, Supermen.com and Terpon (diamond sponsors); 2Gay4FB.com, Chaturbate, Fleshjack, Lucas Entertainment, Men.com, MobiusPay, MojoHost, MPA3.v5, Mr. Man, Playgirl.com, Segpay, VR Bangers Gay and XBIZ (gold sponsors).
Woods and LaRue announced the sponsors at the top of the show, with the former lamenting a lack of “cubic zirconia sponsors.”
Here are the winners for the 18th annual Cybersocket Web Awards:
INDUSTRY CHOICE AWARDS
Best Webmaster Resource
Best Content Producer
Best Affiliate Program
Best Billing Company
Best Alternative Billing Company
Business Person of the Year
Gary Jackson (CCBill)
Best Hosting Company
Best New Company
Company of the Year
Best Marketing/Social Media/Affiliate Rep
Kimi Evans (Flirt4Free)
Wall of Fame Award of Excellence
Kathi Stout (CCBill)
Innovative Company of the Year
SURFERS CHOICE AWARDS
Best Mobile Content
Best Porn Review Site
Best Product or Retail Site
Best Video Site
Best Webcam Performer
Colby Chambers and Mickey Knox
Best Asian-Themed Site
Best Escort Site
Best Latin-Themed Site
Best European Site
Best Black-Themed Site
Best Fetish Site
Best Niche Site
Best Hookup Site or Mobile Hook Up App
Best Live Cam Site USA
Best Live Cam Site Global
Best New Site
Best Massage Site
Best Video-on-Demand Site
Best Sex Scene
Sean Ford and Calvin Banks (CockyBoys)
Best Celebrity Site
Best Porn Parody or Satire
“Breeding Prince Charming” Lucas Entertainment
Best Movie or Web Series of the Year
“Lifeguards: Summer Session” (Helix Studios)
Best Bear or Scruff Site
Chi Chi LaRue
Best Porn Star