AVN announces changes to AVN Awards to increase diversity

June 14, 2020 Adult Industry Events

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AVN Awards to revise nomination & judging processes to increase black representation

After a high-profile stumble following the murder of George Floyd, AVN has announced that they will be changing the nomination and judging process for the AVN Awards. Black performers will also have access to a new talent liason person, and AVN has promised to increase the number of black members on both the nominating and judging committees. A black performer will also be chosen to host the 2021 AVN Awards in Las Vegas.

AVN had previously committed to banning the terms “interracial” and “IR” in its publications, as well as removing race-based categories from the AVN Awards.

“We need to do better by our Black performers, producers and directors. For the 2021 Awards, I’m asking my staff to rethink everything from how we select judges to how we choose on-stage talent. We will include Black performers, producers and directors at every level of the process. I thank all the Black performers, producers and directors who have spoken with me and my staff over the past few weeks, and helped us understand ways in which this has impacted them and their careers. This is the start of a long process, and a reckoning for many in this industry. I want AVN to help lead the way for a stronger, more inclusive industry.” – Tony Rios, AVN Media Network CEO

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