The red carpet was buzzing, and actress Riley Reid was trying to practice her acceptance speech.
But a sheepish fan in a bow tie wanted a picture. Fellow performers wanted good-luck hugs and kisses. Reporters wanted interviews.
Reid, 22, said she’d spoken with her mother before the show and they talked about what the actress might say if she won Female Performer of the Year.
Her mom wanted a shout-out from the stage. After all, the actress had inherited one of her better-known attributes from her. Reid had promised she wouldn’t forget her.
“It’s super-flattering and I would be super-happy if I won,” Reid said. “Winning an award will help me feel like I am the best at what I do.”
Under the hot lights and a blanket of pungent perfume, Reid and dozens of other performers vamped, posed, signed autographs and later gave awkward acceptance speeches — just like the Academy Awards or Golden Globes, except the evening featured categories for Girl/Girl Performer and Male Sex Toy of the Year, and a protester carrying a sign that read “Repent