DJ 'Shangela' Pierce to Host 2018 GayVN Awards

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN Media Network announced today that D.J. “Shangela” Pierce will host the 2018 GayVN Awards Show, sponsored by and The 2018 GayVN Awards Show is set to take place Sunday, January 21 inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

“We are excited to have Shangela as our host for this incredible night,” said AVN CEO Tony Rios. “Shangela is an incredible entertainer and I am thrilled to have him take the reins of the GayVN Awards for what will be a spectacular show!”

After a seven-year hiatus, the gay porn version of the AVN Awards is back, with 14 industry award categories—and 13 fan awards—which celebrate the very best in adult entertainment within the gay community.

“If there's one thing I'm known for, it's how to make a great comeback,” said Shangela, the three-time contestant from Rupaul's Drag Race. “With this being GayVN's highly anticipated return, I plan to bring some extra fun and fabulosity to make it one unforgettable night.”

DJ Pierce, also known as his drag personality “Shangela,” is best recognized as the only contestant to compete on three separate seasons of Rupaul's Drag Race, He is a multi-faceted entertainer who continues to captivate audiences on television and stages around the world. Pierce has guest starred on network television shows like 2 Broke Girls, Glee, Bones, X-Files and more. He also has appeared in films, including Hurricane Bianca (2016), Kiss Me, Kill Me (2015) and the upcoming feature A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper. In 2012, he co-starred with Jenifer Lewis in a four-part scripted YouTube series called “Jenifer Lewis and Shangela.”

Pierce has continued to climb in notoriety. He was named one of OUT magazine's “100 Most Compelling People” and in 2015 was featured on for his drag management company Say What Entertainment. He has written and released music, performed alongside Miley Cyrus on the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, and toured a self-written stand up comedy show called Straight Outta Paris. As Shangela, he has toured on six of the seven continents, and has his sights set on Antarctica next!

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