HOLLYWOOD—Wicked Pictures contract stars Asa Akira and Jessica Drake will serve as co-hosts of the X-Rated Critics Organization's 2016 awards ceremony, taking place June 22 at OHM nightclub in the Hollywood & Highland complex.
"When it comes to star power in XXX these days, it is impossible to beat a Wicked contract star," XRCO chairman Dirty Bob said. "Jessica and Asa are the perfect women to preside over this year's show. They are beautiful, amazing spokeswomen for the industry and both know a thing or two about what it takes to walk home with XRCO hardware."
It is the second time hosting for Drake. She and Kayden Kross shared hostess duties for the 2008 XRCO Awards. Also no stranger to the coveted “Heart On” awards given out by the organization, Drake won her first XRCO in 2004 for Best Actress, Single Performance for her role in Wicked Pictures' Fluff and Fold. She would win the same award again five years later for Fallen, with a 2006 nomination sandwiched in between.
"I'm really excited to host the XRCO Awards once again,” Drake said. ”It really is a unique show, and I've seen it go through some awesome changes over the years, getting better each time. I can't wait to have Asa Akira standing next to me onstage. Everything I've done with her has been magic, and I'm sure XRCO will be no exception."
Akira has plenty of experience with XRCO Awards trophies as well. She won back to back Female Performer of the Year awards at the 2012 and 2013 shows. She also took home the award for Superslut during her fantastic run in 2012. Last year, she was named Mainstream Adult Media Favorite, and she too has a Best Actress nomination to her credit.
"XRCO has been very gracious to me in the past, and I am so thankful to them,” Akira said. “Of course I am beyond honored to host the show for them this year! And who better to do it with than Jessica Drake? I feel very lucky."
The XRCO Awards Show is restricted to adult industry personnel and press only. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP here.
Limited Sponsorship opportunities and program ads are still available for this year’s show. Interested parties may contact Dirty Bob at 937-299-6700 or [email protected].
Currently, the 2016 XRCO Awards are sponsored at various sponsorship levels by Wicked Pictures, IAFD.com, Axel Braun Productions, DVDErotik.com, GlamorGirl, AGW Entertainment, Pipeline Multimedia, Sybian, Naughty Business, SS Entertainment LLC, Adam & Eve and ATMLA.