It was a dazzling night on 42nd Street when the Who’s Who of New York City Nightlife came out for The 16th Annual GLAM Awards at BPM, the on-site megaclub of The OUT Hotel. Over 400 guests attended what has become the biggest, longest running and most highly anticipated night in LGBT nightlife. Presented by the indomitable Cherry Jubilee, this year’s awards show was hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner and international drag comic phenomenon Bianca Del Rio with the ever-witty and legendary NYC scene scribe Michael Musto.
The crème de la crème of NYC’s nightlife performed huge lavish numbers put together just for this one magical evening, including a twisted take on The Wizard of Oz that opened the show featuring the night’s GLAM award winner for Best Host/Hostess Bob The Drag Queen, the powerful voice of Best Vocalist winner Kelly King and a seductive yet energetic performance by the effervescent bombshell Chelsea Piers. DJ David Serrano and visual artist Holly Daggers provided the show’s spectacular sound and visuals.
Among the night’s winners were Paige Turner for Best Video with “Grindr Connection,” rapper and songwriter sensation Cazwell for Best Male Performer, pink-clad BoiParty hotshot Justin Luke for Best Promoter, the dynamic Sutton Lee Seymour for the coveted Breakthrough Artist GLAM Award and the obvious yet much deserved winner for Entertainer of the Year, Bianca Del Rio. Surprise guests Natalie Guercio from VH1’s Mob Wives, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop NY star Chrissy Monroe and MTV’s Real World: Skeletons’ Briah Bettencourt presented Cherry Jubliee with a custom made cake on stage to celebrate the GLAM’s 16th year, courtesy of the Brooklyn based bakery Isabella’s Creations.
Leading the applause for the winners and the nominees were Alan Picus, Alexis Michelle, Brita Filter, DJ Mikey Mo, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Chaka Khanvict, Kizha Carr, Andrew Werner, Marty Thomas, Mila Jam, Pusse Couture and Tina Burner. It was a Sweet 16 for the GLAM Awards indeed.