I’m writing this in two parts. This first is more of a quick report on the night, and the second part will be from Lila’s and my personal viewpoints and full of pictures!
The NewNowNext Awards 2012 was a star-studded occasion, complete with all the ingredients that make a heart go pitter-pat. It was held at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, where The Beatles made their West Coast debut in 1964. Lila and I arrived just before 6 PM and the first well-known face I saw was Ross Mathews. From that moment on, I knew the night was going to be magical! The Red Carpet, scheduled from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM was in full-swing, occupied at this time mostly with personalities from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Lila and I were escorted into The Avalon from the back, fresh from the Red Carpet area, entering onto the main floor. I estimate there was seating for about 700 on the floor, with additional main floor raised seating, plus levels in the balcony. The main floor was set in rows, unlike last year’s tables. About 40% of the chairs had name signs on them, many of them celebrities’ names. Other signs were for industry-related people invited to this soirée. We were stunned to find we were seated in the 7th row, and my chair had my name on it!
We were treated to an open-bar in the back with hors d’oeuvres being circulated. Lila and I enjoyed this part very much, because we needed something to calm our nerves! Here we met several fabulous men from Time Warner and the Las Vegas “What Happens in Vegas” marketing campaign, who would become our companions later in the evening at the Afterparty. Over-head announcements started invited everyone to take their seats, since the show would begin in about 15 minutes and people slowly began to move to their seats. The seat kitty-corner to Lila’s had been labeled RuPaul, yet the occupant clearly wasn’t RuPaul! Next to her was Jiggly Caliente and Sharon Needles, both from Drag Race.
With about 10 minutes to go, we saw Adam and Sauli enter from the same back door area and take their seats in the first row. Celebrities were stopping and chatting with Adam, and I pulled Lila up with me to go talk to him. Even though I had just spoken with Adam last week at the San Diego morning radio station, mentioning that we were from the fansite nominated for the NNN award, it didn’t seem to register on his face that he knew what we were talking about. He just smiled and said, “oh, that’s great” and moved on to the next fan. (I know radio stations are hectic.) But now was the perfect time to introduce ourselves again. He was just finishing talking with someone, and I was about to step up, but Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games stepped in front of me. I waited, hearing “3 minutes to start time” and Josh left. I approached Adam, and said “Hi Adam, I just want to tell you how proud we are to be representing you with our fansite!” At first he just looked at me like another fan, and then the light went on in his eyes, and he gave me a big smile, saying thank you for all the work we do. I wanted Lila to have her time with him too, so I shifted to Sauli next to him and introduced myself and shook his hand. There was a Drag Queen next to Sauli that for some reason I didn’t recognize, who was listening to our conversation, so I figured she must be part of their group. I said “Hi, I’m sorry I don’t recognize you” and she replied “I’m Raja.” “Oh my gosh, I watched you all last season!” She smiled and shook my hand. It was time to go back to our seats, so as I passed in front of Adam again, he said “good luck, I’ll be crossing my fingers for you!” and he raised his hand to show me. I couldn’t keep myself from saying, “you know, this has been an incredible 15 minutes for me!” and he looked right at me with a big smile.
Lila and I melted all the way back to our seats! She told me about their conversation, and we were both sorry we didn’t have something recording it! She told him we were from the fansite, and he thanked her and told her he appreciates what the fansites do. Lila said “we do it for you. It’s all about you.” He replied with “no, it’s a symbiotic thing!” and he motioned his fingers back and forth between the two of them. Squee! Back at our chairs, I noticed that Jai Rodriguez had taken his seat behind me and I introduced myself. (Jai was my favorite cast member from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.) See the second part for more on this.
Okay, sorry! I had to expand on that part!! Back to the straight report – no pun intended!
The show began and we were entertained by host Kelly Osborne and all the award presenters, as well as performances from Brink of Fame winner, Neon Hitch, Rye Rye, and Neon Trees, who gave an amazing performance of their new single “Everybody Talks.” I must add that Kelly Osborne did an outstanding job hosting the entire event. Her personality is so warm and infectious! They arrived at the part of the evening where they announced the award for Superfan Site, and Lila’s and my heart were beating out of our chests! Unfortunately, the fansite for Vampire Diaries took the award, and it was claimed by Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie Bennett on the show. No one from that fansite was able to attend and Bonnie said how much the show “really appreciates all the fans do for them” and we thought that was very nice.
Then it was time for the performance everyone was waiting for – Adam! He was closing the show, as only a top star does. Kelly gave him an amazing introduction (you can tell they’re good friends!) and Adam gave us his show-stopping new funk sound, with the first full-band performance of Trespassing that I’ve seen or heard. His energy was non-stop, his voice was full of fire and the show was electrified, ending in a shower of confetti! Adam had two female, gowned back-up singers on-stage with him. The entire theater was on their feet dancing and clapping to the syncopated beat, having the time of their life. Everyone knew they had just been entertained by a major star!
I was the only person on the floor filming Adam, and after 2,718 views in only about 3 hours the next morning, Viacom pulled the video. Adam has just tweeted what must be an approved version. You’ll see my turquoise arms holding the camera several times in this video! Lila’s in white, next to me. So ladies and gentlemen, get ready to get down and get funky!! You can watch the whole evening on LOGO, Monday, April 9th at 10 PM PT, repeating many times.
~ Carol ~
Go to Part 2 HERE