Adult Empire presents its 2023 awards.

2023 Adult Empire Award Winners Announced

The Adult Empire Awards are back.

Originally created in 2000 to salute the best in DVD porn, these yearly honors return refreshed and reinvented for the streaming era. The winners in each of these 10 categories represent movies and stars that rose to the top on Adult Empire in 2023. If a visit to is a way to take porn’s pulse, then these remarkable honorees are the industry’s beating heart. In addition to Pornstar of the Year, which we’ve awarded as an independent prize since 2018, we’re honoring the top MILF performer, male star, trans performer, new performer, director, porn clip, movie, VOD presentation, and sex toy. View the full list below. Select “read more” in each entry for a more detailed account of each winner and their year.

Pornstar of the Year

“Leana is able to produce impressive performances by combining her girl-next-door, nerdy appearance with a charming sense of honesty and wonder in her personality. She’s a soft speaker, creating an enticing contrast between her breathy, whisper-like speech and the extreme explicitness of her words and desires.” (Jackie Daytona) Read More (including new in-depth interview with Lovings) >>

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Porn Movie of the Year

” . . . .  across action that emphasizes group sex (blowbang, gangbang, airtight, and more) while never wavering in its singular focus on its remarkable star. Like White’s personal triumph over addiction, it’s an effort that will stand tall among her achievements for many years to come.” Read more >>

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Best VOD Presentation

(Full-length movie that best exemplifies an innovative or high-quality VOD presentation by including extra features or other aspects for the hardcore fan of erotica.)

“At the end of the feature, Dorcel has included an illuminating making-of documentary with star interviews and insight into More‘s creation. This desire to provide a full, enriching fan experience, combined with a beautifully wrought main feature, is what sets More apart.” Read more >>


Trans Performer of the Year

“Her sexual charisma transcends the labels that can sometimes become a porn obsession. Her wide eyes, long legs, sultry voice, and distinctive cheekbones evoke vintage stars like Jenna Haze while retaining an effect that is entirely, uniquely Venus’s own.” Read more (including new in-depth interview with Venus) >>

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New Performer of the Year

“What Adult Empire customers love about her is the way she walks into every shoot with the goal of creating pornographic art. It’s obvious from her energy, eye contact, self awareness and chemistry building that this is more than fucking for her and that’s the perfect quality for a future Hall of Famer.” (Nicole Chappelle) Read more >>

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MILF Performer of the Year

“If you hired a team of scientists to create a genetic embodiment of MILF from scratch, Jodi West would be the likely result. She is at once a neighborhood hottie and the video superstar who electrifies your screen.” View more (including new in-depth interview with West) >>

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Male Performer of the Year

“Codey Steele is the prom king, the captain of the football team, your cool older brother, and the hip best friend. He’s the guy you would want to date your sister. He’s just an all-around good dude, proof that nice guys can indeed finish first.” Read more (including new in-depth interview with Steele) >>

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Director of the Year

“His following among porn fans is as dedicated and enthusiastic as that of Donnie Darko, the movie that inspired his name. But it would be a mistake to label Darkko as a ‘cult’ phenomenon, with its implications of a small but fervent niche. The stunning sales figures of Darkko’s directorial oeuvre show that he has taken a cult aesthetic into a blockbuster realm.” Read more (including new written interview with Darkko) >>

Browse Jonni Darkko Movies

Porn Clip of the Year

“Standing out immediately thanks to its hard-charging double-penetration theme, this sequence is enhanced even further by Bond’s insatiable sexual appetites and director Jonni Darkko’s trademark flair.” Read more >>

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Sex Toy of the Year

“The creation of the Obsess Me Lube was attentively overseen by a team with a combined decades’ worth of experience in the pleasure industry. The result is a gentle, long-lasting, body-safe essential for solo fun and couples’ escapades alike.” Read more >>



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