About Last Night... PAPER's Fifth Annual Nightlife Awards

Alexis Swerdloff
Photos by Caroline Torem Craig

For the fifth year in a row, New York nightlife's luminaries, freaks and everyone in between headed en masse to PAPER's Nightlife Awards. The festivities, presented by Svedka, held at Chelsea mega-venue M2 (with special thanks to Perrier and KidRobot), kicked off with a rollicking DJ set by Cassie and Harley (they mixed the Cardigans' "Love Fool" with Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind"). DJ Jon Jon Battles took over the decks during the ceremony, and he was amazing as well. We are not just saying this because they sponsored the event, but the Svedka-based Fembot Fatale, which essentially tasted like a strawberry smoothie, was a delicious and dangerous addition to the evening.  Even Bunny Kinney, who claims to only drink vodka sodas, found them irresistible. These drinks were so good in fact that we are having a slightly difficult time remembering what happened last night! But we're going to try. Here are some of our favorite moments. (And check back a little later for a list of all the winners.)

James Murphy (he of LCD Soundsystem fame) pulling not one, but TWO Kanye Wests, leaping on stage during the best DJ awards, and claiming "no disrespect," but that Justine D deserved to win.

Patrick McMullan coming up to get his award for best nightlife photographer during the People's Choice awards portion of the evening, and presenter/Hall of Fame inductee Michael Musto asking, "why is my second best friend up on stage right now?"

The Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic introducing the "designer with Influenza."

Sally Singer being just generally wonderful.

Amanda Lepore, presenting the award for the Future Face of Nightlife, saying she'll look like the Svedka bot in 2033.

Taylor Hanson and Poppy Delevigne presenting the award for Best New Party. Both of them were GLISTENING with attractiveness.

Jonathan Ames, presenting with Harriet Holloway, riffing on the merits of marijuana versus cocaine.

Andre Balazs, stoically accepting his awards on behalf of The Standard.

The Midwestern charm of the Rehab kids from Chicago, winners of America's Best Party.

The Drums, pulling a solid, and subbing for the Ting Tings at the last minute. They were an adorable, surfy-dancey end to the evening.

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