We here at PAPER love the nightlife. (In case you hadn't noticed.)
And we loved the nightlife whole lot last night at our Sixth Annual Nightlife Awards presented by Russian Standard Vodka, supported by Perrier and held at Good Units at the Hudson Hotel. Our annual awards, which the New York Times recently deemed "the Oscars of the city's clubland," were a rollicking good time, and featured a veritable hodgepodge of New York's most prominent nightlife personalities, designers, reality TV stars, musicians, and.... Pee-wee Herman!!
Our October cover-boy, whose new Broadway show starts previews week, started the evening off with a hilarious set in which he told Carl Paladino "I know you are but what am I" and name-checked the Boom Boom Room, Guest of a Guest and Michael Musto to the delight of the crowd. We overheard more than one attendee mutter in awe, "I cannot believe that Pee-wee is here."
As usual, we gathered together a truly eclectic group of presenters - from Murray Hill and the Countess Luann de Lesseps (the image of the two of them presenting the award for best gay night amid a sea of trannies was a truly surreal sight to behold) to our favorite former reality show assistants Brad Goreski and Andrew Mukumal to the dapper Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta to the big-white-skirt-clad artist Terence Koh to wide-eyed chanteuse Diane Birch. As for the winners, a full list of 'em can be seen here. As Best Nightlife Website nominee Downtown Diaries noted on her Twitter last night, "Brooklyn is murdering the @papermagazine awards right now" -- and it's true. While Manhattan gems Kenmare, Le Bain and Flashing Lights took home big awards, Brooklyn was definitely in the house with JellyNYC, Coco66 and Sugarland taking home little Kid Robots as well.
If that wasn't enough excitement, a selection of the city's most out-there and fantastic performers did their thing throughout the evening: From the raunchy Bridget "You Better Lick It Before You Stick It" Everett and Kenny Mellman; to the ever-fierce Ericka Toure Aviance; to Best DJ winners Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe (who literally brought down the house); to the steampunktastic Jelly Jells and an intense sparkle-bodysuit-clad DangerKat.
All in all a sick (in a really good way) time was had by all.