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Next Week's AVN Adult Entertainment Expo & Adult Movie Awards Expected To Draw 30,000

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Jenna Haze & Belladonna

Co-hosts Jenna Haze & Belladonna (2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards)

Even though Southern California is the nexus of the adult industry, next week the industry and its fans will convene in Las Vegas for AVN's annual Adult Entertainment Expo and Adult Movie Awards.

Held the same week as the Consumer Electronics Show, the Adult Entertainment Expo, which starts on Thursday the 8th and runs through Sunday the 11th at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, is considered the largest adult event of its type in the world, with companies such as Abby Winters travelling from as far away as Australia to make their presence known.

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Culminating the week will be the Adult Movie Awards, which will be held next Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Now in its 26th year and considered the adult equivalent of the Oscars, the nominees "...cover all variety of adult film production and performance: Wicked Picture's sexy and sophisticated story of a heavenly beauty, Fallen, the no-holds-barred hot wheels of Zero Tolerance/Adam and Eve's Roller Dollz, the gritty gonzo of Belladonna/Evil Angel's Belladonna's Girl Train, and the socially conscious mind of Vivid Alt.'s The Doll Underground."

This year's co-hosts, Belladonna (MySpace) and Jenna Haze (MySpace), are competing against each other for Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene, Best Threeway Sex Scene, and Female Performer of the Year. They're also in James Gunn's PG Porn mainstream comedic webseries and Digital Playground's epic Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, which with 30 nominations is arguably the frontrunner for Best Video Feature against strong competition that includes the aforementioned Fallen, Roller Dollz, and The Doll Underground, as well as Adam & Eve's Carolina Jones and the Broken Covenant and Loaded Digital/Metro's The Texas Vibrator Massacre.

More after the jump.

According to Belladonna, in an interview with The LA Times that was published Monday:

I have been interested in hosting for awhile, and I always wondered how they go about choosing the talent for the hosts. I wanted to do it. I thought I would be really good at it. My husband told me to call them up. But I don't like to do things that way. I want people to call me, because they feel they have the desire to have me there. But I called in 2007 and asked them to please think of me. In 2008 I asked again. And then they asked me to come in for an interview and they told me they wanted me to co-host the show for 2009. It was really exciting. I never do things like that. I don't go out and find things for myself. I let them come to me, because I feel better about that.

In addition, Grammy-nominated Flo Rida (MySpace) will be doing a live performance.

Tickets for for the AVN Adult Movie Awards are available at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office and at Ticketmaster locations, while tickets for the AVN Entertainment Expo are available online. A quick check of Travelocity reveals that roundtrip flights from LAX to Las Vegas next Saturday are running just below $200.

And follow Belladonna, Jenna Haze, and the AVN Adult Movie Awards on Twitter.