The show zipped at a fast pace. Award recipients had the opportunity to give a short Thank You speech as they appeared on stage to receive their honors. Not having a variety of people stumble through names helped speed things up - and Edwards seemed to pronounce all of the names clearly correctly. As the show went on, many arrived at the hotel after hurrying in from DFW or Love Field. Perhaps the two most touching acceptance speeches were by Lifetime Achievement Award (Man) Jack Pearce from Toronto, Canada and Werner Hal of Munich, Germany while receiving the International Award.
International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack hosted the Pantheon of Leather Awards.
Before the show, there was a bountiful buffet of beef steak and salmon, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and cheesecake - and it would not be Southern without iced tea, so there was.
Most of the crowd arrived on Friday and they missed out on Thursday's crowded schedule which included the buffet and Pantheon of Leather Awards, contestant fantasies and a titleholder roast led by contest emcee Thib Guicherd-Callin.
And now the Pantheon of Leather Awards recipients
Man of The Year - Rod McCoy (aka Rod Onyx)
Woman of the Year - Girl Complex
Couple of the Year - Mister Blue and blue Frost
Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Man) - Jack Pearce
Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Woman) - Lady D Harrison
Large Event of the Year - IMsLBB
Small Event of the Year - Leather History Preservation Weekend
Non Profit of the Year - Carter/Johnson Library and Collection
Large Club of the Year - ONYX
Small Club of the Year - Austin girls of Leather
Business of the Year - Barking Leather
Business Person of the Year - Pup Tory
Florida Regional Award - Master Sable
South East Regional Award - James Lee
South Central Regional Award - pup Sparky
Southern California Regional Award - Orpheus Black
Northern California Regional Award - Tyler Fong
Mid Atlantic Regional Award - Boy Jason
North East Regional Award - Lynx Onyx
Great Lakes Regional Award - Dorian Gray
Midwest Regional Award - Karen Ultra
Rocky Mountain Regional Award - Master Black Zeus
Northwest Regional Award - Renee Beckman
Canadian Award - Pup Kona
International Award - Werner Hall
Pantheon of Leather founder and producer Dave Rhodes named four President's Award recipients. They were Robi Robinson from Oklahoma, Fred Anderson from Texas, Dennis Beisbier from California and Martine Chu from Canada.
Rhodes announced that Mx of the Year would join Man and Woman of the Year as its own category and that the Couple of the Year would be worded to include polyamorous relationships.
Complete list of this year's nominees
List of all-time Pantheon of Leather Awards recipients