Over 900 people attended the 12th DIVAs on Monday night, exceeding audience projections of 750, according to DIVA chairman and executive producer Ian Jopson.
Trudi Valentine won the major prize of Entertainer Of The Year, with Courtney Act winning DIVA Rising Star and Amelia Airhead won a new award, Miss Congeniality, which was voted by her drag peers.
For the fifth consecutive year Portia Turbo (who co-hosted the event with Wyness Mongrel -Bitch) won Bitch Of The Year.
It is pretty funny, Portia told the Star. I never win anything else. I’m obviously not very entertaining, I’m not congenial and I don’t put good shows together, all I win is Bitch, laughed Portia.
Highlights of the evening included a performance by ex-Bardot singer Katie Underwood, and a tribute to the now closed Albury Hotel. The tribute featured acts from the first days of drag at the Albury including Miss 3-D and Pat Gently (who also won Belle Of The Ball).
Community stalwart Bruce Pollack won Outstanding Achievement By An Individual.
I nearly died, I could not believe it, Pollack told the Star. There I am doing publicity for the event, and I win an award! It was a great honour and I feel very privileged.
Other winners on the night were: Jake Kilby (Most Popular DJ); Matt Eaton (Most Popular Male Performer); Mitzi Macintosh (Sydney’s Favourite Drag Queen); Miss Dolly Wood (ACON Queen Of Hearts); Cleopatra Coupe (DIVA Variety Award); Chelsea Bun (Costume Design Award); Michael Boyd (Best Choreographer) and Monique Kelly (Hall Of Fame inductee).
Rocky The Drag Show won Most Popular Show, with Crisco Disco winning Best Show (3 and under) and Super-model taking Best Show (4 and over). The Venus Room was awarded Most Popular Venue.