CHATSWORTH, Calif.—AVN Media Network on Monday announced that Kirsten Price and Kayden Kross will host the 2010 AVN Awards Show on Jan. 9 in Las Vegas.
Price, a native of Boston, is a Wicked Pictures contract performer while Kross, who is from Sacramento, Calif., is an exclusive performer for Adam & Eve Pictures.
The 27th annual awards ceremony for the first time will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday night during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo.
A Wicked Girl since 2005, Price previously has hosted the AVN Awards Red Carpet Show for Showtime and Playboy TV.
“I’m very excited. I’ve been wanting to do this forever,” Price said Monday. “I’ve been doing the red carpet for years and I love it, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love doing the red carpet. But I’m ready to take the next step, so I’m really excited to do it.”
Kross, who is in her third full year in adult, joined Adam & Eve’s exclusive roster in 2008 after one year as a Vivid Girl. She has performed in over 25 adult movies to date including her latest star vehicle, the post apocalyptic thriller The 8th Day.
“My heart is racing,” Kross said minutes after accepting the offer to host. “You don’t understand I’ve wanted this since I found out what AVN was. That’s so cool. It was an awesome surprise.”
AVN founder Paul Fishbein said the pair is a “can’t-miss combination.”
“These are two of the most beautiful, dynamic women in our business,” Fishbein said. “Both girls are funny, smart and engaging and have had great years both on and off the screen. So we thought they were naturals to help us usher in a new era of the Awards Show at The Palms.”
Kross, who recently returned from Paris where she was honored as Best American Starlet at the Hot d’Or Awards, told AVN this would be her fourth year attending the AVN Awards ceremony.
“I went to the Awards Show before I started doing boy/girl [scenes],” she said. “I went to the Awards Show before I did anything. I remember I saw Jessica Drake host. I saw Tera Patrick host and then Belladonna and Jenna Haze.”
Kross said at those early shows it didn’t cross her mind that one year she would get the chance to host.
“Not at all, when you see someone like Tera Patrick up there...you only have one a year and there’s a lot of girls in this industry, so no it didn’t,” Kross admitted.
Price is a former Hawaiian Tropic model who is a perennial contender for some of the top honors in the industry. She has appeared in more than 80 adult titles in her career and recently was one of the stars of Wicked’s new feature, 2040.
“It’s been a really busy year and it’s going great. I like to stay busy because it keeps me out of trouble, not that I ever get in any. I’m a good girl,” Price said with a smile. “I love working with Wicked. I’m just signing a new contract with them. So that’s very exciting for me. I wouldn’t want to be with anyone else, they’re my favorite company in the entire business. I’m very happy. I’m blessed I have a great career and hopefully it will be a long career.”
Price said she has been to five AVN Awards Shows – the first was before she actually began performing. But the excitable star came a long way in a short time. She and rocker Dave Navarro for the past two years have hosted the AVN Red Carpet show that was broadcast to millions worldwide on Showtime.
“We do everything on the fly, we don’t write down questions and I think that’s better that I don’t plan out my questions too much,” Price said. “We’re really close so we just go with the flow.
“I obviously love hosting and being on camera and talking to people. It’s kind of my forte. I always hoped they would [ask me to host] but I don’t like to get my hopes up. I kind of like to keep them in the back of my mind.”
Price, who said her favorite hotel was the Palms, added, “I think we’re a good a team, two hot chicks—one with brown hair, one with blonde hair— we’ll knock it out I’m sure.”
For more information and tickets to the AVN Awards Show, visit avnawards.com. For more information about the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo Jan. 7-10 at the Sands Expo Center, visit adultentertainmentexpo.com.