DJs, club kids, promoters, door men (and women), photographers, fashion designers — all these folks and more made it out last night to New York’s Hiro Ballroom to celebrate PAPER Magazine’s 7th Annual Nightlife Awards.
Spotted at last night’s event were a few StyleCaster favorites like PAPER‘s Mr. Mickey, stylist and “It” boy Andrew Mukamal, nightlife darling Becka Diamond, party photographer Nicky Digital, violinist Caitlin Moe, fashion designer Chris Benz and makeup artist Kristin Gallegos.
We also managed to see other folks at the shindig who we wouldn’t have expected to spot there like MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger star Paul Iacono. It was rumoured that Jaleel White (a.k.a. Steve Urkel) was floating around as well.
Who knew these kids were up on the downtown scene?!
With hosting honors in the hands of talk show personality Wendy Williams, the Northeastern alum started off the awards ceremony with a bit of a touching, sentimental monologue, sincerely expressing how comfortable she felt around all the nigthlife darlings that filled the space from inch to inch, in addition to throwing a few “How you doing?!” (her go-to tagline) sayings in there, of course.
Winners from this year’s awards show included some of the hottest “now” clubs, lounges and personalities from New York’s vibrant party scene, with a few of our favorites scooping up the little man-shaped awards that were being handed out last night, such as:
- MoMA PS1 for “Best Museum With a Party Scene”
- Bedlam for “Best New Bar/Lounge”
- The Standard for “Best Hotel With a Party Scnee”
- LCD Soundsystem‘s Nancy Whang for “Best DJ”
- Miss Lily’s for “Best Restaurant With a Nightlife Scene”
- Nicola Formichetti for “Best Designer With a Nightlife Influence”
- Westway for “Best New Club”
- Ian Bradley at Le Bain (The Standard) for “Best Door Person”
- @Gayletter for “Best Nightlife Tweeter”
Ending the fabulous, glitter-encrusted night was a show-stopping performance by Mary J. Blige, who rocked the stage wearing a tighty whitey catsuit, belted at the waist with gold-studded shoulder pads. During her entire set, there was a definite sense of “real love” coming from the crowd who couldn’t get enough of the powerful presence beaming from the Queen of Hip Hop Soul.
To see who else made it to last night’s fiesta honoring the year’s best in New York nightlife, click through the photos in the slideshow above!