Carter Dane Is Str8UpGayPorn’s Fan-Voted Best Gay Porn Star Of The Year

Posted January 9, 2017 by with 94 comments

gay-porn-stars-2016After months of nominee announcements, hundreds of comments, and over 26,000 fan votes (a new, all-time high record for any poll, contest, or award ever on Str8UpGayPorn), it’s finally time to announce who fans chose to be 2016’s Best Gay Porn Star.

The 10 nominees for Str8UpGayPorn’s Best Gay Porn Star award—Justin Owen, JJ Knight, Tegan Zayne, Calvin Banks, Sean Cody’s Randy, ChaosMen’s Gerard, Carter Dane, Sean Ford, Bruce Beckham, and Diesel Washington—represent the very best of the industry. More importantly and more significantly, as the only major gay porn award determined solely by fan votes, this award represents who fans love best, and who viewers enjoy watching the most. This year’s winner will carry the title of Best Gay Porn Star for the entire year, and joins previous winners Conner Kline, Colby Keller, and Diego Sans as one of the greatest performers of all time.

vote1This year, as mentioned, set a new record for votes received, with 26,099 votes cast over the last four days. (In 2015, there were 18,800 votes received, and that was over the course of eight days.) Incidentally, each of the top three vote-getters received more votes than all of the first place winners in previous years.

Coming in third place this year was Sean Cody’s Randy, who received a whopping 4,645 votes and nearly 18% of the total vote:

randy111randyWith no social media profile or online presence anywhere to ask for fan votes, Randy’s huge showing here is crazy (he received almost 500 more votes than last year’s first place winner!), but it’s not a surprise when you consider how phenomenal he is at, well, everything. It’s a testament to how beloved he is by virtually everyone, and if you’re reading this, Randy, congratulations!

Coming in second place this year was Helix Studios stunner Sean Ford:

seanfordseanSean Ford received 5,356 votes and over 20% of the total vote, proving just how loyal his fans are. In any other year, Sean Ford probably would’ve won this competition, but 2nd place or 1st place, he’s undoubtedly the best of the best, and he has several years of awards coming his way. Speaking as one of his biggest fans myself, I thank Sean Ford for giving us such an incredible year!

Finally, it’s time for Str8UpGayPorn’s Best Gay Porn Star of the year, and I couldn’t be more happy with this result. Fans and readers of this site really do have the best taste in gay porn, and their pick for the #1 performer is a reminder that nice guys can actually finish first. Str8UpGayPorn is proud to announce that the Best Gay Porn Star of 2016 is Carter Dane!

carter3 carterWith a staggering 5,981 votes and nearly 23% of the vote, Carter Dane owned this contest thanks to the most committed and determined fans. And their loyalty is no surprise. Carter Dane had one of the most flawless years on record in gay porn, and 2017 will be even better as he continues his work as a CockyBoys exclusive. The studio has several big projects in the works with Carter Dane, so get ready: He’s just getting started.

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This sounds impossible to say, but the best thing about Carter Dane isn’t his body, his butt(!), or his movie star good looks—it’s his big heart and personality. Just hours ago, Best Gay Porn Star Carter Dane learned of his win, and he sent Str8UpGayPorn the below video message to thank all of his fans:

Congratulations to Best Gay Porn Star Carter Dane and all of this year’s nominees!

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  • Cubankid

    Carter could bust so many nuts inside of me and vise versa. Teagan should have gotten second place.

  • Dana Rimons

    Very pleased to see that video message. I didn’t vote for any of them but for those who did and for Zach for his hard work, it is really nice to see it appreciated. Good on Carter and nice work Zach.

  • John

    I’m not always happy with the way these turn out but these guys are good choices.

  • Marik Ishtar
  • MmmDickinAsses
    • Marik Ishtar

      That’s why Carter Dane looks so familiar!

  • WhimsyCotton

    Aw, he has such an adorable laugh. For that, let alone that body, he deserves his win. Total yum! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e9ccdd4f95147d9e06e19b9a09c16a111ecf9a2ac3708a55f3b01d784899187.gif

  • sxg

    Fuck yea, just what I was hoping for, Randy got in the top 5, better yet he came in 3rd!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/856831126556254bb5914ed87616ba136e0eaf3115ffefd83b40664baded3d7f.gif
    I knew there was no way in hell he was going to beat out Carter Dane for the win, but I wanted him to place high so he was the only one I voted for. I probably put in about 500 votes for him lol.

    And no surprise Diesel didn’t place in the top 3. I bet if you released the entire ranking he’d probably place close to last. It’s a shame when not even your supposed friends are there to vote for you lol https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1dc1fff6b938e4389cb3f78207d9d1997a00f6b0f1a9c043c4b7de0ae20230e5.png
    P.S. sorry for you loss Diesel. No I’m not talking about this awards.

  • Tim

    are you likely, if ever, going to release full results? I’d actually be interested in that.

    Kinda weird, having 2 of my faves make the top 3. the last two years my preferences have largely diverged from the guys on the site. though Diego and Colby have grown on me over time as I watch more and more of their stuff and go try to find older content of theirs too.

  • sanfv

    This is my less cunty take on this event.

    Thank you Zach (and Joey the dog) for having a contest for gay men, on a gay blog and where the models were primarily gay men. In these times where people dick ride g4p’ers and hyper masculine gay men that cast erasure over anyone who is not roided out, bearded or white, it was awesome to see these posts, the engagement from readers and commentators and also your continued support of gay men.

  • Ben

    meh

  • Ceecee

    It was such a tight group this year. I -am- however pretty surprised to see JJ Knight didn’t make top 3. I assumed he was a lock and put a lot of my votes into Randy haha.

    • sxg

      You’re probably not the only one who thought he was safe as well. Same goes for Tegan Zayne. That’s why people came to support Randy.

      • Ceecee

        I mean I love me some Randy and I think he’s one of the best models Seancody has ever had, but I would have assumed JJ was in the top 3 easy. Sean Ford was the surprise for me tbh.

  • jviia

    Such good performers all around, great nominees this year! Loved Carter Danes video, he is so cute!

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  • FieldMedic

    In the movie Mannequin, Meshach Taylor’s character says that there must be some sort of imperfection so as not to offend the gods… Carter Dane, really offends the gods… <3

    • NotAnLMD

      I remember him saying that in “Friends & Family”. Was that just something he threw into every movie where he had a speaking part?

  • edginghours
  • Ed Woody

    NOTE TO PORN PERFORMERS: Please take note how the winner of this contest, with more votes than anyone else by the porn-buying public, was one who is openly gay, is a nice person, had no scandals or twitter freakouts whatsoever, and films with condoms. Please let that be a lesson to you.

    • Unfortunately, based on the industry being in a place where your comment is even necessary, I’d imagine their sales and web insights are telling them otherwise.

    • Tim

      condom porn can and does sell well if/when it is done right. same with bareback porn. a lot of guys (including myself) have a preference one way or the other in our porn, but I’d hope the vote here, which includes one guy who has never put on a condom in a scene, one guy who does both, and one guy who has never performed without would show just how moot the point is to overall success (though it must be said Carter was going to make his debut with Sean Cody but scheduling never worked out)

    • gaysiantwink

      It works because he’s a good performer. Nobody cares about condoms when the performance is amazing.

      • AussieB

        I’ve never understood how wearing a condom somehow destroyed I seen 4 people. If it’s a well done seen with good performers, it will be good. The condoms are barely even shown

        • Ed Woody

          Exactly. I do not understand why people are so against this tiny piece of plastic that costs pennies but saves lives. And don’t give me ‘its a fantasy’ because it’s not a fantasy to the people making the porn, it’s their lives. But the public wants them to expose themselves to diseases for their entertainment, so that’s what they have to do if they want to make any money. It’s massively misanthropic to me, and I don’t get how anyone can think that way.

          • kfunde

            Ed, Condoms that costs pennies? Hmmm. I do understand your thinking. I use to feel the same way. My view has slightly changed. I can see how using a condom can be a mental barrier, an emotional barrier, a “medical feel” barrier. A barrier. Two guys who are trying to connect on an emotional level via sex. That little piece of plastic can feel like a body condom. I can also understand the importance of not becoming infected. For me, I go with the condom.

            Please try better to understand.

    • AussieB

      Trump could learn a bit by his humility

    • Jer

      I’m honestly too busy spontaneously orgasming any time Carter Dane is on screen to notice whether there are condoms or not since his scenes are so hot it doesn’t really matter to me.

    • Odetofear
  • OverKill
    • DPS

      It’s like reliving the Election!

  • Greninja

    I don’t visit CockyBoys so I’ve never heard of Carter until these best of the year posts. I wanted JJ or Tegan to win.

    • V1

      The top three collectively received more than 61% of the vote, so the others split the remaining 39%.

      • Greninja

        Ok, I still don’t know her.

  • Dale Bergman

    Carter Dane is a deserving winner. He is a superb bottom.

    I am pleasantly surprised that the Italian Stallion received so many votes. He has been one of the best all around performers in the industry for three years on Sean Cody.

  • Paul J

    I’m a bit surprised not to see JJ Knight in the top 3, but I’m very glad an openly gay man won. Porn producers take note – gay men want to see gay men, not bored looking straight men desperately tugging at their limp dicks to inject a bit of life into them.
    I’ve not seen any of Carter Dane’s performances, but having seen the pictures of that butt and fat veiny cock, I think I’m going to! In fact, I think I need to go and lie down…

    • I’ve said it elsewhere on here, but it’s relevant here too. The industry is in such a rut of promoting g4p models (and ‘straight’ fantasies) over openly gay performers, and it’s not based on assumption. Their sales and insights tell them what we want, and unfortunately what we seem to want is the straight thing. Not to mention, porn audiences have encouraged this trend through our viewing habits for decades. We have no one to blame now but ourselves, and it’s up to us to vote with our wallets, not on a blog poll.

      • Maximus

        I don’t buy that argument. People continue to consume G4P and “straight” fantasy porn because there aren’t many studios offering a quality alternative product. Helix and CockyBoys are the only major studios that more or less only feature openly gay/bi men. Helix is hebephilic, and CockyBoys scenes are often over-produced, pretentious faux art. For those of us into clean-cut athletic guys in their 20s or 30s with minimal ink and without venereal disease, Sean Cody and Corbin Fisher are pretty much the only options.

      • Paul J

        Yes the dollar is almighty and you are right that studios wouldn’t employ g4p models if no-one watched them. However, voting for openly gay models on a blog is some contribution and it would be even better if people stopped describing lacklustre limp dick fests between g4p models or a g4p and an unlucky gay model as hot. If you are making out with a man for several minutes, finally get his pants off and then can barely locate his dick in his underpants, what’s that telling you?

      • Tim

        there is a place for both. I fantasize both about the making love to a special gay someone and about getting the straight jock i lusted after in High School to nail me, the same way I fantasize about long slow solo sessions and (occasionally) about being gangbanged by a group of strangers. these aren’t co-exclusive things. the best sites cater to either a variety of tastes well or really nail their one thing.

  • R.A.M.J

    I also just noticed he’s tattooless. While I love guys with tattoo’s, I think tat free works for him.

  • Zealot

    I have to agree that his personality had just as much as anything else for my vote. He’s beautiful, sexually interesting to watch (and I know he’s 99% bottom, but boy, how does he ever make that look like the only thing I’d want to be as well, when he’s doing his thing!), unjaded and not over-exposed. I look forward to each of his scenes breathlessly and wonder which lucky man is going to get ahold of that monumentally beautiful ass….sorry but I’ve worked myself up into somewhat of a lather just thinking of it, and am going to have to excuse myself for a wee bit’ of a fap.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9aad45f4dcd115060a16ec4e5cc701fdb3d4a7238906ea8a6711b37b2ad4b76a.jpg

  • Two Cents

    I know that there’s a lot of folks clapping over the fact that a gay man won the award and that most of the nominees were gay but that happened the past three years. Carter ain’t the blame (unless he retires not working with any men of color) so I’ll give him his props even though I didn’t vote for him. But I’ll know there’s a real change in the industry when a man of color can even make it in the top three of the competition. Folks need to stop acting like masculine men, g4p, or steroids are the only problem or the biggest one. Zach does his best to bring some diversity but it’s clear by the win (last three years and this) that we can have gay men in gay porn as long as they look a certain way. That’s why white remains the face of the community everywhere and sexing black men is still seen as ‘f*** a retarded goat’. And if you come back by saying it’s all about sales I hope that you aren’t one of the ones complaining about g4p, masculine, or anything else cause you know…that’s just the market.

    • Tim

      there are black performers who could have got my votes. Diesel Washington wasn’t one of them.

      Sadly, I have to agree with you that there are too few asian perfomers for me to even think of one I like.

      • Two Cents

        There was one other black man listed but I guess he can’t get any love either. I just accept that this is the way things are now but I’m not applauding another look at the same thing we’ve seen in the past when it’s been done so much. I know how porn influences sexual tastes and I’m just tryin to make it easier for my black and Asian brothas to get a date out here or at least get laid without people checkin for their race. Voting Carter Dane ain’t gonna do that.

        • Tim

          gerard, if he keeps up the quality, could win next year. 5 scenes wasn’t enough for me even to look into him. again, there are long-term performers who could get my vote, if they were proposed.

          but yeah. race is no good reason not to date someone you otherwise like or are attracted to, but with less exposure to those guys, well, fewer people are going to be open to it.

          you’d think these porn companies would want to invest in a quality performer no matter their race. if they don’t sell well at first promoting them and putting them out there could still be a good long-term investment, if only from a PR perspective.

    • I Slay, All Day

      Took the words right out of my mouth. But I’m sure someone will say “go to a MOC gay blog if you want to have a chance!” I don’t visit this blog very much because 90% of the articles cover average Caucasian males (aka cookie cutter, dime-a- dozen white guy) and after the election of 2016, I’m pushing for more brown recognition at every corner I come to.

      That being said, sail on! #Cosign https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5f847521f26f374c927d313a62d6ef7a43a9c6919d9dbd3a5f7fa8cfe2e7f14d.gif

    • SteadyNUnremitting

      I feel Jacen Zhu is going to be next break porn star this year. He’s the complete package. The kids better get ready, cause he’s coming.

  • Readen Reply

    So the winner got a lower percentage of the votes than Trump

    22% is some “winner”

  • Lucio

    I’m so happy to see Randy in the top 3! He is amazing and totally deserved it! But what about Tegan? I can’t believe he didn’t make it or JJ? And about Carter: girl, I didn’t see that coming! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60224a8e1b9b74ae34c4e3497283227e90b1ad8b676ebabb46e51eb4a80c5a63.jpg

  • DPS

    Teagan and Randy got my votes. Congrats to Carter! He was destined for the Win and his response was so sweet. Happy to see Randy even took the Show position and never expected Place to go to Sean Ford over Teagan. But smooth sells better than hairy I guess. As I’ve said before of Sean, in five years I’d like to see his more mature self.

  • Sterling

    Well deserved Carter. Congrats!

  • Odetofear

    First Katya, then Hilary and now Tegan. I just can’t pick a 2016 winner

    • RaJ

      Oh don’t get me started on how Katya was robbed

      • BLACKjHAMMER

        Oh don’t get me started on how Hillary was ROBBED !!!

        • a b

          Yeah, who says the popular votes should have a say in a democracy!

      • Ceecee

        At least she made it to the end. No Alyssa/Tatianna because “she leant me this shirt” lol

  • SteadyNUnremitting

    Congrats to Carter Dane, Well deserved. Completely surprised at JJ Knight & Tegan Zayne not making the top 3.

  • DaveAtom

    WTF?????!!!!!
    Really? I mean I love Carter and any other time I would agree, but Tegan is by far the hottest and best performer of the bunch.

    Sean Ford and Randy? Lol.

  • Maximus

    He’s adorable. That video message was so sweet. I feel good about voting for him.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/fj4sw0BLfdOGA/giphy.gif

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  • BlkManLuvsPorn

    Bad enough you only had two men of color on the list. and not surprisingly none of the those two in the top 3.

  • Stacy

    I did not vote as much as I should have because I assumed Tegyn had this in the bag….WOW, I feel somehow responsible! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb68b0a9b51168648ce2fcb30796ec1dac7071b655073129e6278f1236e37d24.png

  • Stacy

    Nice acceptance video – I’m just glad it wasn’t filmed by Cockyboys cause then it would be overproduced, late and featuring Levi Karter… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/484c0c8612f70d6482aae09dddc0e03ed7624dc0eaf604c35b03a71a1fe4aca8.jpg

  • Raymond

    There is a Data Lounge discussion of Randy’s best scene. What say you guys?

  • Luca

    Carter is fine, I can grudgingly accept Randy in third place, but Sean Ford as second is depressing.

  • Trepakprince

    I will say Carter has the best ass in the industry.

  • a b

    My faith in voting has been restored

  • buffy2004

    YASSSS!!!! i’m very glad and agree 100% with this result. Just look at that cutie ♥♥♥. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac7f870c1551bc1020747ee70ee0ae8e6243a860ce4fa5648c08a26e8825920b.gif

  • vanfanusa

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  • I Slay, All Day

    Yay, cookie cutter white guy wins again! Trump-tastic!

  • AussieB

    Hope he tops in 2017

    Was he really at the HBO golden globes party? And with whom?

    He seems like a nice guy. Good looking enough for mainstream acting or modeling

  • AussieB

    Still can’t believe Alex Mecum wasn’t nominated

  • AussieB

    No post on the cybersocket awards? Is it because of a Lucas sponsor. I saw Carter won Best Newcomer apparently. Hope his contract has a bonus for award wins. Lol

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  • J.D.

    Should’ve been a Tegan, Randy, and Carter trio tbh

  • groovy.

    He seems like a nice, well-adjusted, actual decent human being..

    Congratulations Carter!!!!

  • Trev Nich

    I am in love with Carter, even if he is Quebecois scum (It’s a Canadian joke). I love porn, but I honestly don’t even know who a lot of these nominees are. Diesel is the only other one I actually have even heard of. Got some serious boning up to do. Need to become more familiar with the quality work of these fine nominees.