The Transgender Erotica Awards, formerly known as The Tranny Awards, are a group of movie awards presented annually in the United States recognizing performances and performers in the field of transgender pornography, with an emphasis on erotic photography and pornographic movies. Organized by adult industry production company Grooby Productions, the awards were first given in 2008. Citing a poor representation of transgender performers and producers in mainstream adult awards ceremonies, the Tranny Awards were created to recognize achievement in the transgender adult industry.

The awards nominations are submitted from industry and fans from the transgender adult industry; the winners are voted for by a panel of judges, representing fans, producers, performers and professional critics. Each year there is a different panel of judges. In order to be eligible to be nominated for a given year's Awards, a title must have been released between October 31 and November 1 of the preceding year. 

In 2008, Grooby Productions sponsored the 1st Annual Tranny Awards to correct "the lack of recognition that the transgender erotica industry gets.” Some comic confusion arose when the California Transportation Foundation, a nonprofit associated with Caltrans, also decided to call its 20th annual awards ceremony to celebrate "transportation achievement" the TRANNY Awards. The judges panel for the 1st annual Tranny Awards included transgender adult film icon Meghan Chevalier, Bob’s Tgirls owner Bob Maverick, and Grooby Productions CEO Steven Grooby.

The 2009 Tranny Awards were held in North Hollywood in February 2010. Judges included AVN award winning transgender producer/model Wendy Williams, Black Tgirls producer Kila Kali, and influential transgender blogger Caramel. From 2009 onward, the Tranny Awards became live events. 

The 2010 Tranny Awards were held in North Hollywood on February 2011 and hosted by transgender adult model Michelle Austin. Notable winners included Bailey Jay, Angelina Valentine, and Joanna Jet. Sponsors for the 3rd annual Tranny Awards included Shemale Strokers, SMC, and Tranny News Daily. 

The 2011 Tranny Awards were hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Nicole Paige Brooks at Joseph's Cafe in Hollywood on February 19, 2012. The 4th annual Tranny Awards saw a sharp rise in number of sponsors, from the previous award show’s 8 sponsors to 19 total sponsors. Notable sponsors included Cam4, Eros, AEBN, Kink.com, and Third World Media. Making up the judges panel were XBIZ Award winning transgender performer Jesse Flores, StrokingQueens webmaster Housekeeper, and XCritic's main reviewer Apache Warrior.

The 2012 awards were held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, California and hosted by television drag celebrity Jujubee, catering to more than 200 attendees. The 5th annual Tranny Awards added some major award categories, including Best FTM Performer (awarded to Buck Angel), Best Scene Director, and Best Internet Personality. New notable sponsors included iFriends, Bob’s TGirls, Transformation Magazine, and The UP Network. The judges panel included FTM performer James Darling, UP Network owner Ecstatic, transgender adult icon Joanna Jet, and AVN writer Darklady. 

The 2013 awards were hosted by television drag celebrity, Jujubee, at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, California on February 16, 2014, with the after party hosted the following evening at The Dragonfly in Hollywood. New notable sponsors included XXX, Trans500, The Stockroom, Shemale.com, and Fame Dollars. Judges included AVN award winning performer Christian, Frank of Franks-Tgirlworld, and Centurian owner Hanna Rodgers. 

With the announcement of the 7th annual award show, Grooby renamed the organization from the Tranny Awards to the Transgender Erotica Awards. Despite the continued common usage of terms such as “shemale” and “tranny” in modern pornography, the response to the event’s rebranding effort has “largely been positive.”

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