The 18th AVN Awards ceremony, presented by Adult Video News (AVN), took place January 8, 2001 at the Venetian Hotel Grand Ballroom, at Paradise, Nevada, U.S.A. During the ceremony, AVN presented AVN Awards in 77 categories honoring the best pornographic films released between Oct. 1, 1999 and Sept. 30, 2000. The ceremony was produced by Gary Miller and directed by Mark Stone. Adult film star Jenna Jameson hosted the show for the second time.
The year's biggest winner was Dark Angels with six awards, including best Video Feature and Best Director—Video for Nic Andrews, however, Watchers won for Best Film while capturing three additional trophies. Other multiple winners included: Les Vampyres with five awards, Dream Quest with four and Raw and West Side each with three.
The nominees for the 19th AVN Awards were announced in November 2000. Dream Quest led the way with 20, followed by Watchers with 18, Les Vampyres with 17, West Side with 16, Raw with 15, Dark Angels with 14, Jekyll and Hyde with 12 and A Midsummer Night's Cream, Artemesia and In the Days of Whore with 10 apiece.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on January 8, 2001.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().Ed Powers, Mark Kernes
AVN Hall of Fame inductees for 2001 were: Kaitlyn Ashley, John T. Bone, Asia Carrera, Bud Lee, Shayla La Veaux, Clive McLean, Earl Miller, Tiffany Mynx, Reb Sawitz, Sunset Thomas, Bob Vosse, Honey Wilder, Sam Xavier
The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers or comedy. The show's trophy girls were Haven and Lacey.
The awards show marked the premiere of its new trophy design, which Adult Video News called "an original 3-D Lucite monolith that hailed the long awaited Demise of the Golden Bitch."
The year's show featured a "Pussy Cam", a floor-level camera near the stage's podium, which offered attendees an infrequent glimpse of female stars lingerie or lack thereof. In his moment at the podium, actor Mark Davis offered female attendees equal time by dropping his trousers for the audience's supposed benefit.
The show was recorded and a DVD of the show was published and distributed by VCA Interactive.
Dream Quest was announced as the adult movie industry's top selling movie and was also the top renting movie of the previous year.
The show received a negative reception from Adult DVD Talk. An article by Groundskeeper Willie was titled, "The Adult Video Snooze Awars" and besides having found the show slow and monotonous with occasional gaffes, he also took organizers to task for not using film or video clips during the show, even in the major categories.
Hustler magazine agreed that "the ceremony dragged on for what seemed like an eternity but still managed to entertain, despite the shaky hositn gskills of cock-shy Jenna Jameson" and also decried the $195 fee for admission tickets.