The tHOTlist 2020 #100-51

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100. Florence D’Lee 

Likely NYC’s most high profile and in-demand drag designer (and a pretty damn funny queen in her own right, when she has time to be one), Florence had an epic year of well-deserved highs and tragic lows. Someone who really should just be getting their paychecks directly from World of Wonder at this point (and some credit towards the show’s Best Costume Design Emmy nomination as well), Florence’s breathtakingly intricate designs are literally all over the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise–in nearly every episode of the flagship and All-Stars series, to say the very least. Unfortunately, the recipient of some of his most brilliant designs of the year was Season 12’s Sherry Pie. Florence’s garments were good enough to help put Sherry in the Top 4, but ultimately they couldn’t save Sherry from herself. When her bizarre personal misbehavior became a matter of public cancellation fodder and she was both disqualified from the finale and retroactively edited out of most of the season, Florence’s designs went underappreciated–and even the designer herself got quite undeservingly dragged into the Sherry Hate social media muck stirred up by Drag Race’s notoriously toxic fanbase. And on top of all that, very serious health problems hit Florence later in the year, which obviously set her back tremendously. But as this miserable year draws to a close, there is finally light at the end of this tunnel for all of us… and we will surely see Ms. D’Lee back in full form soon enough.

99. Lyra Vega

Uncle Charlie’s sole drag pianist, the amazingly versatile Lyra got the opportunity to showcase a variety of talents via social media when quarantine happened. It was an opportunity she certainly took, appearing in livestream shows nearly every week during the bulk of lockdown; she sang, she danced, she joked, she lip synced, and of course she took to the ivories as well. Here is an exciting queen to look out for in 2021, both as a queen and a pianist.

98. Zarria Powell

Glamorous pageant slayer (Miss Gay New York United States At Large 2019), hilarious stage hostess, stalwart activist for black trans lives and darling digital diva all in one! We got to see a lot of Zarria this year onstage, on screen, and marching with the crowds. Show-wise, she was most noticeably the hostess of Steve Sidewalk’s “Gay College Tuesdays” live at the Ritz and later virtually on Zoom. Although she’s recently moved to Schenectady, we hope to see her back in the bars as soon as we can.

97. Jayse Vegas

[Photo: LestatNY]

Once upon a time, NYC bars and clubs were filled with queer popstars of all races and genders, electrifying the party with disco and house and sugary pop beats the way that only a live musical performer can. And while we may be seeing the slow return of that, few such singer / songwriters had the visibility in our city that Jayse had. Rarely turning down a chance to perform anywhere, Jayse worked his way into the conversation with wholly original songs, beats, lewks and choreography, and won a legion of fans and even several weekly and monthly gigs throughout the city. The removal of nightlife stages due to quarantine was likely pretty crushing for Jayse. But rather then dick around with clumsy livestream shows, he wound up designing new merch, doing some collaborations with his sis Honey Davenport and other RuGirls like Yvie Oddly and Aja, putting out remixes, launching a long-requested OnlyFans site and finally dropping a ton of great videos for several of his club hits.

96. Aquaria 

Drag Race’s youngest winner to date (Season 10, 2018) is also one of its most historically fashion-fabulous, and one of New York’s finest queens to boot. A globally in-demand talent (which includes her rising status as a DJ), Aquaria was forced along with the rest of the world to scale back in 2020–but New Yorkers and New Jerseyites still got to see her perform live with Voss Events’ “Drive N’ Drag” outdoor showcases (did you catch her Halloween Chromatica medley?), plus several digital events. She also appeared in Kim Petras’ adorable “Malibu” music video in May.

95. Svetlana Stoli

[Photo: Wilson Models]

The host of the Lucky Chengs’ sponsored fan favorite drag brunch at Secret Room NYC (and that venue’s own drag dinners as well), New York’s favorite Russian Doll knows how to please live audiences. The composer of the American classic “Welcome to My Hole” certainly has some multimedia tricks up her frilly sleeve as well: during quarantine she hosted monthly Zoom shows with sis Kari Kerning, and appeared with mentor Linda Simpson in the latter’s own weekly Zoom bingo shows as well.

94. Untitled Queen 

Having crossed over from bar drag to full-on queer multimedia performance art long ago, Untitled’s impact on 2020’s quarantine drag was paramount. Besides participating in the lush “NIGHTGOWNS” Quibi series with like-minded sister Sasha Velour (more on that later), Untitled produced a pair of epic virtual showcases that really utilized the collective experience of mass quarantine, while exposing potential millions to the diversity of drag. First there was “Untitled (America)” in July which actually starred a queen from every state and American territory. And then came “Untitled (World)” in December, where queens from several countries across the continents performed. We don’t know how she did it, and we’ll always be in awe that she pulled it off so seamlessly.

93. DJ 2Face

Being a nightlife performer during quarantine has been a epic carry… now just imagine the challenges a DJ must face, even an incredibly popular one like 2Face. Sound doesn’t always come through social media too clearly (particularly in the apps that everyone uses, like Facebook and Instagram), and the network content filters were pretty ruthless with shutting down licensed music. 2Face in particular is also a very social person, with fabulous threads and cute entourages, so digital DJ’ing must’ve been a drudge for him. But he did it a few times, and it was cute! We were happy to see him return to home bars like the Pines Blue Whale and Playhouse as soon as social distancing ordinances allowed him to.

92. Bella Noche

[Photo: Shallow]

Our favorite legged mermaid was no fish out of water this quarantine year, hosting plenty of digital events including Zoom bingo, a weekly chat show with co-host and boyfriend Dr. Paul Vader dispelling your Covid myths, and her own already long-running livestream panel show “Cocktails & Contours” care of Spoiled NYC. Bella was also a frequent guest for socially distanced Long Island shows at venues like One Eye Jacks.

91. DJ K Styles & Morgan Royel

[Photos: Toni-Ann Langella / TBA]

Veteran lady of Lips Morgan mad a few digital appearances during lockdown, while K Styles–who DJs Morgan’s weekly “Do The Right Thing” party at The Ritz–presented weekly DJ dance parties of her own on Insta. When limited indoor seating returned, the pair reunited for a weekly bingo night at The Ritz.


The beloved dance party and drag show DJ won his second consecutive Best DJ Glam Award in February, and recently celebrated his 40th birthday! During lockdown he kept his name and sound out there with virtual dance parties, hot mixes and live socially distances gigs wherever he could get them, and has recently resumed live DJ’ing at Pieces and Now and Then.

89. Cherry Poppins & Elise Navy-Dad

[Photo: Patrick Doss]

Broadway Babe Cherry and Everyday Christmas Queen Elise made for a good sister act in 2020, despite the challenges of lockdown drag. Together they co-host a weekly virtual show on’s YouTube page, and made several other digital performances besides. They’re also responsible for one of the year’s most innovative showcases: “Dragged Through the Park,” where the pair (along with AndrogyNY) led a silent disco romp through Central Park that was interrupted by pop-up drag shows from top NYC queen specially configured across the trail. Plus, they gave us a Mad Libs show at Don’t Tell Mama!

88. Cissy Walken 

Still our reigning Miss Stonewall (crowned during the month of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 2019), Cissy continues to be an entertainer, educator and activist even during the limits of quarantine. Appearing at demonstrations all over the city and urging folks to vote and be more politically active, Cissy (known also as an Italian chef and Amy Winehouse impersonator) has performed several digital shows and even hosts her own fun weekly virtual game show on Facebook.

87. Olivia Lux

[Photo: Bryan Clavel]

Covid cut the reign of our current Miss Paradise 2020 somewhat short… she was supposed to be wrapping up a year of shows at Paradise by now, but sadly she barely had a chance to start them. But hey, maybe Asbury Park wasn’t ready for this potently gorgeous quadruple threat, anyway. Besides quarantine, Olivia was out of town for a long spell… and we suspect that the world in 2021 will get a full education on the lovely Ms. Lux.

86. The Cake Boys

In 2020, four drag kings–Richard, Muscles Monty, Sweaty Eddie and Geminemesis–came to realize that the best way to get some good king representation happening in the city was to create their own showcases. Thus The Cake Boys were born, and soon they enlisted nearly every king and quing in the city to join their loose ranks–kind of like the Avengers of drag, if you will. After a few live shows, lockdown nearly shut their project down prematurely… but instead, the gang rose to the occasion and created some of the year’s most original, surreal and watchable digital content. Much of this is due to the creatively off-kilter approach to performing taken by the Boys and their carefully selected guest performers, as well as the psychedelic / psychotic Ed Roth-meets-Francis Bacon-styled animation and art direction care of Sweaty. While we look forward to tasting The Cake Boys’ live shows once again, we hope their virtual content (which gleefully reminds us of 80’s and early 90’s MTV) is a mainstay.

85. Devo Monique

Prior to lockdown, Brooklyn’s passionate dance queen Devo was at her busiest with shows and parties in nearly every queer venue in the borough; but at the height of quarantine, she returned to her native Virginia. Which isn’t to say by any means that Devo disappeared–quite the opposite. As social justice activism kicked up on the streets and on the internet, Devo’s voice became an important one for the BLM and BTLM movements: announcing the times and places for demonstrations, sharing her own experiences with racism and homophobia as a Black drag queen in America, giving a voice to her peers and advocating for reform in how Black people are treated in nightlife and queer culture. These days Ms. Monique actually seems quite happy in Virginia, but perhaps she’ll return to NYC someday.

84. Ariel Sinclair

The longtime Lips and Stonewall queen made the absolute most of her socially distanced Fire Island Ice Palace residency this summer, and we are unworthy! We can’t wait for this Covid business to be past us so we can catch Ariel, one of the funniest and most charming drag hostesses in the business, onstage once again.

83. Lola Michele-Kiki

The West and East Village good time gal of the Haus of Kiki will give you Gaga as quickly as she’ll turn out Hamilton, whether it’s in person or virtually. Lola’s been giving shows upon shows online–usually as part of the showcases curated by sis Catrina Lovelace–while hosting a weekly socially distanced drag brunch at El Paso Restaurante in the Upper East Side throughout quarantine.

82. Jada Valenciaga 

[Photo: Kelli Blue]

One of the city’s most musically and theatrically informed queens, Jada has been quite busy behind the scenes in 2020 crafting Where You’ll Find Me, an entire original musical production, which we are anxiously awaiting to see more of if this number is any indication. In the meantime she’s made a few socially distanced and virtual performances, and has released several well-edited music videos where she sings some of her favorite songs as a chorus of Jadas.

81. Audrey Phoenix

Our Astoria firebird is just the right blend of fashion and funny, and has done 2020 right with hosting some socially distanced shows and brunches while partaking in several digital revues as well. For several weeks, Audrey was also mukbanging with sis Jacklynn Hyde on Instagram.

80. Senerio & Will Sheridan 

Two of NYC’s most vital queer rap artists created Giant Fest last year, a massive 2-day concert showcasing queer musicians from New york and beyond. This year, the pair presented a digital edition of the festival in December, which also included an awards presentation for queer music and music video accomplishments in 2020. Meanwhile, the avant garde Senerio finally released “Echelon Black“(his cosmic, relentless dirge that puts the kids in a fever pitch when he’s performed it live over the years) as a single, and joined The Cake Boys for their delirious Halloween Twitch show. Will, a famously out athlete turned pioneer of the queer rap scene, performed at the Bear World Magazine virtual summer party as well as the Kaleidoscope Virtual Pride Festival, and *gasp* cut his hair.

79. CT Hedden

[Photo: Tanner Abel]

As always, the hardest thing about including CT to a list like this is deciding which of hundreds of new beautiful pictures one should use (FYI: this particular one features a look that she would’ve sported for The Cherry Fund DC, which was sadly canceled). Frankly, if there were no more live events ever, CT would still be a star thanks to her dominion over makeup, elevated fashion and multimedia. As it is, CT hosted a fun Instagram series where she did makeup with her celebrity friends like Rose McGowan, Maria Bello and bestie Aquaria; she also did a number of Susanne Bartsch digital events, and made socially distanced live appearances at Soho’s chic Gitano.

78. Jasmine Infiniti

[Photo: Guerrilla Pump]

The world renown, New York-based club DJ played some important virtual and socially distanced live global parties. Jasmine also released a massive, critically praised and shadow-drenched techno album, BXTCH SLÄP, in April, followed by a single “Stunna” in November. Oh, and she had a Barbie doll made in her image, because she is that boss.

77. Islaya

[Photo: Jax Koyote]

This relative newcomer has certainly lived up to her name, slaying every socially distanced live and virtual show she can (which amounted to several shows a week). That’s how you do it, kids! The Shakespearean trained stage performer with flirty charm and fierce moves brings a lot to the table, and is likely to be a real star to watch in 2021.

76. Erika Klash 

While 2020 was marred by several of NYC’s favorite queens fleeing the city during lockdown, we did have at least one great comeback story. Erika–whose looks have been informed by video games, anime and all matters of queer geekdom long before such presentations became a widespread drag aesthetic–left us for San Francisco several years ago, where she was cast as the cutest monster ever on Dragula’s popular second season. But this year she became a New Yorker once again, although we barely got a chance to welcome her back before lockdown happened. We did get to enjoy her several times virtually, though (and was any queen better fit to be a digital star?) thanks to shows like the monthly “Pastel Gore” on Twitch.

75. Porsche

The legendary Girl with a Thousand Voices navigated a challenging season on Fire Island expertly, care of her longtime residency at the Ice Palace. Off season, she gave us a few live singing performances in Sayville’s Station Pub, and even tried her hand (and remarkable voice) at livestream shows on Facebook for several weeks.

74. Misty Mountains Davenport

Astoria and Manhattan’s funny mix queen with fly fashion sense kept the shows going on Instagram throughout lockdown. And lest we forget, her and Ritzy Bitz’s “I’m That Bitch” from the end of last year (with lyrics based entirely on Misty’s epic response to a Miss Stonewall pageant question, accurately recreated in the video’s intro) remains the original and definitive drag bop with that title.

73. Zavaleta 

[Photo: Gaystrychef]

In less then two years of New York drag, this young Mexico City-born wildchild has made her mark. Combining twirking sexuality with vivid drama, La Zavaleta is certainly never a boring performer to watch, be she live or livestreamed. This year during lockdown, after her several shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan were shut down, she’s largely kept us enthralled with brunch and dinner shows at Woodside’s Cafe 52.

72. Amanda Lepore 

[Photo: Josef Jasso]

It’s a sad thing indeed that we’re currently living in a New York where we won’t run into the most famous face and body in all of nightlife in the back of a crowded nightclub, or watch her turn a music or burlesque number onstage. But such is the blight that is 2020! Well, at least we can see Amanda pop up at the occasional virtual Bartchland event, or show up on the odd socially distanced night at Gitano. Or, we can hear her featured verses in the recent Aviance Records remix of the charity single “Lift Them Up.” And if there’s anyone we’d truly love to get multiple personalized Cameos from, it’s Madame Lepore!

71. Laurel Charleston

A look queen who is sort of reinventing what it means to be a look queen, Laurel’s social media self-portraits have become the Louvre of the internet. Whether they’re using their face as a canvas to re-create actual classic paintings or to present alarmingly lifelike 3D object illusions, Laurel seems to have broken new ground in drag makeup and is hands down one of the most exciting things happening in the biz right now. And they’re becoming more of a dynamic performer as well, utilizing the digital stage to present fully realized video performances. Laurel’s story is an interesting and inspiring one, so much so that it constitutes her own magazine; volume 1 of Brooklyn Dreams is now available for your consumption.

70. Horrorchata 

Horrochata changed the face of Brooklyn nightlife when she arrived here from Texas years ago, thanks to the spectacular live events she’s cultivated that foster music, fashion, diversity and individuality. The annual drag festival Bushwig is, of course, her best known and most game-changing creation (with Babes Trust). Lockdown has made the sort of massive kikis she’s known for completely impossible, and that’s a very sad thing. But we’ve gotten our Chata fix in bits and pieces thanks to her occasional digital appearances (she represented New York in sis Untitled Queen’s “Untitled (America)” 50 states / 50 drag performers showcase, for one thing) and occasional live socially distanced shows in venues like Now And Then. And she couldn’t let a year go by without at least a mini-Bushwig, hence the electrifying October show in Maria Hernandez Park.

69. Michael Musto

Since the sad demise of The Village Voice, New York’s most widely read and iconic nightlife columnist has stayed that way thanks to Paper, NewNowNext, OUT, Queerty and the other digital publications that have published him. There’s even a must-read Facebook Group column he does that profiles the celebrities of 80s and 90s club culture. And Michael, whose notorious blind items once helped expose the Party Monster murder, is still causing stirs. Just look at the reaction he got to a recent column’s tea regarding some Season 13 Drag Race drama! Meanwhile, Musto continues to host some digital events, offer his commentary services to the likes of Tan Mom, and even sings a few songs (he’s quite the crooner).

68. Novaczar

[Photo: Thomas Evans]

Evoking both Klaus Nomi and Diva Plavalaguna, Novaczar has that classically chic, baroque surrealist vibe that you’d might expect to see at the East Village Pyramid in 1987. With pristine operatic vocals and otherworldly lewks, the queen has made an interesting mark on nightlife, both digitally and in the real world. Novaczar has appeared in many shows this year, including her own weekly digital with Lyra Vega and currently a live show at Brooklyn’s Wonderville. And we can expect to see more of her at Club Cumming at the end of quarantine, where she should fit in just fine.

67. Tina Twirler

[Photo: Jax]

One of the city’s finest newer dance queens had a true second drag-iversary glow-up in 2020, and has appeared in countless digital (including her own solo showcase with Digital DragFest in March) and live socially distanced shows throughout the city all year. We’re also pretty sure that 2021 is the year we’re all gonna get properly Twirled in a True Tina Takeover.

66. Vanna Deux

Vanna sings and dances with true Broadway flair and serves genuine glam and comedy. She had fun with a now notorious and bizarre Allure video shoot that murdered her wig and eyelash, made several memorable digital appearances, and hosted two highly entertaining and massive virtual showcases featuring large casts of geeky-lovely queens (The Poké Ball and The Mario Party). 2020 was definitely a year we all Did the Deux.

65. Merrie Cherry

One of the rare voices of reason early on in the epidemic’s attack on New York, Brooklyn’s prolific drag mother was also a brave pioneer sounding the alarm that hospitality must retreat into quarantine. But not even quarantine or a previous health scare could keep Merrie in hiding during the weeks and months of protest following the murder of George Floyd. She frequently demonstrated with the protesters, and for several consequent days addressed crowds of enthralled listeners at McCarren Park with words of inspiration and activism. And for those who seek a different brand of wisdom from Ms. Cherry, she’s also a YouTube agony aunt as well!

64. David Serrano

DJ gigs during lockdown are by no means a dime a dozen (although he is now back in the Rise Bar booth for socially distanced evenings as of this writing). But in his other career as a photographer, David has had quite a prolific year. It seems like dozens upon dozens of the city’s queens, both the seasoned and the newcomers, were posting their obligatory gorgeous Serrano shots on their Instas throughout 2020. And it seems like David’s photography foundation is now so strong, he’s doing several elaborate shoots beyond the drag world as well.

63. Tammy Spanx 

One of NYC’s most beloved comedy queens (drag’s “bull in a china shop,” as we’ve coined her before) is moving to Hawaii! Hopefully some of us got a chance to catch her at Cherry’s this past summer for what might be her last Fire Island residency, or caught some of her live and digital performances of the GLAM-winning Halloween show Witch Perfect with sisters Tina Burner and Bootsie LeFaris. And while we’re in the business of hoping… maybe Tammy won’t stay gone for too long!

62. Mila Jam

The groundbreaking trans recording artist and longtime NYC nightlifer dropped at least two singles this year: a redux of last year’s groove-infected “Eye on You,” and the arresting “Number One.” But perhaps even more importantly, Mila was an activist in 2020–or “artivist,” as one interviewer called her. Whether it was on the streets of New York or across all of social media, Mila has made her voice, and the voice of the trans Black community, heard. And really, all disenfranchised people who feel persecuted by the criminal justice system and all society in the era of Trump felt kinship with Mila as well. Mila even joined a panel of trailblazing women for a special TEDx taping in November, and we’re excited to hear how the voice and the beat of this Artivist continues throughout the coming new year.

61. Crystal Hart, Alotta McGriddles & Miz Jade 

This Brooklyn trio joined forces several times in recent years, usually to host shows and Drag Race viewing parties at Macri Park. Covid put a kabash to all that in 2020, for now at least. But for about three months at 3 Dollar Bill this year, they were blissfully together again for the weekly “Charmed.” Before and since that gig, choreo queen Jade has been teaching online drag classes and reading to the kids via Drag Queen Story Hour while no doubt tinkering with her delayed “interdisciplinary nightlife variety show” Synthesis. Burlesque-adjacent Crystal’s been giving live shows at Now & Then and Rockbar. And femcee Alotta has been offering merch and posting some appreciable thot pics.

60. Hibiscus

We’ve all known that our gurl, a Cheer New York alum, hass one of the most athletic repertoires in all of New York dragdom with flips, splits and leaps for days. That’s certainly the Hibiscus we get for a live show, like the several socially distant brunches she frequently does in Astoria and Manhattan. But now with Hibiscus’ frequent digital performances these past few months, we’ve seen her be campy, vampy, and all around fierce.

59. Shequida

The host of what is arguably the city’s best known drag show–“The Shequida Show,” Thursday nights at Hardware–is sorely missed as a weekly presence in NYC. We’ve gotten some digital Shequida in the meantime though, including several weeks of an Instagram show and a stint hosting virtual Shana Tova for HEBRO. Our iconic opera diva’s return to live venues started quite recently, and when Shequida finally resumes business as usual in full capacity venues it will be an epic moment for drag fans all over.

58. Hannah Lou

Brooklyn misses “BitchNasty,” the Friday weekly rager at The Rosemont that had Hannah with DJ Ickarus dropping the beats. Brooklyn basically misses all it’s parties, and Horrorchata’s glam witch DJ child Hannah was part of a sizeable chunk of them. During lockdown she’s done the digital DJ thing a few times (notably a virtual edition of “BitchNasty” with Ickarus on Twitch for a few weeks), but has since returned to live DJ’ing socially distanced shows at Now And Then, 3 Dollar Bill and Zavaleta’s shows at Cafe 52 in Woodside.

57. Yuhua Hamasaki

[Photo: Tanner Abel]

Already a Screen Queen since her turn on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 in 2018, NYC’s quirky pageant conqueress and seamstress extraordinaire has been maintaining a large online fanbase thanks to her consistently entertaining YouTube content. Bootleg Opinions is her flagship show, where she judges fashion choices of fellow RuGirls (usually alongside a guest queen) both on and off the runway with the razor sharp attention to the tiniest details that only Ms. Hamasaki can deliver. P.S., we miss her live show at Pieces Bar!

56. Avant Garbage 

With mop-top wigs and handcrafted garments made often of unconventional materials (sometimes actual garbage!), Avant’s numbers are generally “littered” with showstopping moments of simply achieved yet bizarrely imagined stunts. We once saw her take a whole song to melt a chocolate bunny with a hairdryer for Easter! Avant brings to mind performance art, prop comedy, old school gonzo drag and something entirely new that’s none of the above; equal parts high and low brow, hre “brand” of drag fits everywhere and nowhere. That makes her perfect for hosting chat panels and game nights, which she does at Icon Bar during “normalcy” and on Zoom through quarantine.


Originating as a small conceptual stage show at the now-shuttered Bizarre Bushwick, “NIGHTGOWNS” was the brainchild of a mysterious young drag performance artist named Sasha Velour many moons ago. With numbers combining multimedia projections with performances more emotional and intellectual than your average drag lip sync, Sasha and her growing troupe of co-stars revealed a whole new side of drag to enthralled audiences. Over time the show outgrew its original space, as did Sasha–particularly after she was cast on Drag Race’s ninth season. Her out of left feel win on that show earned Sasha a devoted cult following that resulted in a sort of landscape change for the Drag Race platform itself. Now having played to large amphitheaters across the globe, Sasha’s co-stars–which include members of Switch N’Play, Dragula’s Vander Von Odd, Untitled Queen and Neon Calypso, plus special guests–have become world renown in their own right for the lush and vivid drama of their multimedia performances. In 2020, a mini-docuseries detailing several of NIGHTGOWNS’ onstage and backstage moments was streamed exclusively on the QUIBI app, just in time for quarantine. The app itself was short lived, but nonetheless it helped expose the multi-faceted show to an even wider audience. Time will tell what the next phase of NIGHTGOWNS will be, but we’d best not be sleeping on it when it arrives.

54. Steve Sidewalk 

The stalwart fan favorite of Manhattan and Jersey dancefloors, DJ Steve Sidewalk kept busier than most of his peers this lockdown year. Between weekly Zoom editions of his long-running “Gay College Tuesday” party and socially distanced forays into venues like The Ritz, Rainbow Mountain in the Poconos and Jersey’s Club Feathers and Georgie’s, Steve has thoroughly kept the music alive throughout the year.

53. Rosé 

NYC missed this merrymaker when she was off in Parts Unknown during the worst of quarantine. Prior to her departure, Rosé had gigs all over Manhattan alongside her sisters from the sensational singing drag trio Stephanie’s Child, Lagoona Bloo and recent RuGirl Jan. But Rosé’s more than just The Pink One in SC; besides singing, she’s a superfun dancing hostess with hilarious mixes and high fashions. Before and after her return, she’s made a few digital appearances (including a hilarious pratfall that’s since been memed many times over, much to her delight) and is now back at Hardware Bar weekly. We can’t wait to say “Hey Rosé” in 2021!

52. Busted

[Photo: Stella D’oro]

Our Manhattan cult favorite and a true Cherry Grove institution returned for another year of the same wig, the same wrap dress and a lot of the same goofy numbers with their odd interruptions… and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Currently, Busted’s back in the West Village with a Playhouse weekly show.

51. Catrina Lovelace

[Photo: Jax]

Always a fierce and fun dance queen, Catrina of the Haus of Kiki is now a digital producer as well. Having stitched together a number of virtual showcases featuring herself, other Kikis and guests that were staged throughout the year, Ms. Lovelace may now be on the front line of how to pull off a great drag show until live venues return. Bonus: Catrina’s our new reigning Miss Cheer New York!

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