Best Of 2022

Best Instagram Influencer: Ada Vox

Best Instagram Influencer

Winner: Ada Vox

Alamo City native and South San High School grad Adam Sanders is better recognized as his drag persona Ada Vox — the powerhouse vocalist who wowed audiences and won fans on Season 16 of American Idol and the inaugural season of Queen of the Universe. Buzzworthy turns on those shows earned Vox accolades from the likes of Katy Perry, RuPaul, Jennifer Holliday and Vanessa Williams — not to mention a fanbase of more than 100,000 followers the performer lovingly calls #Voxies. A free-flowing complement to her televised interpretations of classics by Radiohead, Etta James, Queen and Patti LaBelle, Vox's Instagram page chronicles her career as a recording and touring artist — including recent appearances at RuPaul's DragCon and Drag Fest UK — but also reveals the fierce, funny person underneath the wigs and makeup. Winning examples of Vox unplugged and unfiltered include pre-soundcheck vocal exercises in the bathroom and a clap back to a commenter who likened Drag Race star and Queen of the Universe judge Trixie Matel's heavily painted face to a coloring book: "You really shouldn't be disrespectful to people. Especially when you don't know who they are. ... That 'coloring book' is worth millions of dollars. ... That 'clown' is everything that I as an artist and businessperson aspire to be."

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