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Porn's most popular stars

The porn world loves new superstars almost as much as it loves a comeback story.

That, at least in part, is why the industry's top stars change so frequently. Fans love to find new performers, but when their old favorites return in front of the camera, the loyalty they retain is something that would make any business envious.

With the industry's annual expo underway in Las Vegas this week, we've once again assembled a list of the most popular female porn stars. Like last year, though, the number of return appearances is minimal. Only three of the actors who appeared on 2013's list are back this year, though two who fell off after 2012 have returned.

Our list is based off of total nominations in the annual AVN and Xbiz awards, the industry's two highest-profile awards shows. The awards do more than acknowledge the on-screen performances of an actor, though. They also underline who has the strongest drawing power in the industry. Because porn is an industry where women are the overwhelmingly primary focus, we've limited our list to female stars.

That drawing power is crucial as studios work to convince fans that porn is still worth paying for.

—By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 13 Jan. 2014

Image Source: Michael Dorausch