Night of a Thousand Gowns is known for fabulous entertainment - and this year is no exception. The Imperial Court of New York is pleased to announce our entertainers for the 34th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns!

International Recording Artist CeCe Peniston

CeCe Peniston’s storybook beginning is magical in that CeCe spent most of her formative years in Phoenix, Arizona and got her first start singing before her church congregation. CeCe elevated to the level of true artist when a friend and Phoenix-based record producer, Felipe “DJ Wax Dawg” Delgado, asked her to record back-up vocals for a female rapper slated to release an album on A&M Records. Soon after, CeCe showed her willingness to make her own individual mark in the business and landed her solo project commissioned by then A&M Records music executive, Manny Lehman. CeCe’s hit single known, today as “Finally”, was born and CeCe accomplished what all talented artists only dream of - inking a deal for her own debut album. CeCe became an international sensation and considered to be one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts. CeCe was successful at scoring five major number one hits within three years. Her signature dance hit “Finally” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75. It became one of the biggest dance records in history selling over 3 million copies worldwide.

The first single off of her new album is entitled “Nothing Can Stop Me Now”, a title truly fitting for the next phase of CeCe’s life. The song is already gaining momentum and heating up at radio stations in New York City, Richmond, Charlotte, Augusta, Columbus, Little Rock, and Oklahoma City. Music Choice and Sirius Radio are also among the stations playing the single.

Complete Destruction

Complete Destruction has been practicing the arcane art of shapeshifting for ten years, and performing for seven.  They are a member of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island at Providence, former XIV and current reigning Imperial Crown Princess: Her Most Imperial Sovereign Highness, The Destroyer of Worlds, The Unholy Priestess of the Cenobites and The Grand High Witch to Reign XXVII.  They were Miss Gay Rhode Island 2015, and have headlined the Austin International Drag Festival for the past two years.  Complete is a member of the Slaughterhouse Society of Boston MA.  They host and perform most often at EGO Providence, and while being very bad at social media, invite you to look at the many faces they have worn on Facebook and Instagram under Complete Destruction.  They are indebted to the Court System for continuously giving a strong and beautiful meaning to the art of drag through fundraising for those in need.

Jahlisa A. Ross

Jahlove Serrano aka Jahlisa A Ross is a health educator, youth advocate, HIV/AIDS activist, androgynous model, runway coach, drag queen, background dancer, and choreographer to the stars. A Guatemalan/American native of Bronx New York, he contracted HIV a few days shy of his 16th birthday. At that point, he decided to take a leadership role among his peers and community and to be very public with his HIV status to combat the ignorance and stigma around HIV/AIDS.  He works in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach and research and he is working hard on the global, national, city and local levels to address the needs of HIV positive and HIV negative youth. Jahlove has worked with New York City AIDS institute, the National Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, The Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS North America (GNP+NA), the AIDS ALLIANCES, The White House, and The Department of Health. Currently, he is part of a national campaign called "HIV Stops With Me”, the New York City "In Care" campaign, and the Janssen “Positively Fearless” global campaign. Jahlove uses his entertainment platform to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education throughout the United States and beyond.

Also special performances by:

Decade Monarchs Emperor XIX Just Jack and Empress XXIV Farrah Moans

Double Decade Monarchs  Emperor X Gabriel Della Notte and Empress XIV Victoria V. Weston