MTV’s 24-hour college network, tonight declared Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Matt & Kim, Two Door Cinema Club and Chiddy Bang winners of the “2011 mtvU Woodie Awards” – the only night honoring college students’ favorite emerging artists and music. Packed with fans paying homage to the music they live their lives to, the show aired live on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU from Austin, Texas during the South by Southwest Music Festival.
The night kicked off with a bang as a garage door opened to reveal the Foo Fighters performing their newest single, “Rope.” Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) went wild with “Sandwitches,” giving the crowd a crazy, explosive performance (complete with gnomes, a chicken and a goldfish mascot). After getting rowdy, security carried members of the rap collective off the stage, wrapping the show.
Meanwhile, the show’s first-ever host, triple-threat actor, writer and musician Donald Glover upheld the “Woodies” college-party meets kick-ass concert atmosphere throughout the night, and even threw in some freestyle via his alter-ego Childish Gambino. 2011 “Woodie of the Year” winner Wiz Khalifa commanded the stage with “Roll Up” and “Black & Yellow” as the audience whipped black and yellow towels in the air.
Before capturing the coveted “Breaking Woodie” award for best new artist, Two Door Cinema Club rocked the stage, infecting the crowd with their signature guitar riffs and inventive sound as they performed, “What You Know.” Exclusively sponsored by ck one, the Breaking Woodie was voted on for the first time online, via Twitter and on Facebook, with the band taking home the award over nominees Local Natives, Sleigh Bells, Dev and Wavves. During their first televised performance ever, Sleigh Bells brought a larger-than-life performance to Austin Music Hall, treating fans to exploding guitars and rapid fire beats met with the college marching band “Marching Storm” from Prairie View A&M for their performance of “Riot Rhythm.”
In between acts, the drama remained high — while introducing Kanye West as the “Left Field Woodie” award winner, Lil B’s friend grabbed the microphone from Pete Wentz’s hands, demanding that the up-and-coming artist was robbed. Lil B stepped to the mic and took his chance to accept the award, professing his love for the true winner, Kanye, who was not in attendance.
As official DJ of the Woodies, Skrillex kept the night going with beats throughout the night. Additionally, an all-star cast of presenters took the stage to hand out this year’s Woodie Awards, including Aziz Ansari, Matt & Kim, Lil B, Friendly Fires, Pete Wentz, Yelawolf, Skylar Grey, Zoe Kravitz, Eliza Doolittle, Dev, Chiddy Bang, Theophilus London and MTV’s Liz Lee from “My Life as Liz.”
For music fans disappointed that their favorite artists didn’t win this year, mtvU is giving them a second chance with the first-ever mtvU “SHOULDA COULDA” Woodie Award sponsored by the Citi mtvU Card. Beginning at midnight on March 16th through April 14th, students can head to mtvU.com to vote for the artist they believe deserves a second chance at Woodies honors. Whether rallying around Daft Punk or Lil’ Wayne who were beat out by Muse for “Best Performing Woodie” in 2007 or taking a stand for Draft, MGMT and Silversun Pickups as payback for being robbed by Kings of Leon for “Woodie of the Year” in 2009, this new category was created in response to student outcry for a second chance. The winner will be announced on April 18.