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MTVU Woodie Awards Offer A Few Surprises, Kanye Moment

Article Written By Celebrity Correspondant Tara Berkoski.

The Eighth Annual mtvU Woodie Awards was unprecedented with MTV’s decision to move the event to South by Southwest 2011. It was also the first time that the show aired live. The live show took place on Wednesday, March 16 at 12 a.m. ET on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU from the Austin Music Hall.

Donald Glover

MTVU Woodie Award Host Donald Glover

The ticket-holding fans began lining up only a little earlier than the doors of the event opened. All felt they belonged there and not many were fanatics there to see their new favorite band perform. People filed in and began packing the venue. V.I.P. seats started to fill up with the crowd cheering and applauding for each celebrity they recognized and house DJ Skrillex dropped killer dubstep beats during the wait.

The show began with a performance by the Foo Fighters, in town to promote their documentary, Foo Fighters. Their performance of “Rope,” their new single, was good, but nothing spectacular. Donald Glover, from the hit NBC show Community, took the stage and really got the show started with racial jokes then spit a “freestyle” rap.

The Best Video Woodie was won by Chiddy Bang for their video for “Opposite of Adults.” Next up was Wiz Khalifa performing “Roll Up” which no one cared much about and then his hit-single, “Black & Yellow.” I’m not a fan, but the performance went well with the audience waving black and yellow hankercheifs in approval and the chorus was echoed by all.

After this surprisingly good act, Pete Wentz came out to announce the Left Field Woodie (how fitting…) for the most original artist. Out of left field, Kanye West was announced the winner. Boos erupted not only because he had won, but because he wasn’t there to accept the award. Lil B (another nominee for the award), kanyed Kanye by interrupting Pete Wentz’s announcemnet, placing everyone in a better mood.

Two Door Cinema Club then broke out with “What You Know” and completely rocked it sound-wise. Their performance began a bit dull and could’ve been more energetic, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind. Then came the bridge and the stage went black. Next thing everyone knew, they moved to the farthest part of the stage, between the crowd and went wild. It was a bit late, but better late than never.

WVUM then won the College Radio Woodie. Then Dev and Lil B, announcing the Performing Woodie took the stage and began talking about swag and dropping the word as much as possible. The award for best tour went to Matt & Kim, the winners of the Woodie of the Year last year. After that, the audience was “bludgeoned” by Sleigh Bells with “Riot Rhythm”, the first amazing performance in every way of the night with a drum line included and ending with an outbreak of applause from the audience.

Chiddy Bang came out on stage next to give out the next award, not before a sick free-style for the crowd. Then, Two Door Cinema Club was announced as the recipients for the Breaking Woodie, although I’m pretty sure they are past their point of being an “emerging” artist. And to ruin the night, Woodie of the Year was had by Wiz Khalifa with “Black & Yellow.” The only thing that made it better was Aziz Ansari showing up to introduce Odd Future, the real winners of the show, marking a true beginning for this stage-diving artist leaving the stage by force from security.

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