Gym Class Heroes, the Academy Is … and Boys Like Girls all got Woodies on Thursday night.
Does that sound like the opening salvo in a frat-boy film? Actually, it’s a rather cheeky summary of the winners at the mtvU Woodie Awards.
Yes, the emo boys were among those taking home hardware at the fourth annual Woodies, an awards show and genuinely cool concert held once again at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. GCH won the night’s biggest honor, the Woodie of the Year, which is given to “the artists who made the biggest splash on mtvU and the college music scene”; TAI won the Viral Woodie, for “acts that crashed servers and blew up the World Wide Interwebs”; and BLG grabbed the Breaking Woodie, given to the year’s best emerging artist.
Other (non-acronymic) winners included Madvillian — the mind-melting hip-hop project from MF Doom and Madlib — who took home the Left Field Woodie for the year’s most original artist; Say Anything, whose “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” won the Best Video Woodie; and Muse, who were given the Best Performing Woodie for the year’s strongest tour.
But the awards were only half the show: The Woodies boasted an impressive, genre-bending list of performers, too. Lupe Fiasco kicked things off with a fiery version of “Superstar,” joined onstage by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. Baltimore raunch-masters Spank Rock teamed up with Philly MC Santogold on bumping renditions of “Loose” and “Rick Rubin.” The Academy Is … were backed by a string section from the Julliard School of Music. And Rilo Kiley closed the show with a pair of tunes from their Under the Blacklight album, the slinky “Moneymaker” and the bittersweet “Breakin’ Up.”
Presenters at the Woodies included Fall Out Boy, Q-Tip, Annie Lennox, Talib Kweli and Tom DeLonge and Dave Kennedy of Angels & Airwaves. Winners were determined entirely by student voting on mtvU.com. More than 4.6 million votes were cast this year.
If you’re bummed that you couldn’t be in NYC for the show, don’t fret. It’ll be broadcast in its entirety on mtvU and mtvU.com on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, with a half-hour “Best Of” show to follow on MTV on November 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and on MTV2 November 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET.
The complete list of winners for the fourth annual mtvU Woodie Awards:
» Woodie of the Year: Gym Class Heroes
» The Breaking Woodie: Boys Like Girls
» The Left Field Woodie: Madvillain
» Best Video Woodie: Say Anything, “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too”
» The Good Woodie (Greatest Social Impact): Guster
» Best Performing Woodie: Muse
» The Alumni Woodie (aka The You’re Still OK in Our Book Award): Spoon
» Viral Woodie: The Academy Is …
» Best Music on Campus Woodie (given to the artist with the most votes, streams and/or buzz on mtvU’s BestMusiconCampus.com): Stella by Starlight, Duke University.