Paramore, Jack's Mannequin and Motion City Soundtrack won big, and Vampire Weekend, Santogold and All Time Low rocked hard Wednesday night at the mtvU Woodie Awards, the channel's celebration of college music, campus life and erection punnery. Fittingly, there was also beer pong.
More than 5.2 million votes were cast by college students nationwide to determine just who would take home awards like Woodie of the Year and the Good Woodie, and just about that many folks packed New York's Roseland Ballroom for the fifth annual show, held by MTV's 24-hour college network. The vibe was raucous (which would explain the beer pong), the winners grateful and the performances unpredictable.
First, those who got wood. Paramore knocked off acts like Lil Wayne, MGMT and Santogold to win the night's biggest award, Woodie of the Year. Motion City Soundtrack's "It Had to Be You" took home the Best Video Woodie, besting clips by Gnarls Barkley, Erykah Badu and Vampire Weekend. Chromeo won the Left Field Woodie, given to the most original artist. Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere won the Performing Woodie for best tour. And Jack's Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon won the Good Woodie for his Dear Jack Foundation, which raises money and awareness for cancer research.
Onstage, there were surprise collaborations aplenty. Up-and-coming MC Asher Roth kicked the show off with a performance of his song "I Love College," and was joined onstage by the Cool Kids for a version of "Delivery Man" that culminated in all three passing ice-cream sandwiches out to the crowd.
Swedish pop-tart Lykke Li brought legendary lyricist Q-Tip onstage for a version of A Tribe Called Quest's "Can I Kick It?" and a medley of Tip's own songs, including "Vivrant Thing." Santogold did a version of "L.E.S. Artistes," and then was joined by Spank Rock for a dirrrty take on "Shove It." Vampire Weekend teamed up with electro duo Chromeo for versions of "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa." Oh, and All Time Low performed all by their lonesome, though the boozy sentiments of "Poppin' Champagne" were not lost on the Woodies crowd.
The 2008 mtvU Woodie Awards will premiere in full on mtvU, mtvU.com and the HD channel Palladia on November 19 at 8 p.m. ET. All Time Low will also host a half-hour "Best of the mtvU Woodie Awards" special — filmed at the Woodie afterparty — that will air November 21 at 7 p.m. ET on MTV2 and November 22 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
The full list of winners for the 2008 mtvU Woodie Awards:
» Woodie of the Year: Paramore
» The Breaking Woodie: There for Tomorrow
» The Left Field Woodie: Chromeo
» Best Video Woodie: Motion City Soundtrack, "It Had to Be You"
» The Good Woodie (Greatest Social Impact): Jack's Mannequin's Andrew McMahon
» Performing Woodie: Atmosphere
» College Radio Woodie (Best Campus Radio Station): 91.7 FM, WICB, Ithaca College
» Best Music on Campus Woodie (Best College Band): The Bride Wore Black