2011 was full of HUGE music moments, many of which we hilariously recapped in our Year In Pop Music GIFs roundup (you’re quite welcome)! But some of our favorite musical memories of the year took place live on an MTV stage. We wanted some extra help when narrowing down the top 10 live MTV performances of 2011, so we asked you guys to weigh in. In the end, it was a knock-down, drag-out fight between Paramore’s “Brick By Boring Brick” at the Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary show — Paramore’s performance landed at No. 2 — and 30 Seconds To Mars’ unforgettable “MTV Unplugged” performance of “Hurricane.” This is also why we let you guys pick — we couldn’t!
MTV let fans vote for their favorite 2011 MTV live performance, and the results are as varied as you guys are. Internet faves Odd Future came in at No. 10 with their WTF-inducing performance of “Sandwitches” at the mtvU Woodie Awards, while Jack’s Mannequin’s stripped-down rendition of “Release Me” for his intimate “Buzzworthy Live” session came in at No. 8. The belly rub that almost broke Twitter — Beyoncé at the VMAs — got a spot in the top five, and Mac Miller’s fans made sure his feel-good track “Knock Knock” got a spot in the top three after dude shut it down during his Chicago performance earlier this year.
But it was 30 Seconds To Mars’ Echelon that got the band’s performance of “MTV Unplugged” performance of “Hurricane” that earned them the No. 1 spot. And if you understand even a small percentage of the dedication of the band’s fanbase, than this should come as no surprise to you. Watch 30 Seconds To Mars accept their award for Best Live MTV Performance Of 2011 in the video below, congrats to 30STM, but perhaps even more congrats to the Echelon. You cannot be stopped.
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