The mtvU Woodie Awards are unlike any other awards show out there. It plays fast and loose with conventions, allowing the crowd to mix with the talent and the performers and providing a high-energy forum for jubilant live performances. Also, there's a lot more cursing than at, say, the Tonys.
The red carpet is also different from any other pre-show in America. For one, the carpet isn't really red (at least at MTV News special spot, where it was black and shiny). Considering the variety of groups who show up to the Woodies, there's also something of a party vibe, where everybody rolls with the punches and just has a good time.
Case in point: During the run-up to last week's show, MTV News caught up with Pusha T and Malice of the Clipse, who were eager to share details about their upcoming album Til the Casket Drops, an album that Malice referred to as "hip-hop on steroids." While Pusha T was naming off the list of guests and collaborators (including Kanye West and the Neptunes), he noticed a tiny visitor crawling behind us and felt the need to give it a shout out.
That's how cool the Woodies are: Everybody is invited (even the bugs!) and nobody freaks out when things don't go the way they should. Could you imagine if a cockroach jumped out at Billy Bush on the Oscar red carpet? It'd be chaos. But at the Woodies, everything's cool because it's all part of the show. There are plenty more fast and loose moments coming when the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards air next Friday, December 4 at 10 p.m.