College life is full of difficult choices: Frisbee on the quad or nickel beer night down at Shooters? Sandals or Aquasocks in the dormitory shower? My Chemical Romance or the Arcade Fire for Woodie of the Year?
While the first two dilemmas remain eternally unsolvable, the third was thankfully answered Wednesday night at New York City's Roseland Ballroom, where MCR took home the top prize at the second-annual mtvU Woodie Awards, voted on by college students across America.
Other big-name artists taking home Woodies included Death Cab for Cutie (for the year's best live-action video), the Gorillaz (best animated clip), Fall Out Boy (best tour) and Motion City Soundtrack (best emerging artist). A host of more obscure acts, including grandiose Brit-rockers Muse, pretty indie angst-poppers the Afters and Christian post-punks mewithoutYou also got some Wood.
But the awards took a backseat on a night filled with surprise guests and killer live sets. Legendary rocker Lou Reed kicked off the show, and then passed the mic to the king of character actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who introduced the evening's first performers: spazzy British noisemakers the Go! Team (see "England's Go! Team To Bring Their Sample-Crazy Sound Stateside In October"). Much-buzzed Hasidic reggae performer Matisyahu premiered "Youth," the first single from his upcoming major-label debut (see "My Chemical Matisyahu? Reggae Rapper Hooks Up With Rock Director Webb") and performed a duet with rapper/actor Saul Williams. Roots-approved hip-hop trio Little Brother busted through a tongue-twisting set, and Death Cab closed the evening with a medley of hits both old ("Title and Registration") and new ("Soul Meets Body.")
|Watch this sneak peak of the mtvU 2005 Woodie Awards before it premieres on mtvU Uber on Nov. 9, only on Overdrive.|
Other artists making appearances at the Woodie Awards included Aesop Rock, mewithoutYou, the Like, Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and members of the Arcade Fire, Fall Out Boy and Green Day. Voting took place on mtvU.com.
Voting for the 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards took place on mtvU.com. The Woodies will make their debut November 9 on mtvU Über at mtvU.com, and the show will be broadcast the following night to college campuses across the U.S. on mtvU.
The complete list of winners at the 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards:
- Woodie of the Year (Artist of the Year): My Chemical Romance
- The Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist): Motion City Soundtrack
- Left Field Woodie (Most Original Artist): mewithoutYou
- Best Video Woodie -- Live Action (Best Live Action Video): Death Cab for Cutie - "Title & Registration"
- Best Video Woodie -- Animated (Best Animated Video): Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
- The Good Woodie (Greatest Social Impact): U2's DATA: Debt AIDS Trade Africa
- Road Woodie (Best Tour): Fall Out Boy
- International Woodie (Favorite International Artist Award): Muse
- Alumni Woodie (a.k.a. The You're Still OK in Our Book Award): Green Day
- Streaming Woodie (Most Downloaded): The Afters - "Beautiful Love"