Wiz Khalifa, Two Door Cinema Club Win Big At mtvU Woodie Awards
Wiz Khalifa won the night's top prize at mtvU's raucous -- and mercifully brief -- Woodie Awards Wednesday night (Mar. 16) in Austin, while the Foo Fighters, Sleigh Bells and Two Door Cinema Club rocked the crowd and emerging rap stars Lil B and Odd Future stole the show with their antics.
Khalifa, who brought new girlfriend (and Kanye West ex) Amber Rose as his date, picked up the Woodie of the Year for his breakout single, "Black and Yellow," which he'd performed earlier in the show as fans whirled color-coordinated towels above their heads. The Pittsburgh MC thanked everyone from his fans, family and God to his manager Benjy Greeberg and Atlantic Records, which will release his major label debut, "Rolling Papers," on Mar. 29.
Video: Wiz Khalifa performs "Roll Up" and "Black and Yellow"
The hourlong Woodies were broadcast live from Austin Music Hall during SXSW, and although Kanye West is slated to play a VEVO event at the music fest on Saturday, the rap star was not in attendance to pick up his Left Field award. YouTube phenom Lil B made the most of West's no-show, jumping in front of presenter Pete Wentz and grabbing the award for himself, shouting "Swag!" and professing his love for the Woodies. "Kanye, you just got Kanye'd," cracked host (and "Community" star) Donald Glover afterwards, alluding to the infamous Kanye-Taylor Swift drama at the 2009 MTV VMAs. "Kanye, you need to step up your interruption game."
Like Lil B, Odd Future is relatively new to the scene, but the rap collective did its part to grab the spotlight. The group, which will play Billboard's SXSW showcase at Buffalo Billiards on Saturday, closed the show with an performance of "Sandwitches" accompanied by a little person, animal mascots and a backdrop of gnomes and rainbows. The performance ended with Odd Future being dragged offstage by security, a nod to the group's outsider status (and one that's quickly expiring as its members invade the mainstream).
Video: Odd Future performs "Yonkers" and "Sandwitches"
Woodie darlings Matt & Kim earned the Performing award for their live show, and Kim Schifino threw off her shoes to make her way down to the stage from the VIP mezzanine section. "This one is really for anyone who's come to see our shows," said her bandmate, Matt Johnson, before encouraging fans to "please donate" towards the relief efforts in Japan after the country's crippling earthquake and its after-effects. (G-Funk pioneer Nate Dogg, who passed away Tuesday, also received a brief mention during the show, as presenter Eliza Doolittle said, "RIP Nate Dogg.")
Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club won the Left Field award over acts like Wavves and Sleigh Bells, eliciting cheers from the band's Glassnote Records team, including president/CEO Daniel Glass, in VIP. Earlier, the band rocked the crowd with its song "What You Know," while Sleigh Bells performed "Riot Rhythm" backed by a marching band.
Video: Two Door Cinema Club, "What You Know"
Video: Sleigh Bells, "Riot Rhythm"
Chiddy Bang was the first act to win a Woodie, picking up the Best Video Woodie for its innovative "Opposites Attract" clip. The stunned hip-hop duo claimed its prize by exclaiming, "Both of us are, like, 20 years old!"
The Foo Fighters, who closed out SXSW's Interactive Festival on Tuesday by playing the entirety of their new album "Wasting Light" at Stubb's, opened the Woodies with the album's lead single, "Rope."
Video: Foo Fighters, "Rope"