mtvU Woodie Awards: Wiz Khalifa Wins Big, Lil B Goes Kanye, Odd Future Goes “Yonkers” (Video)
During the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, the mtvU Woodie Awards descended on the city and DrJays.com was most definitely in the building to witness the festivities firsthand. Hosted by Donald Glover of Community fame, the awards showcased some of the rising stars in the music industry and gave a glimpse into their bright futures. The awards kicked off with the Foo Fighters—who aren’t technically “new” or “indie”—rocking the crowd with a performance of their new single “Rope,” which totally has an indie and lo-fi sound.
Donald Glover took to the stage and served as a solid host as he was humorous but demonstrated he has skills on the microphone too. Prior to the awards show, Glover expressed to DrJays.com he is happy people are embracing his latest project “Childish Gambino” and truly enjoys making music. Glover ripped into a quick freestyle and proved that he may actually be a force to be reckoned with in music.
Yelawolf and Skylar Grey announced the first award of the night, which went to Chiddy Bang for their “Opposite of Adults” video—which beat out the likes of Vampire Weekend and Black Keys. Zoe Kravitz then introduced an energetic performance by Wiz Khalifa who really got the crowd riled up as he kicked “Roll Up” from the VIP balcony and then descended to the main stage to perform “Black & Yellow,” which would also take home the award for “Woodie of the Year.” From our vantage point, it was complete chaos as fans waved black and yellow towels as Wiz tore down the Austin Music Hall.
In a moment poking fun at Kanye West, Pete Wentz announced that the “Left Field Award” would go to West (who was not nominated for the award) and the real winner Lil B interrupted Wentz in his best “Kanye” moment impression as he let the world know that he deserved the award—well he and his swag.
In a standout performance, the Sleigh Bells put on a monster show with the pulsating “Riot Anthem” and kept the crowd’s energy rising. Lead singer Alexis Krauss stole the spotlight until Prairie View‘s marching band put the exclamation point on the performance. But it wasn’t Sleigh Bells who would put on the most talked about performance of the night. That honor would go to Odd Future as they performed “Yonkers.” With a little person kicking off the performance mocking Tyler the Creator, things went all over the place as gnomes, giant furry animals and the real Tyler in a pink-and-blue tie-dye hoodie and a green ski mask snarled “Sandwitches” while surprising the crowd with stage diving. It was truly out of control, so much in fact, that “security” had to carry Tyler and MC Hodgy Beats off the stage to close the night.