Wiz Khalifa Takes Home Top Honors At 2011 Woodie Awards, Odd Future Grabs Attention
mtvU's 2011 Woodie Awards went down late Tuesday, early Wednesday (March 16) from Austin, Texas' SXSW Music Festival, and it was Wiz Khalifa that took home the evening's top honors.
The Pittsburgh rapper strolled into the ceremony with girlfriend Amber Rose on his arm, and by the end of the night, left with the Woodie of the Year award, over his competitors: B.o.B, the Black Keys, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem.
His first order of business in accepting the honor was to thank his loyal supporters.
"First of all, what up to the entire Taylor Gang?" Wiz said. "I'd like to thank my whole following, everyone who been down with me and got me to this point, supporting me from day one through everything I been through. Of course, Benjy [Grinberg], CEO of Rostrum Records, everyone who been down with me, of course, Pittsburgh, my city, I love my city."
Later in the evening, Wiz performed his brand new single, "Roll Up," as well as his smash hit, "Black and Yellow," an ode to his hometown.
Other winners during the evening was Matt and Kim, taking home the Performing Woodie; Two Door Cinema with the Breaking Woodie; Chiddy Bang, taking home Best Video Woodie for "Opposite Of Adults"; Miami's WVUM radio station for College Radio Woodie; and Kanye West for Left Field Woodie.
Although Wiz took home the biggest prize, it was Odd Future who ruled the evening.
We missed most of the show, but according to MTV.com, the rap group is definitely some kids you should watch out for the remainder of the year.
"Comedian Aziz Ansari showed up to introduce Odd Future, who used Tyler the Creator's 'Yonkers' as a coming-out party," MTV explained. "While the track played, a masked midget came out to impersonate Tyler before getting replaced by the real Tyler. Clad in a pink-and-blue hoodie and green ski mask, Tyler growled his way through 'Sandwitches' while stalking the outer limits of the theater and violently stage-diving into the crowd.
"As the performance evolved, Tyler was joined by fellow MC Hodgy Beats and two furries in costumes. They were eventually dragged off the stage by security, leaving a permanent mark on the show -- and on culture at large."
Watch the entire 2011 Woodies over at MTVU.com.