Daryl Hall and Rebecca Black are two names that we never expected to occupying the same headline, but that’s just part of the beauty of the inaugural O Music Awards. Daryl is, of course, one half of the most popular successful duo in musical history —Hall & Oates racked up 34 Top 100 singles, including six #1s!— and, well, Rebecca has been internet famous for six weeks or so, during which time her “Friday” video has been streamed over 120 million times on YouTube alone.
Daryl just picked up his first O Music Award in the category Best Performance Series for his outstanding web-only broadcast, Live From Daryl’s House. If this show has missed your radar, well, now’s as good a time as any to catch up! Be sure and check out his recent collaborations with You Oughta Know fave Fitz & The Tantrums and one of this writer’s all-time favorite bands, Guster, to get a feel for the show.
And as far as Rebecca is concerned, a press release just hit the wires about her appearance on the show tomorrow night. Follow along for the whole shebang…
This ain’t your father’s awards show, that much is certain! After handing out prizes for the Favorite F**k Yeah Tumblr and Favorite Animated GIF yesterday, we’ve got a few more O Music Awards winners to announce this afternoon, in advance of tomorrow’s night live streaming festivities (which, you’ll recall, kick off at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).
In the category of Best Music Discovery Service, the awesome streaming service Pandora took the cake. MTV’s legendary VJ Matt Pinfield presented the award to Pandora founder Tim Westergren live via Skype earlier today (watch here). And in the highly competitive Best Animal Performance category, that crazy parrot who got jiggy to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” took down the rest of the feathered and/or furry competition. Our friends over at MTV managed to score an interview with the parrot, somehow; you can watch the results above.
Don’t forget to check out the O Music Awards site tomorrow night at 11 p.m. Eastern/8 Pacific to see exclusive performances from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Matt and Kim and Chiddy Bang, streamed live from the heart of Sin City! We’ll also have a bunch of coverage for you right here on the VH1 Blog all day tomorrow, so stay tuned…
Beyonc? is coming to middle schools across America?in video form! The latest effort by First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! Initiative is a choreographed dance workout routine for middle schoolers to attempt simultaneously on Tuesday at 1:42 EDT. It’s only about three and a half minutes of exercise, but with the double-time claps and the Swizzy beat, that may be more than enough! The producer even provides encouraging vocal drops throughout, all the way to “Now cool off, cool off!” at the end.
The whole routine is under the cut, in case you want to rehearse: Read more…
Buoyed by an extended onslaught of promotion, the premiere of NBC’s new series The Voice scored big ratings, outranking stiff competition in its two genres: music (Glee) and reality (Dancing with the Stars). The show’s structure is overly complicated (the four judges each recruit a team of eight singers, then train their team for competition against the other judges’ teams), and a few suspense beats that would have worked on series creator Mark Burnett‘s biggest success, Survivor, fell flat, but overall, the show works. So, a quick rundown:
By way of introduction, The Voice‘s four artist/judges performed Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy,” with Adam Levine on drums, Blake Shelton on guitar, and Christina Aguilera joining Cee Lo Green on lead vocals. The quartet won’t be forming a super-group anytime soon, but their rendition was polished, and successfully communicated the artists’ willingness and ability to succeed in a variety of musical genres.
The contestants range from rank amateurs to near-professionals: After belting Faith Hill‘s “Breathe,” Tarralyn Ramsey tearfully ad-libbed a few bars of “What a Girl Wants” when she was selected by Aguilera, confessing that she sang along to all of Aguilera’s songs, “even the Spanish ones.” She didn’t mention that in 2003, she won VH1′s Born to Diva competition, performed on Divas Duets, and got a one-record deal with Universal?the same grand prize offered by The Voice.
Jeff Jenkins, on the other hand, isn’t even a webcam Youtuber like some of the amateur hopefuls, yet he impressed all four judges with his rendition of “Bless the Broken Road,” made famous by Rascal Flatts.
But the clear audience favorite was Javier Colon: his emotive guitar-and-vocal rendition of Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time” is currently the 43rd best-selling song on iTunes, where all of the audition songs became available for purchase immediately after the premiere.
You Oughta Know artist Fitz and the Tantrums‘ music could be described just like its fashion — Motown roots with a pop twist. Frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick embraces this fusion by pairing skinny suits a la the 1960s with new sneakers and a hairdo reminiscent of New Wave. The rest of the six-piece Tantrums, mostly guys who make up the group’s tight horn section, share Fitz’ penchant for sporting skinny suits on stage. And the group’s lone gal, knockout co-singer Noelle Scaggs, favors vintage dresses and a retro bob. For our inaugural Music Seen feature, VH1 photographer Zev Schmitz spent time with the Fitz and the Tantrums as they dropped by VH1 to perform a You Oughta Know Live set in our lobby. After the jump, photos and commentary by the band members themselves. — Matt Muro
A double outpouring of grief has swept through the music community today at the news that both Poly Styrene and Phoebe Snow had passed on (Poly Styrene last night after battling breast cancer and Snow this morning due to complications from a January 2010 brain hemorrhage).
We’re always excited when a You Oughta Know artist comes to our offices and performs an exclusive You Oughta Know Live set, but The Civil Wars particularly enthralled the room (even if the “room” was our lobby). Before they took the impromptu stage, the audience was more hesitant than usual, largely hanging by the elevators or against the back wall.
But the instant they launched their their four-song set with their single “Barton Hollow,” the band’s presence drew in the crowd; Joy Williams and John Paul White are almost instinctual performers. Williams in particular accentuated her vocals by gesturing and dancing, and when, on “Poison & Wine” (“the loud version,” as White called it), she was behind the keyboard, the two locked eyes, not only to “perform” the doomed love of the song but also as a substitute for any rhythmic accompaniment besides White’s strumming (which also allowed them to end on a rather long shared note). These two belong on a stage. No wonder they scored opening gigs for Adele next month.
We never pretended not to be Hanson fans (they are, after all, this month’s VH1 Posted artist) but apparently Dancing with the Stars did: last night’s “Guilty Pleasure” episode included a live performance of “MMMBop.”
But we forgive them, because apparently Hanson did, too?they were the episode’s house band, taking on not only their own single (above) but also ripped into Lionel Richie‘s “Hello,” Billy Ray Cyrus‘s “Achy Breaky Heart” Quiet Riot‘s “Cum on Feel the Noise,” and even Vanilla Ice‘s “Ice Ice Baby.” (The full episode is streaming on ABC’s website.)
Lollapalooza announced its 2011 festival lineup at midnight last night, with headliners Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, the Cars, and Ween sure to a draw massive crowd to Grant Park in Chicago on August 5-7.