Latest O Music Awards Winners Include Pandora And, Amazingly, A Parrot

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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? Teaching Middle-Schoolers How to Dougie? Thank Michelle Obama

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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…

The Voice Premiere Hits Big?But What about the Music?

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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.

And so on. The “surprises” weren’t particularly exciting: a duo! Disqualified American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis! (Also a pretty decent cover of “Rolling in the Deep”!)

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.

Music Seen: Fitz And The Tantrums Bring Motown Flavor To VH1 (PHOTOS)

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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

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You Oughta Know Live Sneak Peek: The Civil Wars

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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.

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POSTED: Hanson Performs on Dancing With The Stars

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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.)

Snap Judgment: The Top 8 Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza

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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.

But what of the 88 other bands on the Lollapalooza 2011 lineup? Well, here are your eight best bets, listed alphabetically?and including five You Oughta Know artists: Read more…

O Music Awards Salute Adam Lambert And Nicki Minaj

by (@unclegrambo)

We’re still two full days away from the first annual O Music Awards, which will be streaming live on a computer near you this Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. However, because this is unlike any awards show you’ve ever seen, we’ve already started announcing some of this year’s big winners. So far, prizes have been given out for the Most Innovative Music Video (congrats, Andy Grammer!), the Favorite F**k Yeah Tumblr (shout-out to F**k Yeah Adam Lambert, see the award presentation below!) and, just a few minutes ago, the Favorite Animated GIF, which you can see directly above!

Don’t forget to check out the official O Music Awards site all day Thursday, where we’ll be bringing you awesome content straight from the Las Vegas Strip. Be sure not to miss the show itself which, as we mentioned above, will be starting at 11 p.m. ET and will feature performances from Mumford & Sons, Chiddy Bang, Matt and Kim and much, much more.

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Beastie Boys: “Fight for Your Right (Revisited)” and “Fight for Your Right” Revisited

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The Beastie Boys are having lots of fun with the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2. First they made Fight for Your Right (Revisited), a music video-cum-short film (as only Michael Jackson could ever really pull off), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was recut into the “Make Some Noise” video that premiered Wednesday in advance of the film’s television premiere that night at midnight on VH1 and MTV. (The entire 22-minute film is streaming above.) Read more…