We gave our newest You Oughta Know artist George Ezra the greatest test of all: the VH1 Stop/Watch Challenge. And he nailed it! We get all we really need in this stripped down version of his song “Budapest.” George Ezra has no need to get fancy with his performance, just a simple guitar and his sultry voice.
Estelle is a vocal goddess and our new favorite soul princess after watching this Stop/Watch performance. Leave it up to her to take our challenge and make it fabulous. Without even breaking a sweat, Estelle belted out a 60-second version of her song “Conqueror.”
It is hard to not fall in love with this minute-long version of You Oughta Know artist Hozier‘s hit song “Take Me To Church.” His deep, soulful voice still rings of blues and emotion while his band and he take on one of music’s toughest challenges: VH1′s Stop/Watch.
Mary Lambert can do it all. She can perform on live television with a serious injury and she can beat the Stop/Watch clock with a second to spare. Watch Lambert conquer the Stop/Watch stage and find out what her biggest secrets are during Stop/Watch Rapid Fire.
Welcome to the VH1 You Oughta Know family, Echosmith! As part of their initiation, we threw them a curve ball: our Stop/Watch Challenge. This can separate the boys from the men and the rookies from the professionals. For newcomers, we think these cool kids did pretty well.
This month’s You Oughta Know artists Bleachers are known for their over-the-top sound and larger-than-life stage presence. Well, for our 60 second Stop/Watch challenge, Jack Antonoff gave us a stripped down version of the popular Bleachers hit “I Wanna Get Better”, and it proves the rule that sometimes less is MORE!
Getting up on the Stop/Watch stage makes a lot of musicians very nervous. They try to fit their entire song into one minute, creating fast tempos and shaky lyricism. But not Syd Arthur. Seems like nothing could kill their chill vibes as they stood face-to-face with our countdown clock.
One minute. A complete song. This is our Stop/Watch challenge. We grab the greatest names in music and ask them to perform their biggest hit in a matter of a minute. Some falter when they step onto our stage, but others soar. Avery*Sunshine is one who took the challenge like a champ and sang her song “Call My Name” in 20 seconds flat. You go girl!
In the Stop/Watch challenge, bands have to race against the clock to perform their hit song in 60 seconds or less. With that kind of pressure, only the best of the best make it through with their tune intact. Newcomer London Grammar didn’t blink twice when we dared them perform their award-winning song “Strong” in just a minute. Spoiler alert: they absolutely killed it!