Santigold performs at the Fader Fort presented by Converse day party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on March 14, 2012.
(Credit:AP) (CBS/AP) Santigold and Steve Aoki were among the performers in Austin, Texas, at this year’s MTV Woodie Awards. Alternative hip-hop artist Mac Miller emerged as a double winner at the ceremony, which hands out honors to emerging musicians.
The 20-year-old Pennsylvania rapper won the Woodie of the year given to the top artist and the performing Woodie during the festival-style awards show Thursday night at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival.
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Best Coast won video of the year for the Drew Barrymore-directed “Our Deal (Extended Version),” MGK won the breaking Woodie, given to the best emerging artist, and Calvin Harris won the EDM effect Woodie given to artists who bring electronic dance music to new audiences, for his “We Found Love” collaboration with Rihanna.
The Woodies will air at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on MTV and MTVu with performances by Santigold, Miller and Steve Aoki. the special will also feature appearances from B.o.B, J.Cole, Cobra Starship, Vanessa Hudgens, and Mike Posner. Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio of “The Jersey Shore” and singer Dev hosted the 8th annual event.
But their wide-eyed energy on a tight stage made for good theater, and suggested a bunch of kids — still teenagers, after all — blowing off steam. They’re in the midst of an extended dance with the music industry; just last week, they received a visit in Chicago from Epic Records Chairman L.A. Reid, and Austin was a nonstop parade of talent scouts eyeing the band like an expensive piece of merchandise.
Also on the upswing are Denver band the Lumineers, who made the most of a 20-minute set inside a church. Taking to the pews and aisles, and performing at times without microphones, the five-piece band led a nondenominational hootenanny heavy on stringed instruments and singalongs.
Lydia Loveless barely smiled in a no-nonsense set that suggested Loretta Lynn fronting a punk band. Singing from beneath a tangle of blond hair, Loveless blasted the self-righteous and detailed booze-fueled encounters with luckless boyfriends and stalkers. Backed by a band that looked as though it was going to walk into a bar fight as soon as it stepped off stage, the Ohio singer showcased the type of durable songs upon which long careers are built.