Last night I was able to attend the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards, celebrating the best in music as voted by college kids, while exploring Austin, TX during SXSW.  It was my first awards show experience and it was cool to see how the actual production was done.  The ceremony was hosted by Community star Donald Glover and was kicked off by none other than the Foo Fighters.

After waiting for about 30 minutes until the show aired live, a silhouette of a band was seen behind the stage set.  Then the opening riff of Foo Fighters' new single "Rope" filled Austin Music Hall, making the crowd go into a frenzy.  Dave Grohl charged up the runway to the center of the stage much to the delight of the audience.  Even after a 4-year break, the Foos know how to bring it.  "Rope" is from the band's upcoming album, Wasting Light, that's due out April 12.  You can watch the performance below.

Donald Glover started his monologue with a Public Service Announcement.

"There's something I wanted to say: Stop asking your black friends to freestyle," the actor/comedian/musician pleaded.

That didn't stop house DJ Skrillex from spinning a beat, prompting Glover to drop some rhymes.

"It turns out we all can freestyle," Glover admitted.  One comment that made me laugh is that he told the crowd to go ask their Asian friends to freestyle.  And before you ask, no, I can't freestyle.

The first Woodie went to Chiddy Bang, as their clip for "The Opposite of Adults" won "Best Video Woodie".  Other winners included Matt and Kim for "Peforming Woodie", Kanye West for "Left Field Woodie", and Wiz Khalifa won "Woodie of the Year".  The Pittsburgh rapper performed his hit "Black and Yellow" earlier that night as well.

On a side note, there was this extremely cute girl in front of me but I had no idea if she was at least 18 or not.  The way chicks dress these days can make it tough to tell.  I felt a little better when one of her friends brought her a beer, but you never know.  At least she didn't have an X on her hands.  That was my creeper moment of the night.  You're welcome.

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