At the taping of the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards on Wednesday night (November 18), there were a handful of memorable moments that captured both the madcap energy of the show and the envelope-pushing nature of the artists involved. There was the near-nudity of Matt and Kim’s backup singers, the curse-happy introduction Mary-Louise Parker gave for the Dead Weather and Asher Roth’s stage dive. One of the most head-turning moments of the night came when Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte — otherwise known as 3OH!3 — stepped onto the stage to present the Left Field Woodie (which ended up going to fiercely independent rapper Tech N9ne).
The pair were introduced and appeared on the stage at the Roseland Ballroom wearing two outfits that Lady Gaga wore at the Video Music Awards back in September. Foreman donned the strange white bird’s nest outfit, while Motte was wrapped in that full-body red lace stocking (which he described as “a soiled pair of panties” on his face). “We’re here to present the Left Field Woodie,” said Foreman.
“It honors the artists out there with the balls to make the music that they want to make,” Motte added. “To write lyrics that others are afraid to write.”
“To dress up with a f—ing bird’s nest on your face,” Foreman concluded.
The band didn’t seem particularly comfortable in the Gaga-inspired threads, though the outfits were definitely an improvement over Foreman’s cardigan sweater. You can see the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards in their entirety when the show airs on December 4 at 10 p.m. on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU.