The Flaming Lips are barreling their way through the O Music Awards — and into the Guinness Book of World Records — aboard a tricked-out tour bus, and they're less than eight hours away from besting Jay-Z's mark for most shows played within a single day.
And in typical Lips fashion, they've made each stop on their OMA trek — five so far, in cities throughout the South — a uniquely insane experience. They've been joined friends like Grace Potter, Neon Indian and Jackson Browne, torn through a litany of covers and generally wreaked havoc at every possible opportunity. If all goes according to plan, they'll wrap things up (and officially enter the Guinness Book) with a triumphant set tonight in New Orleans, sharing the stage with Grimes.
Check out the Lips' thundering version of Led Zeppelin's "Song Remains the Same" with Grace Potter in Oxford, Mississippi, below:
Check out a partial winner list below and visit the O Music Awards Blog for the latest news as it happens:
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By Zachary Swickey
It seems that after much talk and many a tease that R&B crooner D’Angelo is finally prepared to venture on a proper comeback. The star has just signed up for his first televised appearance in 12 years at this year’s BET Awards.
This year’s BET Awards will air at 8pm ET/PT on July 1. The show boasts many impressive performers from the hip-hop game, including Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music crew, Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale and 2 Chainz.
D’Angelo will make his stateside concert return on July 4 at the House of Blues off the iconic Sunset Strip in Hollywood. It will be his first U.S. concert in years and he’s already also booked the New Orleans’ Essence Music Festival for the following weekend. Jay-Z has also tapped D’Angelo for his much-anticipated “Made in America” event in Philadelphia in September, but those are the only three dates on D’s calendar for now.
Late last year, D’Angelo returned to the stage after a tumultuous few years for a brief European tour. The shows are all in anticipation of his first album in 12 years, reportedly being dubbed James River.
D’Angelo hopped onstage with Questlove for this year’s Bonnaroo “Superjam Session,” which was an unexpected surprise to all in attendance. GQ also recently profiled the singer in his first interview in 12 years, where he revealed his new affinity for playing guitar.
The third cycle of the O Music Awards, MTV’s show that honors the achievements in digital music and web culture, are just around the corner (June 27 at 7:30 EST to be exact), so if you haven’t cast your vote for Best Artist with a Cameraphone, Best Online Concert Experience, Best Web-Born Artist or Most Adorable Viral Star, among many others, you should get to votin' already!
One of the most exciting categories for we pop culture savants in the MTV Newsroom is Fan Army FTW. You see, we deal with fan armies all the time. In my time here at MTV, I've been both embraced and scorned by Little Monsters, gotten yelled at by the Rihanna Navy and felt the love of the Beehive. It's always an eye-opening experience and serves as an eternal reminder of just how dedicated a fan can be to the star they love.
>> Fan Army Manifestos: Adam Lambert's "Glamberts"
One of the chief fan armies out there are the Glamberts, a varied bunch who lavish nothing but love on pop star Adam Lambert. Our pals at the O Music Awards blog have put together a fantastic "Fan Army Manifesto" on the Glamberts that you just have to watch to see the impact the platinum-selling "American Idol" runner-up has had on their lives. Check it out:
Of course, here at MTV News, we've been on the Glambert beat for years. Back in the summer of 2010, we caught up with some of Lamberts biggest fans on a scorching summer day as they lined up more than 24 hours before the pop star's show at the Nokia Theatre in advance of his "Glam Nation Tour" stop at the venue.
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If the two videos make one thing clear, it's that Lambert's fans remain as dedicated as ever.
Don't forget to vote for Fan Army FTW over at the O Music Awards site and check out our chat with Lambert's fans, after the jump. Read More...
In the lead up to the release of her fantastic album 4, Beyonce was all about spreading the word about how awesome it was to take several months off. (If only we were all lucky enough to take months and months off!)
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Bey needed to recharge her batteries, so she disappeared from the spotlight for nine months. The break turned into a spiritual journey and "creative reawakening" for the "Love on Top" singer, which she cataloged for her "Year of 4" documentary and put in writing in an Essence magazine article, titled "Eat, Play, Love."
>> Beyonce Named People's Most Beautiful Woman
Now, her July 2011 Essence cover story has won the star a prestigious New York Association of Black Journalists prize, which will be awarded at a May 15 gala.
"She's a real writer," Essence entertainment director Cori Murray told The New York Daily News. "We had to edit her, but everyone gets edited except Toni Morrison."
>> Beyoncé's Year Of Change Had Us Counting To 4
Congrats, Queen Bey! Check out "Year of 4" below for more on Beyonce's time away from the spotlight.
Taylor Swift, Twitter
This week in Taylor Swift Being Taylor Swift, we have the return of Meredith.
Meredith, for those not in the know, is Swift's adorable cat and was named after the lead character on "Grey's Anatomy." This year's Academy of Country Music Awards will be Meredith's first, so it is up to our heroine to explain to her kitty how the online voting process for ACM Entertainer of the Year (Swift is also up for Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year) works.
She decided to make a video out of her efforts for her official YouTube channel. The mission of the clip is to drum up votes, and Swift and her unrelenting cuteness succeed admirably. The real star though is Meredith, who meows on cue to let her owner know she totally gets it.
Check it out after the jump and have a kitty freak out accordingly. Read More...
When it comes to the O Music Awards, fun is always at the top of the agenda, and this year things are about to get even crazier with the addition of O Music Awards Unboxed.
O Music Awards Unboxed is a New York-based event series that will pull together all aspects of the O Music Awards, MTV’s awards show honoring achievements in music and technology, into one big night.
The first Unboxed event goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on February 23 and will focus on the theme of interaction. Cameo, a new application from the Fast Society team primed to launch at SXSW, will be previewed at the event, which will also feature performances from classical instrument-wielding indie rockers Miracles of Modern Science and O Music Award nominee MNDR. The night will also include visuals from The Rainbow Machine, and the chance to participate in a crowd-sourced music video shoot directed by Eli Stonberg.
In other words – this thing is going to be awesome! Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday (February 9). Get full details on the event over on the O Music Awards blog.
Taylor Swift, Instagram
Too adorable to fail Taylor Swift won the top prize at the County Music Association Awards and as usual seemed positively shocked that anyone would give her an award despite a trophy case that already contains four Grammys, seven American Music Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards and five previous CMAs.
After claiming her Entertainer of the Year prize, she took to Twitter to thank her fans and do other adorable things, most notably thanking the many superstars who've joined her on stage during her guest-heavy Speak Now world tour, including Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jason Mraz, Haley Williams of Paramore, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, by listing them on her arm and taking a picture with her new kitten. (Seriously, could she have found any other way to make this showing of gratitude more Taylor Swift than include a kitten?)
In another true-to-form moment she also somehow managed to find a Christmas tree backstage. Of course she did.
Read on for more Twitter love from the queen of pop-country after the jump. Read More...
Last night's O Music Awards honored the brightest stars on the digital/Internet music scene and not only broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Team Dance Marathon but delivered some killer live performances from the likes of by Mac Miller, the Band Perry and the Alabama Shakes.
The true showstopper, though, was opening act Robyn, who performed her dance smash "Call Your Girlfriend." This summer, we were lucky enough to catch Robyn at New York's Nassau Coliseum when she was opening for Katy Perry on her "California Dreams" tour and can say from first-hand experience that the Swedish pop phenom brings such incredible energy to the stage it's infectious.
Check out her performance below and be sure to read on after the jump for a full list of O Music Award winners.
Taylor Swift might as well retire. She's finally achieved enough clout in the industry to take home the Ultimate Choice surf board at the Teen Choice Awards on August 7, USA Today reports. Swift has won pretty much every other award you can win, so this was about the only one she had left to claim. So, where does it stack up against all those other awards she already has on mantle?
Currently she has: 7 American Music Awards, 6 CMT Awards, 4 Grammy Awards, 1 VMA, 6 CMA Awards, 2 People's Choice Awards, 2 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and 11 Billboard Music Awards. And those are just the big-name awards shows. She's got a smattering of other prizes for smaller feats as well.
Plus, she's already got 7 Teen Choice Awards and she's up for 6 this year, in addition to her Ultimate Choice prize. What else is she vying for? Red Carpet Hot Icon – Female, Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Country Artist, Choice Country Song, Choice Love Song and Choice Break-Up Song, all of which are light years more impactful on her career than Grammys or VMAs. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have plenty to celebrate this week. The duo’s latest brainchild, the satirical Broadway show The Book of Mormon, is riding high after walking away with an impressive nine Tony Awards, including the coveted Best Musical prize. Broadway is just the latest medium the pair have conquered, collecting plenty of awards hardware along the way.
Mormon is the hottest thing on Broadway right now (we dare you to try and get tickets) and is a favorite to pick up a Grammy nomination early next year. If it ends up scoring a Grammy, which seems likely, the anti-establishment heroes will be a mere Oscar away from the ultimate showbiz honor – EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Few can claim this particular bragging right, but when you realize that Mel Brooks is one of the 12 people to ever land all four top honors, it doesn’t sound as crazy.