By KATIE HASTY
The Academy Is ..., from Chicago, Say Anything and Boys Like Girls were the big winners Thursday night at the 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards. The college music network awarded seven wooden statuettes at the high-energy ceremony, held at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
The Shins, who were the nominations frontrunner with three nods, went home empty-handed. Over 4.6 million votes were cast for the fourth annual event. ...
One of the night’s biggest awards, Woodie of the year, was announced earliest, with Gym Class Heroes beating out artists like Amy Winehouse and Common. The honor was preceded by a live performance by rapper Lupe Fiasco, who was joined by surprise guest Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy on his new single, ‘‘Superstar.’’
The whole Fall Out Boy crew was on hand, and giggling, to present Say Anything with best music video for ‘‘Wow, I Can Be Sexual Too.’’
Annie Lennox, decked out in a brilliant red dress, calmly delivered her speech for Good Woodie, given to acts for their commitment to a social cause. Guster took that honor home for its ‘‘green’’ concerts and dedication to environmental issues.
The Acadamy Is... earned a Viral Woodie, an award for acts causing a stir on the Internet. That group performed spirited versions of ‘‘Everything We Had’’ and ‘‘We’ve Got a Big Mess on Our Hands,’’ both from its latest album, ‘‘Santi.’’
Spoon, which won the Alumni Woodie, and Muse, which scored best tour, both sent in videos to accept their awards. Madvillain took home most original artist honors around the same time rapper Spank Rock stormed the stage with a posse of bikini-clad women to perform ‘‘Loose’’ and ‘‘Rick Rubin.’’
Other performances included baby-faced rockers Tokyo Police Club, who pumped out punk-infused tracks ‘‘Nature of the Experiment’’ and ‘‘Cheer It On,’’ and Rilo Kiley, who closed the night with a pair of sultry songs from the new album ‘‘Under the Blacklight.’’
Unsigned rock act Stella By Starlight, from Duke University, won the Best Music on Campus Woodie and $5,000 after beating out more than 1,700 bands for the title.
The ceremony will premiere Thursday on mtvU and their Web site. The abridged ‘‘Best of the 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards’’ can be viewed on MTV starting Saturday.