The next edition of the O Music Awards is right around the bend, and we know you’re eager to hear if your favorite band/app/whatever will score a nomination this time around. We’ll be unveiling the full list of categories and nominees on May 23, but, in the meantime, here’s a taste to satiate your mounting hunger: The nominees for “Must Follow Artist On Twitter.”
On June 27, the O Music Awards will return in the form of a cross-country road trip through the American South, during which we’ll be doling out awards, rocking out and breaking a pretty ambitious Guinness World Record: The Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours, Multiple Cities. We’ve enlisted the aid of one intrepid band who will be overseeing the festivities, as well as breaking a world record currently held by Jay-Z. Watch it all from any screen, from the comfort of your own cave.
Find out who the band in question is on May 23, as well as our full list of categories and nominees. At that point, you can start casting your votes!
The meantime, check out our list of top Twitterers below. If your favorite band is missing from the fray, don’t fret — you’ll be able to start submitting write-in nominees at OMusicAwards.com on May 23 as well.
1. Adam Lambert: The dedication and positivity Lambert shows to his fanbase is pretty much unmatched. Every tweet that the artist puts out into the universe is like a daily affirmation to his adoring followers.
2. Titus Andronicus: Yeah, Titus may not have as many followers as the other nominees, but frontman Patrick Stickles has been using Twitter to good effect since the first week he signed up. Blatant, honest and confrontational, Stickles somehow manages to make punk music out of tweets.
3. Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono – who follows pretty much everyone who follows her – is full of crazy, quotable tidbits that many a band see fit to retweet. Sample: “I would like to see a sky vending machine on every corner of the street instead of the coke machine. We need more skies than coke.”
4. Lil B: As prolific with his tweets as he is with his mixtapes, Lil B covers everything from fracking to foxy ladies in 140 characters or less.
5. St. Vincent: Not only did St. Vincent employ Twitter to give away copies of her single “Surgeon” (via a hashtag-powered unlock campaign), she also frequently offers up such intriguing thought fragments as: “Sometimes I wish I could tactfully, telepathically warn strangers not to marry their current boyfriends/girlfriends.” At-reply them out, lady – we dare you.
6. The Antlers: Although their jams are often sad, sad, sad, The Antler’s Twitter feed is replete with much lighter fare: Dogs and puns. Granted, the popularity of puns is up for debate, but everyone loves a boy and his dog, right?
7. Childish Gambino: A hilarious rapper and star of TV show Community, Glover’s tweets are a perfect mix of self-effacing and funny. Sample musing: “I’m trending. Did I die?” Nah, dude, you’re just living the dream(atorium).
8. Questlove: During the Occupy Wall Street raid in November, Questlove went all Paul Revere and tried to warn the protesters via Twitter. When he’s not aiding the cause, though, The Roots member retweets his followers and shares snaps and observations from his life.
9. Blake Shelton: Usually we wouldn’t recommend that folks drink and Twitter, but given the tweet gems that Shelton produces while sloshed, we’ll go ahead and buy him the beer ourselves.
10. Diplo: Diplo’s Twitter tagline should read, “Diplo goes there.”
11. Tanlines: This Brooklyn band’s Twitter bio features their very own patented emoticon “;(“ That basically sums up their awesomeness right there.
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