Time for another round of nominees! For this edition of the O Music Awards, we’ve added a whole slew of new categories — including “Most Intense Social Spat.” The web has made it super easy for artists to connect with both fans and each other — for better or worse — and it’s always intriguing to see what musicians have to say sans PR filter. Check out the tweets and posts that made the cutting cut below.
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 Spats below. If your favorite 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. Fucked Up vs. Katy Perry: After Katy Perry released her “Part of Me” video, in which she plays a marine, Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham tweeted: “Seeing Katy Perry as a soldier in ‘Part Of Me’ really makes me think that we need to start a war so she can go die” – reportedly a reference to Fear’s “Let’s Have a War.” Perry’s fans, naturally, lashed out, causing Abraham to retweet many of the angry epistles. We would have rather seen Abraham attempt a cover of the jam in retribution – perhaps for yet another fake compilation album. David’s Town Vol. II, maybe?
2. Patrick Carney vs. Everyone: Carney has been known to tussle with many folks via social media – Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters (after tweeting about how similar Madonna and Gaga are) – as well as those who work in social media (he’s cast doubt on Sean Parker’s motives and the value of Spotify for artists of his stature). Still, the Black Keys did some major damage to the charts this year and last, so we doubt his outspoken nature has rendered him a “lonely boy.”
3. David Furnish vs. Madonna: This year Madonna took home the Golden Globe for “Masterpiece,” written for her film W.E., soundly beating out Elton John’s “Hello Hello” for Best Original Song. Elton John’s husband David Furnish immediately leapt to his love’s aid – via Facebook. “Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!!” he posted to his page. Furnish later apologized, but we wager his status is still “pissed.”
4. Frances Cobain vs. Courtney Love: Notoriously filter-free Twitterer Courtney Love hit the microblogging site hard this year when she posted the following tweet to her private account: “I hear from Frannie’s roommate that @davegrohl hit on frances. I’m not mad at her, him i am about to shoot dead.” Love has run into trouble for her tweets in the past, but this time she struck a rather personal nerve. Her daughter, Frances Cobain, issued a formal statement negating Love’s claim and suggesting that her mom be banned from Twitter – it’s a desire many a teen would probably express, but in this case it’s probably warranted.
5. Nicki Minaj vs. her fans: After a fansite allegedly leaked some of her tunes, Nicki Minaj tweeted “Like seriously, it’s but so much a person can take…. Good f—ing bye,” and shut down her Twitter account – which was followed by 11 million fans. She said that the fan-led thievery was not the only deciding factor when it came to her social media suicide, though – she was also overwhelmed by user comments and needed time to herself. A week later, however, Minaj returned to Twitter to premiere her “Starship” video. We guess she decided “so much” wasn’t “enough” to stay gone.
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