During this year’s O Music Awards, we merged music, tech and fans together in the form of a 24-hour online music festival — a fest that was powered by a 24-hour drumathon led by Andrew W.K. in which a multitude of drummers tried their hand at the legendary Bo Diddley beat, the backbone of rock ‘n’ roll. In a nod to Diddley, our five Make A Band Famous nominees also busted out cover jams that were built on that iconic rhythm — and we’ve got a selection of those covers below.
This O Music Awards, we introduced a brand-new category titled Make A Band Famous, in which we chose 10 bands to compete for the chance to play the O Music Awards. Five were chosen for the opportunity, and one of those five — Nashville’s Darling Parade — scored the ultimate prize: a once-in-a-lifetime shot to play VMA weekend in August, as well as the distinction of becoming MTV’s Artist to Watch, VH1’s You Oughta Know, or CMT’s Listen Up highlighted band.
All bands played full sets featuring original music over the course of the show, as well as covers containing the Bo Diddley beat. You can check out those performances (with the exception of Chill Moody’s rendition) below:
THE SO SO GLOS, “HEY BO DIDDLEY” (BO DIDDLEY)
STRIKING MATCHES, “NOT FADE AWAY” (THE ROLLING STONES)
DARLING PARADE, “LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD” (PAT BENATAR)
SYD ARTHUR, “MAGIC BUS” (THE WHO)