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MTV Confuses Black Keys With 'Black Eyed Peas' on VMA Award

'It's fitting for us that when we win our first award it's mislabeled,' says drummer Patrick Carney

October 15, 2010 4:20 PM ET

Earlier today the Black Keys got their MTV Video Music Award statue in the mail — and discovered that MTV had mislabeled it as belonging to the Black Eyed Peas. "This isn't the first time they have fucked up our shit with the Black Eyed Peas," drummer Patrick Carney tells Rolling Stone. "In 2003 they played our video for 'Set you Free' on TRL labeled as the Black Eyed Peas. It's fitting for us that when we win our first award it's mislabeled. Hopefully we win their Grammy as well one day! We actually don't give a shit about this, though. It's funny."

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