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Online Exclusive: mtvU's Woodie Awards

October 26, 2006 3:14 PM ET

We went to the college-centric mtvU Woodie Awards so you didn't have to. In fact, you don't even have to watch them when they air on November 2nd! But you can if you want. Get the synopsis here — and a list of the winners:

Woodie of the Year (Artist of the Year)
Angels & Airwaves

The Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)
Plain White T's

Left Field Woodie (Most Original Artist)
Gnarls Barkley

Best Video Woodie (Live Action)
30 Seconds to Mars - "The Kill"

Best Video Woodie (Animated)
Gorillaz - "El Manana"

The Good Woodie (Greatest Social Impact)
System of a Down - "Armenian Genocide"

Road Woodie (Best Tour)
Taking Back Sunday

International Woodie
The Subways

Alumni Woodie (a.k.a. The You're Still OK in Our Book Award)
AFI

Streaming Woodie (Most Streamed)
O.A.R. - "Lay Down"

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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