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Honoring the best and brightest from the world of theatre, the winners of the 2011 Tony Awards were announced during a ceremony held at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday (June 12). With Neil Patrick Harris hosting the annual tribute to Broadway stars, the night was dominated by the religious satire musical "The Book of Mormon" - which captured nine of its pack-leading fourteen nominations. Other triumphant stage shows included Best Play winner "War Horse" along with Best Revival of a Play victor "The Normal Heart". As for the individual accolades, Mark Rylance took home the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his work in "Jerusalem" while Frances McDormand won on the ladies side for her brilliant effort in "Good People". The Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical went to "Catch Me If You Can" star Norbert Leo Butz and the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical winner ended up being Sutton Foster of "Anything Goes". The complete list of winners from the 2011 Tony Awards is as follows: Best Play Good People Author: David Lindsay-Abaire Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove Jerusalem Author: Jez Butterworth Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Royal Court Theatre Productions, Beverly Bartner/Alice Tulchin, Dede Harris/Rupert Gavin, Broadway Across America, Jon B. Platt, 1001 Nights/Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber/Richard Willis, Jacki Barlia Florin/Adam Blanshay The Motherf**ker with the Hat Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis Producers: Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Public Theater Productions, Oskar Eustis, Joey Parnes, Labyrinth Theater Company, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, Yul V�zquez, Danny Feldman, Fabula Media Partners LLC, Jean Doumanian, Ruth Hendel, Carl Moellenberg, Jon B. Platt, Tulchin Bartner/Jamie deRoy WINNER: War Horse Author: Nick Stafford Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, Andr� Bishop, Bernard Gersten, National Theatre of Great Britain, Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr, Bob Boyett, War Horse LP Best Musical WINNER: The Book of Mormon Producers: Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Important Musicals LLC, Stephanie P. McClelland, Kevin Morris, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson Catch Me If You Can Producers: Margo Lion, Hal Luftig, Stacey Mindich, Yasuhiro Kawana, Scott & Brian Zeilinger, The Rialto Group, The Araca Group, Michael Watt, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Pittsburgh CLO, Elizabeth Williams, Johnny Roscoe Productions/Van Dean, Fakston Productions/Solshay Productions, Patty Baker/Richard Winkler, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Warren Trepp, Remmel T. Dickinson, Paula Herold/Kate Lear, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jamie deRoy, Barry Feirstein, Rainerio J. Reyes, Rodney Rigby, Loraine Boyle, Amuse Inc., Joseph & Matthew Deitch/Cathy Chernoff, Joan Stein/Jon Murray, The 5th Avenue Theatre The Scottsboro Boys Producers: Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Janet Pailet/Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations, Inc./The Shubert Organization, Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre Sister Act Producers: Whoopi Goldberg & Stage Entertainment, The Shubert Organization and Disney Theatrical Productions Best Book of a Musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Alex Timbers WINNER: The Book of Mormon Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone The Scottsboro Boys David Thompson Sister Act Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre WINNER: The Book of Mormon Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone The Scottsboro Boys Music & Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb Sister Act Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek Best Revival of a Play Arcadia Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Roger Berlind, Stephanie P. McClelland, Scott M. Delman, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Disney Theatrical Group, Robert G. Bartner, Olympus Theatricals, Douglas Smith, Janine Safer Whitney The Importance of Being Earnest Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy The Merchant of Venice Producers: The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Andrew D. Hamingson, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Debbie Bisno & Eva Price, Amy Nederlander, Jonathan First, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Merritt Forrest Baer, The Araca Group, Broadway Across America, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, JK Productions, Terry Allen Kramer, Cathy Chernoff/Jay & Cindy Gutterman, Mallory Factor/Cheryl Lachowicz, Joey Parnes, The Shubert Organization WINNER: The Normal Heart Producers: Daryl Roth, Paul Boskind, Martian Entertainment, Gregory Rae, Jayne Baron Sherman/Alexander Fraser Best Revival of a Musical WINNER: Anything Goes Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Producers: Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, Candy Spelling, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Jen Namoff/Fakston Productions, Two Left Feet Productions/Power Arts, Hop Theatricals, LLC/Paul Chau/Daniel Frishwasser/Michael Jackowitz, Michael Speyer-Bernie Abrams/Jacki Barlia Florin-Adam Blanshay/Arlene Scanlan/TBS Service Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice WINNER: Mark Rylance, Jerusalem Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday WINNER: Frances McDormand, Good People Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical WINNER: Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical WINNER: Sutton Foster, Anything Goes Beth Leavel, Baby It's You! Patina Miller, Sister Act Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem Billy Crudup, Arcadia WINNER: John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Yul V�zquez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play WINNER: Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves Judith Light, Lombardi Joanna Lumley, La B�te Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys Adam Godley, Anything Goes WINNER: John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys Rory O'Malley, The Book of Mormon Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Victoria Clark, Sister Act WINNER: Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Best Scenic Design of a Play Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker with the Hat WINNER: Rae Smith, War Horse Ultz, Jerusalem Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice Best Scenic Design of a Musical Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys Derek McLane, Anything Goes WINNER: Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Best Costume Design of a Play Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice WINNER: Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest Mark Thompson, La B�te Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday Best Costume Design of a Musical WINNER: Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Best Lighting Design of a Play WINNER: Paule Constable, War Horse David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem Best Lighting Design of a Musical Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes WINNER: Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon Best Sound Design of a Play Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Simon Baker, Brief Encounter Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem WINNER: Christopher Shutt, War Horse Best Sound Design of a Musical Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can Brian Ronan, Anything Goes WINNER: Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon Best Direction of a Play WINNER: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**ker with the Hat Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice Best Direction of a Musical Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes WINNER: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys Best Choreography Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying WINNER: Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys Best Orchestrations Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys WINNER: Larry Hochman & Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Athol Fugard Philip J. Smith Regional Theatre Tony Award Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago, Ill.) Isabelle Stevenson Award Eve Ensler Special Tony Award Handspring Puppet Company Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre William Berloni The Drama Book Shop Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts [gallery=756]
Them Crooked Vultures make their debut with a post-Lollapalooza set.
By James Montgomery
Officially, Lollapalooza ended Sunday night in Chicago's Grant Park, with dueling sets from the Killers and Jane's Addiction. Unofficially, it ended very early Monday morning, across town at venerable rock club the Metro, with a surprise show by Them Crooked Vultures.
To the unfamiliar, the Vultures might seem like an odd choice to close out Lolla weekend ... until you realize that they're made up of Foo Fighters frontman/ former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones. And their gig at the Metro was their world premiere.
According to some reports, the Vultures actually turned down Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell's request to replace the Beastie Boys as headliners at the festival, opting to debut in front of some 1,100 super-psyched fans at the Metro, rather than 75,000 in Grant Park (tickets for the gig were announced via Foo Fighter/ QOTSA fan clubs). Meaning that, in a lot of ways, this was the most sought-after ticket in town.
Taking the stage just after midnight, the Vultures — Grohl on drums (of course), Homme on guitar and vocals, Jones on bass and keys and frequent QOTSA contributor Alain Johannes on guitar — ripped through 12 songs in 80 minutes, all taken from their upcoming debut, which may or may not be called Never Deserved the Future, and may or may not be hitting stores on October 23 (early "promo" videos touting both those facts were revealed over the weekend to be hoaxes perpetrated by QOTSA fans).
The songs, with appropriately Homme-ian titles like "Scumbag Blues," "Mind Eraser (No Chaser)," "Caligulove" and "Interlude w/Ludes," sounded pretty much how you'd expect, given the band's pedigree. They rocked, hard — Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot described them as "fresh, invigorating and just plain nasty" — delving off into psychedelic, reverb-filled excursions and exploring proggy territory, "both of the old-school Yes variety, and the more modern Tool flavor," according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Jim DeRogatis.
It's not known if Monday's Metro performance was a one-off event for the Vultures — there have been whispers of a full-blown tour, but a spokesperson for Homme had not responded to MTV News' request for comment at press time. Nor was it clear whether or not they'll have an album out in October.
Early Monday, a Crooked Vultures Twitter account, which had previously posted links to the band's official-looking Web site and the Metro's online ticketing site — posted a link to what appears to be the group's first bit of official merchandise: a Deserve the Future T-shirt. Cost: $30.Related Videos
Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Selena Gomez also make fashion splash on red carpet, as showgirl style rules at the Las Vegas event on Sunday night.
By Jocelyn Vena
On Sunday night, some of the biggest names in the music industry hit up the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and decided that sparkles and sequins make for the perfect additions to any red carpet get-up. Well, it is Sin City after all.
Taylor Swift always seems to bring some of that Nashville sparkle to any red carpet. She arrived at the show in a pale-hued, sequined Elie Saab gown. Nicki Minaj showed off her signature sense of style in her baby-blue, body-hugging spandex Mark Fast catsuit.
Selena Gomez turned up the style dial in a sexy, cut-out black Dolce & Gabbana gown that she paired with red strappy sandals with sparkly bow detailing. Like Gomez, Ke$ha opted for some cut-out detailing in her sparkly, slate-gray dress with tulle skirt. Rihanna looked white hot in her men's tailored Max Azria suit, which she kept sexy and feminine by not buttoning her shirt all the way.
Fergie went S&M chic in her little black bandage-type dress by Hervé Léger. Nicole Kidman also wore black. She paired a casual braid hairstyle with a long black gown and Keith Urban. British pop cutie Kyle Minogue looked funky in her little black lacey dress. Inside the show, Britney Spears sat in the audience wearing a skimpy black dress of her own, her hair in loose curls, with little-to-no accessories.
While some stars kept the color scheme low-key, Keri Hilson decided to stand out in her billowy little yellow dress paired with a turquoise-colored belt. Kelly Rowland showed off some of her best assets in a body-hugging, bright pink bandage dress.
The fellas also looked tight on the carpet. Joe Jonas wore all black with white sneakers, Ne-Yo paired his periwinkle suit with a Yankees cap and Justin Bieber wore black tuxedo pants with a gold-lamé tuxedo jacket.
Which stars' styles caught your eye at the Billboard Music Awards? Tell us in the comments.Related Photos
'We'll see the mom wearing a NeedToBreathe shirt and the kid wearing the Taylor Swift shirt!' lead singer Bear Rinehart tells MTV News of fans on tour.
By Vaughn Trudeau Schoonmaker, with additional reporting by Morgan Schwartz
As Taylor Swift's super successful Speak Now Tour makes its way across North America this summer, her "rock-and-dance-a-billy" opening act NeedToBreathe took a moment out of their grueling schedule to tell MTV News all about life on the road with one of today's biggest stars.
"We've been a band for almost 11 years," lead singer Bear Rinehart said. "It's been little steps along the way, you know? Playing in our hometown for the first time at a club that we loved, and then getting signed by Atlantic Records, and then Taylor called and wanted us to tour with her 'cause she's a fan."
During the four-man band's first soundcheck of the tour, the guys were surprised to discover just how much of a NeedToBreathe fan Taylor is. "[It was] her and her family sitting out in the crowd, like, singing along to every word of the songs that we're doing in the soundcheck," drummer Joe Stillwell recalled. "It's a little surreal to kind of see that from somebody that you see on such a big scale all the time."
While South Carolina's NeedToBreathe have been on the music scene for a while now, the Speak Now tour has been an experience unlike any other for the group.
"We haven't played in venues this big, so that's been a little bit to get used to," Bear noted. "The first night you walk out there and there's 20,000 people, it's like, 'Whoa, this is pretty intense!' "
"Her fans, for the most part, are younger than our fanbase," said lead guitarist Bo Rinehart (Bear's brother).
"Some of these people, it's the first rock and roll show they've ever been to," Bear said with a laugh about Taylor's hard-core fans. "Sometimes we'll see the mom wearing a NeedToBreathe shirt and the kid wearing the Taylor Swift shirt!"
The band's fourth studio album, The Reckoning, hits stores in September.
Will you catch the Speak Now Tour? Tell us your thoughts on NeedToBreathe in the comments below!Related Videos