Friday, September 01, 2006


Just when the accepted view of last night's MTV awards was that it's all gotten a little dull out there comes a last-minute bid to reclaim the ceremony as some sort of unstoppable hedonist hoedown.

Albeit, by someone who wasn't invited to the awards.

Mos Def turned up outside the awards on a flatbed lorry, and proceeded to play his Katrina Clap, a track criticising the White Houses' pisspoor response to Hurricane Katrina last year.

Oddly, the police didn't seem keen on this happening, and ordered Def to move on, citing safety concerns. When Def refused to move, the police started to arrest members of his crew, although some did take a couple of minutes to re-read the first ammendment before doing so. "There's no right to ride trucks in there" confirmed one.

Mos Def's publicist Carleen Donovan said: "Mos Def was unjustly arrested tonight...was not out to break any laws.

"His only goal was to heighten the awareness of a serious situation that still exists in our country.

"He does not want people to forget that although it's one year later, the people and cities hit by the hurricane still need the help of the American people."

It's more engaging than seeing the cinematography of a James Blunt video be given a prize, isn't it?

In full: The music world's response to Katrina