Gummy Awards

Most Overrated Act

In the past twelve months, they appeared on Conan, Kimmel, Letterman, SNL, and FNMTV; landed the covers of Spin and NME; played over 150 gigs including virtually every major music festival; and collaborated with Chromeo, Fucked Up, Peter Gabriel, Andrew WK, and Nick and Norah. They are Vampire Weekend and they handily won “Most Overrated Act” of 2008. We’re no Nate Silver, but one thing we’ve come to learn in past Gummys is that bands riding high from critically acclaimed albums poll very well in this category, too. (Arcade Fire, for example, went from #1 last year to nowhere on this list.) Some surprises, though: Animal Collective at #14 and Guns N’ Roses at #20 (we had no idea GN’R were even rated). Vivian Girls took #21, though this seemed like a late-minute surge post Blooming-Onion Gate.

No Age

10

No Age


Radiohead

9

Radiohead


Lil Wayne

8

Lil Wayne


Deerhunter

7

Deerhunter


of Montreal

6

of Montreal


Fleet Foxes

5

Fleet Foxes


Coldplay

4

Coldplay


Kanye West

3

Kanye West


MGMT

2

MGMT


Vampire Weekend

1

Vampire Weekend