The year 2011 featured unforgettable MTV musical performances, from big nights that included Beyonce’s belly-rubbing big reveal, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s surprise performance of “Otis,” the five unforgettable minutes of Adele’s soulful “Someone Like You” solo at the 2011 MTV VMAs to Odd Future’s unhinged utter mayhem at the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards. And then there were the concerts — Paramore at the “Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert: Paramore Live” and Mac Miller’s crowd-killing performance of “Knock Knock” at “Mac Miller: Live In Chicago” — and the intimate MTV-exclusive experiences like Thirty Seconds To Mars near-holy “MTV Unplugged” performance and Jack’s Mannequin’s Buzzworthy Live rooftop rendition of “Release Me.” Looking back at MTV’s year in music, there was practically an MTV live performance for every day of the year.
As 2011 draws to a close, the music experts at MTV News, MTV.com and Buzzworthy have narrowed down hundreds of MTV live musical performances from 2011 to a carefully curated list of the 16 best performances. And it’s up to you to vote and decide on the best MTV live performance of 2011.
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Check out the nominees for the best 2011 MTV live performances after the jump, watch highlights from the best MTV live performances of 2011, and go to MTV and MTV.com on Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the results!
Starting on Monday, Dec. 12, MTV will reveal the best artists, songs and movies of the year. Come to MTV News each day to see more big reveals and check out more of MTV’s Best of 2011 music, TV, movies, and news coverage.