Skateboarding and great tunes go together like baseball and crappy tunes. (Can we stop it with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," already?) Watching clips of extreme sports without a thrashing punk or throbbing hip-hop soundtrack just ain't right. Maybe that's because action sports and music come from the same rebellious place. Musicians and extreme athletes are kindred spirits, so it's no wonder they bro down together at the skate park and in the studio, and dabble in each other's worlds.
In honor of the 2011 Video Music Awards nominees announced last night, we're counting down MTV's most extreme Moonman winners ever. Take a gander at which of your favorite musicians love to shred and don't forget to vote for your favorite VMA nominees. Maybe Tyler, the Creator or Justin Bieber will make this list next year.
Jared Leto of 30 Second To Mars
VMAs Won: 2007 Best Rock Video and Video Of The Year for "The Kill"; 2010 Best Rock Video for "Kings and Queens"
Actor/singer Jared Leto may not strike you as extreme, but the 30 Seconds To Mars singer lists two of his favorite hobbies as skating and snowboarding. And look! He's on a bike.
VMAs Won: 2002 Best New Artist for "Complicated"
Being Canadian, Avril Lavigne was probably born with a snowboard strapped on her feet (which must really have hurt her mom). The fact she likes to hit the mountain made it easy for fans to believe this year's death hoax, which claimed she died in a snowboarding accident in British Columbia.
VMAs Won: 2004 Best Male Video and Best Dance Video for "Yeah!"
You don't see many Southern rappers on the slopes, but Lil Jon developed a taste for snowboarding like he did crunk juice. While attending the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, he even took lessons from from pro snowboarder Danny Kass. He also busts out his skateboard from time to time.
Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit
VMAs Won: 2000 Best Rock Video for "Break Stuff"; 2001 Best Rock Video for "Rollin"
Fred Durst grew up skateboarding and breakdancing in North Carolina. When he got older, he started working at a skate park and even got sponsored for a while. Limp Bizkit's VMA-winning video "Break Stuff" features skaters and BMX bikers on ramps.
2. MCA of Beastie Boys
VMAs Won: 1998 Video Vanguard Award, 1999 Best Hip-Hop Video for "Intergalactic"; 2009 Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman) for "Sabotage"
After being nominated for five VMAs in 1994 and losing, Beastie Boy's "Sabotage" was finally awarded the Moonman it deserved in 2009. Not that MCA was sweating it, though. He's been able to merge his passions for Buddhism and snowboarding into a lifestyle of Zen. You won't see him smashing any more TVs with a sledgehammer.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
VMAs Won: 2005 Best Rock Video, Best Group Video, and Video of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Billie Joe Armstrong has been a skateboarder as long as he's been the lead singer of Green Day. He left high school to pursue both in the late '80s and turned out to be more adept at music. However, he's still active in the skate scene. His brother-in-law, Steve Nesser, is a pro skater. Armstrong is also a playable character in "Tony Hawk's American Wasteland," along with Lil Jon.