Newbie Cody ChestnuTT gave a little performance of his own, while Iggy Pop took over the mic for a surprise set with Pete Yorn backing on drums, punk rock icon Mike Watt on bass, and The Hives’ Pelle Almqvist and Mike Vigilante covering guitars.

Fiction writer Toure gave a reading from his collection of short stories, “The Portable Promised Land,” with Mos Def singing in accompaniment.

Shortlist Prize winner N-E-R-D gave a rousing performance with ?uestlove from The Roots, Mos Def, and Cody ChestnuTT joining on the final song. Along with the esteem that comes with winning the award, N-E-R-D also took home a $3,000 shopping spree at Guitar Center and $3,000 cash.