2015 MTVU Woodie Awards Announce a “fun.” Host


It looks like fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff can added another job to his long list of gigs; award show host.

Yesterday afternoon, MTV announced that the Bleachers frontman would be hosting this year’s mtvU Woodie Awards set to take place later this month.

The awards show, which primarily focuses on artists making an impact on college radio, is set to take place during this year’s South By Southwest (like every other year).

“It means a great deal to be hosting the Woodies because fun. played the Woodies before we had any success and the same for Bleachers last year,” Antonoff responded after the gig was announced.

“It’s been a platform for the two bands I’ve most recently been a part of to really go somewhere. I couldn’t be more excited to come back and host the show.”

Unlike the past years, the awards show will not only air live during a prime time spot on the network’s main channel, but will also be one hour-long, as opposed to the past when it not only pre-recorded,but also half an hour-long.

Nominees this year include Drake, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith , Childish Gambino and many more. For those wanting to vote on their favorite artists, the voting polls will close on Tuesday, March 10. The full list of nominees this year can be seen here.

The mtvU Woodie Awards will air live from SXSW on MTV on Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. EST.

2015 mtvU Woodie Award Nominees Announced

MTVU have announced the lucky nominees for this year’s MTVU Woodie Awards. Like past years, several artists that have already made an established name for themselves on the top 20 charts have also earned some nominations. Acts like that include Multi-Grammy winner Sam Smith and Charli XCX.

Check out the full list of nominees for this year’s award show.

Woodie Of The Year (Artist of the Year)
· J. Cole
· Sam Smith
· Charli XCX
· Run the Jewels
· Porter Robinson
· FKA twigs

Artist to Watch Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)
· Years & Years
· Rae Sremmurd
· Raury
· MisterWives
· Kygo
· James Bay

Best Video Woodie (Best Video of the Year)
· FKA twigs – “Pendulum”
· Childish Gambino – “Sober”
· Beyoncé – “7/11”
· Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
· Bad Suns – “Salt”
· Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”

Cover Woodie (Best Cover Song)
· Ed Sheeran, Sia, and Grouplove covering Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love”
· Kiesza covering Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
· Lorde covering Jeremih – “Don’t Tell Em”
· Charli XCX covering Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
· Taylor Swift covering Vance Joy – “Riptide”
· Sam Smith covering Whitney Houston – “How Will I Know”

Next Level Performance Woodie (Finding New Ways to Reach Audiences)
· Drake and Lil Wayne – created an app that allowed the audience to decide who performed first on their joint tour.
· Childish Gambino – created an app that allowed users to display messages onto his tour stage.
· Big Data – used social media during their performances to acknowledge specific audience members in real time in front of the entire crowd.
· Sia – performed in several TV appearances without showing her face by utilizing performance artists and actors to serve as a proxy for her.
· Skrillex – performed Bonnaroo SuperJam session fusing EDM and live instrumentation with numerous surprise guests.

Co-Sign Woodie (Best Collaboration Between Artists)
· Alesso featuring Tove Lo – “Heroes (We Could Be)”
· Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – “All About It”
· Jack Ü featuring Kiesza – “Take Ü”
· Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Arrows”
· iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake – “Tuesday”
· Eminem featuring Dej Loaf – “Detroit vs. Everybody”

The 2015 MTVU Woodie Awards will take place on March 20, from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.MTV also revealed that this will be the first time they will air the show and everything going on, live,

Voting begins today (Feb. 18) at the Woodie’s Award website. Those interested in voting on their favorite college radio-centric artists can vote until March 10 when the polls close..

MTVU Woodie Award Nominees Released


The MTVU Woodie Award nominees have been revealed and yes, some Top 40 radio did happen to leak onto the college radio oriented award show.

The 10th annual event honors those tracks and musicians that are spun at your local college radio station on repeat and will once again happen in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival. For those not able to make it to Austin for SXSW, the half-an-hour 2014 Woodie Awards Special will air on March 16 at 8 p.m. on MTV.

The Arcade Fire, Lorde, Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Drake, Jay Z, Pharrell, Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Disclosure, the 1975, Chance the Rapper and A$AP Rocky are just some of the nominees that are up for several nominations including ‘Best Video Woodie’ and ‘Best Performing Woodie.’

We know, so many sexual innuendos, so little time.

The full list of nominations and their respected categories can been seen below.


Woodie of the Year:
Imagine Dragons

Breaking Woodie:
Martin Garrix
The 1975
Jhene Aiko
Sam Smith
Mack Wilds

Best Video Woodie:
Disclosure, “Grab Her”
Passion Pit, “Carried Away”
Chance the Rapper, “Everybody’s Something”
Iggy Azalea, “Bounce”
Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”

Did It My Way Woodie:
Beyoncé — Released her new, self-titled album without any prior promotion.
Kanye West — Created an interactive music video experience for Yeezus
Arcade Fire — Creatively utilized social media, street art and pop-up performances to launch the Reflektor album.
Childish Gambino — Hosted impromptu album listening sessions in public parks for Because the Internet.
Bob Dylan — Created a 16 channel interactive music video for “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Performing Woodie:
Tyler the Creator
Ed Sheeran
Jay Z
Arcade Fire
The National
The XX

Best Collaboration Woodie:
A$AP Rocky and Skrillex — “Wild For the Night”
Avicii and Aloe Blacc — “Wake Me Up”
Just Blaze and Baauer featuring Jay Z — “Higher”
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive (remix)”
Daft Punk and Pharrell — “Get Lucky”
James Blake and Chance he Rapper — “Life Round Here”

College Radio Woodie (Best College Radio Station):
Ball State University (WCRD)
Boston University (WTBU)
East Stroudsburg University (WESS)
Eastern Illinois University (WEIU)
Indiana University (WIUX)
Texas State University – San Marcos (KTSW)
University of California – Berkeley (KALX)
University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana (WPGU)
University of South Carolina (WUSC)
William Paterson University (WPSC)