The Breaking Woodie – mtvU is where new developing artists are test driven for the first time by the toughest critics around: college students. One of this year’s newest artists will win the coveted “Breaking Woodie.”
All winners are determined by online voting. Let’s win this!!!
It’s fall and that means Woodies time. MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, today announced the nominees for the “2009 mtvU Woodie Awards”- the only music awards show dictated by the college audience. For the sixth year in a row, students and music fans from all over the country have nominated their favorite artists to vie for mtvU Woodies awards including Wale, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings of Leon, MGMT, Matt & Kim, Asher Roth, Drake, Kid Cudi, Silversun Pickups and 30H!3. The “2009 mtvU Woodie Awards” will air on Friday, December 4 at 10:00pm ET on mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia. mtvU will announce performers and presenters on a later date.
Nominated for the highly coveted “Breaking Woodie” are some today’s most buzzed about artists including Wale,Grizzly Bear, Never Shout Never, La Roux, Friendly Fires and Passion Pit. Asher Roth, Drake, MGMT,Silversun Pickups and Kings of Leon received nominations for “Woodie of the Year” while Death Cab For Cutie, Matt and Kim, Dead Weather, Anjulie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kid Cudi will battle it out for “Best Video Woodie.” Once again, the “mtvU Woodie Awards” will feature students in front of the camera and behind the scenes as they present and introduce the artists who inspire them the most.
On November 18, 2009, the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City will be crammed with passionate music fans for the ultimate live event featuring musical performances, special appearances and winners receiving their piece of Woodie history. Performers who have graced the Woodies stage in previous years include Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Vampire Weekend, Santigold, Gym Class Heroes, Lykke Li, All Time Low and Imogen Heap.
Voting begins today at woodies.mtv.com and runs through November 16.
College students established the “mtvU Woodie Awards” in 2004, propelling some of their favorite acts to the next level of their careers – including surging record sales, headlining tours and accolades at other award shows such as the MTV Video Music Awards. Since the first “mtvU Woodie Awards,” artists such as Fall Out Boy (Streaming Woodie ’04), the Killers (Breaking Woodie ’04), Death Cab for Cutie (Best Video Woodie ’05), Plain White Ts (Breaking Woodie ’06), Gym Class Heroes (Woodie of the Year ’07) and Paramore (Woodie of the Year ‘08), have enjoyed mainstream success after winning big at the Woodies.
Best College Radio Station and Best Music On Campus Woodie Award
Once again, mtvU is honoring 25 pioneering college radio stations committed to bringing students the latest indie and emerging music. Lauded for championing artists before they achieve mainstream success, these student-run radio stations represent the new music vanguard long since abandoned by traditional FM radio. The top stations are chosen based off accolades from CMJ College Radio acknowledgements, Princeton Review Nominations, on line votes and independent questionnaires completed by a cross-section of record labels. This year mtvU utilized RateMyProfessors.com to let students narrow down the nominees via online voting at the site.
For the third year in a row, mtvU is teaming up with http://www.bestmusiconcampus.com to recognize the student artists who resonate most with their peers nationwide. Voting is open to all college artists currently registered on bestmusiconcampus.com. Of the eligible nominees, one artist or group will take home the “Best Music on Campus Woodie,” capturing a $5,000 cash prize, and will be featured on mtvU.
The nominees for the 2009 “mtvU Woodie Awards” are:
Woodie of the Year – (Artist of the Year)
The artists who made the biggest splash on mtvU and the college music scene this past year.
Asher Roth (SRC/Universal Mowtown/Schoolboy)
Kings of Leon (RCA)
Drake (Universal Republic/Young Money)
MGMT (Columbia/Red Ink)
Silversun Pickups (Dangerbird Records)
The Breaking Woodie – (Best Emerging Artist)
mtvU is where new developing artists are test driven for the first time by the toughest critics around: college students. One of this year’s newest artists will win the coveted “Breaking Woodie.”
Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)
Never Shout Never (Warner Bros./Loveway Records)
La Roux (Interscope/Cherytree)
Friendly Fires (XL Recordings)
Passion Pit (Columbia/Frenchkiss Records)
Left Field Woodie – (Most Original Artist)
They are genre-busters. They resist classification. They came out of left field, and we are still not sure what section of the record store to find them.
Amanda Blank (Downtown Records)
Janelle Monae (Bad Boy Records)
Major Lazer (Downtown Records)
Jay Reatard (Matador Records)
Tech N9ne (Strange Music Inc)
Best Video Woodie – (Best Video of the Year)
The music video that is so incredible, we would watch it even without the music.
Matt & Kim “Lessons Learned” (Cornerstone/Fader)
The Dead Weather “Treat Me Like Your Mother” (Warner Bros./Third Man)
Death Cab for Cutie “Grapevine Fires” (Atlantic)
Anjulie “Boom” (Hear Music)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads will Roll” (DGC/Interscope)
Kid Cudi “Day N Nite” (G.O.O.D Music/Fool’s Gold/Universal Motown)
Performing Woodie – (Best Tour)
For those artists who take to the road and never let up, always giving that memorable live performance.
Green Day (Reprise/Warner Bros.)
3OH!3 (Atlantic/Photo Finish)
Animal Collective (Domino)
The Good Woodie – (Greatest Social Impact)
The award for the artist whose commitment to a social cause has effected the greatest change this year.
John Legend (Columbia Records) – Show Me Campaign
John Legend founded the Show Me Campaign to help end poverty through sustainable development at the individual, family, and community levels. H is organization works closely with Millennium Promise and the people of Mbola,Tanzania to implement practical solutions to poverty including cle an water, improved health care and education, higher-yielding agriculture, and internet connectivity.
Wyclef Jean (Columbia Records) – Yele Haiti
Wyclef Jean has been active in his support of his native country and created the foundation Yéle Haiti to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Haiti. Yéle Haiti is a non-political organization intended to empower the people ofHaiti and the Haitian diaspora to rebuild their nation.
Kenna (Interscope Records) – PlayPumps
Kenna began working closely with PlayPumps at the beginning of 2009 in an effort to bring 100 PlayPumps water systems to Africa. PlayPumps’ goal is to provide access to clean drinking water to ten million people. Kenna also started his own organization, called Summit on the Summit, with the intent to promote safe water drinking worldwide and to teach the importance of setting and attaining goals – physically and emotionally – by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and documenting his experience.
Jamie Tworkowski – To Write Love on Her Arms
Jamie Tworkowski founded To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Ra Ra Riot (Barsuk Records) – John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation
When the band’s 23-year-old drummer, John Pike, passed away tragically, his family and the band formed the John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation, to encourage and promote music and the performing arts.
Alicia Keys (J Records) -Keep a Child Alive/AIDSactivism
Alicia Keys is a devoted AIDS activist and philanthropist. In 2003, she co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a people’s movement that provides life-saving AIDS medicine and surrounding care to children and families in Africa andIndia. KCA also provides support to AIDS orphans left behind to keep the most vulnerable children out of harms way.