2014 MTV Woodie Award Nominees Announced

The MTV Woodies, the cable channel’s reaction to indie music, announced the nominees for this year’s award show, chosen by voters online yesterday. The nominees included a who’s who of artists and acts that dominated the up and coming charts in 2013. In the hunt for the coveted “Woodie of the Year” are familiar names in Kanye West, Drake and Pharrell, as well as some more eclectic choices in Disclosure, Imagine Dragons, Lorde and Zedd. Chance The Rapper and director Austin Vesely are nominated for the “Best Video Woodie” for the “Everybody’s Something” video. They will be up against some stiff competition from Disclosure (“Grab Her“), Passion Pit (“Carried Away”), Iggy Azalea (“Bounce”) and Arcade Fire (“Afterlife”).  Chance pops up again for his collaboration on “Life Round Here” with James Blake and Jhene Aiko and Mack Wilds round out a fairly solid list for “Breaking Woodie”. Honestly, it’s odd to find names like Beyonce and Jay Z on this list of nominees, which seem more tailored to Macklemore than the Grammys did a few weeks ago. Bob Dylan is nominated for a “Did It My Way Woodie”. What’s more ‘My Way’ than releasing an album (The Heist, Acid Rap) independently only to see it beat out the big guys? The line between independent and mainstream is being increasingly scrubbed away, and the 2014 edition of the Woodie Awards may be the best implication of that.

The MTV Woodies take place March 13 in Austin, TX, and will air March 16 on MTVU. Check out the full list of nominees below.

2014 mtvU Woodie Awards Nominees

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 the 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)

Jake Krzeczowski

Jake Krzeczowski is a writer based in Chicago. Since graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 he has written for the likes of The Chicago Sun Times, Complex Magazine, and Elevator Magazine.

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