mtvU unveils nominees for 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards

mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, has revealed the categories and nominees for the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards, the tenth annual musical moment of truth that honors the music college students love. All nominees will vie for the chunks of wood at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 13th with MTV and mtvU premiering the half-hour 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards Special on Sunday, March 16th at 8 pm ET/PT, celebrating the winners and showcasing some of the best 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards performances. Woodie Award voting is now open at and runs through March 6th.

The Nominees

Among the honorees, Arcade Fire leads the pack with three nominations, receiving nods for “Best Video Woodie,” “Performing Woodie” and “Did it My Way Woodie,” a new category that praises pioneers who challenge tradition and unleash innovative ideas. In that category, Arcade Fire will compete with Beyoncé, Kanye West, Childish Gambino and Bob Dylan, all of whom found unique ways to share their music with fans over the past year.

Several noteworthy artists received multiple nominations, including Pharrell, Disclosure, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons and Chance the Rapper. Of that group, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell and Disclosure are going against Lorde, Drake and Zedd for the biggest award of the night, “Woodie of the Year,” which honors the artist that completely owned the past 12 months.

“Wow! This is amazing,” said Disclosure. “Thanks so much to mtvU, we’re very proud to be nominated for such an esteemed award.”

Several notable artists from MTV’s 2014 “Artists to Watch” group will vie for Woodies this year, including Bastille, Martin Garrix and Jhené Aiko, all of whom will go head-to-head with The 1975, Sam Smith and Mack Wilds for the “Breaking Woodie” award, honoring the best emerging artist.

The “Best Collaboration Woodie” category, presented by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, hails adventurous artists who broke genre barriers to blow us away with unexpected cross-genre collaborations. In that category, Daft Punk and Pharrell’s “Get Lucky” will go against Avicii and Aloe Blacc A$AP Rocky and Skrillex with “Wild For the Night,” Just Blaze and Baauer featuring Jay Z for “Higher,” Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive (remix)” and James Blake and Chance The Rapper for “Life Round Here.”

Chance the Rapper is also nominated in the “Best Video Woodie” category for “Everybody’s Something,” along with Disclosure’s “Grab Her,” Passion Pit’s “Carried Away,” “Bounce” by Iggy Azalea and Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” For Arcade Fire’s third nomination, the band will battle Tyler the Creator, Ed Sheeran, The National, Jay Z and The XX for “Performing Woodie,” which spotlights artists who reimagined their stages to create live experiences that resonated beyond venue walls.

Once again, mtvU is also honoring the pioneering college radio stations committed to bringing students the latest indie and emerging music, and today revealed the ten finalists for the “College Radio Woodie.” Lauded for championing artists before they achieve mainstream success, these student-run radio stations represent the new music vanguard. The colleges in the running this year include Ball State University, Boston University, East Stroudsburg University, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana University, Texas State University – San Marcos, University of California – Berkeley, University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana, University of South Carolina and William Paterson University.


Woodie Of The Year (Artist of the Year)

Imagine Dragons (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Lorde (Lava Records/Republic Records)
Pharrell (Columbia Records)
Drake (YMCMB/Republic Records)
Zedd (Interscope Records)
Disclosure (Cherrytree/Interscope Records)

Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)

Bastille (Virgin Records)
Martin Garrix (Casablanca Records/Republic Records)
The 1975 (Dirty Hit/Vagrant/Interscope Records)
Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)
Sam Smith (Capitol Music Group)
Mack Wilds (RED Music)

Best Video Woodie (Best Video of the Year)

Disclosure – “Grab Her” (Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Passion Pit – “Carried Away” (Columbia Records)
Chance The Rapper – “Everybody’s Something” (Independent)
Iggy Azalea – “Bounce” (Island Records)
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife” (Merge/Capitol Records)
Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – released her new, self-titled album without any prior promotion.
Kanye West (Def Jam Recordings) – created an interactive music video experience for “Yeezus.”
Arcade Fire (Merge/Capitol Records) – creatively utilized social media, street art and pop-up performances to launch the “Reflektor” album.
Childish Gambino (Glassnote Records) – hosted impromptu album listening sessions in public parks for “Because the Internet”
Bob Dylan (Columbia Records) – created a 16 channel interactive music video for “Like A Rolling Stone”

Performing Woodie (Reimagined Live Performance)

Tyler the Creator (Odd Future/Columbia Records)
Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)
Jay Z (Roc Nation)
Arcade Fire (Merge/Capitol Records)
The National (4AD)
The XX (Young Turks/XL Recordings)

Best Collaboration Woodie (Presented by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups)

A$AP Rocky and Skrillex – “Wild For the Night” (Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records)
Avicii and Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up” (PRMD/Island Records)
Just Blaze and Baauer featuring Jay Z – “Higher” (Priority Recrods)
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive (remix)” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Daft Punk and Pharrell – “Get Lucky” (Columbia Records)
James Blake and Chance The Rapper – “Life Round Here” (Republic Records)

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)

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.