Every year, the mtvU Woodie Awards have a tough mission to accomplish — to be as fun to watch as they are to say. This year’s show is set it hit it out of the park again thanks to the addition of the first-ever Woodie Awards Festival! Streaming live from famed indie music hub SXSW in Austin, Texas, the Woodie Awards Festival begins Thursday, March 15, and you can watch all of the action and live performances from the festival on woodies.mtvu.com.
The “2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Special” airs Sunday, March 18, when we’ll be honoring the artists who truly infiltrated the music landscape over the past year. Nominees include Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys, Mac Miller, Foster The People, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, Wallpaper., Alabama Shakes, and Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover to you n00bs out there).
And listen up, dance music fans: this year marks the addition of the “EDM Effect” Woodie Award category, highlighting DJs and musicians who helped bring EDM to the mainstream in 2011. Nominees include Benni Benassi on Chris Brown‘s “Beautiful People,” Martin Solveig featuring Kele on “Ready 2 Go,” Avicii for Flo Rida‘s “Good Feeling,” Flux Pavilion for The Throne’s “Who Gon Stop Me,” Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke on “Turbulence” and the dude who inspired us all to puke up our own ribbon rainbow, Calvin Harris for Rihanna‘s “We Found Love.”
+ Vote now for the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards, watch the “Woodie Awards Festival” Thursday, March 15 on woodies.mtvu.com, and don’t miss the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards on Sunday, March 18 on MTV and mtvU.