Who's Getting a Woodie?
The common complaint with MTV fans is that the channel known as "Musical Television" never plays music videos any more. The channel is now known for reality shows like the Jersey Shore or Teen Mom. MTV only plays music videos in the mornings, yet a spin off channel mtvU does little more than play music videos nonstop. Never heard of mtvU? In Frostburg it is most commonly known as the channel playing in Chesapeake Dinning hall that plays the random videos.
The channel is known for the Woodie Award, an award show that recognizes music away from the mainstream. The Woodie Awards are voted upon by the general public by visiting the Woodie Awards site. This year's woodies are going to air on MTV, the original channel, on March 18th at 8 pm.
The Woodies Awards itself will be a special part of the South by South West Festival known as the SXSW in Austin Texas. The Award show will be shot in the middle of SXSW festival on March 15; making the awards a highlight of one of the largest music, film and interactive media events in the nation.
The Woodie Awards have six categories, Woodie of the Year, Best Video Woodie, Performing Woodie, EDM Effect Woodie, Breaking Woodie, and the College Radio Woodie. The Woodie of the Year is arguably the biggest award of the night. The award will be given to an artist or group that is away from the mainstream yet has left the biggest "permanent mark" on the music scene. Nominees for this award are The Black Keys, Foster the People, Frank Ocean, J. Cole, Mac Miller, and Skrillex. Last year's recipient of the Woodie of the Year was Wiz Khalifa.
The EDM Effect Woodie is an award given to electronic artists that bend the typical convention of what is electronic music bringing in new a new fan-base. Calvin Harris is up for the award for her work on Rihanna's track "We Found Love."
The College Radio is awarded to the best College Radio station. Stations that are nominated are from all over the United States including one university in Maryland, Loyal University. Other Colleges of note that are nominated are the University of Pittsburg and Appalachian State University.
The second biggest award of the night is the Breaking Woodie award. This Award is for the artist or group that has the biggest potential breaking into mainstream music. Artists up for this award include Lana Del Rey, Meek Mill and Childish Gambino.
Childish Gambino also known as Donald Glover is a comedy writer known for writing for 30 Rock. He also is known as an actor and is even on the cast of Community. Glover is not just a nominee but will also be preforming at the Awards as his rapper alias Childish Gambino. Other artists performing at the awards include Santigold and Steve Aoki.
The name of the awards is a reference to an old industry joke among record executives and artists. The joke is that albums that were wonderful that did not have much main stream success would go wood instead of platinum or gold like top selling records do.
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