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mtvU Announces '2005 Woodie Awards' Nominees & First-Ever 'Woodies' Live Music Event Honoring College Favorites

The Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, M.I.A., Matisyahu and Death Cab For Cutie Among Nominees;

Winners to be Determined by mtvU College Audience at mtvU.com

'Woodie Awards' Concert Event November 2nd at NYC's Roseland Ballroom;

Premieres on mtvU & mtvU.com November 10th

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- mtvU, MTV's college network, today announced the nominees for the "mtvU Woodie Awards" -- the only show honoring the music voted best by the college audience. Tossing aside gold and platinum records to pay tribute to those artists who have won over hearts, but not necessarily charts, The Arcade Fire grabbed the most nominations with five, including "Woodie of the Year" -- Best Artist, "Left Field Woodie" -- Most Original Artist, and "Road Woodie" -- Best Tour. The Arcade Fire joins Gorillaz, M.I.A., Matisyahu, Death Cab For Cutie and 39 other emerging and influential artists that will be voted on by the college audience. Winners will be announced at the "mtvU Woodie Awards" live ceremony and concert event November 2nd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City which will premiere on mtvU and mtvU.com November 10th.

For the first time, this year's ceremony will be shot live featuring a full line-up of performers, presenters and more that will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Held for, with, and by the college community, the "mtvU Woodie Awards" will also feature college students from around the country, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, throughout the live show as they present, introduce and honor their favorite music and artists. Additionally, this year's "Woodie Award" will once again be made of wood designed and handcrafted by students at The New School.

"College students are prophesying the future of music, today," said Stephen Friedman, GM, mtvU. "With our first ever live Woodie Awards event, the music they live their lives to takes center stage, and the rest of the world gets to see what's about to break big."

Last year's first-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" were a resounding success as college students declared their favorite artists and bands, propelling them to mainstream success with record album sales, sold out tours, and accolades at other award ceremonies. Modest Mouse and Coheed & Cambria were the big winners, with each walking away with two nods. Modest Mouse was recognized with the "Woodie of the Year" award for Best Artist, and the "Silent But Deadly Woodie" for Best Music Video honoring their single "Float On." Coheed & Cambria won "Soundtrack of My Life Woodie" honors for Best Album with their release "In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3," and the "Road Woodie" for Best Live Performance. Other winners included N.E.R.D., Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41, Incubus, as well as The Killers and Fallout Boy who both won honors at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

To vote for the second-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards," college students around the country are invited to visit www.mtvU.com before October 28th. There they can experience interviews, features and music videos by all "Woodies" nominees, plus submit and watch videos from student fans petitioning for their favorite nominee. Students can also listen to the nominees and cast their vote at mtvU Woodie Awards mobile vehicles that are traveling to campuses across the country. Nominated artists will be profiled on-air throughout the voting period and on mtvU music series such as "The Freshmen" and "The Dean's List."

Nominees for the second-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" are:

Woodie of the Year - (Artist of the Year)

The artists who made the biggest splash on the scene and on mtvU, yet somehow huge commercial success hasn't intoxicated them just yet.


Fallout Boy (Island Records)

My Chemical Romance (Reprise Records)

Common (Geffen Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

Gorillaz (Virgin 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.


Matisyahu (Or Music/ Epic Records)

The Bravery (Island Def Jam Records)

Paul Wall (Asylum Records/ Atlantic Records)

Motion City Soundtrack (Epitaph Records)

The Decemberists (Kill Rock Stars Records)

Left Field Woodie - (Most Original Artist)

They're genre-busters. They came out of left field and surprised us so much, we'd still have no idea what section of the record store to look for them in. They resist all classification.


Saul Williams (Fader Label Records)

M.I.A. (Xl/Beggars US / Interscope Records)

Matisyahu (Or Music/ Epic Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

MeWithoutYou (Tooth & Nail Records)

Best Video Woodie - Live Action - (Best Live Action Video)

The music video that's so incredible, we'd watch it even without the music.


Death Cab for Cutie - "Title & Registration" (Atlantic/Barsuk Records)

My Chemical Romance - "Helena" (Reprise Records)

Nas & Olu Dara - "Bridging the Gap" (Columbia Records)

Nine Inch Nails - "Only" (Interscope Records)

Jack Johnson - "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" (Universal/ Brushfire Records)

Best Video Woodie - Animated - (Best Animated Video)

The music video that makes all of your favorite Sunday cartoons look foolish.


Aberfeldy - "Love Is An Arrow" (Rough Trade Records)

Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc." (Virgin Records)

Aesop Rock - "Fast Cars" (Definitive Jux Records)

Rilo Kiley - "It's a Hit" (Brute/Beaute/Warner Brothers)

The Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" (Merge Records)

The Good Woodie - (Greatest Social Impact)

The award for the artists whose commitment to a social cause has effected the greatest change this year.


David Banner - Heal The Hood Project

Coldplay - Oxfam International

Common - "Know HIV/AIDS" campaign

U2 - DATA: Debt AIDS Trade Africa

Kanye West - Loop Dreams

Road Woodie - (Best Tour)

For those artists who take to the road and never let up, always giving that memorable live performance.


Muse (Warner Brothers Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

Fallout Boy (Island Records)

Jack Johnson (Universal/ Brushfire Records)

Common (Geffen Records)

International Woodie - (Favorite International Artist Award)

mtvU embraces musicians from all over the world and honors this year's crop including artists from Africa, the UK and more.


Bloc Party (Vice / Atlantic Records)

Muse (Warner Brothers Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

Keane (Interscope Records)

A-kon (SRC/ Universal Records)

Alumni Woodie - (a.k.a. The You're Still OK in our Book Award)

For the artists who've graduated into the wide world of mega-stardom, but who haven't forgotten where they came from. And we're proud to say, "We knew them when ... "


Green Day (Reprise Records)

Common (Geffen Records)

Coldplay (Capitol Records)

Beck (Interscope Records)

Mos Def (Geffen Records)

Streaming Woodie - (Most Downloaded)

It's in your hands - For four weeks, your favorite artists will go toe-to- toe on mtvU.com. You vote your brains out each week and the four artists left standing in the end will battle it out for the Streaming Woodie.


Week 1

Hawthorne Heights - "Ohio Is For Lovers" (Victory Records)

Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc" (Virgin Records)

Usher - "My Boo" (La Face/ Jive Records)

Modest Mouse - "Ocean Breathes Salty" (Epic Records)

Eisley - "Telescope Eyes" (Reprise Records)

Week 2

Aesop Rock - "Fast Cars" (Definitive Jux Records)

Death Cab for Cutie - "Title & Registration" (Atlantic/Barsuk Records)

MeWithoutYou - "January 1979" (Tooth & Nails Records)

Mike Jones - "Still Tippin" (Asylum Records/ Warner Brothers Records)

Straylight Run - "Existentialism On Prom Night" (Victory Records)

Week 3

Taking Back Sunday - "A Decade Under the Influence" (Victory Records)

The Alchemist featuring Nina Sky - "Hold You Down" (Koch Records)

My Chemical Romance - "I'm Not OK (I Promise)" (Reprise Records)

K'naan - "Soobax" (Track 'N Field/Translator.TV Records)

The Unicorns - "Jellybones" (Alien8 Recording)

Week 4

The Afters - "Beautiful Love" (Columbia Records)

Aberfeldy - "Love Is An Arrow" (Rough Trade Records)

Alicia Keys - "Karma" (J-Records)

Matisyahu - "King Without A Crown" (Or Music/ Epic Records)

The Postal Service - "Against All Odds" (Sub Pop Records)

For complete information on the "mtvU Woodie Awards" including programming information, news, details on the nominees, presenters, performers and much more, visit www.mtvU.com.

The second-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" is sponsored by Citicards, Ford College Student Purchase Program, Garnier Fructis and T-Mobile.

Broadcasting to over 730 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of 6.5 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. 24hrs a day, 7days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit www.mtvu.com.

mtvU is part of the Viacom International Inc. family which also owns the MTV Networks programming services MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, Spike TV, CMT and others.

Source: mtvU

CONTACT: David French of MTV/MTV2/mtvU, +1-212-846-6698,
david.french@mtvstaff.com, or Ariana Urbont of MTV/MTV2/mtvU, +1-310-752-8079,

Web site: http://www.mtvu.com/

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