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Porter Robinson Nominated for Artist of the Year at the MTVu Woodies

Producer-auteur Porter Robinson had an impressive 2014. An ambitious album, an even more ambitious tour, Robinson’s past 12 months have been a highlight reel of career-defining moments. Although The Grammys failed to acknowledge Porter or his paradigm-shifting ‘Worlds,’ MTV’s Woodies has given the young producer a proper nod as one of the year’s best artists. Porter is in contention for Artist of the Year against an eclectic and star-studded roster of talent that includes J. Cole, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Run the Jewels, and FKA Twigs.

Kygo also earns a nod for Best Emerging Artist, while Skrillex’s Superjam at Bonnaroo is nominated for a Next Level Performance Woodie, an award that acknowledges artists who have found new ways to reach their audience.

The MTVu Woodie Festival and Awards ceremony will be held in Austin at SXSW, Friday March 20th.

Woodie Of The Year (Artist of the Year)

J. Cole
Sam Smith
Charli XCX
Run the Jewels
Porter Robinson
FKA Twigs

Artist to Watch Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)

Years & Years
Rae Sremmurd
James Bay

Best Video Woodie (Best Video of the Year)

Pendulum, FKA Twigs
Sober, Childish Gambino
7/11, Beyoncé
Never Catch Me, Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
Salt, Bad Suns
Down on My Luck, Vic Mensa

Cover Woodie (Best Cover Song)

Drunk in Love, Ed Sheeran, Sia, and Grouplove (covering Beyoncé)
Take Me to Church, Kiesza (covering Hozier)
Don’t Tell ‘Em, Lorde (covering Jeremih)
Shake it Off, Charli XCX (covering Taylor Swift)
Riptide, Taylor Swift (covering Vance Joy)
How Will I Know, Sam Smith (covering Whitney Houston)

Next Level Performance Woodie (Finding New Ways to Reach Audiences)

Drake and Lil Wayne

Created an app that allowed the audience to decide who performed first on their joint tour.
Childish Gambino

Created an app that allowed users to display messages onto his tour stage.
Big Data

Used social media during their performances to acknowledge specific audience members in real time in front of the entire crowd.

Performed in several TV appearances without showing her face by utilizing performance artists and actors to serve as a proxy for her.

Performed Bonnaroo SuperJam session fusing EDM and live instrumentation with numerous surprise guests.
Co-Sign Woodie (Best Collaboration Between Artists)

Heroes (We Could Be), Alesso featuring Tove Lo
All About It, Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran
Take Ü, Jack Ü featuring Kiesza
Arrows, Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tuesday, iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake
Detroit vs. Everybody, Eminem featuring Dej Loaf

College Radio Woodie (Best College Radio Station)

Arizona State University (KASC)
Boston University (WTBU)
Eastern Illinois University (WEIU)
Hofstra University (WRHU)
James Madison University (WXJM)
Loyola University Chicago (WLUW)
Marywood University (WVMW)
St. Edward’s University (Topper Radio)
University of California, Berkeley (KALX)
University of Pittsburg (WPTS)

H/T: Andrew Spada (Dancing Astronaut)

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