Drake, Kings Of Leon, Kid Cudi Lead 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards Nominees

Voting begins today for awards honoring the biggest acts in the college music scene.

Hotly tipped Canadian MCs? Check. Hard-charging Southern-rock royalty? Yep. Animal Collective? You bet. The nominations for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards are in, and, well, let’s just say it’s a pretty diverse field.

Chosen by college students and music fans across the country, the noms for the sixth-annual Woodies span the spectrum, with big-name acts like Drake and the Kings of Leon going head-to-head with lesser-known bands like La Roux, Grizzly Bear and, yes, even Animal Collective for the coveted big hunk of wood.

Drake and KOL face off against Asher Roth, MGMT and the Silversun Pickups for the night’s biggest award — Woodie of the Year — given to the artist who made the biggest splash on mtvU and the college music scene over the past year. Grizzly Bear and La Roux are both up for the Breaking Woodie (given to the year’s best emerging artist), along with Wale, Friendly Fires, Passion Pit and Never Shout Never. Animal Collective will battle Green Day, Phoenix, 3OH!3 and POS in the Performing Woodie category, given to the year’s best live act.

Needless to say, this ain’t the Grammys.

The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards will be held November 18 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, with performances and appearances to be announced shortly (in previous years, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, All Time Low and Santigold — to name just a few — have taken the stage). The show will then premiere Friday, December 4, at 10 p.m. ET on mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia.

Voting in all categories begins Monday (October 5) at Woodies.MTV.com and runs through November 16.

The nominees for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards are:

Woodie of the Year
Asher Roth
Kings of Leon
Silversun Pickups

The Breaking Woodie
Grizzly Bear
Never Shout Never
La Roux
Friendly Fires
Passion Pit

Left Field Woodie
Amanda Blank
Janelle Monáe
Major Lazer

Jay Reatard
Tech N9ne

Best Video Woodie
Matt & Kim, “Lessons Learned”
Dead Weather, “Treat Me Like Your Mother”
Death Cab for Cutie, “Grapevine Fires”
Anjulie, “Boom”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Heads Will Roll”
Kid Cudi, “Day N Nite”

Performing Woodie
Green Day
Animal Collective

The Good Woodie (Given to the artist with the greatest social impact)
John Legend, Show Me Campaign
Wyclef Jean, Yele Haiti
Kenna, PlayPumps
Jamie Tworkowski, To Write Love on Her Arms
Ra Ra Riot, John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation
Alicia Keys, Keep a Child Alive/ AIDS activism