mtvU Woodie Awards Returning To Austin, Texas

Half-hour '2013 Woodie Awards' special to air on March 17.

They do everything bigger in Texas, which is why the mtvU Woodie Awards are returning to the Lone Star State in March for another run in Austin.

The 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards and festival will ride into Austin for a full day of performances on March 14 during the annual South By Southwest Music Festival with an as-yet-unannounced roster of artists.

The annual musical moment of truth honors the artists who are infiltrating the music landscape, and MTV and mtvU will air a half-hour "2013 Woodie Awards" special on Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. mtvU will announce nominees and performers at a later date.

The awards show, which pays homage to the best emerging acts on campus, will include four nominees selected and then profiled on The audience will get to vote for their favorite, with the band or artist with the most votes getting a chance to travel to Austin to kick off a day of incredible performances as they play the opening set at the Woodies Festival. They'll also get their very own chunk of wood in a new Woodie Awards category.

More details on this new category will be announced soon, but interested college musicians can send their name, contact info and links to their videos to:

The ninth annual Woodie Awards will kick off on Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. CT with a host of live performances by up-and-coming artists during the open-air Woodie Awards Festival. The festival, open to all SXSW badge holders and music fans over 18, will lead up to the awards show, which will start at 8 p.m. CT.

mtvU will air the best moments from the awards show on March 17, at 8 p.m. during the half-hour "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Special." A host and celebrity line-up for the special will be announced soon.

Last year's show included performances from Santigold, Steve Aoki and Mac Miller, as well as wins for Mac, MGK, Best Coast and Calvin Harris.

No matter who is nominated, they will join an illustrious roster of past Woodie winners and performers who've gone on to the big time after appearing on the show. Among them: The Killers (Breaking Woodie '04), Death Cab for Cutie (Best Video Woodie '05), Muse (Performing Woodie '07), Gym Class Heroes (Woodie of the Year '07), Lupe Fiasco (performed at Woodies '07), Paramore (Woodie of the Year '08), Wiz Khalifa (Woodie of the Year '11) and Mac Miller (Woodie of Year and Performing Woodie '12).