Woodie Award nominees MGK and sister duo Tegan and Sara will co-host next Thursday’s 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards.
Another act has also been added to the show’s performance lineup, “Breaking Woodie” nominees Twenty One Pilots. They’ll join previously announced performers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for the show, which will take place next week during the SXSW Music Festival.
Also performing during the day will be British indie acts Alt-J and Jake Bugg, as well rappers Trinidad James, Travi$ Scott and Joey Bada$$, with the latter christening the first-ever MTV Jams stage at the event. Additional performers will be announced soon.
“This will be our first time at the ’mtvU Woodie Awards,’ so we couldn’t be more excited to be making our debut as co-hosts and nominees for the Tag Team Woodie for our song Body Work with Morgan Page!,” said Tegan and Sara. “Wow! It’s a good thing they got Machine Gun Kelly to step in as our tri-host(?) because no one else would be able to get a word in edgewise. See you in Austin!”
MGK was equally excited, and a bit surprised, at the honor. “I think the first thing we all are thinking is, ’wow, I can’t believe MTV trusted MGK to actually co-host something like this,'” he said. “And then the second thought is, ’f–k yeah MTV for trusting MGK to co-host something like this!!!’ The only thing I’ve ever hosted was parties so it looks like this year will have to be a party!”
Hip-hop is well represented among the nominees
at this year’s Woodies, with MGK, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar leading a pack that also includes Fun., Grimes, Walk the Moon and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes in the coveted Woodie of the Year race.
Woodie Award voting runs through March 14 at 4 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV and mtvU, when we’ll air a half-hour 2013 Woodie Awards special (performers announced at a later date.)
The Woodie Awards Festival will kick off on March 14 in Austin, Texas with a number of live performances by up-and-coming artists at a show open to all SXSW badge holders and music fans over the age of 18. The 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards special will then take over the night beginning at 8 p.m. ET with a host of hardware hand-outs and performances.