The Woodies Return to South By Southwest

Get ready to rock 'n' vote.

Hold onto your only partially ironic cowboy hats, kids, as the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards are heading down to Austin, Texas, once more this March during the SXSW Music Festival. Might we get a “yee-haw”?

On Thursday, March 13, MTV’s 24-hour college network mtvU will be packing up and going down South for a full evening of performances and awards, marking the awards show’s tenth year of honoring and showcasing up-and-coming bands and artists.

Last year, the Woodies featured its share of Grammy winners and nominees, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Zedd. Up-and-comers-come-rising-stars like HAIM, twenty one pilots and Jake Bugg also took the stage.

At the time, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis chatted with Buzzworthy about “Same Love,” revealing that they had not yet played the jam at a gay wedding — although there was demand.

“We have had no time to perform at any gay weddings,” Macklemore said. “But I’m down to perform ‘Same Love’ at a gay wedding. That would be awesome.”

Well, what a difference a year makes; the duo hosted a mass wedding with couples at of all ilks at this year’s Grammy Awards.

twenty one pilots also had a touch of the psychic to them when they chatted with Buzzworthy pre-awards show. They offered up some advice to the currently embattled Justin Bieber: “Less camo pants and more plain colors.” Very sage.

Although we’re sure that many such moments are in store come March, this year’s lineup is currently being kept hush-hush. Still, fans can get their calendars ready by marking down the open-air “mtvU Woodie Awards Festival” on their SXSW agendas.

Doors open at 3:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 13, at Red River and 1st Street in downtown Austin. The show will be open to all badge holders and folks over 18. Entrance into the “2014 mtvU Woodie Awards” and Festival is free, with an online RSVP available at a later date.

Performances will culminate in the main event — the awards show — which will air on Sunday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on mtvU. Nominees will also be announced at a later date. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were also among last year’s winners, taking home the Woodie for “Branching Out.”

Who do you want to see take the Woodies stage this year? Who do you think will clean up on prizes? Does this cowboy hat actually look good? All this and more will be revealed in the coming months.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter for news on cats and punk bands.
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