It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!
There are already some upsets brewing in the second round of MTV’s Musical March Madness tournament, and we have only opened up the voting on one region of the bracket. Today we take a look at the wild, wild West, which features four absolutely massive showdowns between some of the top-selling bands in the rock world.
Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Sunday, March 27 at midnight. As always, you can follow all the voting here.
(1) 30 Seconds to Mars vs. (8) Pearl Jam
In the first round, Yellowcard put up a good fight but were ultimately no match for the power of 30 Seconds to Mars (and the considerable participation of both the band members and the Echelon). They’ll be taking on a very game Pearl Jam team in round two. Pearl Jam went blow for blow with Train for a while in round one, but ultimately they built a solid lead and held on to it for the duration of the voting. Can they mount a similar offense, or will Jared Leto’s band power their way into the Sweet 16? Only your votes can determine the winner!
Watch the breakdown of the first round and a preview of round two!
Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.