Kanye West, Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa Lead 2011 Woodie Award Nominees
By now, Kanye West has taken home just about every award possible, or at least stormed the stage at every awards show imaginable if he hasn't. But he's never won a Woodie, the hunk of lumber handed out annually by MTV's 24-hour college network mtvU -- though March 16, that might finally change.
Because West -- along with the likes of the Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Mumford & Sons -- has just been announced as a nominee for the 2011 Woodie Awards, which will air live from Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival.
West is nominated for the "Left Field Woodie," handed out to the year's "most original artist." He'll face off against Die Antwoord, Lil B, Yelawolf and Das Racist for the hardware.
And West isn't the only big name up for some wood. The Black Keys lead the pack with a pair of nominations: They'll face off against B.o.B, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Wiz Khalifa for "Woodie of the Year" (given to the year's best artist), and their "Tighten Up" clip is up for "Best Video Woodie," competing against Vampire Weekend's "Giving Up the Gun," Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand," Gorillaz's "Stylo" and Chiddy Bang's "Opposite of Adults."
"We are excited to be nominated for the 'Woodie Awards' and are super stoked that MTV has been so supportive of our videos," Black Keys drummer Patrick said.
In other categories, the National, Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, Robyn and Mumford & Sons square off for the "Performing Woodie," honoring the year's best tour, and up-and-comers Local Natives, Sleigh Bells, Dev, Wavves and Two Door Cinema Club go head-to-head for the "Breaking Woodie," for the year's top emerging artist.
"We couldn't ask for a better category to be nominated in," Matt & Kim said about their nod. "Playing live is what this band is built on. And the nomination isn't just for us. It proves our audience is the best, funnest and wildest party animals out there."
As in previous years, all the winners will be determined by you.
Voting in all categories for the 7th annual Woodie Awards opens Tuesday (February 1) at Woodies.MTV.com,
and runs through March 1. Voting for the "Breaking Woodie" award will continue all the way up until the show.
Previous Woodie winners include the Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Gym Class Heroes and Paramore. Performers and presenters for this year's show will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards will air live March 16 at midnight ET/PT on MTV, mtvU and MTV2.