Iggy Azalea to Perform at 2014 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS, 3/13
mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, today announced that 2014 "Best Video Woodie" nominee Iggy Azalea will perform her hit "Fancy" along with special guest Charli XCX, at the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" on Thursday, March 13, joining previously announced performers Childish Gambino and The 1975. Additionally, "Breaking Woodie" and "Cover Woodie" nominee Sam Smith, American Authors, London Grammar and Wild Cub are all slated to grace the Woodies stage at the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards Festival," which starts at 3:00 p.m. on March 13 and will lead into the awards portion of the evening. The artists join Bleachers and Vic Mensa as Woodie Awards Festival performers. MTV and mtvU will air the half-hour "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" special, celebrating award winners and showcasing some of the best performances from the Woodies on Sunday, March 16 at 8:00p.m. ET/PT. Woodie Award voting is currently open at Woodies.MTV.com.
"I'm a Woodie nominee!, exclaimed Iggy Azalea. "Yeay! I'm so excited to perform on that stage alongside some great artists. It's gonna be FANCY."
"We all grew up watching MTV and looking up to the artists who win Woodie Awards, said Zac Barnett of the American Authors. "So the fact that we get to be a part of the performance aspect now is really exciting!"
"We are massively excited to be involved with the Woodies this year. Not only because of the incredible list of bands that has preceded us, but because of the amazingly talented people we'll share the stage with this year," said Wild Cub singer/guitarist Keegan DeWitt. "It's a total honor to be part of that and we're looking forward to it."
Rapper and MTV Artist to Watch Iggy Azalea, who was raised in rural Australia, has been touted as one of the most promising MCs with cosigns not only from King of the South T.I.. but also from rap royalty like Dr. Dre to Snoop Dogg. In 2012, she became the first ever woman to be named to XXL's "Freshman List." Following her Woodie Awards performance, she will release her debut album, "The New Classic" on April 15. The album includes past singles "Work," "Fancy" and "Change Your Life."
21-year old UK singer Sam Smith blazed into 2014 as the first and only male winner of the esteemed BRITs Critic's Choice Award as well as BBC Sound of 2014 prize. His highly anticipated debut, In The Lonely Hour, is due June 2014 (Capitol Records), yet his Nirvana EP has set the tone and propelled him onto countless "Ones to Watch 2014" lists. Smith is also nominated for both a "Breaking Woodie" award and a "Cover Woodie" award. Check out the list of the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" nominees here.
Set to perform live on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" one day before they hit the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" stage, Brooklyn alt rock band American Authors is made up of Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums). The four first met while attending the Berklee College of Music, though the quartet eventually dropped out to form the band.
The New York Times deemed Wild Cub's debut album Youth "infectious," while Entertainment Weekly recommended lead single "Thunder Clatter" as "clattering joyful noise." A debut TV performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and additional press coverage from Billboard, Alternative Press, Paste, and MAGNET brought increased awareness, and the band's electrifying live show has established Wild Cub as a force.
London Grammar's d?but album If You Wait was released digitally on September 9th and will be released physically on March 25th in the U.S., which includes three bonus tracks. Their current single 'Strong' is burning up at AAA radio and the band begins their US Tour on March 17th in Houston, TX.
About the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards and Festival
To harness the power of live music, MTV and mtvU will kick off the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" with a host of performances by up-and-coming artists, including Sam Smith, American Authors, London Grammar, Wild Cub, Bleachers and Vic Mensa, during the open-air "mtvU Woodie Awards Festival," with doors opening at 3:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Red River and 1st Street in downtown Austin. The "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards," will take-over the Festival beginning at 8:00 p.m. CT with performances from "Did it My Way Woodie" nominee Childish Gambino and "Breaking Woodie" nominee The 1975. Entrance into the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" and Festival is free, with an online RSVP available at woodiesrsvp.com
The 10th annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" promises to be an unforgettable night of music and performances. The show was established in 2004 and has since propelled numerous recognized acts to the next level of their careers - including surging record sales, headlining tours and mainstream acclaim. Examples include: The Killers (Breaking Woodie '04), N.E.R.D. (Left Field Woodie '04), Death Cab for Cutie (Best Video Woodie '05), Fall Out Boy (Road Woodie '05), 30 Seconds to Mars (Best Video Woodie - Live Action '06) Muse (Performing Woodie '07), Lupe Fiasco (performed at Woodies '07), Vampire Weekend (performed at '08 Woodies), Kings of Leon (Woodie of the Year '09), Jack White (performed at '09 Woodies with the Dead Weather), Rick Ross (performed at '09 Woodies), Matt & Kim (Best Video Woodie '09), Wiz Khalifa (Woodie of the Year '11), Odd Future (performed at '11 Woodies), Sleigh Bells (performed at '11 Woodies) MGK (Breaking Woodie '12), Mac Miller (Woodie of Year and Performing Woodie '12), Zedd (performed a
t '13 Woodies) and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Branching Out Woodie '13).
Official sponsors of the "mtvU Woodie Awards Festival" and "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards" include Chevrolet, Pepsi(R), Reese's(R) Peanut Butter Cups, Taco Bell and U.S. Army.
Eric Conte, Amy Doyle, Gina Esposito and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers of the "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards." Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production.
For more information, visit Woodies.MTV.com.
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