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Tegan & Sara, Machine Gun Kelly Host the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Tonight

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MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, announced today that twin sister indie pop sensations Tegan And Sara will co-host the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards with Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly. Additionally, 2013 mtvU Breaking Woodie nominee twenty one pilots will join the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards line-up alongside previously announced Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in Austin, Texas tonight, March 14 during the SXSW Music Festival.

HAIM and Timeflies will take the stage during the mtvU Woodie Awards Festival leading into the Woodie Awards that evening, along with previously announced Festival artists include Breaking Woodie nominee Alt-J, Jake Bugg, and Jams Stage performers Trinidad Jame$, Travi$ Scott, and Joey Bada$$. MTV and mtvU will air a half-hour "2013 Woodie Awards Special" on Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. mtvU will announce additional performers at a later date.

2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Hosts
In addition to performing at the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Festival, Machine Gun Kelly also took home a chunk of wood for the Breaking Woodie category that year. This year, he's back as a co-host of the Award show, and as a nominee for the Woodie of the Year. He will join co-hosts and twin sisters from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Tegan and Sara, who are nominated for the Tag Team Woodie for their collaboration with Morgan Page for Body Work. The duo, who recently released their 7th studio album, Heartthrob, has a unique ability to bridge pop and indie worlds, allowing their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre. Internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers and artists, they've played countless festivals around the world including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits.

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! 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!" said Tegan and Sara.

"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' and then the second thought is, 'f*ck 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! AND we're nominated this year for the biggest award, there is a lot to be excited about. Lace up Woodies!" said Machine Gun Kelly.

2013 mtvU Woodie Awards - starting at 7:20 p.m. CT on March 14 in Austin, Texas
One of MTV's 2013 Artists to Watch, twenty one pilots will join previously announced performers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on the "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards" line-up. Members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have earned widespread acclaim for their energetic live sets and distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift. twenty one pilots Built a fervent national following through their electrifying live performances at headline shows and tours. The band made its Fueled By Ramen debut with their highly anticipated full-length album titled "Vessel" available now.

2013 mtvU Woodies Festival - doors open at 1:30 p.m. CT on March 14 in Austin, Texas
HAIM and Timeflies are the latest performers added to the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Festival. Previously announced Festival performers include Alt-J, Jake Bugg, and MTV Jams Stage artists including Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, and Travi$ Scott.

HAIM is from the San Fernando Valley and consists of three sisters (Este, Danielle, and Alana) who grew up playing classic rock songs with their parents in a family band, called Rockinhaim. Over the past few years, the band has toured with Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons Ke$ha, Julian Casablancas and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros among many others. Last summer, HAIM released a three song EP titled "Forever," which is also the title track on the record. HAIM's debut album is set for release in summer of 2013. Timeflies duo Rob "Rez" Resnick and Cal Shapiro started the band in 2010 and in September 2011 they released their first debut album,"The Scotch Tape. They're known for their remixes, performing live covers, freestyling and original beats. Their second album will be released in Spring/Summer 2013.

The Woodies Festival and Award Show
To harness the power of live music, MTV and mtvU are touching down in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The day will begin at 1:30 p.m. CT with a host of live performances by up-and-coming artists during the open-air "Woodie Awards Festival," which will feature two stages: the "Festival" stage, and the "MTV Jams" stage. Open to all SXSW badge holders and music fans over the age of 18, the performances will lead up to the "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards," which will take-over the Festival beginning just past 7:00 p.m. CT on March 14, 2013. Music fans without SXSW badges will need a "Woodies" ticket for entry. Tickets are free and available in the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, March 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the top of the Rotunda stairs.

On Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, mtvU will bring the best moments from the show to MTV and mtvU in the half-hour "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Special." The hosted special will showcase some of the best "Woodie Awards" performances and celebrate the artists who are walking away with Awards this year. Additionally, the biggest celebrities, comedians and artists will join the special to give a nod to their favorite artists.

The ninth annual Woodie Awards promise to be an Unforgettable night of music and performances. The "mtvU Woodie Awards" originate from the indie tradition of giving a wooden record to those artists who generate a passionate response to their music. 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), Death Cab for Cutie (Best Video Woodie '05), Muse (Performing Woodie '07), Gym Class Heroes (Woodie of the Year '07), Lupe Fiasco (performed at Woodies '07), Paramore (Woodie of the Year '08), Kings of Leon (Woodie of the Year '09), Vampire Weekend (performed at '09 Woodies), Matt & Kim (Best Video Woodie '09), Wiz Khalifa (Woodie of the Year '11), Odd Future (performed at '11 Woodies), MGK (Breaking Woodie '12) and Mac Miller (Woodie of Year and Performing Woodie '12).

Official sponsors of the "Woodie Awards Festival" and "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards" include Chevrolet, Doritos, Express, The Hershey Company, Outlook.com, Pepsi, and Taco Bell.

Eric Conte, Amy Doyle and Gina Esposito are the Executive Producers of the "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards." Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production. Produced by Tracy Hellerud.

About mtvU:
Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses and via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches nearly 9 million U.S. college students - making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S., as well as on cable systems from Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Suddenlink Communications, AT&T u-Verse and nearly 70 others. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on the campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can't be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change. mtvU is always on campus, with hundreds of events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit www.mtvU.com.

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