2009 mtvU Woodie Award Nominations: Animal Collective Vs. 3OH!3

mtvU is the college-dorm targeted branch of Viacom’s pop-cultural giving tree. While most of its boughs are wilting when it comes to recognizing relevant music, this university-centric twig at least maintains some semblance of staying evergreen, if only because their demographic roots turn over almost as quickly as tastes and trends tend to. So, and this is the last word I’ll use to pummel this metaphor, welcome to the Woodies: an award show that’s suitably schizophrenic, occasionally amusing, and at the very least, a peek into one network’s idea of what makes for collegiate taste. Some of the category nominations makes sense, like having college-rap clown Asher Roth up against other scene standouts like MGMT, Kings Of Leon, and Silversun Pickups for the grand prize Woodie Of The Year. Or pitting Phoenix and Animal Collective against each other in the best live act category. But there are plenty of headscratchers (Passion Pit in the breaking-artist category against … Grizzly Bear. Huh?) and a bunch of bands you’ve never heard of. So peruse this list, which also has nods to Jay Reatard, Major Lazer, Amanda Blank, and YYYs, if only to know what Viacom thinks the kids are into:

Via mtv.com:

Woodie of the Year

  • Asher Roth
  • ?Kings of Leon
  • ?Drake
  • ?MGMT
  • ?Silversun Pickups

The Breaking Woodie

  • ?Grizzly Bear?
  • Never Shout Never?Wale?
  • La Roux
  • ?Friendly Fires
  • ?Passion Pit

Left Field Woodie

  • ?Amanda Blank
  • ?Janelle Monáe
  • ?Major Lazer?
  • Jay Reatard?
  • Tech N9ne

Best Video Woodie

  • ?Matt & Kim, “Lessons Learned”
  • ?Dead Weather, “Treat Me Like Your Mother”
  • ?Death Cab for Cutie, “Grapevine Fires”
  • ?Anjulie, “Boom”
  • ?Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Heads Will Roll”
  • ?Kid Cudi, “Day N Nite”

Performing Woodie

  • ?Green Day
  • ?Phoenix
  • ?3OH!3
  • ?Animal Collective
  • ?POS

The Good Woodie (Social Impact Award)

  • ?John Legend, Show Me Campaign?
  • Wyclef Jean, Yele Haiti
  • ?Kenna, PlayPumps?
  • Jamie Tworkowski, To Write Love on Her Arms?
  • Ra Ra Riot, John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation?
  • Alicia Keys, Keep a Child Alive/ AIDS activism

The Woodies will be taped at Roseland Ballroom on 11/18 with an air date of Friday 12/4 at 10 p.m. ET on mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia. One time I went Spank Rock invaded the blogger cage and started drinking liquor out of a girl’s stiletto before getting kicked out, which is precisely why Spank Rock should be invited to all of your parties.