GALLERY: mtvU Woodies highlight biggest acts among college students
By Cara Smith March 21, 2015
Misterwives lead vocalist Mandy Lee gave a soulful performance and flexed her incredible vocal range before the mtvU Woodie Awards. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Woodies host and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff opened the show with an “impromptu” acoustic medley of Drake, Bleachers and other popular songs. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump donned his now-signature newsboy hat during his band’s electrifying performance at the mtvU Woodies. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Misterwives bass guitarist William Hehir rocked some untraditional garb during the band’s rainy performance before the mtvU Woodie Awards. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Big Sean took the last show of the night at the mtvU Woodies, emerging from a rolling cloud of smoke and performing hits like “Blessings” and “I Don’t **** With You.” | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd rapped his 19-year-old heart out as he performed “No Flex Zone” at the mtvU Woodies. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Ellar Coltrane of “Boyhood” and Marina Lambrini Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds presented at the mtvU Woodies. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
Right before he sprinted off the stage and jumped into the first front rows at the mtvU Woodies, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz rocked on amidst professions of love from the crowd. | Cara Smith/The Cougar
AUSTIN — Celebrating the culture of experimentation and musical discovery during college, the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards stole some of the South by Southwest music festival crowd during its Friday night taping on South Congress Boulevard in Austin.
Hundreds of college students and SXSW music attendees packed the reserve off South Congress to attend the taping, where they enjoyed free barbecue sliders, cocktails, beer and other entertainment in addition to the show. The awards show, hosted by Bleachers frontman and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, highlighted music voted on exclusively by college students. Among this year’s performers were James Bay, Misterwives and Big Sean.
Last year’s winners included Drake, Ed Sheeran and Skrillex. The mtvU Woodies aired last night on mtvU and MTV at 8 p.m. central. The entire show is available on-demand here.