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Porter Robinson Nominated Artist Of The Year At MTVu Woodies

No artist arguably had a bigger and better year in 2014 than Porter Robinson. The talented young producer released his highly-anticipated debut artist album, Worlds, which showcased a radical shift and new musical direction for the artist, in addition to embarking on a worldwide live tour. Though Robinson was overlooked by the Grammys, the brilliant producer and his revolutionary Worlds album was nominated for “Artist of the Year” at MTV’s Woodies. Robinson is joined on the “Woodie of the Year” ballet by a diverse and star-studded group of artists, including J. Cole, Run the Jewels, FKA Twins, Charli XCX, and four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith.

Porter Robinson was not the only dance music artist to be nominated at the Woodies, as Kygo got the nod for “Best Emerging Artist,” and Skrillex and his genre-defying performance at the Bonnaroo Superjam was nominated for the “Next Level Performance Woodie,” which honors artists who have found new, creative ways to reach their audience.

The winners will be announced at the MTVu Woodie Festival and Awards ceremony on March 20 at SXSW in Austin. Check out the full list of Woodie nominations below:

Woodie Of The Year (Artist of the Year)

J. Cole
Sam Smith
Charli XCX
Run the Jewels
Porter Robinson
FKA Twigs

Artist to Watch Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)

Years & Years
Rae Sremmurd
James Bay

Best Video Woodie (Best Video of the Year)

Pendulum, FKA Twigs
Sober, Childish Gambino
7/11, Beyoncé
Never Catch Me, Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
Salt, Bad Suns
Down on My Luck, Vic Mensa

Cover Woodie (Best Cover Song)

Drunk in Love, Ed Sheeran, Sia, and Grouplove (covering Beyoncé)
Take Me to Church, Kiesza (covering Hozier)
Don’t Tell ‘Em, Lorde (covering Jeremih)
Shake it Off, Charli XCX (covering Taylor Swift)
Riptide, Taylor Swift (covering Vance Joy)
How Will I Know, Sam Smith (covering Whitney Houston)

Next Level Performance Woodie (Finding New Ways to Reach Audiences)

Drake and Lil Wayne
Created an app that allowed the audience to decide who performed first on their joint tour.

Childish Gambino
Created an app that allowed users to display messages onto his tour stage.

Big Data
Used social media during their performances to acknowledge specific audience members in real time in front of the entire crowd.

Performed in several TV appearances without showing her face by utilizing performance artists and actors to serve as a proxy for her.

Performed Bonnaroo SuperJam session fusing EDM and live instrumentation with numerous surprise guests.

Co-Sign Woodie (Best Collaboration Between Artists)

Heroes (We Could Be), Alesso featuring Tove Lo
All About It, Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran
Take Ü, Jack Ü featuring Kiesza
Arrows, Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tuesday, iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake
Detroit vs. Everybody, Eminem featuring Dej Loaf

College Radio Woodie (Best College Radio Station)

Arizona State University (KASC)
Boston University (WTBU)
Eastern Illinois University (WEIU)
Hofstra University (WRHU)
James Madison University (WXJM)
Loyola University Chicago (WLUW)
Marywood University (WVMW)
St. Edward’s University (Topper Radio)
University of California, Berkeley (KALX)
University of Pittsburg (WPTS)

[H/T: Dancing Astronaut]

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