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JACK ANTONOFF OF BLEACHERS TO HOST “2015 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS” LIVE ON MTV FRIDAY, MARCH 20 FROM SXSWhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/JACK-ANTONOFF-OF-BLEACHERS-TO-HOST-2015-mtvU-WOODIE-AWARDS-LIVE-ON-MTV-FRIDAY-MARCH-20-FROM-SXSW.aspxJACK ANTONOFF OF BLEACHERS TO HOST “2015 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS” LIVE ON MTV FRIDAY, MARCH 20 FROM SXSWGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e1;GP0|#b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0;L0|#0b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0|MTVu3/5/2015 8:00:00 AM<p>​​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Emerging U.K. Trio Years & Years to Make U.S. TV Debut as Woodie Awards Performers</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><br>Wiz Khalifa, Zoe Kravitz, Tove Lo, Action Bronson, The Fat Jew and Marina & The Diamonds to Present Awards</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>New York, NY (March 5, 2015)</strong> – <a href="http://www.mtvu.com/">mtvU</a>, MTV's 24-hour college network, today announced that two-time Grammy Award-winning musician <strong>Jack Antonoff</strong> will host the <strong>"</strong><strong>2015 mtvU Woodie Awards,</strong>" which airs live on MTV <strong>Friday, March 20</strong> at <strong>9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT </strong>from the 2015 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Antonoff will be making his third appearance on the Woodies stage, having previously performed with his bands Fun. and Bleachers at the "MTV Woodie Awards Festival." Additionally, emerging London electro-pop trio and Woodie Award nominee <a href="http://yearsandyearsofficial.com/"><strong>Years & Years</strong></a> will make its U.S. television debut in a live performance at the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards." The group joins <strong>Big Sean</strong> as the announced performers for the show.<br><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br>Joining Antonoff and Years & Years on the Woodie Awards stage will be awards presenters </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Wiz Khalifa</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Zoe Kravitz</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Tove Lo</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Action Bronson</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">, </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">The</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Fat Jew</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> and </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Marina & The Diamonds</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">. Additional "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br>"It means a great deal to me to be hosting the Woodies because Fun. played the Woodies before we had any success and the same for Bleachers last year," </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">said Antonoff</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">. "It's been a platform for the two bands I've most recently been a part of to really go somewhere. I couldn't be more excited to come back and host the show."</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br>"We're so excited to be playing the mtvU Woodie Awards as one of their 'Artist to Watch' nominees," </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;">said Years & Years.</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;"> "It's been a really incredible start to the year for us and we're very, very grateful for MTV's support." </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Antonoff's latest musical endeavor, <strong>Bleachers, </strong>released the debut album "Strange Desire" on RCA Records this past July with the first single "I Wanna Get Better" quickly rising to No. 1 on the alt radio chart. USA Today called the album,<em> "</em>full of hooks and full of heart" and Stereogum declared it "triumphant." This past year, Antonoff also collaborated with Taylor Swift co-writing and producing her chart topping hit "Out of the Woods" along with two other tracks from her No. 1 album <em>1989</em>. Currently, Bleachers' second single "Rollercoaster" is at No. 4 at alt radio and the "Bleachers Come Alive!" tour is fully underway.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Formed in London, Years & Years consists of bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen, and vocalist Olly Alexander. The band recently released their U.S. debut <em>Y&Y EP</em> on Interscope Records and performed their first U.S. show to a sold out crowd at Brooklyn's Rough Trade, with a forthcoming West Coast tour having already sold out. Years & Years also won the prestigious BBC "Sound of 2015" Poll, an annual list that has a history of predicting chart-topping acts since 2003. The band joins such previous winners as Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, HAIM, and Jessie J. Their song "King" recently hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>As previously announced, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2015/woodie-of-the-year/">"2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" nominees</a> will vie for the chunks of wood during<strong> </strong>a 60-minute special in primetime on MTV. The hour-long show will feature epic performances and appearances by some of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking artists – from headliners to the underground – while honoring those who made the biggest impact in music over the past year. This year's nominees include Drake, Sia, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, FKA twigs, Raury and Childish Gambino. Woodie Award voting is currently open at <a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/">Woodies.MTV.com</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The "MTV Woodies Festival" and "mtvU Woodie Awards"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kicking off the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" will be the "MTV Woodies Festival," an all-day party with performances from the hottest new names in music. Festival doors open at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 305 South Congress Avenue in Austin and performances will be live streamed on Woodies.MTV.com starting at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT. The "MTV Woodies Festival" will lead up to the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards," which takeover the festival beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Entrance into the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" and festival is free, with an online RSVP available at a later date.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "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: <strong>The Killers</strong> (Breaking Woodie '04), <strong>N.E.R.D.</strong> (Left Field Woodie '04), <strong>Death Cab for Cutie </strong>(Best Video Woodie '05), <strong>Fall Out Boy</strong> (Road Woodie '05), <strong>30 Seconds to Mars</strong> (Best Video Woodie – Live Action '06) <strong>Muse </strong>(Performing Woodie '07), <strong>Lupe Fiasco</strong> (performed at Woodies '07), <strong>Vampire Weekend </strong>(performed at '08 Woodies), <strong>Kings of Leon </strong>(Woodie of the Year '09), <strong>Jack White </strong>(performed at '09 Woodies with the Dead Weather),<strong> Rick Ross </strong>(performed at '09 Woodies), <strong>Matt & Kim </strong>(Best Video Woodie '09),<strong> Wiz Khalifa </strong>(Woodie of the Year '11), <strong>Odd Future</strong> (performed at '11 Woodies), <strong>Sleigh Bells</strong> (performed at '11 Woodies) <strong>MGK</strong> (Breaking Woodie '12), <strong>Mac Miller</strong> (Woodie of Year and Performing Woodie '12), <strong>Zedd</strong> (performed at '13 Woodies), <strong>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</strong> (Branching Out Woodie '13) and <strong>Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX</strong> (performed at '14 Woodies).</p><p><strong><br>Note to Press:</strong> To apply for "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" and Festival press credentials, please visit <a href="/sites/mtvpress/woodieawards">MTVPress.com</a> by March 11, 2015. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Official sponsors of the "MTV Woodies Festival" and "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" include CLEAN & CLEAR<sup>®</sup>, <em>ICE BREAKERS</em> Mints, Pepsi<sup>®</sup>, Taco Bell<sup>®</sup> and U.S. Army.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Ryan Kroft, Amy Doyle, Gina Esposito and Jesse Ignatovic are the Executive Producers of the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards," with Andria Parides acting as supervising producer. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>For more information, visit <a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/">Woodies.MTV.com</a> or <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">MTVPress.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About mtvU</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than 8 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 airs 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 <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=dq1SVL2quEyERe3y9sDS2JZfu4Ti4NAIo0z2gUS9nFQ2ax3bO_fKp6-HD1kfYAO-ddcTQcIAnag.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com/">www.mtvU.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">​###</p>
BAD ASS CHICKS, ALIENS, ANTI-HEROES AND WASHBOARD ABS TO VIE FOR THE GOLDEN POPCORN AS MTV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE “2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS”http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/2015-MTV-Movie-Awards-Nominations.aspxBAD ASS CHICKS, ALIENS, ANTI-HEROES AND WASHBOARD ABS TO VIE FOR THE GOLDEN POPCORN AS MTV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE “2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS”GP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e13/4/2015 8:00:00 AM<p>​<strong>Channing Tatum, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Zac Efron, Ansel Elgort, Scarlett Johansson, Rosamund Pike, Dylan O'Brien and More Receive Multiple Nods </strong></p><p><strong> </strong><strong>Fan Voting Begins Today at MovieAwards.MTV.com</strong></p><p><strong>"2015 MTV Movie Awards" Hosted by Amy Schumer Will Air Live Sunday, April 12</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> at 8:00 PM ET/PT from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>NEW YORK, NY (March 4, 2015)</strong> – <a href="http://www.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MTV</span></a> today revealed the nominees for the "<a href="file://ad.viacom.com/dept/mtv_press/SPECIALS/Movie%20Awards/Movie2015/Press%20Releases/movieawards.mtv.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">2015 MTV Movie Awards</span></a>,"<strong> </strong>setting the stage for an epic battle at the only awards show where <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> will go head-to-head with an <em>American Sniper</em> and fierce females, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson will face off for the coveted golden popcorn. Beginning today, fans can cast their votes for their favorites at <a href="http://www.movieawards.mtv.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.MovieAwards.MTV.com</span></a> through Saturday, April 11. Voting for "Movie of the Year" will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Hosted by none other than Amy Schumer, the telecast will air LIVE on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's nominees span every film genre from dystopian universes (<em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1</em> and <em>The Maze Runner</em>) to heart-felt coming of age stories (<em>The Fault In Our Stars</em> and <em>Boyhood</em>), out-of-this-world comedies (<em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>, <em>Neighbors</em>, <em>The Interview</em>, <em>The Wedding Ringer</em> and <em>Top Five</em>), real-life heroes (<em>Selma</em> and <em>American Sniper</em>) and more. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Fans will witness epic match-ups between the likes of Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt taking on funny-men Chris Rock and Kevin Hart for "Best Comedic Performance," Rosario Dawson battling it out with Jason Sudeikis, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen for "Best WTF Moment," Meryl Streep and J.K. Simmons vying for "Best Villain" and Zac Efron defending his 2014 title for "Best Shirtless Performance" against the beautiful Kate Upton and teen heartthrob Ansel Elgort. Additional nominees include: Reese Witherspoon, David Oyelowo, Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan O'Brien, Emma Stone, Chris Pratt, Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Rosamund Pike, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and many more. </p><p><strong>THE NOMINEES FOR THE "2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS" ARE:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>MOVIE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY GEICO® </strong></span></p><ul><li><strong><em>American Sniper</em></strong><strong> </strong>(Warner Bros.)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: Clint Eastwood</li><li>Producers: Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz, Peter Morgan</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part</em></strong><strong> </strong><strong><em>1</em></strong><strong> </strong>(Lionsgate)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: Francis Lawrence</li><li>Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em></strong><strong> </strong>(Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: James Gunn</li><li>Producers: Kevin Feige</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>Gone Girl</em></strong><strong> </strong>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation) </li></ul><ul><li>Director: David Fincher</li><li>Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Joshua Donen, Arnon Milchan, Reese Witherspoon</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>The Fault in Our Stars</em></strong><strong> </strong>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: Josh Boone</li><li>Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>Boyhood</em></strong><strong> </strong>(IFC Films)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: Richard Linklater</li><li>Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>Whiplash</em></strong><em> </em>(Sony Pictures Classics)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: Damien Chazelle</li><li>Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak</li></ul><ul><li><strong><em>Selma</em></strong><strong> </strong>(Paramount Pictures)</li></ul><ul><li>Director: Ava DuVernay</li><li>Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE</strong></span></p><ul><li>Jennifer Lawrence - <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 </em>(Lionsgate)<em> </em></li><li>Emma Stone –<em> Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)</em> (Fox Searchlight Pictures)</li><li>Shailene Woodley- <em>The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Reese Witherspoon-<em> Wild </em>(Fox Searchlight Pictures)</li><li>Scarlett Johansson <em>– Lucy</em> (Universal Pictures)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST MALE PERFORMANCE</strong></span></p><ul><li>Bradley Cooper – <em>American Sniper</em> (Warner Bros.)</li><li>Chris Pratt – <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>Ansel Elgort – <em>The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Miles Teller –<em> Whiplash</em> (Sony Pictures Classic)</li><li>Channing Tatum – <em>Foxcatcher</em> (Sony Pictures Classic)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE</strong></span></p><ul><li>Rosamund Pike – <em>Gone Girl</em> (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Annabelle Wallis –<em> Annabelle </em>(Warner Bros.)</li><li>Jennifer Lopez – <em>The Boy Next Door</em> (Universal Pictures)</li><li>Dylan O'Brien – <em>The Maze Runner </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Zach Gilford – <em>The Purge: Anarchy</em> (Universal Pictures) </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE</strong></span></p><ul><li>Ansel Elgort <em>– The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Rosamund Pike-  <em>Gone Girl</em> (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation))</li><li>David Oyelowo –<em> Selma </em>(Paramount Pictures)</li><li>Dylan O'Brien – <em>The Maze Runner </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Ellar Coltrane – <em>Boyhood </em>(IFC Films) </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE </strong></span></p><ul><li>Zac Efron – <em>Neighbors</em>  (Universal Pictures)</li><li>Chris Pratt – <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures) </li><li>Channing Tatum – <em>Foxcatcher </em>(Sony Pictures Classic) </li><li>Ansel Elgort – <em>The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Kate Upton – <em>The Other Woman</em> (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST DUO</strong></span></p><ul><li>Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill – <em>22 Jump Street </em>(Columbia Pictures/MGM)</li><li>Zac Efron & Dave Franco – <em>Neighbors </em>(Universal Pictures)</li><li>Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort – <em>The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel  - <em>Guardians of the Galaxy </em>(Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>James Franco & Seth Rogen – <em>The Interview</em> (Columbia Pictures)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST FIGHT</strong></span></p><ul><li>Jonah Hill vs. Jillian Bell – <em>22 Jump Street</em> (Columbia/MGM)</li></ul><ul><li>Chris Evans vs. Sebastian Stan – <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li></ul><ul><li>Dylan O'Brien vs. Will Poulter – <em>The Maze Runner</em> (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>Seth Rogen vs. Zac Efron <em>– Neighbors</em> (Universal Pictures)</li><li>Edward Norton vs. Michael Keaton – <em>Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) </em>(Fox Searchlight) </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST KISS</strong></span></p><ul><li>Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley- <em>The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>James Franco & Seth Rogen – <em>The Interview</em> (Columbia Pictures)</li><li>Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone – <em>The Amazing Spider-Man 2</em> (Columbia Pictures)</li><li>Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans – <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>Rose Byrne & Halston Sage – <em>Neighbors</em> (Universal Pictures)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST WTF MOMENT </strong></span></p><ul><li>Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne – <em>Neighbors</em> (Universal Pictures)</li><li>Jonah Hill – <em>22 Jump Street</em> (Columbia Pictures/MGM) </li><li>Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day – <em>Horrible Bosses 2</em> (Warner Bros.)</li><li>Miles Teller – <em>Whiplash</em> (Sony Pictures Classics) </li><li>Rosario Dawson & Anders Holm – <em>Top Five</em> (Paramount Pictures)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST VILLAIN </strong></span></p><ul><li>Rosamund Pike – <em>Gone Girl</em> (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li><li>J.K. Simmons – <em>Whiplash </em>(Sony Pictures Classic)</li><li>Jillian Bell – <em>22 Jump Street</em> (Columbia Pictures/MGM)</li><li>Meryl Streep – <em>Into the Woods</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>Peter Dinklage – <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em> (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST MUSICAL MOMENT </strong></span></p><ul><li>Jennifer Lawrence – <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 </em>(Lionsgate)</li><li>Chris Pratt – <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>  (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>Seth Rogen & Zac Efron – <em>Neighbors</em> (Universal Pictures)</li><li>Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig- <em>The Skeleton Twins</em> (Roadside Attractions)</li><li>Miles Teller – <em>Whiplash </em>(Sony Pictures Classics)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE</strong></span></p><ul><li>Channing Tatum – <em>22 Jump Street</em> (Columbia Pictures/MGM)</li><li>Chris Pratt – <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>Rose Byrne – <em>Neighbors</em> (Universal Pictures)</li><li>Chris Rock – <em>Top Five </em>(Paramount Pictures)</li><li>Kevin Hart – <em>The Wedding Ringer </em>(Screen Gems)</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION </strong></span></p><ul><li>Eddie Redmayne – <em>The Theory of Everything</em> (Focus Features)</li><li>Elizabeth Banks – <em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1</em> (Lionsgate)</li><li>Zoe Saldana – <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)</li><li>Steve Carell – <em>Foxcatcher</em> (Sony Pictures Classics)</li><li>Ellar Coltrane – <em>Boyhood</em> (IFC Films)</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The "2015 MTV Movie Awards" will once again officially kick-off the summer movie season, promising to deliver yet another epically funny, unpredictable, over-the-top show that features fan favorite films, actors and musicians. The show will honor the best films and performances from the past year, while featuring exclusive, never-before-seen moments from some of the most highly-anticipated upcoming films. The telecast will air across MTV's global network of more than 60 channels and 200 digital media properties reaching more than half a billion households around the world.</p><p>Official sponsors of the "2015 MTV Movie Awards" include FIAT brand, GEICO®, Mtn Dew® Kickstart™, Taco Bell® and T-Mobile®.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves, Lee Lodge and Garrett English serve as Executive Producers for the "2015 MTV Movie Awards." English also serves as Executive in Charge for MTV. Barb Bialkowski serves as Producer. Wendy Plaut serves as Co-Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Amy Doyle is Executive in Charge of Music and Celebrity Talent. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music Talent.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015 MTV Movie Awards: Total Number of Combined Category Nominations for Movies</strong></span></p><p><em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)<em>                                  </em>7</p><p><em>The Fault in Our Stars </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)                               7</p><p><em>Neighbors</em> (Universal Pictures)                                                                                     7</p><p><em>22 Jump Street </em>(Columbia Pictures/MGM)                                                                   5</p><p><em>Whiplash </em>(Sony Pictures Classics)                                                                                5</p><p><em>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 </em>(Lionsgate)                                                   4</p><p><em>Gone Girl </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)                                                  4</p><p><em>Boyhood </em>(IFC Films)                                                                                                      3</p><p><em>Foxcatcher </em>(Sony Pictures Classics)                                                                              3</p><p><em>The Maze Runner </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)                                      3</p><p><em>American Sniper </em>(Warner Bros.)                                                                                   2</p><p><em>Selma</em> (Paramount Pictures)                                                                                         2</p><p><em>Birdman: OR (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance </em>(Fox Searchlight)                           2</p><p><em>The Interview</em> (Columbia Pictures)                                                                                2</p><p><em>Top Five </em>(Paramount Pictures)                                                                                      2</p><p><em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em> (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)                2</p><p><em>Wild </em>(Fox Searchlight)                                                                                                   1</p><p><em>Lucy </em>(Universal Pictures)                                                                                               1</p><p><em>Annabelle </em>(Warner Bros.)                                                                                              1</p><p><em>The Boy Next Door </em>(Universal Pictures)                                                                         1</p><p><em>The Purge: Anarchy </em>(Universal Pictures)                                                                        1</p><p><em>The Other Woman </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)                                     1</p><p><em>The Skeleton Twins </em>(Roadside Attractions)                                                                   1</p><p><em>The Wedding Ringer </em>(Screen Gems)                                                                              1</p><p><em>The Theory of Everything </em>(Focus Features)<em>                                                      </em><em>              </em>1</p><p><em>The Amazing Spider-Man</em> <em>2</em> (Columbia Pictures)                                                           1</p><p><em>Horrible Bosses 2 </em>(Warner Bros.)                                                                                    1</p><p><em>Into the Woods </em>(Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)                                                   1</p><p><em>X-Men: Days of Future Past </em>(Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)                         1</p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2015 MTV Movie Awards: Total Number of Combined Studio Nominations</strong></span></p><p>Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation                                                                       16</p><p>Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures                                                                              10</p><p>Universal Pictures                                                                                                           9</p><p>Sony Pictures Classics                                                                                                     8</p><p>Columbia Pictures/MGM                                                                                                 5</p><p>Lionsgate                                                                                                                         4</p><p>Paramount Pictures                                                                                                          4</p><p>Sony Pictures Entertainment                                                                                            4</p><p>Fox Searchlight                                                                                                                 3</p><p>IFC Films                                                                                                                            3</p><p>Warner Bros.                                                                                                                      3</p><p>Focus Features                                                                                                                   1</p><p>Roadside Attractions                                                                                                          1</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About MTV:</strong></span></p><p>MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>www.mtvpress.com</strong></span></a>.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>About Den of Thieves:</strong></span></p><p>Founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager to create, develop and produce original television, Den of Thieves has emerged as a force for ambitious event shows and uniquely stylized reality television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, their credits cover a vast array of formats and include VH1's "The <a href="http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/tag/t-o-show-ratings/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>T.O. Show</strong></span></a>," Comedy Central's "Russell Brand in New York City", Bravo's "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley," as well as the CMT Country Awards.</p><p style="text-align:center;">#  #  #</p>
MTV RENEWS “ARE YOU THE ONE” FOR SEASON 3, “THE CHALLENGE” FOR SEASON 27 AND GREENLIGHTS PILOTS “GIRL CODE LIVE” AND “GREATEST PARTY STORY EVER” TO SERIEShttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/MTV-RENEWS-ARE-YOU-THE-ONE-FOR-SEASON-3-THE-CHALLENGE-FOR-SEASON-27-AND-GREENLIGHTS-PILOTS-.aspxMTV RENEWS “ARE YOU THE ONE” FOR SEASON 3, “THE CHALLENGE” FOR SEASON 27 AND GREENLIGHTS PILOTS “GIRL CODE LIVE” AND “GREATEST PARTY STORY EVER” TO SERIESGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e12/27/2015 8:00:00 AM<p><strong>Santa Monica, CA (February 27, 2015) – </strong>MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels announced today the renewal of "Are You The One" for a third season, "The Challenge" for season 27 and greenlit two new pilots to series: "Girl Code Live" a live weekly talk show from the popular "Code" franchise; and "Greatest Party Story Ever" a half-hour weekly that will showcase peoples' most outrageous epic tales.     </p><p>Below are the series descriptions and credits:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Are You The One?</strong></span></p><p>If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it? In the most ambitious dating experiment ever attempted, MTV selected 10 gorgeous single women and 10 hot single guys and put them through an extensive matchmaking process to find their perfect match. Now all 20 will spend a month together trying to figure out who is their match. If they do, they'll split the largest cash prize in MTV history - ONE MILLION DOLLARS.</p><p>Season 3 - 10 one-hour episodes</p><p>Concept by Executive Producers Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler of Lighthearted Entertainment</p><p>Executives in Charge for MTV:  Lauren Dolgen, Tiffany Lea Williams </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The Challenge</strong></span></p><p>MTV's 'The Challenge' returns with the most mind-blowing season yet, placing contestants in exotic locations to compete in extreme challenges that test their physical, mental and emotional strength in the hope of winning a massive cash prize.</p><p>Season 27 – 12 one-hour episodes</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Created by Bunim/Murray Productions</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Executive Producers:  Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Executive in Charge for MTV:  Dan Caster</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Girl Code Live</strong></span></p><p>"Girl Code Live," is a weekly half-hour late night talk show hosted by three hilarious ladies from "Girl Code" Nessa, Carly and Awkwafina. The series will feature celebrity guests, musical artists, fun games and candid girl-talk in front of a live studio audience.</p><p>10 episodes/30 minutes/weekly</p><p>Executive Producer is Ryan Ling</p><p>Executives in Charge for MTV:  Paul Ricci and Karen Frank</p><p>The series is directed by Sarah De la O </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Greatest Party Story Ever</strong></span></p><p>This half-hour weekly will showcase peoples' most outrageous epic tales covering everything from debauchery, friendship, to even celebrity encounters all with a comedic tone.  The funniest, craziest, most unbelievable stories will be brought to life through first person storytelling & unique styles of animation.</p><p>10 episodes/30 minutes/weekly</p><p>Concept by Four Peaks Media Group (formerly known as Buried Life Entertainment)</p><p>EP: Ben Nemtin</p><p>EP: Jonnie Penn</p><p>Den of Thieves  </p><p>EP: Jesse Ignjatovic</p><p>EP: Evan Prager</p><p>Co-EP: Jordan Barrow</p><p>Co- EP: Jared Morell</p><p>Animation provided by ShadowMachine</p><p>Co-EP Ross Shuman </p><p>Executives in Charge for MTV:  Lauren Dolgen, Kristina Edwards</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About MTV:          </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand.  With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub <a href="http://mtv.com/">MTV.com</a> is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">www.mtvpress.com</a>.</p><p> </p>
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE mtvU TEAM WITH ARTISTS MACKLEMORE RYAN LEWIS, PETE WENTZ AND OK GO http://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/THE-U.S.-DEPARTMENT-OF-STATE-mtvU-TEAM-WITH-ARTISTS-MACKLEMORE-RYAN-LEWIS,-PETE-WENTZ-AND-OK-GO-TO-REVIEW-AND-NOMINATE-.aspxTHE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE mtvU TEAM WITH ARTISTS MACKLEMORE RYAN LEWIS, PETE WENTZ AND OK GO GP0|#b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0;L0|#0b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0|MTVu;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e12/25/2015 8:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:14pt;font-family:tahoma;color:black;">​           ​​TO REVIEW AND NOMINATE 2015 – 2016 FULBRIGHT-mtvU CANDIDATES</span></strong>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Application Period for Fulbright-mtvU Fellows Open Through </strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;font-size:13px;">February 27, 2015</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (February 25, 2015) –</strong> The U.S. Department of State and <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url%3dhttp://www.mtvu.com/">mtvU</a>, MTV's 24-hour college network, announced today the new line-up of musical artists who will review and nominate candidates for the <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs/program-summaries/fulbright-mtvu-fellowship">2015-2016 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships. </a> The review panel includes: Grammy Award-winning duo <strong>Macklemore & Ryan Lewis</strong>; <strong>Pete Wentz</strong>, bassist for Fall Out Boy, the multi-platinum rock band from Chicago; and Grammy-Award winning band <strong>OK Go</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"While I was studying calculus as a teenager, I had an epiphany: math is beautiful,"<strong>said Damian Kulash of OK Go</strong>. "It's the very essence of elegance and power, and at that moment, the fact that there could be finite relationships between different infinities felt to me profound beyond belief. My mind was blown. The thing is, I had that epiphany after a decade of math classes. On the other hand, music blew my mind on day one; for as long as I can remember it's given me that same awe for the universe — that same amazement at the incredible depth and richness of the world around us, and the stunning accomplishments of those who've endeavored to understand it more deeply. So I'm very excited to be involved with this year's Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships. It's a big honor to be a part of the judging, and I'm excited for (and jealous of) the talented fellows who will deepen the world's understanding of music."</p><p style="text-align:left;">Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, allow U.S. graduate students and recent graduates to pursue a project that explores the power of music as a global force for mutual understanding and addresses global foreign policy issues.  Fulbright-mtvU recipients are chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process beginning with field and discipline reviews by U.S. and foreign academic leaders and area experts. mtvU and artists <strong>Macklemore & Ryan Lewis</strong>,<strong> Pete Wentz </strong>and<strong> OK Go </strong>will then review and nominate the shortlist of top qualified candidates. Final selections are made by the Presidentially-appointed <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url%3dhttp://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/j-william-fulbright-foreign-scholarship-board-ffsb">J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.</a> Applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowships are being accepted through February 27, 2015, with more information available at with more information available at <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org">http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org</a> or <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://www.fulbright.mtvU.com">http://www.fulbright.mtvU.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2014-2015 Fulbright-mtvU Fellows are currently conducting research in Ghana,Iceland, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Zambia for one academic year on projects of their own design around an aspect of international musical culture, ranging from an environmental music festival to youth music education. They include Benjamin Cohn, a graduate of the University of Puget Sound; Jillian Marshall, a Ph.D. student at Cornell University; Martha O'Donovan, a New York University alumna; Scott Shigeoka, a Washington State University graduate; and Corinne Stokes, a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. Each has been sharing her or his experiences with peers via video reports, blogs and podcasts on mtvU and <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://www.fulbright.mtvU.com">http://www.fulbright.mtvU.com</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About mtvU:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than 8 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 airs 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 <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C%3ddq1SVL2quEyERe3y9sDS2JZfu4Ti4NAIo0z2gUS9nFQ2ax3bO_fKp6-HD1kfYAO-ddcTQcIAnag.%26URL%3dhttp://www.mtvu.com/">www.mtvU.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About Fulbright:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url%3dhttp://fulbright.state.gov%27">Fulbright Program</a> is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.  Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. </p><p><strong>Press Contacts:  </strong><br><strong> </strong>Jake Urbanski, mtvU, 212.846.6888 or <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url%3dmailto:jake.urbanski%40mtvstaff.com">jake.urbanski@mtvstaff.com</a></p><p>Michelle Clark-McCrary, mtvU, 212.846.3538 or <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url%3dmailto:michelle.clark-mccrary%40viacommix.com">michelle.clark-mccrary@viacommix.com</a></p><p>Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 202.632.6452 or <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=inqwaDrO60-oAhJRQkHPimSDKV-HJNII_1FnSFjTwDAy2NisnTyN-37zo7jxp1ut9RqikwY_YVQ.&URL=http://redirect.state.sbu/?url%3dmailto:ECA-PRESS%40state.gov">ECA-PRESS@state.gov</a></p>
BIG SEAN TO BRING HIS DARK SKY PARADISE TO THE “2015 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS” AS A PERFORMERhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/BIG-SEAN-TO-BRING-HIS-DARK-SKY-PARADISE-TO-THE-2015-mtvU-WOODIE-AWARDS-AS-A-PERFORMER.aspxBIG SEAN TO BRING HIS DARK SKY PARADISE TO THE “2015 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS” AS A PERFORMERGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e1;GP0|#b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0;L0|#0b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0|MTVu2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">The Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Announced His Woodies Performance on MTV's Official Snapchat Account</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​"2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" Air Live on MTV March 20 at 9 p.m. ET </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​<br>New York, NY (February 24, 2015)</strong> – <a href="http://www.mtv.com/artists/big-sean/">Big Sean</a>, white-hot rapper and G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist, today announced on MTV's official Snapchat account that he will perform <strong>LIVE</strong> on the <strong>"</strong><strong>2015 mtvU Woodie Awards</strong><strong>"</strong> <strong>Friday, March 20</strong> at <strong>9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT </strong>from the 2015 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The reveal kick-started a special MTV Snapchat story with Big Sean, giving fans an inside look at his life on the day that he drops his third LP, "Dark Sky Paradise." The artist recently released two tracks - "One Man Can Change The World" (featuring Kanye West and John Legend) and "Win Some, Lose Some" - that immediately jumped to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart. Big Sean also recently held an unprecedented four of the Top 10 songs on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="font-size:12px;line-height:19.2000007629395px;"><br></span><span style="line-height:1.6;">As previously announced, </span><a href="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2015/woodie-of-the-year/" style="line-height:1.6;">"2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" nominees</a><span style="line-height:1.6;"> will vie for the chunks of wood during</span><strong style="line-height:1.6;"> </strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">a 60-minute special in primetime on MTV. The hour-long show will feature epic performances and appearances by some of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking artists – from headliners to the underground – while honoring those who made the biggest impact in music over the past year. This year's </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">nominees include Drake, Sia, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, FKA twigs, Raury and Childish Gambino. Woodie Award voting is currently open at </span><a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/" style="line-height:1.6;">Woodies.MTV.com</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Big Sean's career has exploded since the release of his debut album "Finally Famous." With more than 6 million Facebook fans to date and over 6.5 million Twitter followers, the Detroit MC has been in overdrive since 2007, when his "Finally Famous: The Mixtape" was issued, followed by "Finally Famous Vol. 2: UKNOWBIGSEAN" (2009), "Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG" (2010) and "Detroit" (2012). In addition to being recognized by GQ Magazine as 2012's 'Hottest Rookie' and picking up honors at the 2012 BET Awards for 'Best New Artist,' Sean received double Grammy nominations for his collaboration with mentor Kanye West for "Mercy" which also featured G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam label mate Pusha T and 2 Chainz.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>The "MTV Woodies Festival" and "mtvU Woodie Awards"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kicking off the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" will be the "MTV Woodies Festival," an all-day party with performances from the hottest new names in music. Festival doors open at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 305 South Congress Avenue in Austin and performances will be live streamed on Woodies.MTV.com starting at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT. The "MTV Woodies Festival" will lead up to the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards," which takeover the festival beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Entrance into the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" and festival is free, with an online RSVP available at a later date.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "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: <strong>The Killers</strong> (Breaking Woodie '04), <strong>N.E.R.D.</strong> (Left Field Woodie '04), <strong>Death Cab for Cutie </strong>(Best Video Woodie '05), <strong>Fall Out Boy</strong> (Road Woodie '05), <strong>30 Seconds to Mars</strong> (Best Video Woodie – Live Action '06) <strong>Muse </strong>(Performing Woodie '07), <strong>Lupe Fiasco</strong> (performed at Woodies '07), <strong>Vampire Weekend </strong>(performed at '08 Woodies), <strong>Kings of Leon </strong>(Woodie of the Year '09), <strong>Jack White </strong>(performed at '09 Woodies with the Dead Weather),<strong> Rick Ross </strong>(performed at '09 Woodies), <strong>Matt & Kim </strong>(Best Video Woodie '09),<strong> Wiz Khalifa </strong>(Woodie of the Year '11), <strong>Odd Future</strong> (performed at '11 Woodies), <strong>Sleigh Bells</strong> (performed at '11 Woodies) <strong>MGK</strong> (Breaking Woodie '12), <strong>Mac Miller</strong> (Woodie of Year and Performing Woodie '12), <strong>Zedd</strong> (performed at '13 Woodies), <strong>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</strong> (Branching Out Woodie '13) and <strong>Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX</strong> (performed at '14 Woodies).</p><p><strong><br></strong></p><div style="text-align:-webkit-left;"><strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Note to Press:</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> To apply for "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" and Festival press credentials, please visit </span><a href="/sites/mtvpress/woodieawards" style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">MTVPress.com</a><span style="line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"> by March 11, 2015. </span></strong></div><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Official sponsors of the "MTV Woodies Festival" and "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" include CLEAN & CLEAR<sup>®</sup>, <em>ICE BREAKERS</em> Mints, Pepsi<sup>®</sup>, Taco Bell<sup>®</sup> and U.S. Army.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>Ryan Kroft, Amy Doyle, Gina Esposito and Jesse Ignatovic are the Executive Producers of the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards," with Andria Parides acting as supervising producer. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, visit <a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/">Woodies.MTV.com</a> or <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">MTVPress.com</a>.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About mtvU</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than 8 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 airs 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 <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=dq1SVL2quEyERe3y9sDS2JZfu4Ti4NAIo0z2gUS9nFQ2ax3bO_fKp6-HD1kfYAO-ddcTQcIAnag.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com/">www.mtvU.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p>
mtvU UNVEILS “2015 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS” NOMINEES: J. COLE, CHARLI XCX, RUN THE JEWELS, SAM SMITH, PORTER ROBINSON AND FKA TWIGS TO COMPETE FOR “WOODIE OF THE YEAR” AT SXSWhttp://thepub.viacom.com/sites/mtvpress/Pages/-mtvU-UNVEILS-2015-mtvU-WOODIE-AWARDS-NOMINEES-FOR-WOODIE-OF-THE-YEAR-AT-SXSW.aspx mtvU UNVEILS “2015 mtvU WOODIE AWARDS” NOMINEES: J. COLE, CHARLI XCX, RUN THE JEWELS, SAM SMITH, PORTER ROBINSON AND FKA TWIGS TO COMPETE FOR “WOODIE OF THE YEAR” AT SXSWGP0|#be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8;L0|#0be43072d-60cf-44b9-bf7f-c4dfb7ec90f8|MTV;GTSet|#739b33e0-cb6c-4ef7-be77-b32f525322e1;GP0|#b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0;L0|#0b655f2a5-5c9d-4b31-b9b3-36635afbcbf0|MTVu2/18/2015 8:00:00 AM<p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​Drake, Charli XCX, Sia, FKA twigs, Ed Sheeran, Childish Gambino and Sam Smith Receive Multiple Woodies Noms, while Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Eminem Also Garner Nods </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>For First Time "mtvU Woodie Awards" Premiere LIVE in Primetime from SXSW on MTV Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. ET</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p><strong><em>To view a clip of Rita Ora and Charli XCX announcing the "Woodie of the Year" nominees, click </em></strong><a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/?vid=1167212"><strong><em>here</em></strong></a><strong><em>. </em></strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New York, NY (February 18, 2015)</strong> – <a href="http://www.mtvu.com/">mtvU</a>, MTV's 24-hour college network, today revealed the categories and nominees for the <strong>"</strong><a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/"><strong>2015 mtvU Woodie Awards</strong></a><strong>,"</strong> the annual event at the forefront of breaking some of the biggest names in music. For the first time in show history, nominees will vie for the chunks of wood <strong>LIVE</strong> in primetime on MTV, with a 60-minute special starting at <strong>9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 20</strong> from the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The jam-packed hour will feature epic performances and appearances by some of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking artists – from headliners to the underground – while honoring those who made the biggest impact in music over the past year.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Woodies are the place to discover the emerging artists that you will love forever," said Ryan Kroft, "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" Executive Producer. "Throughout the show's history, the Woodies stage is where many of today's biggest pop culture icons have been introduced to national audiences. This year's show will be no exception."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The awards show will be preceded by the all-day "MTV Woodies Festival" on the ground at SXSW and streaming live on MTV.com. Voting for the "mtvU Woodie Awards" opens today at <a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/">Woodies.MTV.com</a> and runs through March 10, 2015. To watch Rita Ora and Charli XCX announce the "Woodie of the Year" nominees, click <a href="http://www.mtv.com/videos/?vid=1167212">here</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The Nominees</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Several noteworthy artists received multiple nominations, including Drake, Sia, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, FKA twigs and Childish Gambino. Of that group, Sam Smith and FKA twigs are going against J. Cole, Charli XCX, Run the Jewels and Porter Robinson for the biggest award of the night, "Woodie of the Year," which honors the artist that completely owned the past 12 months. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Looking ahead, six up-and-coming acts are nominated for "Artist to Watch Woodie," honoring the best emerging artists on the music landscape. Hand-selected from MTV's breakthrough "2015 Artist to Watch" list, the nominees include Years & Years, Rae Sremmurd, Raury, MisterWives, Kygo and James Bay.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Wooo!!!! It's a dream come true. We're honored to be nominated and we can't wait to see everyone down at the awards in Austin," <strong>said Rae Sremmurd</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the "Best Video Woodie" category, emerging artists will compete with established artists already known for their excellence in the medium, as the field includes FKA twigs ("Pendulum"), Childish Gambino ("Sober"), Beyoncé ("7/11"), Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar ("Never Catch Me"), Bad Suns ("Salt") and Vic Mensa ("Down on My Luck").  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To honor the best collaboration between artists over the past year, mtvU created the "Co-Sign Woodie Award." That field includes Alesso featuring Tove Lo for "Heroes (We Could Be);" Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran for "All About It;" Jack Ü featuring Kiesza for "Take Ü;" Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for "Arrows;" iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake for "Tuesday;"and Eminem featuring Dej Loaf for "Detroit vs. Everybody."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I'm so honored to be nominated for a Woodie Award! It's so crazy to me that a random night making music with my friend could turn into an acknowledgement like this from MTV," <strong>said Hoodie Allen</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The "Next Level Performance Woodie" is a new category for 2015 that rewards artists who took their live shows to new creative highs. The inaugural field includes Drake and Lil Wayne for creating an app that allowed the audience to decide who performed first on their joint tour; Childish Gambino for creating an app that allowed users to display messages onto his tour stage; Big Data, who used social media during their performances to acknowledge specific audience members in real time in front of the entire crowd; Sia for performing in several TV appearances without showing her face by utilizing performance artists and actors to serve as a proxy for her; and Skrillex, who performed a Bonnaroo SuperJam session fusing EDM and live instrumentation with numerous surprise guests. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Once again, mtvU is also honoring the pioneering college radio stations committed to bringing students the latest indie and emerging music, and today revealed the 10 finalists for the "College Radio Woodie." Lauded for championing artists before they achieve mainstream success, these student-run radio stations represent the new music vanguard. The full list of nominees is included below.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The nominees for the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" are:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​Woodie Of The Year (Artist of the Year)</strong></p><ul><li>J. Cole</li><li>Sam Smith </li><li>Charli XCX</li><li>Run the Jewels</li><li>Porter Robinson</li><li>FKA twigs </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Artist to Watch Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)</strong></p><ul><li>Years & Years</li><li>Rae Sremmurd</li><li>Raury</li><li>MisterWives</li><li>Kygo</li><li>James Bay</li></ul><strong style="text-align:justify;">Best Video Woodie (Best Video of the Year)</strong><br><ul><li>FKA twigs – "Pendulum"</li><li>Childish Gambino – "Sober" </li><li>Beyoncé <em>–</em> "7/11" </li><li>Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – "Never Catch Me"</li><li>Bad Suns – "Salt"</li><li>Vic Mensa – "Down On My Luck"<br></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Cover Woodie (Best Cover Song)</strong></p><ul><li>Ed Sheeran, Sia, and Grouplove covering Beyoncé – "Drunk In Love" </li><li>Kiesza covering Hozier – "Take Me To Church"</li><li>Lorde covering Jeremih – "Don't Tell Em"</li><li>Charli XCX covering Taylor Swift – "Shake It Off"</li><li>Taylor Swift covering Vance Joy – "Riptide" </li><li>Sam Smith covering Whitney Houston – "How Will I Know"</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Next Level Performance Woodie (Finding New Ways to Reach Audiences)</strong></p><ul><li>Drake and Lil Wayne – created an app that allowed the audience to decide who performed first on their joint tour. </li><li>Childish Gambino – created an app that allowed users to display messages onto his tour stage. </li><li>Big Data – used social media during their performances to acknowledge specific audience members in real time in front of the entire crowd. </li><li>Sia – performed in several TV appearances without showing her face by utilizing performance artists and actors to serve as a proxy for her. </li><li>Skrillex – performed Bonnaroo SuperJam session fusing EDM and live instrumentation with numerous surprise guests.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Co-Sign Woodie (Best Collaboration Between Artists)</strong></p><ul><li>Alesso featuring Tove Lo – "Heroes (We Could Be)"</li><li>Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – "All About It"</li><li>Jack Ü featuring Kiesza – "Take Ü" </li><li>Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – "Arrows"</li><li>iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake – "Tuesday"</li><li><span style="text-align:justify;">Eminem featuring Dej Loaf – "Detroit vs. Everybody"</span></li></ul><br style="text-align:justify;"><strong style="text-align:justify;">College Radio Woodie (Best College Radio Station)</strong><br><ul><li>Arizona State University (KASC)</li><li>Boston University (WTBU)</li><li>Eastern Illinois University (WEIU)</li><li>Hofstra University (WRHU)</li><li>James Madison University (WXJM)</li><li>Loyola University Chicago (WLUW)</li><li>Marywood University (WVMW) </li><li>St. Edward's University (Topper Radio)</li><li>University of California, Berkeley (KALX)</li><li>University of Pittsburg (WPTS) </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The </strong><strong> </strong><strong>"MTV Woodies Festival" and "mtvU Woodie Awards"</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kicking off the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" will be the "MTV Woodies Festival," an all-day party with performances from the hottest new names in music. Festival doors open at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 305 South Congress Avenue in Austin and performances will be live streamed on Woodies.MTV.com starting at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT. The "MTV Woodies Festival" will lead up to the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards," which takeover the festival beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Entrance into the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" and festival is free, with an online RSVP available at a later date. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br>The "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: <strong>The Killers</strong> (Breaking Woodie '04), <strong>N.E.R.D.</strong> (Left Field Woodie '04), <strong>Death Cab for Cutie </strong>(Best Video Woodie '05), <strong>Fall Out Boy</strong> (Road Woodie '05), <strong>30 Seconds to Mars</strong> (Best Video Woodie – Live Action '06) <strong>Muse </strong>(Performing Woodie '07), <strong>Lupe Fiasco</strong> (performed at Woodies '07), <strong>Vampire Weekend </strong>(performed at '08 Woodies), <strong>Kings of Leon </strong>(Woodie of the Year '09), <strong>Jack White </strong>(performed at '09 Woodies with the Dead Weather),<strong> Rick Ross </strong>(performed at '09 Woodies), <strong>Matt & Kim </strong>(Best Video Woodie '09),<strong> Wiz Khalifa </strong>(Woodie of the Year '11), <strong>Odd Future</strong> (performed at '11 Woodies), <strong>Sleigh Bells</strong> (performed at '11 Woodies) <strong>MGK</strong> (Breaking Woodie '12), <strong>Mac Miller</strong> (Woodie of Year and Performing Woodie '12), <strong>Zedd</strong> (performed at '13 Woodies), <strong>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</strong> (Branching Out Woodie '13) and <strong>Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX</strong> (performed at '14 Woodies). </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Note to Press:</strong> To apply for "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" and Festival press credentials, please visit <a href="/sites/mtvpress/woodieawards">MTVPress.com</a> by March 6, 2015. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Official sponsors of the "MTV Woodies Festival" and "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards" include CLEAN & CLEAR<sup>®</sup>, <em>ICE BREAKERS</em> Mints, Pepsi<sup>®</sup>, Taco Bell<sup>®</sup> and U.S. Army.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ryan Kroft, Amy Doyle, Gina Esposito and Jesse Ignatovic are the Executive Producers of the "2015 mtvU Woodie Awards," with Andria Parides acting as supervising producer. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information, visit <a href="http://woodies.mtv.com/">Woodies.MTV.com</a> or <a href="http://www.mtvpress.com/">MTVPress.com</a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>About mtvU</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Broadcast to nearly 750 college campuses as well as via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches more than 8 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 airs 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 <a href="https://owa.viacom.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=dq1SVL2quEyERe3y9sDS2JZfu4Ti4NAIo0z2gUS9nFQ2ax3bO_fKp6-HD1kfYAO-ddcTQcIAnag.&URL=http://www.mtvu.com/">www.mtvU.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p><p></p>

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