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mtvU “Woodie Awards” Winners Announcement: Paramore, Motion City Soundtrack, Chromeo, Jack’s Mannequin and More

November 17, 2008

Blowout performances by VAMPIRE WEEKEND, SANTOGOLD, ALL TIME LOW, CHROMEO, THE COOL KIDS, ASHER ROTH, DJ A-TRAK and LYKKE LI with Surprise Guest Q-TIP Rock New York City’s Roseland Ballroom

Debbie Harry, Moby, Mark Hoppus, Emannuel Jal, Kid Sister, Boys Like Girls and The All-American Rejects Joined Thousands of College Students in Handing Out Chunks of Pure Wood

ALL TIME LOW to host MTV’s “Best of the 2008 mtvU Woodie Awards” Special November 22nd at 10 pm ET On MTV, November 21st on MTV2

New York, NY – mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, last night declared Paramore,  There for Tomorrow, Motion City Soundtrack, Chromeo, Jack’s Mannequin and Atmosphere winners of the year’s definitive college music awards.  Over 5.2 million votes were cast by college students nationwide to determine the winners.  Roseland Ballroom in New York City hosted thousands of college students for a night of emerging music, unexpected collaborations and beer pong at the fifth-annual “Woodies.” 


New hip hop artist Asher Roth kicked off the night with his anthem I Love College, before crowd-surfing to The Cool Kids’ high-energy performance of Delivery Man, culminating in ice-cream sandwiches flying into the crowd.  Lykke Li transformed the night with haunting vocals and a surprise collaboration with hip hop icon Q-Tip for Can I Kick It, followed by a medley of Move, Vibrant Thing and Gettin’ Up.  All Time Low’s pop punk performance got the rowdy crowd even more amped up with Dear Maria and Poppin ChampagneWoodie of the Year nominee Santogold’s retro 80’s chic lit up the night with L.E.S. Artists, before Naeem Juwan of Spank Rock joined her on stage for an unannounced performance of Shove It.  Vampire Weekend, nominated for “Best Video Woodie,” blew their fans away with their debut performance of The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance with Chromeo, followed by the unforgettable Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.


The All-American Rejects, Boys like Girls, Mark Hoppus, Emmanuel Jal, Kid Sister, Moby, The Cool Kids, Paramore, Riley Keough, Eva Amurri, Zoe Kravitz and internet sensation Jon LaJoie took the stage and did the honors by handing out this year’s Woodie Awards, joined by official DJ of the “Woodies,” DJ A-Trak, who spun beats the whole night.

For the first time ever, mtvU and college students across the nation awarded a college campus radio station a chunk of wood for their commitment to bringing students the latest indie and emerging music.  20 campus radio stations were nominated, with 91.7 FM, WICB Ithaca College taking home the inaugural College Radio Woodie.   

mtvU also teamed up with to recognize the top unsigned college acts who resonated most with students nationwide this year.  New York University’s The Bride Wore Black took home the “Best Music on Campus Woodie” as best college band, along with a $5,000 cash prize and exposure on mtvU. 

 Winners of the fifth annual “mtvU Woodie Awards” are:

Woodie of the Year – (Artist of the Year)

Winner: Paramore (Atlantic Records)


The Breaking Woodie – (Best Emerging Artist)

Winner: There For Tomorrow (Hopeless Records)


Left Field Woodie – (Most Original Artist)

Winner: Chromeo (Vice Records)


Best Video Woodie  – (Best Video of the Year) 

Winner: Motion City Soundtrack “It Had to be You” (Epitaph Records)


The Good Woodie – (Greatest Social Impact)

Winner: Jack’s Mannequin (Warner Bros Records) “Dear Jack Foundation” – Established by lead singer, Andrew McMahon, a leukemia survivor, this group raises money and awareness for cancer research. 


Performing Woodie – (Best Tour)

Winner: Atmosphere (Rhymesayers Entertainment)


College Radio Woodie – (Best Campus Radio Station)

Winner: 91.7 FM, WICB Ithaca College


Best Music on Campus Woodie

Winner: The Bride Wore Black


“Woodies” Premiere on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and Palladia


Premiering in-full on mtvU, and in high-definition on Palladia on November 19th at 8 pm ET, the show features artists championed by students and poised to break-big next year.  

All Time Low will host a half-hour special, “Best of the mtvU Woodie Awards” — filmed at the “Woodies” after-party at Edison Ballroom, on November 22nd at 10 pm ET on MTV and November 21st at 7 pm ET on MTV2, followed by special presentation of the “Woodies” on MTV News, MTV Hits, MTV Jams and MTV Soundtrack.

The fifth-annual “mtvU Woodie Awards” are brought to you by Army ROTC, Garnier Fructis, Flip Video and CitiCard. 

Production Credits

Supervising Producer: Tracy Hellerud

Executive-in-Charge of Production: Joe Buoye

Executive In Charge of Music Talent: Gina Esposito

Executive Producers: Ross Martin, Eric Conte


About mtvU

Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses and via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches upwards of 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 United States, 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 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 more than 250 events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit


mtvU also owns and operates the College Media Network, the largest interactive network of online college newspapers in the United States, and, the Internet’s largest listing of collegiate professor ratings. The College Media Network comprises nearly 600 campus publications that serve institutions including Brown University, the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin and Duke University, with a combined enrollment of over 5.5 million students, reaching an average of 5 million unique users each month. reaches approximately 2.9 million college students each month, via the site’s more than 6.6 million student-generated ratings of over 1,000,000 college professors. 



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One Comment leave one →
  1. michael permalink
    November 19, 2008 6:10 am

    Well done to jack

    Emmanuel should have won the good woodie

    he is a great person

    Check out his album WAR CHILD, what a great album it is


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