The 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards wrapped last night. The night was full of surprises, great music, and legendary performances. Fall Out Boy rocked the stage and performed a medley of their biggest hits including “Thanks For The Memories,” “Centuries,” “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” “Uma Thurman,” and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up).” The Woodie Awards also featured performances from James Bay, Years & Years, Action Bronson, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Rapper Big Sean closed the show with a performance of his two hit singles, “Blessed” and “IDFWU.”
The winners of the night included producer Porter Robinson, who won the Woodie Of The Year Award. Years & Years were named the Artist To Watch, the Best Video Woodie went to Childish Gambino’s “Sober,” and he also was awarded the Next Level Performance award too. The Co-Sign Woodie went to “All About It” (Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran), while Jack and Jack took home the Social Climber award. Vance Joy’s “Riptide” (Taylor Swift) won the Cover Woodie, and the College Radio Woodie was awarded to the University of Pittsburgh’s WPTS. Fall Out Boy received the greatest honor of the night, by receiving the first ever Hall of Wood award.
The mtvU Woodie Awards is a show that is voted on by college students. The inaugural awards show begin in 2005, and some of the winners from the first year included Death Cab for Cutie and The Afters. Some of the other previous winners of the Woodie awards include Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley, The Plain White T’s, Drake, Skrillex, and Ed Sheeran. The Woodie awards show, which is geared towards college students, also gives grants to student groups. Each year, MTVU gives $1000 dollar grants for students doing positive things in the community. MTVU also encourages college filmmakers with their “Film Your Issue” competition. The film contest features 30 to 60 second films that were made by US students (ages 18 to 26 years old). The five winners of the contest are shown on mtvU, and the winner is awarded with an internship at The Walt Disney Company.
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