Nas, Common, David Banner, Others Nominated For ‘Woodie’ Awards

mtvU, MTV’s

college network, announced the nominees for the 2005 “mtvU Woodie Awards”

– the only show honoring the music voted best by the college audience.

While the nominees are from all genres of music, Hip-Hop artists

are primed to dominate several of the nomination categories.

Held for, with, and by the college community, the “mtvU

Woodie Awards” pay tribute to those artists who have won over hearts,

but not necessarily the Billboard charts.

Hip-Hop acts such as Paul Wall, Common, Nas, David Banner, Aesop

Rock, Mike Jones and Alchemist have all been nominated for awards.

“College students are prophesying the future of music,

today," said Stephen Friedman, GM, mtvU. "With our first ever live

Woodie Awards event, the music they live their lives to takes center stage,

and the rest of the world gets to see what’s about to break big.”

The nominees are typically emerging and influential artists

that will be voted on by the college audience.

For the first time, this year’s ceremony will be shot

live featuring a full line-up of performers, presenters and more that will be

announced in the upcoming weeks.

Additionally, this year’s “Woodie Award” will

once again be made of wood designed and handcrafted by students at The New School.

Hip-Hop nominees for the second-annual “mtvU Woodie Awards”

are:

Woodie of the Year – (Artist of the Year)

Common (MCA)

The Breaking Woodie – (Best Emerging Artist)

Paul Wall (Atlantic Records)

Best Video Woodie – Live Action – (Best

Live Action Video)

Nas & Olu Dara – “Bridging the Gap” (Atlantic

Records)

Aesop Rock – “Fast Cars” (Definitive Jux)

(Animated)

Alumni Woodie – (a.k.a. The You’re Still

OK in our Book Award)

Mos Def (Geffen Records)

For complete information

on the “mtvU Woodie Awards” including programming information, news,

details on the nominees, presenters, performers and much more, visit www.mtvU.com

[http://www.mtvU.com]

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