Jack Antonoff to Host MTV Woodie Awards at SXSW

by Sophie Schillaci 8:40 AM PST, March 05, 2015
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Jack Antonoff is headed to Austin.

The Bleachers frontman and fun. drummer will host the MTV Woodie Awards on Friday, March 20, at the SXSW Music Festival in Texas. The show will air live at 9pm ET/8pm CT on MTV.

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"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," Antonoff said in a statement. "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."

Making their U.S. television debut at the show is the London-based electric-pop trio Years & Years, who topped the prestigious BBC "Sound of 2015" poll. The annual award has previously gone to acts including Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Jessie J.

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Big Sean will also perform at the Woodies, while presenters will include Wiz Khalifa, Zoe Kravitz, Tove Lo, Action Bronson, The Fat Jew and Marina & The Diamonds. The show aims to highlight the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking artists, both emerging and established, honoring the winners with (what else?) chunks of wood. This year's nominees include Ed Sheeran, Drake, Sia, FKA Twigs, Sam Smith, Raury and Childish Gambino.

ETonline will have boots on the ground in Austin, TX, later this month for all the SXSW action, so keep it here for the latest on the fest.