It’s Musical March Madness! The sprawling bracket — both a parody and a tribute to the NCAA basketball tournament, masterminded by MTV News’ James Montgomery — takes the 65 biggest names in rock, splits them up into four regions, assigns them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 65. Over the next few weeks, we will present a series of polls that will allow you to vote for the match-ups presented in MTV News’ Band Bracketology. You vote for the winners, we’ll keep advancing the seeds and, in the end, we’ll have some sort of champion. What will the winner receive? Little more than our esteem (as well as that of the fans) and some Internet bragging rights.
Welcome to the Final Four! It has been a long, intense set of battles, but our field of 65 is down to the quartet of regional winners. They’ll throw down this weekend in a pair of killer match-ups. Voting will be open until Sunday, April 4 at 10 p.m. Eastern, and there’s a new twist in this round: You won’t be able to see the percentages until voting actually closes (we’re letting some special surprise guests reveal the final match-up on Monday, April 5). We move on to the second of our Final Four match-ups, a showdown between two of the best-supported bands in the entire field.
East Regional Champion Tokio Hotel vs. South Regional Champion Coheed and Cambria
In the NCAA basketball tournament, the lowest seed making the Final Four this year was a number five (both Butler and Michigan State had that number). But in MTV News’ Musical March Madness, the Final Four has a 15 (in Coheed and Cambria) and a 16 (Tokio Hotel). It’s no wonder, as the fans of both groups have committed themselves to getting each one through the many rounds of this tournament. But only one can make it to the finals, so which will compete for the chance to hoist the championship trophy?