It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned 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 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!
On Monday (March 14), MTV’s Musical March Madness launched with the Midwest bracket. Today (Tuesday, March 15), we move into the West, where some of the biggest names in music reside. Each of the 16 artists contained within the West bracket could win this tournament, but only the votes of the fans will decide who moves on and who stays home.
A reminder: First round voting continues through Sunday night (March 20), and you can catch up with any match-ups you might have missed here.
(1) 30 Seconds to Mars vs. (16) Yellowcard
The men of 30 Seconds to Mars earned themselves a number one seed in this year’s tournament through consistent performances and dominance over the competition. Plus, they have one of the strongest fan bases in all of music (that would be the Echelon, which guitarist Tomo Milicevic shouted out in his Musical March Madness promo video). In the opposite corner, Yellowcard are back from their hiatus, have a new album called When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes and seem primed to get back to the top of the rock world. Will 30 Seconds to Mars be their first conquest on the comeback? You vote to decide!
(8) Pearl Jam vs. (9) Train
The West bracket is full of veterans like these — squads who have been to the dance before and could become dangerous at any time. Train are coming off one of their biggest years ever on the back of the success of “Hey Soul Sister,” while Pearl Jam continue to deliver year after year (and as their new concert album Live on Ten Legs proves, they remain one of the stoutest guitar bands in the planet on stage). Which of these groups will scratch and claw their way to the next round? You tell us!
Watch Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice break down this year’s bracket!
Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.