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!
We’re half way through the South bracket, with a handful of bands jumping out to early leads (in an upset-in-the-making, No Doubt is already way ahead of Paramore). Here are two more match-ups, featuring a lot of underdogs who could really put the tournament on its ear.
Just as 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. Let’s get to the match-ups!
(6) Kid Rock vs. (11) Adele
At first glance, it seems like this would be something of a lopsided match-up. After all, Kid Rock is a veteran who has reached fans of rock, hip-hop, blues and country, and he effortlessly churns out his after hit, year after year. But Adele has picked up a tremendous amount of heat over the past few months, notching two weeks at the top of the Billboard Top 200 with her just-released second album 21 and turning more and more heads on both sides of the Atlantic. Can she pull off the upset, or will Detroit’s favorite son prevail?
(3) Mumford & Sons vs. (14) Tokio Hotel
Mumford & Sons are the Cinderella story of the year, a folk and bluegrass combo who have steadily picked up fans and respect all around the world (and they’ve sold a million albums to boot). Meanwhile, Tokio Hotel was the Cinderella story of last year’s Musical March Madness tournament, as they overcame their low seed to fly all the way to the Final Four before being ousted by eventual champs Coheed and Cambria. With a slightly better seed and a bit more experience under their belts, can Tokio Hotel make that extra push, or will Mumford & Sons spoil the party? Your votes decide it!
Watch Adele lay down her case for victory!
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.