The second annual MTV Musical March Madness tournament has finally wrapped up its first round, and what began as a field of 64 has now been whittled down to a group of 32. The second round of voting kicks off on Tuesday, March 22 with the Midwest bracket, and the coming rounds should provide some serious excitement.
Unlike the actual NCAA tournament, the first round of MTV’s Musical March Madness was mostly chalk, with many of the higher-seeded artists easily marching into the second round. But there were a handful of upsets, some of them more surprising than others.
The biggest headline-grabber was Sum 41, who as a 16 seed upended Grammy-winning and top-seeded Arcade Fire in a battle of Canadian hitmakers. The East bracket played host to a second upset when Rage Against the Machine toppled Cage the Elephant, despite the fact that Cage the Elephant currently have songs on rock radio and Rage Against the Machine haven’t recorded anything fresh in a decade.
The South bracket also featured two upsets, as 11th-seeded Adele took out Kid Rock, and Tokio Hotel toppled Mumford & Sons. Tokio Hotel’s success isn’t surprising, as they have one of the most devoted fan bases on the Internet, but Adele’s victory is probably because of the fact that she cut her own promo to support her Musical March Madness campaign.
The West bracket was made up entirely of chalk, which means that only higher-seeded squads won their match-ups. But there were two surprises in the Midwest, as Patrick Stump scored a victory over Neon Trees and Disturbed knocked off Dave Matthews Band (Disturbed’s win was particularly surprising, as DMB have a big online following).
The next round features some truly huge collisions between big names, including Green Day squaring off against U2, Kings of Leon taking on Paramore and 30 Seconds to Mars throwing down with Pearl Jam. Who will survive to make up the MTV Musical March Madness Sweet 16? Your votes will decide it, so check back frequently throughout the rest of the week for your chance to vote for your favorite artists.
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