MTV’s Musical March Madness: Linkin Park Vs. R.E.M.

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!

With half the field in play in the second round of MTV’s Musical March Madness tournament, it’s time to dive into the bands that are left in the South region. Be sure to keep voting in the second round races that are already open, as many of them are getting tighter and tighter.

Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Sunday, March 27 at midnight. As always, you can follow all the voting here.

(1) Linkin Park vs. (8) R.E.M.
The men of Linkin Park took down a very game Sleigh Bells squad in the first round, clearing the way for their confrontation with R.E.M. (who had a surprisingly tight race against Hinder to advance). The Georgia band’s new album Collapse Into Now isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, but they have enough fight in them to give the juggernaut that is Linkin Park a tough run. Which one will advance to the Sweet 16? You decide!

Watch the breakdown of the first round and a preview of round two!

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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.