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 the unveiling of the match-up below, the Sweet 16 is entirely open for business. You can now vote for your favorite bands in all eight of the pairings, and many of them are super-tight battles between large-scale bands. The competitions promise to go right down to the wire, so stay diligent!
Voting for all Sweet 16 match-ups will close on Tuesday, March 29 at midnight. As always, you can follow all the voting here.
(2) Radiohead vs. (3) My Chemical Romance
This is what the Sweet 16 is all about: Two powerhouses going nose-to-nose in a conflict for the ages. In one corner, Radiohead advanced past TV on the Radio and Owl City with ease. In the opposite corner, My Chemical Romance (last year's finalists) have notched victories over Panda Bear and Rage Against the Machine. Who will survive, and what will be left of them? Vote to find out!
Check out Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice previewing the Sweet 16!
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.