SXSW Coverage: mtvU Woodie Awards & Festival 2015

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What do you get when you have Big Sean, Fall Out Boy and more play a show in the rain at SXSW? The 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards.

Ty Dolla $ign performing at the mtvU Woodies Festival on March 20th, 2015 (Benjamin Esakof/Roman's Rap-Up).

Officially put on by MTV subsidy mtvU, MTV's 24/7 college network, the Woodie Awards celebrate the best up-and-coming artists. In the past, the Woodies gave Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX their debut televised performance of "Fancy," Macklemore's "Same Love," and countless other artists the same chance. 

This year, mtvU added the "Woodies Festival," a 4-hour concert event leading up to the live broadcast of the award show. Artists featured at the festival included Ty Dolla $ign, Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne, Rae Sremmurd and more. The pouring rain didn't stop thousands from gathering, either. 

The award show opened with UK newcomers Years & Years, which was followed up with a Woodies tribute performance by host and lead singer of Bleachers, Jack Antonoff. Other performances included James Bay and Fall Out Boy, with the 2015 award show being closed out with a killer performance from Big Sean. 

See photos from the 2015 mtvU Woodies below: