The Nominations for the Pepsi Rock Band Music Video Promotion are Out

Today, Pepsi, MTV and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), have announced the nominees for the “2009 MTV Video Music Awards Best Performance in a Pepsi Rock Band Video” category. These five nominated bands were selected by MTV, Harmonix, and Pepsi based on their creativity, viewer rating, and originality.

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Over 650 Rock Band videos were submitted and only one band will take home this year’s first-ever Moonman for a Rock Band music video. Now the fates of the five finalists lie in the hands of voters, who can log on to through September 1 to cast their vote. The lucky band chosen will get to travel to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, walk the red carpet, receive their Moonman, and be featured in a television spot airing during the MTV VMAs.

Hosted by UK’s controversial comedian, Russell Brand, MTV’s 26th annual Video Music Awards will air live from New York City, for the 14th time in its history, on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.)

    Drum roll please. . . and the nominees are:
-- Blaq Star: Performing Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Shining Star.' These
talented musicians from the Bronx, New York take us on a psychedelic
journey back in time in their seventies inspired video paying tribute
to their music icons Earth, Wind & Fire.
-- Nerds in Disguise: Performing Lit's 'My Own Worst Enemy.' Putting
Springfield, Illinois on the map, Nerds in Disguise took more than
eight hours to shoot the kitchen party scene. The talented director
makes a cameo in the video doubling as the vengeful pizza man.
-- One (Wo)Man Band: Performing Joan Jett's 'Bad Reputation.' This
Virginia Beach, Virginia trio comprised of two nerds and a hot chick
reminds us why 80's music videos were so awesome - hot chicks and
-- The Sleezy Treezy: Performing OK Go's 'Here It Goes Again.' These
cutie pies from Birmingham and Homewood, Alabama (insert southern
drawl here) put blood, sweat and tears - not to mention a
Pepsi-inspired shower scene - into the making of this video and go on
a cops and robbers-style chase to get their Pepsi back.

-- Synopsis: Performing 30 Seconds To Mars' 'The Kill.' These Amarillo,
Texas natives totally remind us of Jared Leto's adolescent days on My
So-Called Life. This creative, thought-provoking video uses mirrors to
represent how we all like to at times pretend to be someone we're not.

The Pepsi Rock Band VMA category is part of a larger “Drink Up, Rock Out” summer long promotion giving away thousands of Rock Band DLC music tracks and games. As part of an ‘Under the Cap’ promotion running through September 13, 2009, Pepsi drinkers who see a Rock Band icon on specially-marked caps of 20oz or 1L bottles of trademark Pepsi products are encouraged to look under the cap for a code and then go to for a chance to win from an abundance of prizes.

Attributed to Ralph Santana, VP of colas, Pepsi-Cola North American Beverages:

    --  "The variety of submissions that came in from all parts of the country
offered the refreshed approach to music videos that we hoped to see at
the start of the program," said Ralph Santana, VP of colas, Pepsi-Cola
North America Beverages. "We're looking forward to learning which
talented band the voters will award with a Moonman."

Attributed to Christina Glorioso, Vice President Marketing Partnerships for MTV Games:

    --  "We were completely blown away by the level of creativity and passion
of our Rock Band fans. We agonized over picking the nominees as there
were so many original, funny, and diverse video entries to choose

Nominee Band Members

Blaq Star
-- Musie Ghebremedhin
-- Bereket Ghebremedhin
-- Antonio Devars
-- Jahmal Brooks

-- Jazmine Casiano

Nerds in Disguise
-- Matt Hartzler
-- Jake Giganti
-- Mike Ranos
-- David O'Brien
-- Charlie Clausner
-- Mitch Falter
-- Alec Veldhuizen
-- Shane Reynolds
-- Taylor Blake

-- Ben Parks

One Wo(man) Band
-- Justin Junda
-- Scott Hansen

-- Elisa Hansen

The Sleezy Treezy
-- Robert Hill
-- John Stevens
-- Ry Keel
-- Kevin Wehby
-- Marty Donaldson
-- Hannah Franklin
-- Ian Hazzelhoff
-- Cole Jolley

-- Zach Lee

-- Thomas Macias
-- Kristofer Fredrick

-- Jennifer Macias

Multi-Media Content
-- Finalists Videos (Screen shot of video with w/ embed Codes)
-- Blaq Star - 'Shining Star'
-- Nerds in Disguise - 'My Own Worst Enemy'
-- One (Wo)Man Band - 'Bad Reputation'
-- The Sleezy Treezy - 'Here It Goes Again'

-- Synopsis - 'The Kill'

-- Downloadable Photos

-- High res & low res screen shot of video submission page

-- Relevant Links & Twitter Feeds


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