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MTV VMAs Digs Disco

Published August 2, 2006 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
Panic! At the Disco Panic! At the Disco
When my little sister handed me the CD for Panic! At the Disco to help me with my drive to an indie premiere in LA I couldn't get too into the band and their music. Don't get me wrong, I dug what they were trying to do but the style was too new for a single freeway jaunt.

Once Panic! At the Disco began to appear on the radio and MTV, however, I quickly gave the band another chance and followed suit. Yes, they do have quite a few songs and, yes, 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies.' Call me a sell out or whatever you want, but I have appreciated their tunes while also writing articles right here on CanMag; so there.

Because of their newly established support, it should come as no surprise that the band was able to garner some love from the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV Video Music Awards Nom Panic! At the Disco

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At the Disco has been nominated for five 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The nominations, for their debut video "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," include Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Rock Video, Best New Artist in a Video and Best Art Direction in a Video. The Las Vegas four-piece has also been confirmed to perform at the ceremony, which takes place August 31st in New York City.

This has been a monumental year for the band. Their debut, "A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT" (Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen), has been certified platinum and continues to climb the charts -- it is currently #17 on the Billboard 200 almost a year after release. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" hit #1 on MTV and is one of the top viewed videos on YouTube, while their second video "But It's Better If We Do" is fast becoming a TRL mainstay.

"A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT" is complex and creative, with "electronic drums, barrel house piano and synth stabs amid speedy, stutter-stepping grooves and sweet-and-sour vocals," says Rolling Stone. Panic! At the Disco graced the cover of Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need to Know" in 2006 issue, Blender selected them as one of their Hot 100 Artists and SPIN named singer Brendon Urie as one of their Top 25 Artists Under 25 and chose them for the cover of its October issue. The Panic! has spread overseas, as well, with a certified gold album in the UK, a sold-out UK headlining tour, airplay on Radio One and their faces on the covers Big Cheese, Rock Sound, Kerrang and NME.

The VMA announcement comes on the heels of a sold-out nationwide headlining tour, which includes a performance at Lollapalooza August 4th.

The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards airs on August 31 at 8PM.

Stay tuned for updates.

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