MVA Madness Round 2: GREEN

The first round in the green brackets saw a whole lot of upsets - hopefully it didn't totally ruin your bracket predictions! The full updated brackets can be seen here, and once you're done voting in these polls, don't forget to weigh in at the ORANGE, BLUE, and YELLOW quadrants. For now though, let's take a look and see what's been happening with these storytelling video stars.

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UPDATE: These polls have now closed! Scroll down to see the results, and check back soon for the Sweet 16 of the competition!

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Arcade Fire are the first major upset of the competition, and the only 16th seed to make it to the second round! They beat out the top seed, Guns N Roses, with little pushback. I suspect that being incredibly underrated and Canadian helps a lot. Meanwhile, Hayley Kiyoko managed to evade Troye Sivan's massive (and growing) following by releasing her new album and reminding everyone that she is more than just a video queen. She beat him by a total of 5 votes. Arcade Fire might give her some tougher competition, but we'll see what happens if she drops some new videos during this round! For now, we have plenty of back catalogue with which to entertain ourselves. 

For additional Hayley Kiyoko viewing: Curious, Gravel to Tempo, Cliff's Edge, One Bad Night, Girls Like Girls.

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This could get interesting, because both the Beastie Boys and David Bowie are seen as legends in the field, but their styles are dramatically different. Beastie Boys ousted the 5th seeded LL Cool J from the competition with their playful sense of humour, and Bowie edged MJB out of the competition with his gender-bending, metaphorical reflections. Now as they face off against one another, our decisions grow more and more difficult.

For additional Bowie viewing: Space Oddity, Lazarus, Day-In Day-Out, Blue Jean, Valentine's Day.

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Sigur Ros and Prince had rather opposite journeys to get them to this point. While Sigur Ros was battling R.E.M. until the bitter end with only one final vote giving them victory, Prince was shutting down Bon Jovi completely, winning the match 20-0. He could do it again, but something tells me the Purple legend might have a bit more of a struggle against younger, more modern artists like Jonsi and friends. Although musically I know exactly who I would vote for, the videos do complicate the voting, especially in this particular face-off.

For additional Sigur Ros viewing: Leaning Towards Solace, Óvedur, Ekki Múk, Hoppípolla, Glósóli.

For additional Prince viewing: KissLet's Go Crazy, U Got the Look, Raspberry Beret, Girls and Boys.

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I have to admit, I'm excited about this match. I won't tell you who I'm rooting for, but I expect this to be savage either way, because Taylor fans do not come to play, and P!nk fans are as often tough as she is. Taylor made it out alive and angry from a relatively tight race with Eminem in the first round. P!nk's progress, on the other hand, was never really in doubt as she faced rap pioneers, N.W.A. The choice between these two pop stars is up to you!

For additional P!nk viewing: What About Us, Raise Your Glass, Stupid Girls, Trouble, Please Don't Leave Me.

Time for the moment of truth - which 4 artists do you want to see in the sweet 16?