Just when you thought Fall Out Boy (FOB) had reached their peak of recognition, MTV announced the band’s induction into their new “Hall of Wood.”
The “Hall of Wood,” a newly created MTV hall of fame, celebrates artists who have used the MTV Woodie Awards as a “launching pad” in achieving chart topping success within their musical careers.
The award also recognizes bands “sticking to their roots” and “maintaining their loyal fan base.”
FOB will be the first inductees into the hall and will be presented with the honor at the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards. Along with their induction, the band will also perform at the event from the 2015 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas March 16-20.
When FOB released their massive sixth studio album, “American Beauty/American Psycho,” the album instantly debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts.
Gina Esposito, mtvU Woodie Awards executive producer, believes FOB to be the embodiment of the spirit of the Woodies.
“They were among the first artists to win a Woodie as they went from playing dorm rooms to filling arenas,” Esposito said in an MTV press release.
Since the band has maintained their relevancy in multiple ways within the MTV audience, Esposito is proud to celebrate their legacy and staying power through trends, technology, and the music industry’s constant evolution.
FOB’s Pete Wentz also expressed his excitement upon the announcement of his band’s Hall of Wood induction, saying the Woodies are a part of “Fall Out Boy’s history.”
Since the two have been together since their first ever “Streaming Woodie” win in 2004 for “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy,” the band is honored to be the first inductees.
Although selecting FOB to be the first inductees into MTV’s new hall of fame seems fitting to some, other fans may feel differently due to their recent musical direction.
Angela Montejo, a sophomore nursing major, is pleased with MTV’s decision to showcase FOB as their first inductee.
“I’m so thrilled about them being recognized in a hall of fame,” she said. “They provided me with anthems which flood me with nostalgia each time I hear them. They are a great band from their beginning to present.”
Montejo believes any band that performs quality music for this length of time should be rewarded for doing so.
“I also think they deserve this because they really have contributed to the genre of alternative music,” she said. “Without them, I think what alternative is today would be much different.”
On another side, Montejo is unsure FOB’s new sound will be well preserved in a hall of fame.
“I love old Fall Out Boy the best,” she said. “Sugar We’re Going Down was the anthem to my middle school years. If any CD should place in them in a hall of fame that should be it.”
Montejo deems FOB’s newest sound “catchy and distinctive,” but does not see a lasting effect on the future.
“I don’t see it being labeled as classic alternative in 20 plus years,” she said. “Although it’s ironic that a CD which is well known for the song ‘Centuries,’ will be placing this band in a hall of fame for centuries to come.”
Catch FOB’s induction at 8 p.m. on Friday on MTV.