In 2014, Billboard.com hosted its first-ever Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament that pitted the most dedicated music followers against each other to determine which group of supporters was the loudest in the world. While BIGBANG’s fan army, the VIPs, won the inaugural championship last year over Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Echelon, the real winners were the members of every fan army in the competition: with over 200 million votes cast during the five rounds of showdowns, the Fan Army Face-Off showed just how mighty the roar of 64 different fan groups in the same place can sound.
Now, Fan Army Face-Off is BACK, with all of the biggest fan armies in music returning to once again compete and a rules shake-up that adds some interesting wrinkles to the annual competition. We’ve rounded up 63 of the most notable fan armies today, and through six rounds, we’ll let the fans themselves determine which groups plow forward, and which ones lack the juice to reach the championship. That’s right, we’ve more than doubled the number of fan armies competing this year, and we’ve also divided the brackets by genre, so that pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop and K-pop will all be represented in the Final Four!
One last change: we have 63 out of 64 fan armies in place for the tournament, but one spot is still up for grabs! We’re kicking off this year’s Fan Army Face-Off with a play-in round, with eight “teams” competing for one last spot in the pop bracket before the actual tournament officially begins. Which of these fan armies — Kesha’s Animals, Adam Lambert‘s Glamberts, Ellie Goulding‘s Gouldiggers, Josh Groban‘s Grobanites, New Kids on the Block‘s Blockheads, Avril Lavigne‘s Black Stars, Little Mix‘s Mixers or Cher Lloyd‘s Brats — deserves a spot in the big dance?
Voting begins July 8 at 12PM ET in the play-in round of the 2015 Fan Army Face-Off!
Round 1 begins July 9 at 3PM ET. Matchups Below:
One Direction‘s Directioners Vs. Play-In Winner
BIG BANG’s VIPs vs. B1A4’s Bana
2PM’s Hottest vs. Infinite’s Inspirit
2NE1’s Black Jacks vs. BTS’ Army
TVXQ’s Cassiopeia vs. Beast’s B2Uty
CNBLUE’s Boice vs. T-ara’s Queens
EXO’s EXO-L vs. Girl’s Day’s Dai5y
FTISLAND’s Primadonna vs. GOT7’s iGOT7
Girl’s Generation’s Sones vs. Sistar’s Star1
Aerosmith’s Blue Army vs. Motley Crue’s Crueheads
5 Seconds of Summer‘s 5SOSFAM vs. Slayer’s Slaytanic
Hip Hop and R&B Bracket:
Beyonce’s Beyhive vs. Future‘s Future Hive
Chris Brown‘s Team Breezy vs. Janelle Monae’s Fandroids
Adele‘s Daydreamers vs. A$AP Mob
Rihanna‘s Rihanna Navy vs. Trey Songs’ Trey’s Angels