Music industries of countries around the world have their own awards, the Philippines has its own. One in particular is the Awit Awards, begun in 1969 as a labor of love by the country’s then-correspondent to Billboard. It originally lasted only until 1971, but would be revived in 1988 by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI), which continues to annually hold the awards until now. As of last week PARI has begun releasing the list of nominees for the 2019 Awit Awards, and a scan of the names of singers and groups in the announcement indicates a strong presence of Star Music talents.
ABS-CBN News reports that the nominees for the 2019 Awit Awards was publicized around last Friday, July 19, by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry. The list contains many notable performers under the label of Star Music, formerly Star Records the music producing arm of ABS-CBN. Leading the Star Music talents in racking up nominations for the Awit Awards is Moira dela Torre, who churned out present-day OPM hits like “Tadhana” and “Tagpuan.” She also currently sits as judge on “Idol Philippines,” the third adaptation of the international “Idol” franchise and soon to conclude its inaugural season on ABS-CBN.
Dela Torre has no less than eight nominations across different categories in this year’s Awits, and she is not alone in representing Star Music. Following her is BRWN with seven nominations. Third place with six is Janine Tenoso, while sharing fourth place are This Band and Juan Karlos, both with five nominations to their names. Moira stands a chance to receive an Awit Award for each of these following categories: Record, Song, and Music Video of the Year and Best Ballad Recording, all for “Tagpuan;” Best Pop Recording for “Tagu-Taguan;” Best Collaboration for “Langit Lupa” with Iñigo Pascual; and Album of the Year for “Malaya.”
The 2019 Awit Awards has 30 categories for nomination, classified into five areas of music and recording: Performance, Creativity, Technical Achievement, Album Packaging and Music Video. Star Music talents also seem to account for no less than a third of all the nominees listed for the awards. As of the moment the Philippine Association of the Record Industry has not yet given a date for the Awit Awards ceremony, but it will likely be happening within the next few months.
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