Girls rule the 2019 Awit Awards
Sarah Geronimo, Janine Teñoso
Photos from Viva Records’ Facebook page

Girls rule the 2019 Awit Awards

SOUNDS FAMILIAR - Baby A. Gil (The Philippine Star) - October 16, 2019 - 12:00am

Juan Karlos and his hit rocker Buwan did very well with two awards and he certainly dominated the People’s Choice category with three wins. But it is a fact that it was the girls who ruled the 2019 Awit Awards with their major victories.

This is because Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo copped Best Performance and Soundtrack Queen Janine Teñoso got the big Record of the Year prize. And those are aside from bagging other trophies. Best of all though is acoustic stylist Moira dela Torre being proclaimed queen of the night with six wins including the coveted Album of the Year.

It would have been nice if all of the deserving nominees had gone home with trophies after the Awit Awards night held at the New Frontier Theater in Araneta City last Oct. 10. Let us not forget though that this is a competition and there are winners and losers. Everybody should not lose heart but try again in 2020.

Still, it is most heartening to have come across so many exciting recordings during the past year. At a time when the music industry is so volatile that artists and producers are frequently caught by surprise with unexpected developments, it is nice to know that Filipino artists are out there in the forefront and making great music.

•Album of the Year: Malaya by Moira dela Torre

•Record of the Year: Ang Awit Natin by Janine Teñoso

•Song of the Year: Tagpuan by Moira dela Torre

•Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist: Isa Pang Araw by Sarah Geronimo

•Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist: Buwan by Juan Karlos

•Best Collaboration: Knots by Moira dela Torre & Nieman

•Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist: Kahit Ayaw Mo Na by This Band

•Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist: Happy For You by Jayda

•Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist: Tuldok by Chan Millanes

•Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist: So Good by BRWN

•Best Ballad Recording: Hanggang Dito Na Lang by Jaya

•Best Pop Recording: Di Na Muli by Janine Teñoso

•Best Rock/Alternative Recording: Buwan by Juan Karlos

•Best World Music Recording: Jak En Poy by Bullet Dumas

•Best Dance Recording: Sarung Banggi by Sam Concepcion

•Best Rap/Hip-Hop Recording: Lagi by Gloc-9 ft. Al James

•Best R&B Recording: Take It To Forever by Jona, Jay-R and REQ

•Best Novelty Recording: Loco de Amor by the bennybunnyband

•Best Folk Recording: Branches by Ben&Ben

•Best: Inspirational Recording: Ililigtas Ka Niya by Gary Valenciano

•Best Christmas Recording: You Just Know It’s Christmas by The CompanY

•Best Jazz Recording: Patintero by Lara Maigue & the AMP Band

•Best RegionaI Recording: Hahay by Melody Hodgson from Cebu 

•Best Song Written for Movie/ TV/ Stage Play: Isa Pang Araw by Sarah Geronimo from the soundtrack of the motion picture Miss Granny

•Best Musical Arrangement: Paru-parong Bukid by Jack Rufo for Yeng Constantino

•Best Vocal Arrangement: Kariton by Happy Laderas for Acapellago

•Best Engineered Recording: So Good by Elvin Reyes for BRWN

•Album Packaging Excellence Award:  Grandma by Unique

•Music Video of the Year: Tagpuan by Moira dela Torre.

•Most Streamed Single: Tagpuan by Moira dela Torre

•Most Streamed Album: Malaya by Moira dela Torre

Here now are the winners of the People’s Choice Awards, a popularity competition wherein fans voted for their favorites:

•Favorite Song: Buwan by Juan Karlos

•Favorite Record: Buwan by Juan Karlos

•Favorite Male Artist: Juan Karlos

•Favorite Female Artist: Sarah Geronimo

•Favorite Group: TNT Boys

•Favorite New Male Artist: Just Hush

•Favorite New Female Artist: Maris Racal

•Favorite New Group: TNT Boys

•Favorite Album: Breakthrough by Julie Anne San Jose

•Favorite Collaboration: Down For Me by Julie Anne San Jose & Fern

•Favorite Music Video: Sugarol by Maris Racal

The Special Dangal Award went to the much lamented hip-hop artist Francis Magalona, who is truly deserving. Francis M not only set high standards for Pinoy rap music, it is still a fact that we still have to find a rap recording that equals the commercial appeal, artistic quality and sense of patriotism found in his legendary Mga Kababayan Ko.

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