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So done with yawning, yipee started early and not intermittently at Awit Awards 2018.

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Times have changed and with it, how awards ceremonies are held in the Philippines. Recently, the reinvigorated Awit Awards showed how it should be done for today’s fans of Original Pilipino Music.

(Clockwise): Awit Awards sleek stage setup, Cinderella member Sunny Ilacad accepts the Dangal ng Parangal award with PARI Board members Atty Marivic Benedicto of Star Music Johnny K Sy of House Of Praise and Punch Liwanag of Vicor Music, Acapellago won Best Vocal Arrangement, Darren Espanto singing 'Dying inside', Aubrey Caraan with the best new female artist plum, IV of Spades, Leanne and Naara accept the best pop recording plum and Shanti Dope (mb.com.ph)

(Clockwise): Awit Awards sleek stage setup, Cinderella member Sunny Ilacad accepts the Dangal ng Parangal award with PARI Board members Atty Marivic Benedicto of Star Music Johnny K Sy of House Of Praise and Punch Liwanag of Vicor Music, Acapellago won Best Vocal Arrangement, Darren Espanto singing ‘Dying inside’, Aubrey Caraan with the best new female artist plum, IV of Spades, Leanne and Naara accept the best pop recording plum and Shanti Dope

Held over the weekend at the re-christened New Frontier Theater (formerly known as KIA Theatre), the ceremony went for a no-frills stage but still with the necessary accoutrement. These included massive LCDs and lights (nothing too fancy though), the band music backline (it wasn’t in the way), and still enough space for acts –from awardees, presenters to performers – to move about here and there freely.

Even the humble satellite stage was put to good use to break the monotony of just looking straight ahead, or to keep audience’s attention drawn away from main stage as it was constantly set up for the night’s various performances.

It was efficient, starting miraculously on time. There was a pre-show where trophies were dished out, among them to Karencitta for Best Regional Song and Acapellago for Best Vocal Arrangement.

Come main show, the Awit Awards did away with the repetitious. It was also economical in announcing category, nominees and winner, that dead-air was few and far between. That it started early and finished before it was 10:30 p.m. and still held most of the audiences, was an achievement for the Awit Awards committee, spearheaded this year by Johnny K. Sy and its production outfit, MCA’s in-house live production crew headed by Cris Hermosisima.

But the night’s biggest achievement was that it went for the young. The Awit Awards opened with the hot acts of today and, of course, the audience loved it.

Shanti Dope performed with Gloc-9 and they sang two songs, one of them “Nadarang,” deservedly this year’s Best Rap-Hiphop Recording.

The lovely duo of Leanne & Naara, who won Best Pop Recording for “Run Run” was all glammed up as they went through their number.

Solo act Fern was a one-man pop crew and played keyboard and guitars all in one song. Juan Karlos was in an angsty mood but nevertheless played convincingly.

Last year’s big winner Quest, and Keiko Necesario also performed. Keiko later won with Shehyee for Best Collaboration for “Bituin.” Darren Espanto who bagged the People’s Voice Favorite Male Artist (a recently added category won through text votes) sang his throwback hit “Dying Inside.” Myles Experience was in effect the night’s house band and held the backline just fine.

But IV of Spades, very much still standing on three members, was the biggest band to hit the stage that evening. The band aced a major nod with Record Of The Year with “Hey Barbara;” as well as Favorite Group Artist for People’s Voice.

Cinderella, the 70’s pop group that had the hits “T.L. Ako Sa’Yo,” “Tulak Ng Bibig, Kabig Ng Dibdib,” “Ang Boypren Kung Baduy,” “Paano Pa Kita Malilimutan” and “Sa Aking Pag-iisa” was accorded the Dangal Ng Parangal with original keyboardist-producer Sunny Ilacad receiving the award. The group’s past members included Yolly Samson, Gig Ilacad, Snaffu Rigor, Bob Guzman, Celso Llarina and Cecile Colayco.

With the music industry now gone full digital, Awit also recognized the past year’s most downloaded artist and song, as well as the most streamed act and song. This was unanimously won by Jona with her songs “You” and “Pusong Ligaw,” respectively.

Finally, every year we always point out a big winning artist or label for the awards show. But this clear star? Call us crazy, but it’s the Awit Awards itself. (All photos from Await Awards except those of Acapellago, Shehyee, Keiko Necessario, Aubrey Caraan from Viva Records)

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List of winners/awardees:

Performance Awards

1. Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist – “Titibo – Tibo” by Moira dela Torre /Star Music
2. Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist – “Idjay” by Davey Langit /Star Music
3. Best Collaboration – “Bituin” by Shehyee and Keiko Necesario /Viva Records
4. Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist – “Hey Barbara” by IV of Spades /Warner Music
5. Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist – “Ang Bagal Mo Chong” by Aubrey Caraan/Viva Records
6. Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist – “Invincible” by Joseph Santos /Viva Records
7. Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist – “Till the Speakers Blow” by Sub Projekt /Homeworkz Entertainment

Creativity Awards

1. Album of the Year “Soul Supremacy” by KZ Tandingan, REQ, Michael Pangilinan,
and TJ Monterde
Malou N. Santos & Roxy A. Liquigan – Star Music
Line Producers: Jonathan Manalo, Jungee Marcelo, Kiko Salazar, Roque “Rox” B. Santos, Shorya Sharma, Edwin Marollano
2. Song of the Year – “TRPKNNMN” – Composer Aristotle C. Pollisco – Universal Records
Record of the Year “Hey Barbara” by IV of Spades
Producer: Jinno Mina
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Ong /Warner Music Phils.
3. Best Ballad Recording – “Naririnig Mo Ba” by Morisette /Star Music
Producers: LJ Manzano & Jonathan Manalo
Composers: LJ Manzano & Joan Da
4. Best Pop Recording – “Run Run” by Leanne & Naara /Warner Music Phils.
5. Best Rock/Alternative Recording – “Manila” by Rivermaya /Star Music
6. Best World Music Recording – “Idjay” by Davey Langit /Star Music
7. Best Novelty Recording ”Gaga” by Nar Cabico /Produced by Nar Cabico and Jennylyn Mercado /GMA Records
8. Best Dance Recording – “Phone Down” by MOOPHS feat. Sam Concepcion
/Tarsier Records Inc., and MOOPHS
9. Best Inspirational Recording – “Leaves” by Ben & Ben /Warner Music Phils.
10. Best Christmas Recording – “Just Love” by Jimmy Antiporda
written by Jimmy Antiporda / Lloyd Oliver Corpuz / Christian Faustino / Robert Labayen / Star Music
11. Best Rap / Hiphop Recording – “Nadarang” by Shanti Dope
written by Patrick Ramos and Lestor Paul Vano /
Klumcee for Day Zero Prod. / Universal Records
12. Best R&B Recording – “Isang Numero” by Kris Lawrence,
written by Noah Zuniga / Homeworkz Music
13. Best Regional Recording – “Cebuanna” by Karen Ann ‘Karencitta’ Cabrera / Viva Records
Best Song Written for Movie / TV / Stage Play
14. Saglit Teleserye “The Better Half” by Moira dela Torre, produced by Jonathan Manalo / Star Music

Technical Awards

1. Best Musical Arrangement – “Matibay” by Marvin Querido / Star Music
2. Best Vocal Arrangement – “Peroplano” by Acapellago / Viva Records
3. Best Engineered Recording – “Nakakalokal” by Ogie Alcasid, Sound Engineer Angee Rozul,
Angee Rozul Studio/ Star Music
4. Best Cover Art – ‘Di Makatulog” by Nikolai Maverick / Warner Music Philippines
5. Music Video OTY – “Where Have You Been My Disco” by IV of Spades / Warner Music Philippines

Best Selling Album Of The Year

Album Title: JONA
Artist: Jona
Record Label: Star Music

Digital Music Award

1. Most Downloaded Song – “You” By Jona
2. Most Downloaded Artists – Jona
3. Most Streamed Song – “Pusong Ligaw” By Jona
4. Most Streamed Artist – Jona

People’s Voice Award

1. Favorite Collaboration – Jona Feat. Boybandph
2. Favorite Music Video Of The Year – “Hey” by Matteo Guidicelli
3. Favorite Song Of The Year – “Titibo Tibo” by Moira / Libertine Amistoso
4. Favorite Record The Year – “Kapit” by Christian Bautista
5. Favorite Album Of The Year – “R3.0” by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
6. Favorite Group Artist – IV Of Spades
7. Favorite New Group Artist – After5
8. Favorite New Female Artist – Sabu
9. Favorite Female Artist – Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
10. Favorite New Male Artist – Ian Veneracion
11. Favorite Male Artist– Darren Espanto

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