|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the music industry|
|Presented by||Philippine Association of the Record Industry|
The Awit Awards are music awards in the Philippines given annually by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) to recognize the outstanding achievements in the music industry. The word "Awit" means "song" literally in Tagalog.
The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.
The Philippine Association of the Record Industry is a non-profit and private trade organization, that represents the recording industry distributors in the Philippines.
The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows, audio and video recordings, compositions and sheet music, and the organizations and associations that aid and represent music creators. Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who create new songs and musical pieces; the singers, musicians, conductors and bandleaders who perform the music; the companies and professionals who create and sell recorded music and/or sheet music ; and those that help organize and present live music performances.
The first awards were given in 1969 at a ceremony in Makati. After three awards ceremonies were held, the Awit Awards were discontinued in 1972. In 1988, PARI brought back the awards and today, the organization still handles these awards.
The 1st Awit Awards were held in March 23, 1969, in Makati. These awards recognized musical achievements for the year 1968. This was the only award ceremony organized by the Awit Awards Executive Committee after the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS) took charge the next year.
Makati,, officially the City of Makati,, or simply known as Makati City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in Metro Manila, Philippines.
The idea for Awit Awards was conceived by Oskar "Oskee" Salazar, the Billboard correspondent for the Philippines at that time, in late 1968.The first awards ceremony was held in March 23, 1969 that took place in Makati. It was organized by the Awit Awards Executive Committee, which composed of representatives from different record companies, with Salazar as their chairman. Winners were voted by a jury composed of 15 people which were selected by the Awit Awards Executive Committee. The jurors were chosen by their jobs in the music industry such as a record retailer, jukebox operator, entertainment/music writer or a radio station program director.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that will play a patron's selection from self-contained media. The classic jukebox has buttons with letters and numbers on them that, when entered in combination, are used to play a specific selection.
Days before the second awards, they decided to create a formal academy called the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS), replacing the Awit Awards Executive Committee. The academy was headed by Danny Villanueva, the outgoing president of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), as the chairman alongside Salazar as the co-chairman. It was composed of 75 members.The second awards was held in July 1970 while the third happened in June 1971. These two ceremonies were administered by the academy. From 1972 until 1987, no Awit Awards ceremonies were held.
In 1988, the Philippine Association of the Record Industry resurrected the Awit Awards. Instead of following the previous numbering pattern, they decided to call the 1988 awards as the 1st Awit Awards. This pattern continued until now.
Any recording company which is a member of the PARI can submit entries for Awit Awards. A non-member recording company can qualify if it has a business arrangement with a PARI member such as licensing, distributing and marketing. The entries that could be submitted are based on the eligibility period when the music was released. The eligibility period is always from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year. Nominations may only be awarded to any person with Filipino heritage, resident or non-resident of the Philippines. Foreigners must show documents certifying their Filipino heritage.
All entries would be then screened by judges. The jury comprises radio personnel, entertainment journalists, television personalities, composers, brand/marketing professionals and musicians. For the technical achievement categories, judges could either be a sound/vocal/musical engineer, television commercial producer, film director or someone from the media. The judges would vote on all entries and the five highest scoring entries would become the nominees for each category.A category could have more than 5 nominees if there's a tie.
Nominees in each category would go through another voting round with the highest scoring finalists would be then declare as the winners in the awards night.
Currently, the ballots are audited by the Isla Lipana & Co., a Philippine member firm of the PricewaterhouseCoopers.
|Presented by: the Awit Awards Executive Committee and the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|1st||March 23, 1969||—||Makati||—|
|2nd||July 16, 1970||—||—||—|
|3rd||June 1971||Manila Hotel||Manila||—|
|Presented by: the Philippine Association of the Record Industry|
|1st||December 5, 1988||—||—||—|
|3rd||June 29, 1991||Metropolitan Theater||Manila||Jose Mari Chan & Sharon Cuneta|
|6th||June 26, 1993||Philippine International Convention Center||Pasay||—|
|7th||June 25, 1994||—|
|8th||June 17, 1995||University of the Philippines Theater||Quezon City||—|
|9th||June 14, 1996||Meralco Theater||Pasig||—|
|10th||September 19, 1997||AFP Theater||Quezon City||Francis Magalona|
|11th||June 26, 1998||University of the Philippines Theater||Dingdong Avanzado & Geneva Cruz|
|12th||November 23, 1999||AFP Theater||—|
|13th||November 8, 2000||Ryan Cayabyab, Kuh Ledesma & Martin Nievera|
|14th||October 11, 2001||—|
|15th||September 19, 2002||Rachel Alejandro, Franco Laurel, Roselle Nava & Randy Santiago|
|16th||October 16, 2003||—|
|17th||September 9, 2004||NBC Tent||Taguig||Karel Marquez, Sarah Meier, KC Montero & Iya Villania|
|18th||May 26, 2005||AFP Theater||Quezon City||KC Montero|
|19th||June 15, 2006||PAGCOR Grand Theater||Parañaque||—|
|20th||August 8, 2007||NBC Tent||Taguig||Christian Bautista, Toni Gonzaga & Mo Twister|
|21st||November 26, 2008||Eastwood Central Plaza||Quezon City||Christian Bautista & Nikki Gil|
|22nd||December 7, 2009||Filoil Flying V Arena||San Juan||Eugene Domingo & Piolo Pascual|
|23rd||September 30, 2010||SM Mall of Asia||Pasay||Tutti Caringal, Yeng Constantino & Karylle|
|24th||December 12, 2011||Music Museum||San Juan||Billy Crawford & Nikki Gil|
|25th||November 27, 2012||Glorietta||Makati||Denise Laurel, Krista Kleiner, Anthony Semerad & David Semerad|
|26th||December 11, 2013||Sequoia Hotel||Quezon City||—|
|27th||December 12, 2014||Newport Performing Arts Theater||Pasay||Marion Aunor & Josh Padilla|
|28th||December 9, 2015||Music Museum||San Juan||Christian Bautista, Yeng Constantino & Karylle|
|29th||December 7, 2016||Tippy Dos Santos & Matteo Guidicelli|
|30th||November 26, 2017||Kia Theatre||Quezon City||Tippy Dos Santos & Donny Pangilinan|
Technical Achievement Awards
People's Choice Awards
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