Grammy winners applaud big night for women in music

admin   •   February 11, 2019   •   1467

Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards | Reuters

Grammy award winners Dua Lipa, Kasey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile applauded on Sunday (February 11) the number of women winners, performers and nominees at this year’s awards.

British pop singer Dua Lip, who was named best new artist said she was honored so many women were nominated in her category.

“It’s a change we hope to see for many years to come. It’s a big difference from the previous years,” she told reporters backstage after the show.

Country artist Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for “Golden Hour.” She said both women artists and music industry executives should take responsibility for making women’s voices heard.

“It takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen,” she said.

Brandi Carlile, who won three awards in the Americana and Roots categories, said the past two decades had seen a ‘backslide’ from the female representation of the music industry in the 1990s.

“To watch that backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking. And tonight gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters,” she said.

This year’s Grammy nominees were dominated by women and the awards show, hosted by Alicia Keys, reflected that with rousing performances by Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry and Musgraves. — Reuters

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PHLPost launches Pinoy Music Icons Stamps

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has launched the “Pinoy Music Icons stamps” on November 15 at the historic lobby of the Manila Central Post Office.

The “Pinoy Music Icons stamps” proudly honors the iconic OPM Artists Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith.

This is in celebration of the 252nd Anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service and the 25th year of National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM).

The Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) has opened its lobby for a special exhibition of the Icons’ memorabilia from November 16 to 22.

OPM Artists Rene Garcia, Rico J. Puno, and Pepe Smith, according to PHLPost had paved the way for the further enhancement of Original Pilipino Music.—AAC

Wish 107.5 reaches 7 million subscribers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2019

This has been a good year for Wish 107.5 as they power through to remain as the number one FM YouTube channel in the country after reaching seven million subscribers on October 28.

It was in March this year when Wish 107.5 reached 5 million subscribers. A few months after, 6 million subscribers was reached and it continued to rise to 7 million.

Wish FM has never stopped to live up to its name as the ‘Gateway to the World’ for local artist as they showcase talents from all around the country through the Wish Bus. This proves that Original Filipino Music (OPM) continues to flourish.

Wish is also known as the ‘Music Station with a Heart’ for their various forms of advocacy, from recognizing talented local artists to providing assistance to their chosen charity.—AAC

OPM continues to thrive in the 32nd Awit Awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

OPM continues to thrive as the 32nd Awit Awards gives recognition to Filipino artists as well as the people behind making world-class Filipino music.

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) in partnership with Breakthrough & Milestones Productions Inc. (BMPI) will present the longest-running music awards on October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Frontier Theater.

It will feature live performances of Juan Karlos, IV of Spades, Ice Seguerra, This Band, TNT Boys, Autotelic, Unique, Moira, Elmo Magalona and The Hardware Syndrome, Jayda, Janine Teñoso, Inigo Pascual, and Gary Valenciano.

Some of the 32nd Awit Awards Finalists include:

Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist

  1. Isabela Vinzon – Right Now (MCA Music)
  2. Jaya – Hanggang Dito Na Lang (Star Music)
  3. Sarah Geronimo – Isa Pang Araw (Viva Records)
  4. Janine Teñoso – Di Na Muli (Viva Records)
  5. Marion Aunor – Akala (Viva Records)
  6. Kiana Valenciano – Caught U (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist

  1. Juan Karlos – Buwan (MCA Music)
  2. Darren Espanto – Poison (MCA Music)
  3. Gary Valenciano – Ililigtas Ka Niya (Star Music)
  4. James Reid – Right There (Viva Records/Careless Music)
  5. Mark Carpio – Ako Na Lang Sana (Warner Music)

Best Collaboration

  1. Mikee Misalucha & Joe Ramos – For The World (GMA Music)
  2. Erik Santos & Regine Velasquez-Alcasid – Pagbigyang Muli (Star Music)
  3. Moira dela Torre feat. Iñigo Pascual – Langit Lupa (Star Music)
  4. Julie Anne San Jose feat. Fern – Down For Me (Universal Records)
  5. Moira dela Torre & Nieman – Knots (Warner Music)
  6. Blue Jean Junkies & Julz Savard – Blue (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist

  1. StickFiggas – Ubasan (MCA Music)
  2. CRIB – Ibang Araw Na Lang (MCA Music)
  3. BRWN – So Good (MCA Music)
  4. TNT Boys – Sitsiritsit (Star Music)
  5. This Band – Kahit Ayaw Mo Na (Viva Records)

Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist

  1. Leila Alcasid – Completely In Love (Star Music)
  2. Jayda – Happy For You (Star Music)
  3. Maris Racal – Love Is Easy (Star Music)
  4. Shane Dandan – Nag-iisa (Viva Records)
  5. Elise Huang – Coffee (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist

  1. Chan Millanes – Tuldok (Polyeast Records)
  2. Juan Miguel Severo – Walls (Polyeast Records)
  3. Just Hush – Maikee’s Letters (Viva Records)
  4. Unique – Sino (Viva Records/OC Records)
  5. Ethan Loukas – Para Sa Akin (Warner Music)

Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist

  1. BRWN – So Good (MCA Music)
  2. Quacid – Pagkagising Ko (Star Music)
  3. TNT Boys – Sitsiritsit (Star Music)
  4. This Band – Kahit Ayaw Mo Na (Viva Records)
  5. Bopek – HNNP (Warner Music)

There are also finalists in Creativity Category, Technical Achievement Category, as well as, Album Packaging Excellence & Music Video Category.

BMPI’s The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Bradz and Plethora will be presenters during the awards night.

The 32nd Awit Awards will have a delayed telecast on UNTV News and Rescue Channel on the same day at 9:00 p.m.—AAC

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