Acoustic jazz sensation Zia Quizon won four awards to lead all winners in the 25th Awit Awards that took place Tuesday night at the newly reopened Glorietta 1 at Ayala Center in Makati.
The 21-year old daughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla and the late Comedy King Dolphy took home the awards for Best Female Recording and Best Recording by a New Female Artist for her huge 2011 hit, “Ako Na Lang” which also won Song of the Year for songwriter Jungee Marcelo.
In addition, her recording of “Simple Girl” also won Best Engineered Recording for Nikki Cunanan. In accepting their awards, both Cunanan and Marcelo were all praises for Zia, whom the latter described as “an extraordinary singer”.
It was Dolphy himself who recommended Zia to PolyEast Records to record with him a duet of the Irving Berlin classic, “You’re Just In Love (I Wonder Why)” for what would turn out to be his first and last full-length album, “Handog Ni Pidol”.
“His exact words to us were, ‘Baka gusto n’yong subukan ang anak ko. Magaling kumanta ang batang yan.’ So we did,” PolyEast Managing Director Chito Ilagan recalled to Interaksyon.
Talent pretty much runs in Zia’s family. Her half-sister Karylle is also an accomplished recording artist in her own right.
Other big winners of the annual event spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Recording Industry (PARI) were Gloc-9, Noel Cabangon, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, JayR, the R&B duo Thyro & Yumi, and Pupil.
Rapper Gloc-9 won Best Collaboration and Best Rap Recording for his anthemic “brain drain” smash, “Walang Natira”, featuring Sheng Belmonte. Noel Cabangon won Album of the Year for “Panaginip” and Best Christmas Recording for “Pasko Ng Pagbibigayan”.
Pop princess Sarah Geronimo arrived at the ceremonies just in time to receive her award for Bestselling Album of the Year for “One Heart”, which she dedicated to composer Vehnee Saturno who wrote five tracks in the record. Sarah also won a special digital award for “Sino Nga Ba Siya”, which snagged EGG’s AllHits.ph Most Downloaded Song for 2011.
Thyro & Yumi ‘s hit, “Kiss (Never Let Me Go)”, won Best R&B Recording and Best Performance by a New Group or Recording Artists, while an elated JayR went up to the stage twice to receive awards for Best Vocal Arrangement for “O Holy Night” and Best Dance Recording for “Connection”, which was actually a recording of Chelo A. featuring him and Q-York.
Bamboo and Pupil only one won award each but they were huge. Bamboo’s recording of “Questions” is honored with the Best Male Performance while Pupil’s “20/20” won Music Video of the Year.
Hosted by Denise Laurel, Krista Kleiner and twin brothers Anthony and David Semerad, this year’s edition of the Awit Awards was a star-studded affair that were also graced by performances from Zia Quizon, Moonstar88, The Company, Luke Mijares, Zendee Rose, Young JV, Bryan Termulo, Callalily, Zia Quizon, Erik Santos, Ebe Dancel, Gloc-9, Richard Poon, Gary Valenciano and Bamboo.
In addition to the regular awards, pillars of the local OPM industry were also honored. Jose Mari Chan was given a special citation while Dolphy, Kuh Ledesma, Regine Velasquez (as represented by husband Ogie Alcasid), Gary Granada and the Eraserheads (as represented by Ely Buendia and Buddy Zabala) were all presented with the Dangal Ng Musikang Pilipino Award.
Optical Media Board Chairman Ronnie Ricketts and Ambassador James Dy were also recognized with a Special Citation from PARI for their Fight Against Piracy.
The complete list of winners:
Album of the Year: “Panaginip” by Noel Cabangon
Best-Selling Album of The Year: “One Heart” by Sarah Geronimo
Song of the Year: “Ako Na Lang” written by Jungee Marcelo for Zia Quizon
Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist: “Questions” by Bamboo
Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist: “Ako Na Lang” by Zia Quizon
Best Collaboration Recording: Gloc-9 and Sheng Belmonte for “Walang Natira”
Best Performance by New Group Recording Artists: Thyro & Yumi for “Kiss (Never Let Me Go)”
Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist: Ney Dimaculangan for “Ligaw”
Best Performance by A New Female Recording Artist: Zia Quizon for “Ako Na Lang”
Best Ballad Recording: “Hindi Kita Iiwan” by Sam Milby
Best R&B Recording: “Kiss (Never Let Me Go)” by Thyro & Yumi
Best Rock/Alternative Recording: “Save Me” by Letter Day Story
Music Video of the Year: “20/20” by Pupil
Best Group Recording Artists: “Ulap” by Voyz Avenue (now known as Takeoff)
Best Rap Recording: “Walang Natira” by Gloc-9 feat. Sheng Belmonte
Best Dance Recording: “Connection” by Chelo A. feat. Q-York and Jay-R
Best Jazz Recording: “Sa Iyo Lang” by Tricia Garcia
Best World Music Recording: “Para sa Tao” by Humanfolk
Best Novelty Recording: “Nananana” by Randy Santiago, Rico J. Puno, and John Estrada
Best Inspirational and Religious Recording: “Sino Ako” by Fatima Soriano
Best Performance by a Child: Maria Aragon for “Born This Way”
Best Christmas Recording: “Pasko Ng Pagbibigayan” by Noel Cabangon
Best Musical Arrangement: “Tuloy na Tuloy Pa Rin ang Pasko” by Albert Tamayo
Best Vocal Arrangement: “O Holy Night” by Jay-R
Best Engineered Recording: “Simple Girl” (by Zia Quizon) engineered by Nikki Cunanan
Best Album Package: “Kinse Kalibre” (Slapshock), album concept by Team Manila
Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage Play: “Sabay Tayo” (from “The Biggest Loser Philippines”) by Mayonnaise
I-Gateway Mobile Philippines Inc.’s Most Downloaded Song for 2011: “Nang Dahil sa Pag-ibig” by Bugoy Drilon
EGG’s AllHits.ph Most Downloaded Song for 2011: “Sino Nga Ba Siya” by Sarah Geronimo
I-Gateway Mobile Philippines Inc.’s Most Downloaded Artist for 2011: Sabrina
ABS-CBN Interactive’s Most Downloaded Song for 2011: “Hey Daydreamer” by SomeDayDream
ABS-CBN Interactive’s Most Downloaded Artist for 2011: SomeDayDream
Special Citation from the PARI for the OMB’s Fight Against Piracy: Ronnie Rickets and Ambassador James Dy
Special Citation: Jose Mari Chan
Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino Award: Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma, Gary Granada, Dolphy, and Eraserheads