Despite the unprecedented challenges brought forth by the pandemic, the 6th Wish Music Awards pushed through on January 17, Sunday — bringing the power of music and charity to the fore at a time when people need it most.
The WMAs in the new normal
The awards night was livestreamed on the Wish YouTube channel, with broadcast emanating from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The iconic live events venue housed a limited number of people which included nominated acts who opted to join the show on-site, record label representatives, hosts, performers, and organizers. To keep the attendees safe, all who went to the Big Dome underwent a swab test. Strict health protocols were also implemented.
Other nominated artists joined via video conferencing.
For this year, a total of 70 acts vied under 20 categories. These artists are those who have rendered Wish Bus performances and released songs within the eligibility period, which is from November 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
The winners were determined through a select panel of judges (70%) and through online votes (30%). For the 6th WMAs, Wish 107.5 received a record-breaking 3.9 million votes from the public through its website and mobile app.
Below is the complete list of winners.
Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year
Wishclusive Ballad Performance of the Year
Wishclusive R&B Performance of the Year
Wishclusive Rock/Alternative Performance of the Year
Wishclusive Hip-hop Performance of the Year
Wishclusive Contemporary R&B Performance of the Year
Wishclusive Contemporary Folk Performance of the Year
Wishclusive Collaboration of the Year
Wish Pop Song of the Year
Wish Ballad Song of the Year
Wish R&B Song of the Year
Wish Rock/Alternative Song of the Year
Wish Hip-hop Song of the Year
Wish Contemporary R&B Song of the Year
Wish Contemporary Folk Song of the Year
Wish Song Collaboration of the Year
Best Quarantine-Produced Song
Wish Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Wish Group of the Year
Wish Artist of the Year
Wishers’ Choice Award: SB19
KDR Icon of Music and Philanthropy: Arnel Pineda
KDR Icon of Musical Excellence: Rey Valera
Wishclusive Elite Circle Awardees
Bronze Wishclusive Elite Circle (10 million views)
Silver Wishclusive Elite Circle (25 million views)
Gold Wishclusive Elite Circle (50 million views)
Platinum Wishclusive Elite Circle (75 million views)
Continuing the tradition
While this year’s WMAs were unlike any of its previous editions, the event still carried the same spirit and tradition.
Apart from celebrating Filipino artists and the works that they delivered during the past year, the awards night also highlighted its advocacy of paying it forward. Php 100,000 was given to each of the chosen beneficiaries of the winning acts, while the artists themselves received Php 25,000.
On top of this, a total of Php 300,000 was donated to three key organizations that are providing support to the affected workers in the live events and music industries during the pandemic. These groups are the National Live Events Coalition PH, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit, and Roadie Superstar.
Another Php 70,000 went to the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. as its founder, Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda, was named as this year’s KDR Icon of Music Philanthropy.
Upon accepting the special distinction, he noted that the grant will “surely make a difference in the lives of the scholars that the foundation has been supporting for the past seven years.”
For this year, Wish 107.5 donated a total of Php 2.87 million to the WMAs’ winning artists and beneficiaries.
In his speech, Wish 107.5’s President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon shared that the station will “intensify the use of its platform to spread music, charity, and optimism,” especially during these tough times.
“And most importantly, together with the whole music industry, we will continue to pray to the Almighty for strength, resilience, and hope — dahil alam natin na ang Dios ang mag-iingat sa ating mga puso’t isipan (because we know that God will keep our hearts and minds),” he further remarked.
This event is made possible by our event presenters Man of Steel — Tayo Na! and PGA Sompo Insurance Corporation — Your Trusted Partner in Protection; co-presenters Puregold — Always Panalo and LG Electronics — Life’s Good, Huawei — Make it Possible; major sponsors EO, Executive Optical — Love Your Eyes, Eyeberry — Better Eyes for Better Life, and Kumu — Kumu Sama All, Where Authentic Connections Happen; minor sponsors Cartier Telecom — Your Latest Gadget On Hand, Neurotain — The Memory Enhancer, Ricoverin — An Effective Immunity Booster, TPG — Choose Life, Choose Day-Shift!, and Tough Mama — Nobody’s Tough Like Mama; and our partners BES House of Chicken, Daniel’s Coffee, Salut, EFS Apparel, Marcid Blue, ERC Travel Services, KDR Adventure Camp, Small Ville Dive Center and Resort, KDR Studios and Productions Incorporated, KDR Music House Company, Morong Star Hotel and Resort, and Clairee’s Flower Shop.