After an unprecedented pause prompted by the pandemic, live events are finally back and in full swing. And the recently concluded Wish Music Awards (WMAs) is one of the biggest to open the brand new year.
On January 22, 2023, Sunday, Wish 107.5 held the eighth edition of the WMAs at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Apart from showcasing the best artists, songs, and Wishclusives of the past year, the awards night celebrated the return of live music. Thousands of attendees who filled the venue to the brim saw stellar performances from Moira, Ben&Ben, Zack Tabudlo, Flow G, and more. It was a night of feels as people poured out their emotions not just on the performances, but on the acceptance speeches and spiels as well.
Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who was awarded the KDR Icon of Musical Excellence trophy for her significant contributions to the OPM industry, was one of the notable acts in attendance.
“Maraming maraming salamat po sa karangalang ito. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Panginoon for giving me this wonderful talent,” she said in her speech. For the younger generation of Filipino artists, she has this as her words of advice: “Keep creating music. Kayo ang future ng OPM.”
8th Wish Music Awards winners. Taking home the most number of awards is P-pop outfit SB19 who won in three major categories, including Group of the Year. It also marked the fourth time that the “Bazinga” act clinched the special Wishers’ Choice award, which is given to the nominee who garnered the highest number of public votes across all categories.
SB19 member and R&B-hip-hop soloist FELIP was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
The winners were determined by votes from a panel of judges (70%) and the public (30%).
Below is the full list of acts who bagged WMA trophies:
Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year
4th Impact – “Here We Go”
ena mori – “Vivid”
Maymay Entrata – “Amakabogera”
WINNER: SB19 – “Bazinga” (Beneficiary: Autism Society Philippines)
Breakout hip-hop acts Flow G and Nik Makino opened the night wearing space jumpsuits performing their smash hit, “Moon.” The two artists would later return for their own numbers. Nik proved that he could croon with “Kay Ganda” (performed with DJ Phat), while Flow G brought out rap icon Gloc-9 for a fiery live-band version of their hard-hitting breakup track, “Ibong Adarna.”
Moira, who is kicking off her world tour at the Big Dome on February 3, gave a glimpse of what her fans could expect with “Babalik Sa 'Yo” and “Kumpas.” The latter earned the songsmith her first recognition of the night: the Wish Ballad Song of the Year award. Soon after, she won Wish Artist of the Year — an accolade she also received in last year’s WMAs.