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Moira is Pi­noy bet for EMA’s Best South­east Asian Act

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Moira dela Torre of the soft and smoky tones and of the hit songs Malaya, Tag­puan, Titibo-tibo and Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw is the Philip­pines’ bet for Best South­east Asian Act at the MTV Euro­pean Mu­sic Awards (EMA) 2019, which will be held at the FIBES Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter in Seville, An­dalu­sia, Spain on Nov. 3 and which will be aired over MTV.

A coun­ter­part of the Amer­i­can MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, the EMAs started giv­ing out awards in other coun­tries to honor artists and mu­sic in pop cul­ture in 1994. The awards re­flect the in­ter­na­tional and con­ti­nen­tal mu­sic scene and are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of ge­o­graph­i­cal ori­gin and of achieve­ment in di­verse mu­si­cal gen­res and dis­ci­plines. This is why there are the usual nom­i­nees like Best Song and Best Artist, plus also re­gional nom­i­nees. View­ers and fans are able to vote for their fa­vorite artists in all gen­eral cat­e­gories through the MTV web­site.

The EMAs started giv­ing out the Best South­east Asian Act cat­e­gory in 2013 to honor achiev­ers in coun­tries like Viet­nam, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines. The pre­vi­ous win­ners were: My Tam of Viet­nam; Sarah Geron­imo of the Philip­pines; Son Tung M-TP of Viet­nam; Dong Nhi of Viet­nam; James Reid of the Philip­pines; and Joe Fl­iz­zow of Sin­ga­pore.Moira is up against for­mi­da­ble com­peti­tors like singer and ac­tress Jan­nine Weigel of Thai­land; elec­tronic singer, song­writer and pro­ducer Jas­mine Sokko of Sin­ga­pore; hip-hop star Rich Brian of In­done­sia; rap­per and singer Suboi of Viet­nam; and singer and song­writer Yuna of Malaysia.

Here now are the nom­i­nees in the gen­eral cat­e­gories of the 2019 Euro­pean Mu­sic Awards:

•Best Song: Ari­ana Grande, 7 Rings; Bil­lie Eil­ish, bad guy; Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road (Remix); Becky G and Natti Natasha, Ba­nana; Shawn Men­des and Camila Ca­bello, Señorita.

•Best Video: Ari­ana Grande, thank u, next; Bil­lie Eil­ish, bad guy; Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road (Remix); Ros­alia and J. Balvin ft. El Guin­cho, Con

al­tura; Tay­lor Swift ft. Bran­don Urie of Panic! at the Disco, ME!.

•Best Artist: Ari­ana Grande; J Balvin; Mi­ley Cyrus; Shawn Men­des; Tay­lor Swift. •Best New

Artist: Ava Max; Bil­lie Eil­ish; Lewis Ca­paldi; Lil Nas X; Lizzo; Ma­bel. •Best Col­lab­o­ra­tion: BTS and Halsey, Boy with Luv; Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road (Remix); Mark Ron­son ft. Mi­ley Cyrus, Noth­ing Breaks Like A Heart; Ros­alia and J Balvin ft. El Guin­cho, Con al­tura; The Chainsmok­ers and Bebe Rexha, Call You Mine.

•Best Pop: Ari­ana Grande; Becky G; Camila Ca­bello; Halsey; Jonas Broth­ers; Shawn Men­des.

•Best Hip-Hop: 21 Sav­age; Cardi B; J.Cole; Nicki Mi­naj; Travis Scott.

•Best Rock: Green Day; Imag­ine Drag­ons; Liam Gal­lagher; Panic! at the Disco; The 1975.

•Best Al­ter­na­tive: FKA Twigs; Lana del Rey; Solange; twenty one pi­lots; Vam­pire Week­end.

•Best Elec­tronic: Calvin Har­ris; DJ Snake; Marsh­mello; Martin Gar­rix; The Chainsmok­ers. •Best Live: Ari­ana Grande; Nicki Mi­naj; Ed Sheeran; Cardi B; Travis Scott. •Best Push: Ava Max; Bil­lie Eil­ish; CNCO; H.E.R.; Jade Bird; Juice Wrld; Kiana Lede; Lauv; Lewis Ca­paldi; Lizzo; Ma­bel; Ros­alia. •Best World Stage: Bebe Rexha (Isle of MTV Malta 2019); Hailee Ste­in­feld (Isle of MTV Malta 2018); Muse (Bil­bao, Spain); The 1975 (Lol­la­palooza Paris 2019); twen­ty­one pi­lots (Lol­la­palooza Paris 2019). •Best Look: Halsey; Nicki Mi­naj; Lil Nas X; Lizzo; Ros­alia. •Big­gest Fans: Ari­ana Grande; Bil­lie Eil­ish; BTS; Shawn Men­des; Tay­lor Swift. And now here are some of the re­gional nom­i­nees: •Best Greater China Act: Click#15 (China); Fiona Sit (Hong Kong); Zhou Shen (China); Shin (Tai­wan); Timmy Xu (China); Feng Timo (China).

•Best In­dian Act: Emi­way Ban­tai; Ko­morebi; Parikrama; Pra­teek Kuhad; Raja Ku­mari.

•Best Ja­pa­nese Act: King Gnu; Nul­barich; Chai; Tam­palay; Chan­mina. •Best Korean Act: AB6IX; Ateez; CIX; Itzy; Iz One. •Best US Act: Bil­lie Eil­ish; Lil Nas X; Ari­ana Grande; Tay­lor Swift; Lizzo. •Best Cana­dian Act: Shawn Men­des; Avril Lav­i­gne; Carly Rae Jepsen; Johnny Or­lando; Alessia Cara. •Best UK & Ire­land Act: Lewis Ca­paldi; Dave; Ma­bel; Ed Sheeran; Lit­tle Mix.

Do check out the other nom­i­nees in the MTV EMA web­site.

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