|25th Awit Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the music industry|
|Presented by||Philippine Association of the Record Industry|
The Awit Awards are the most prestigious music awards in the Philippines given annually by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) to recognize the outstanding achievements in the music industry. The word "Awit" means "song" literally in Filipino language.
The first awards were given in 1969 at a ceremony in Makati. After three awards ceremonies were held, the Awit Awards were discontinued in 1972. In 1988, PARI brought back the awards and today, the organization still handles these awards.
The Awit Awards has five objectives:
- To recognize exceptional works of music and the people working behind it;
- To promote the Philippine music industry, artistry, and legacy;
- To champion music making and production, at par with global trends and excellence;
- To showcase talents in an event dedicated to music; and
- To reinforce the fight against piracy.
The idea for Awit Awards was conceived by Oskar "Oskee" Salazar, the Billboard correspondent for the Philippines at that time, in late 1968. The first awards ceremony was held in March 23, 1969 that took place in Makati. It was organized by the Awit Awards Executive Committee, which composed of representatives from different record companies, with Salazar as their chairman. Winners were voted by a jury composed of 15 people which were selected by the Awit Awards Executive Committee. The jurors were chosen by their jobs in the music industry such as a record retailer, jukebox operator, entertainment/music writer or a radio station program director.
Days before the second awards, they decided to create a formal academy called the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (PARAS), replacing the Awit Awards Executive Committee. The academy was headed by Danny Villanueva, the outgoing president of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS), as the chairman alongside Salazar as the co-chairman. It was composed of 75 members. The second awards was held in July 1970 while the third happened in June 1971. These two ceremonies were administered by the academy. From 1972 until 1987, no Awit Awards ceremonies were held.
In 1988, the Philippine Association of the Record Industry resurrected the Awit Awards. Instead of following the previous numbering pattern, they decided to call the 1988 awards as the 1st Awit Awards. This pattern continued until now.
Nomination process 
Any recording company which is a member of the PARI can submit entries for Awit Awards. A non-member recording company can qualify if it has a business arrangement with a PARI member such as licensing, distributing and marketing. The entries that could be submitted are based on the eligibility period when the music was released. The eligibility period is always from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year. Nominations may only be awarded to any person with Filipino heritage, resident or non-resident of the Philippines. Foreigners must show documents certifying their Filipino heritage.
All entries would be then screened by judges. Judges came from the radio stations or an entertainment journalist, television personality, composer, brand/marketing professional or a musician. For the technical achievement categories, judges could either be a sound/vocal/musical engineer, television commercial producer, film director or someone from the media. The judges would vote on all entries and the five highest scoring entries would become the nominees for each category. A category could have more than 5 nominees if there's a tie.
Nominees in each category would go through another voting round with the highest scoring finalists would be then declare as the winners in the awards night.
Currently, the ballots are audited by the Isla Lipana & Co., a Philippine member firm of the PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Awards ceremonies 
|Presented by: the Awit Awards Executive Committee and the Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|1st||March 23, 1969||—||Makati||—|
|2nd||July 16, 1970||—||—||—|
|3rd||June 1971||Manila Hotel||Manila||—|
|Presented by: the Philippine Association of the Record Industry|
|1st||December 5, 1988||—||—||—|
|3rd||June 29, 1991||Metropolitan Theater||Manila||Jose Mari Chan & Sharon Cuneta|
|6th||June 26, 1993||Philippine International Convention Center||Pasay||—|
|7th||June 25, 1994||—|
|8th||June 17, 1995||University of the Philippines Theater||Quezon City||—|
|9th||June 14, 1996||Meralco Theater||Pasig||—|
|10th||September 19, 1997||AFP Theater||Quezon City||Francis Magalona|
|11th||June 26, 1998||University of the Philippines Theater||Dingdong Avanzado & Geneva Cruz|
|12th||November 23, 1999||AFP Theater||—|
|13th||November 8, 2000||Ryan Cayabyab, Kuh Ledesma & Martin Nievera|
|14th||October 11, 2001||—|
|15th||September 19, 2002||Rachel Alejandro, Franco Laurel, Roselle Nava & Randy Santiago|
|16th||October 16, 2003||—|
|17th||September 9, 2004||NBC Tent||Taguig||Karel Marquez, Sarah Meier, KC Montero & Iya Villania|
|18th||May 26, 2005||AFP Theater||Quezon City||KC Montero|
|19th||June 15, 2006||PAGCOR Grand Theater||Parañaque||—|
|20th||August 8, 2007||NBC Tent||Taguig||Christian Bautista, Toni Gonzaga & Mo Twister|
|21st||November 26, 2008||Eastwood Central Plaza||Quezon City||Christian Bautista & Nikki Gil|
|22nd||December 7, 2009||Filoil Flying V Arena||San Juan||Eugene Domingo & Piolo Pascual|
|23rd||September 30, 2010||SM Mall of Asia||Pasay||Tutti Caringal, Yeng Constantino & Karylle|
|24th||December 12, 2011||Music Museum||San Juan||Billy Crawford & Nikki Gil|
|25th||November 27, 2012||Glorietta||Makati||Denise Laurel, Krista Kleiner, Anthony Semerad & David Semerad|
Award categories 
Current categories 
Performance Awards 
Creativity Awards 
Technical Achievement Awards 
Digital Awards 
People's Choice Awards 
Special Awards 
See also 
- "About Awit Awards". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- Philippine Gala to Bow Awit Awards. Billboard. 23 November 1968. p. 70. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Awit Adds to Award List to Push Music. Billboard. 15 March 1969. p. 63. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- PARAS Acad. Is Founded. Billboard. 11 July 1970. p. 71. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Academy Revamp Delays Philippine AWIT Awards. Billboard. 5 June 1971. p. 48. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "General Rules and Regulations for the Awit Awards". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Retrieved October 21, 2012.