For the 16th year, rock station NU 107, the Home of New Rock and home to my favorite radio show, Pirate Satellite Hours airing every Saturday from 9PM to 12 midnight is once again hosting its annual Rock Awards.
This year, it looks like the NU 107 Rock Awards are expanding beyond the traditional limits of rock music as we know it, in recognition of what the station describes as "a constantly evolving musical landscape" as "the lines between genres are progressively blurred."
"One of the greatest things about the Philippine music scene is its diversity. With a mix of tried-and-true OPM icons and a wellspring of up-and-coming talents, the landscape of local artistry always remains interesting, innovative and undeniably relevant," the station declares in its press statement announcing the awards. "This year, the 16th NU 107 Rock Awards is about providing a clear presentation of what the current state of the local rock scene is. NU 107 Rock Awards ’09: High Definition will give focus to the artists who are undeniably at the top of their game, and have reached the summit of OPM supremacy."
Like the previous rock awards, artists that are qualified for this year's derby can be voted upon by listeners at http://rockawards.nu107fm.com. The awards night will be held on the eve of Halloween on October 30 at a familiar venue: the World Trade Center at Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City. Scheduled to perform are Bamboo, Chicosci, The Dawn, Franco, Greyhoundz, Itchyworms, Juan Pablo Dream, Kamikazee, Kjwan, Pupil, Rico Blanco, Sandwich, Sugarfree, Up Dharma Down and Urbandub.
The NU 107 Rock Awards are also usually a babefest of sorts so it should be interesting to find out who will be included in the expected celebrity presenters aside from the station's current line-up of rock jocks.
Online voting for the 2009 NU Rock Awards is still open at http://rockawards.nu107fm.com. Tickets for the awards night are available at all SM Ticketnet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum box office.
Last year's big winner Pupil performs at the 2008 NU Rock Awards: