FILIPINO group SB19 has been nominated as Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) which will take place in Hungary, and broadcast live on MTV channels in 180 countries on Nov. 14 (Nov. 15 in the Philippines).
Viewers from the Philippines can catch the same-day premiere on the MTV Asia channel at 8 p.m.
The winners are chosen by audience vote. Voting is now open at mtvema.com until Nov. 10.
A five-member boy band — the members are Josh, Pablo, Stell, Ken, and Justin — were trained for three years by ShowBT Philippines before making their debut in 2018. Even before the MTV EVA nomination, it has already been making waves internationally: it is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian act to be nominated in Billboard Music Awards for the Top Social Artist category and the first Southeast Asian act to enter the top 10 of Billboard Social 50 weekly and year-end charts.
SB19 is up against Ink Waruntorn (Thailand, JJ Lin (Singapore), K-ICM (Vietnam), Lyodra (Indonesia), and Naim Daniel (Malaysia) in the category.
Justin Bieber leads the nominations for the MTV EMA this year, followed by Doja Cat, lil Nas X, Ed Sheeran, Olivia Rodrigo, and The Kid Laroi.
The 2021 MTV EMA nominees are:
- Best Artist — Doja Cat, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, The Weeknd
- Best Pop — BTS, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo
- Best Song — Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”; Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”; Justin Bieber, “Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon”; Lil Nas X, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”; Olivia Rodrigo, “Drivers License”; The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber, “STAY”
- Best Video — Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”; Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”; Justin Bieber, “Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon”; Lil Nas X, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”; Normani ft. Cardi B, “Wild Side”; Taylor Swift, “willow”
- Best Collaboration — Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, “GIRL LIKE ME”; Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, “Leave the Door Open”; Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”; Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, “INDUSTRY BABY”; The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber, “STAY”; The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears (Remix)”
- Best K-Pop — BTS, LISA, Monsta X, NCT 127, ROSÉ, TWICE
- Best Group — BTS, Imagine Dragons
- Jonas Brothers, Little Mix, Måneskin, Silk Sonic
- Best Southeast Asia Act — SB19 (Philippines), Ink Waruntorn (Thailand), JJ Lin (Singapore), K-ICM (Vietnam), Lyodra (Indonesia), Naim Daniel (Malaysia)
In the Philippines, MTV can be watched on Cignal Ch 151, SKYcable, and Cable Link among others.