MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya star Sarah Geronimo was among those recognized as Best Asian Artist at one of Korea's most anticipated annual music video awards ceremony.
Held this year at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) recognized Friday night Korean performers, and artists from other Asian countries.
Along with five others, Geronimo was awarded Best Asian Artist from the Philippines. The ABS-CBN actress-singer's counterpart in China is Chris Lee; Japan, AKB48; Vietnam, My Tam; Singapore, Taufik Batisah; and in Indonesia, Agnes Monica. Taiwan's Wang Lee Hom, meanwhile, was awarded overall Best Asian Artist.
Geronimo is the first Filipino artist to be given the award. While the Pop Star Princess was not at the event to personally receive the trophy, a video showing the Best Asian Artist awardees, including Geronimo, was shown (see video above, courtesy of YouTube account SarahGTube3).
Having started in South Korea in 1999 as M.net KM Music Festival, which recognized K-pop talents exclusively until 2008, this year's MAMA honored Korean superstar Psy with the International Favorite Artist award, and the Song of the Year award for his global hit "Gangnam Style".
Joining big-name K-pop stars such as Big Bang (Artist of the Year) and Super Junior (Album of the Year) at the 2012 MAMA ceremony were American pop-rock singer Adam Lambert and international action star Jackie Chan.
Below is the full list of winners at the 2012 MAMA:
Best Solo Dance Performance: Psy - "Gangnam Style"
Best Female Group: SISTAR
Best Male Group: Big Bang
Best Collaboration: Trouble Maker - "Trouble Maker"
Mnet PD Award: B.A.P
Best Dance Performance - Male Group: SHINee - "Sherlock"
Best Dance Performance - Female Group: f(x) - "Electric Shock"
Best Vocal Performance - Solo: K.Will - "I Need You"
Best Vocal Performance - Group: Davichi - "Will Think of You"
International Favorite Artist Award: Psy
Best Official Soundtrack: Seo In Guk & Jung Eun Ji - "All For You" for "Reply 1997"
Best Band Performance: Busker Busker - "Cherry Blossom Ending"
Best New Male Artist: Busker Busker
Best New Female Artist: Ailee
Best Male Artist: G-Dragon
Best Female Artist: IU
Best Music Video: Psy - "Gangnam Style"
TVB's Choice Award: Joey Yung
Best New Asian Artist: EXO
Best New Asian Artist - Thailand: Natthew
Best New Asian Artist - China: TimeZ
Style in Music Award: Gain
Guardian Angel Worldwide Performer Award: Big Bang
Best Global Group - Female: KARA
Best Global Group - Male: Super Junior
Best Rap Performance: Epik High - "Up"
Best Line Award: Super Junior
Artist of the Year: Big Bang
Album of the Year: Super Junior - "Sexy, Free & Single"
Song of the Year: Psy - "Gangnam Style"
Best Asian Artist Award: Wang Lee Hom
Best Asian Artist Award (Japan): AKB48
Best Asian Artist Award (Philippines): Sarah Geronimo
Best Asian Artist Award (Vietnam): My Tam
Best Asian Artist Award (Singapore): Taufik Batisah
Best Asian Artist Award (Indonesia): Agnes
Best Asian Artist Award (China): Chris Lee