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With the enduring voting power of their supporters - A’TIN, the Philippines’ pop culture icons, SB19 seized the title of “Favorite Breakthrough Artist” under the People’s Voice category of the 33rd Annual Awit Awards held August 29, 2020.

This is the group's third breakthrough artist award in 2020. In January, SB19 took home the same title from the 10th TV Series Craze Awards, and the 5th Wish 107.5 Music Awards. The former was based on the results of an online poll survey while the latter was based on combined text votes (30%) and judges votes (70%).

The voting for Awit Awards’ “Favorite Breakthrough Artist” was done via SMS, and ran from July 17, 2020 to August 29, 2020 (12NN) in which SB19 garnered 57.3% (27,127) of the total 47,347 text votes, surpassing the three-piece boy group TNT Boys with 11,648 (24.6%) votes.

The other OPM artists nominated in the said category were Tanya Markova, Sassa, Over October, Michael Dutchi Libranda, Frankie Pangilinan, Julie Anne San Jose, Inigo Pascual, Arman Ferrer, Anthony Rosaldo, and Allmo$t.

Prior to the announcement of the People’s Voice nomination, Awit Awards revealed on their SNS accounts the nominees for this year's award categories including “Best Performance by Group Recording Artist”. Among the 27 nominees under this category was the hit single “Alab” by SB19, sitting alongside tracks from respected OPM artists such as Silent Sanctuary, Ben&Ben, and December Avenue.

A’TIN were quick to engage in Awit Awards’ announcement to show their support and excitement for the first nomination of the group from the said award-giving body. However, on July 22, the fandom’s mood dampened as ‘Alab’ did not make it as a finalist. The finalists were selected by a committee based on the following criteria: vocal quality (30%), musicality (30%), and interpretation (40%).

The P-pop group joined the award show’s live broadcast, gracing the virtual stage alongside acclaimed Filipino musicians and performed a mash-up of their hits ‘Hanggang sa Huli’ and ‘Alab’.

In addition to providing recognition to artists, the Philippine Association of the Record Industry's (PARI) created the AWIT FUND which aims to assist music frontliners who help raise funds to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fandom’s Voting Team decided to donate the remaining funds from the voting drive, after consultation with sponsors, to the said project. In a Business Mirror article, PARI President Marivic Benedicto expressed that the generosity of heart of the music frontliners inspired people to move forward and to triumph over the adversity that everyone is facing.

Awit Awards is a music award show aiming to promote the beauty of OPM and give recognition to outstanding Filipino artists in the music industry. Today marks their 33rd annual celebration which they held virtually on their official Facebook page and YouTube account.