The process begins with members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Philippine Hip-Hop Awards’ voting members then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process which determines the The Philippine Hip-Hop Awards winners.


The Philippine Hip-Hop Awards’ members and record companies enter recordings and music videos released during the eligibility year which they consider worthy of recognition in the The Philippine Hip-Hop Awards process.

Reviewing sessions are held to ensure that entered recordings meet specific qualifications and have been placed in appropriate fields. The purpose of screenings is not to make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible and placed in its proper category.

First-round ballots with lists of eligible recordings in all fields are sent to voting members who return their ballots to Empire Entertainment for tabulation. To help ensure the quality of the voting, members are directed to vote only in their fields of expertise; they may nominate in the general categories (Track Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Video Of The Year, etc.)

Final Voting
Lists of the finalists are sent to voting members with their second round ballots. The finalists determined by the special nominating committees are also included on these lists. In this final round, the voting members may vote in the general categories. Ballots again are tabulated in secrecy by the independent law firm, Ambray & Castillo Law.

Results of members' voting are not known until the The Philippine Hip-Hop Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are delivered by Ambray & Castillo Law in sealed envelopes. Philippine Hip-Hop Awards winners are revealed during the main ceremony and telecast.


What's the difference between an entry and a nomination?
Entries are recordings submitted for Philippine Hip-Hop Awards consideration. Entries that meet all eligibility requirements are then voted on by voting members and the results of that vote are the nominations.

What are the eligibility requirements?
For the Philippine Hip-Hop Awards 5, albums must be released between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. Recordings must be in general distribution in the Phililppines, i.e. sales by label to a branch or recognized independent distributor, via the Internet, or mail order/retail sales for a nationally marketed product.

How are recordings entered?
Empire Entertainment accepts entries online from its members and from registered labels. Entrants are provided information on how to submit their recordings electronically for consideration.

Who can vote?
Philippine Hip-Hop Awards voting members only. A percentage will also count for online voting. Record companies do not vote.

Who qualifies as a Voting Member?
Philippine Hip-Hop Awards voting members are professionals in the Philippine entertainment industry and professionals with creative or technical credits on six commercially released tracks (or their equivalent). These may include radio and television program directors, DJs, VJs, club and event promoters, vocalists, conductors, songwriters, composers, engineers, producers, instrumentalists, arrangers, art directors, album notes writers, narrators, and music video artists and technicians.

How are categories changed or added?
Proposals for changes to the categories are reviewed each year by Empire Entertainment & voting members, with final approval by Empire Entertainment's Trustees. Proposals may be submitted by any member. Contact Empire Entertainment for more information.


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