The nominees for the 2017 MTV European Music Awards have been announced, and James Reid is the lone local artist On the official list of nominees.
The Kapamilya star and Viva artists is vying for the Best Southeast Asian Act award in the MTV EMA to be held at The SSE Arena in Wembley on Nov. 12 and will hosted by British singer-actress Rita Ora.
The 24-year-old actor-singer is competing against Indonesia’s Isyana Sarasvati, Malaysia’s Faizal Tahir, Singapore’s The Sam Willows, Thailand’s Slot Machine, and Vietnam’s Dam Vinh Hung.
James, who recently established his own music label Careless Music Manila and currently filming for the action fantasy movie Pedro Penduko, is nominated for his latest record Palm Dreams. His third studio album released in July produced the hit “Cool Down,” which already has almost 2 million views on YouTube.
Palm Dreams is a follow up to James’s Platinum-selling record Reid Alert released in February 2015. In the same year, he was also nominated in the same category at the MTV EMA but lost to Son Tùng M-TP, a pop singer and actor from Vietnam.
Meanwhile, indie band The Ramson Collective failed to win the Southeast Asia Social Wildcard after the online poll that ran from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Thus, joining James and the other contenders from the region is Thai singer Palitchoke Ayanaputra after beating out the Singapore’s Sezairi and the country’s own The Ransom Collective.
Since Southeast Asian Act became one of the categories at the MTV EMA in 2013, only Sarah Geronimo was able to bring home the coveted award in 2014.
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