Pablo of P-pop boy band SB19 was hailed grand winner at the Djooky Music Awards (DMA) Spring Edition 2021.
DMA announced the news on Monday, May 31, “Drumroll, the winner of the DMA Spring Edition is Pablo from the Philippines,” they wrote. In their social media platforms, DMA is described as “the largest online global song contest.”
Pablo bagged the top prize for the track “Determinado,” a collaboration with rapper Josue, which was released on May 20. It bested finalists from several countries including Argentina, Russia, and the USA.
The winner of DMA was determined by online voting and a six-member judging panel. The judges are composed of musicians from all over the world, including Philippines’ Christian Bautista.
According to the DMA’s website, Pablo will receive either a $20,000 (over P950,000) cash prize or an all-expenses-paid trip to record a song with American producer Brian Malouf in Los Angeles.
Pablo expressed his excitement over the victory. “YEESSSS! Thank you A’tin! I love you all! @joseungmusika Panalo! Wuhuu!,” he wrote.
He also penned a message for the organizers of the contest, “Thank you also [Djooky Music] for the opportunity. You’ve helped a lot of artists through this platform and I hope the community gets even bigger. I got to listen to amazing artists from all over the world. Somehow, I also got a glimpse of their culture! Congratulations!”
Rapper Josue also took to Twitter to thank those who voted for their entry for the contest.
Pablo is the leader of SB19. The group released their digital single, “Mapa,” in May.