Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo was named as the Best Asian Artist
(Philippines), during the Mnet Asian Music Awards held in Hong Kong last November 30, 2012.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards, otherwise known as MAMA, is considered one of South Korea’s major music events.
According to its official website, the MAMA is "an international music ceremony that allows fans from all around the world to choose their favorite singers and songs of the year."
Aside from Sarah, the other performers named as Best Asian Artists were AKB48 (Japan), My Tam (Vietnam), Taufik Batisah (Singapore), Agnes (Indonesia), and Chris Lee Yu Chun (China).
Psy was named as International Favorite Artist while his monster hit "Gangnam Style" bagged Song of the Year, Best Music Video, and Best Solo Dance Performance.
Super Junior went home with the Album of the Year award for Sexy, Free & Single while Big Bang was chosen as the New Artist of the Year.
American Idol Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, hip-hop recording artist BoB and Korean stars added glitter to the international event.
CRITERIA. According to the official website of MAMA, the songs or albums considered had to be released for sale between October 24, 2011 and October 23, 2012.
As for the Artist of the Year, judges used the following criteria: online voting (20 percent), research (20 percent), expert judges-national + overseas (20 percent), single sales (20 percent), album sales (10 percent), and selection committe (10 percent).
At 24 years old, Sarah has a string of hits, multi-platinum albums and blockbuster movies to her credit.
During the recently concluded 25th Awit Awards, Sarah's album, One Heart, emerged as the Best-selling Album of the Year in the Philippines.
Sarah also has her own weekly musical-variety show every Sunday night titled Sarah G Live!