MYX Music Awards 2018: James Reid sweeps, 'brilliant' IV of Spades and other highlights

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2018 01:09 PM | Updated as of May 16 2018 01:23 PM

MANILA -- James Reid clinched a clean sweep of song, music video, and artist of the year at the 2018 MYX Music Awards on Tuesday night, beating the likes of Darren Espanto and Sarah Geronimo to take home the three most coveted awards. 

Reid, who was unable to attend, won all of the four categories he was nominated in (including Male Artist of the Year), showcasing his dominance over the awards show decided by fan votes. 

Newcomers IV of Spades went home with two awards (tied for second-most with Geronimo and KZ Tandingan), bagging the New Artist of the Year plum. The fan cheer reached deafening levels when they performed their hit "Mundo." 

Although it will be viewed as a bittersweet moment as they were missing one member -- Unique Salonga, who quit the band early this month. Even one of their acceptance speeches was tinged with sadness, as Zild Benitez thanked Salonga. 

"Thank you, Unique. Thank you, MYX," he said. 

He was more upbeat when he delivered a rousing call for the outcasts as his band, famous for their eccentric disco style, was named best new artist. "It's okay to be different, do not be scared. Today is your day," he declared. 

The members of IV of Spades accept an award during the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The program opened with a mixed lineup of singers, headlined by Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona, covering the nominated hits in the Song of the Year category. It signaled a very youth-centric show, featuring performances from Espanto, the 17-year-old rapping sensation Shanti Dope, and teen English star HRVY. 

Love team Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador help open this year's MYX Music Awards. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

There was whiff of nostalgia though, as former VJs or MYX hosts were invited to help present the awards. Heart Evangelista made her first public appearance after announcing that she's pregnant, looking back at the first time she appeared on the music channel. Luis Manzano and Nikki Gil were also there, along with many other past faces. 

A pregnant Heart Evangelista makes a guest appearance at the MYX Music Awards 2018 held Saturday night. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

But the night reached its sentimental summit with its penultimate number --a tribute to industry veteran Martin Nievera, who was presented with the MYX Magna Award. 

Considered as one of the most successful singers of the country, with career spanning decades, Nievera was treated to a medley of his songs, performed through some of the country's best voices. 

Martin Nievera raises his MXY Magna Award at the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Erik Santos, Morissette, Angeline Quinto, Kyla, Jake Zyrus, KZ Tandingan, Christian Bautista, Yael Yuzon, Karylle, Jed Madela, and Robin Nievera all lent their talents, helping bring the show to a magnificent close. 

Check out the rests of the photos below: 

Huge number of fans wait outside the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City for the MYX Music Awards 2018 on Tuesday. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Darren Espanto talks to the media at the red carpet of the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Jake Zyrus at the red carpet of the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

John Prats attends his first MYX Music Awards 2018. He won for directing Moira dela Torre's "Malaya" music video. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Tony Labrusca and Kisses Delavin perform for the Squad Fest event, moments before the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber share a sweet moment during the Squad Fest event, held prior to the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Boyband PH draws shrieks with their performance before the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Rap group Ex Battalion performs at the Squad Fest event, held before the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Darren Espanto and Ylona Garcia help open the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

The hosts of the 2018 MYX Music Awards: (L-R) MYX VJs Donny Pangilinan, Sunny Kim, Ai Dela Cruz, Robi Domingo, Sharlene San Pedro, and Inigo Pascual. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Julie Anne San Jose performs at the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

John Prats and Moira Dela Torre win Mellow Video of the Year for 'Malaya'. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Kian Cipriano and KZ Tandingan, winners of the Urban Video of the Year, receive their award. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

IV of Spades perform their hit 'Mundo' to screams from their fans. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Darren Espanto and Jed Madela win Remake of the Year for 'I'll Be There'. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Edward Barber was voted Celebrity VJ of the Year. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Rap artist Shanti Dope shares the stage with Gloc-9. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

KZ Tandingan wins Media Soundtrack of the Year. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

BoybandPH was named Group of the Year. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

English singer HRVY performs during the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Former MYX VJs Nikki Gil and Luis Manzano chat during the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Karylle together with husband Yael Yuzon perform for MYX Magna Awardee Martin Nievera. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Artists perform the songs of Martin Nievera, MYX Magna Award recipient. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Martin Nievera, MYX Magna Award recipient, takes the stage during the MYX Music Awards 2018. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News