NU Rock Award

NU Rock Awards
Location Metro Manila
Country Philippines
Presented by NU 107
First awarded 1994
Last awarded 2010

The NU Rock Awards was an annual recognition program presented from 1994 to 2010 by the Metro Manila-based radio station NU 107.


The first NU 107 Rock Awards were in 1994 at The Music Hall in Annapolis St., Greenhills. Originally meant to be a small gathering to give recognition to the rock community, it slowly became a much anticipated annual event.

The first "Song of the Year Award" was given to Alamid for "Your Love". The song went on to heaavy airplay and was the first NU 107 exclusive to cross over to other formats. Afterimage was very first winner of the Artist of the Year award. The first Album of the Year award was presented to the Eraserheads' first album Ultraelectromagneticpop!. The Eraserheads received the Album of the Year award in the following two years with their albums Circus (1995) and Cutterpillow (1996), making them the only artist to win in the same category three years in a row.

The Dawn has performed in the Rock Awards eleven times.

The first "Video of the Year" awardwas given to "Ang Huling El Bimbo" by the Eraserheads.

There has only been one tie in the history of the Rock Awards, in 1999, when the judges made Wolfgang’s Serve in Silence and Sandwich’s Grip Stand Throw joint Albums of the Year.

Raimund Marasigan has the most awards, for his work as a member of Eraserheads and Sandwich, and as an album producer for other bands.

The first band to win the Rock Awards’ "Raw Award" was Fatal Posporos. The Raw Award is given to the best unsigned artist of the year.

In 2000, Punk’s Not Dead, an all-star tribute band made up of Myra Ruaro (Brownbeat All Stars), Louie Talan (Razorback), Diego Castillo (Sandwich), Raimund Marasigan (Sandwich), Zach Lucero and Aia de Leon (Imago), performed a medley of past Song of the Year winners in the style of The Ramones.

In 2004, NU 107, acknowledging the growing role of women in the local rock scene, made the first Female Rock Icon Award to Cynthia Alexander.

Before it became a rock anthem of sorts, Bamboo’s "Noypi" was first performed at the 2003 NU 107 Rock Awards, before their album As The Music Plays was released.

Despite being held during a typhoon, the 2004 Rock Awards ceremony was the best attended, with over 4,000 rock fans filling the World Trade Center.

In 2005, there were a record twelve nominees for the Song Of The Year Award.

List of winners

Best New Artist

Year Winner
1994 Yano

The Youth

1995 Put3ska
1996 Parokya Ni Edgar
1997 P.O.T.
1998 Orphan Lily
1999 Sandwich
2000 Slapshock
2001 Itchyworms
2002 Boldstar
2003 Sugarfree
2004 Orange and Lemons
2005 Pedicab
2006 Up Dharma Down
2007 Hilera
2008 The Out of Body Special
2009 Peryodiko
2010 Tanya Markova

Artist of the Year

Year Winner
1994 Afterimage
1995 Eraserheads
1996 Wolfgang
1997 Eraserheads
1998 Wolfgang
1999 Parokya ni Edgar
2000 Parokya ni Edgar
2001 Slapshock
2002 Slapshock
2003 Parokya ni Edgar
2004 Bamboo
2005 Orange and Lemons
2006 Kamikazee
2007 Bamboo
2008 Pupil
2009 Up Dharma Down
2010 Franco

Song of the Year

Year Song Artist
1994 Your Love Alamid
1995 Laklak Teeth
1996 Ang Huling El Bimbo Eraserheads
1997 Siesyatnebonsontneicostolim Sugar Hiccup
1998 Don't Touch my Birdie Parokya ni Edgar
1999 Butterfly Carnival Sandwich
2000 Shooting Star Teeth
2001 Motorbykle Cynthia Alexander
2002 Paris Chicosci
2003 Soul Searching Urbandub
2004 Noypi Bamboo
2005 Ako si M16 Junior Kilat
2006 Narda Kamikazee
2007 Will You Ever Learn Typecast
2008 Betamax Sandwich
2009 Antukin Rico Blanco
2010 This Gathering Franco

Album of the Year

Year Album Artist
1994 Ultraelectromagneticpop! Eraserheads
1995 Circus Eraserheads
1996 Cutterpillow Eraserheads
1997 P.O.T. P.O.T.
1998 The Jerks The Jerks
1999 Grip Stand Throw

Serve In Silence



2000 Free Rivermaya
2001 4-Track Mind Sandwich
2002 Edgar Edgar Musikahan Parokya ni Edgar
2003 Sa Wakas Sugarfree
2004 Influence Urbandub
2005 Light Peace Love Bamboo
2006 Noon-Time Show Itchyworms
2007 Moonlane Gardens Orange and Lemons
2008 Wild Life Pupil
2009 Bipolar Up Dharma Down
2010 Franco Franco

Best Live Act

Year Winner
1994 The Dawn
1995 Put3ska
1996 Parokya ni Edgar
1997 Put3ska
2005 Kamikazee
2006 Kamikazee
2007 Bamboo
2008 Sandwich
2009 Hilera
2010 Tanya Markova

Listener's Choice

Year Winner
1995 Eraserheads
1996 Wolfgang
1997 Eraserheads
1998 Wolfgang
1999 Wolfgang
2000 Slapshock
2001 Slapshock
2002 Cheese
2003 Kamikazee
2004 Bamboo
2005 Bamboo
2006 Kamikazee
2008 Urbandub
2009 Chicosci
2010 Franco

Best Album Packaging

Year Album Artist
1995 Dekada Ethnic Faces
1996 Bawal Yano
1997 Fruitcake Eraserheads
1998 Buruguduystunstugudunstuy Parokya ni Edgar
1999 Serve In Silence Wolfgang
2000 Revenge of the Giant Robot Chicosci
2001 Three Fates Rayyn
2002 Buruguduystunstugudunstuy Parokya ni Edgar
2003 Parnaso ng Payaso Pan
2005 Strike Whilst the Iron is Hot Orange and Lemons
2006 Five on the Floor Sandwich
2007 Moonlane Gardens Orange and Lemons
2008 <S> Marks the Spot Sandwich
2009 Mornings and Airports Sugarfree
2010 Great Secret Show Sleepwalk Circus
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