Melanie Hernandez Alvarez (née Calumpad; born 5 January 1981), better known by her stage name Kyla, is a critically acclaimed Filipino R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional actress and presenter.Known as "The Philippines' R&B and Soul Princess", Kyla is one of the most awarded singers in the Philippines. Her hit music video "Hanggang Ngayon" won Kyla the MTV Viewers' Choice at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, making her the only Filipina and one of only three Filipino artists (Eraserheads and Parokya ni Edgar being the other two) to ever win an award at the MTV Video Music Awards. She has collaborated with many international artists such as American R&B singers Brian McKnight and Keith Martin, British boy band Blue, Irish musician Ronan Keating, Norwegian band Fra Lippo Lippi, Indonesian R&B singer Joeniar Arief, and Malaysian artists Too Phat, Noryn Aziz, Ferhad, and Hazami. The RX 93.1 Awards also recognized her as the "OPM Female Artist of the Decade".Kyla Alvarez began her career in 2000 with OctoArts EMI Philippines. She rose to prominence with the release of her second single "Hannggang Ngayon". The song went on to win at MTV Video Music Awards. She has released a total of eight albums to date, all of which were certified Platinum albums. Kyla is currently managed by EMI Philippines (PolyEast Records), ALV Talent Circuit, and Tarra Group (Indonesia).Her work has earned her several achievements, including a star on the Walk of Fame in the Philippines, one MTV Video Music Award, four MTV Philippines Music Award, four MYX Music Awards and eleven Awit Awards where she holds the record for the most wins for a female artist. She has also been honored by the Philippines Society of Composers, Singers and Publishers for her contributions to music as one of the first pioneers of R&B music in the Philippines.