They came, they sang, they conquered!!
That should just about sum up a portion of the sheer madness and mayhem that VIMA churns out every year, but it was taken to a whole new level this time round.
11 performers who were chosen from a public polls of 200 bands, took to the stage representing all genres, lit up the stage with some electrifying and superlatives defying performances that kept the audiences on an adrenaline high throughout the night. One by one they took to the stage, raising the gear every breathless level to the audiences sheer delight.
From the rousing pre-awards show acoustic delivery of Melinda Wong and Sho’s unbelievable beatboxing skills to the pure raw stage energy of Alex Subryn, Illaiya Hustlaz and Rhythm Nation, it was an incredible night of headbanging, fist thumping and booty shaking. The Best Live Act award of the night finally went to Rhythm Nation, chosen by Traxx FM Upstage founder, Alvin Sinclair.
The awards party in the sky was set against the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, 30 floors up at The View G Tower. It was quite a unique sight for guests to watch performances while the transparent glass behind them bore a panoramic aerial view of the city, and at one point, while it drizzled, the whole venue was embraced by beautiful falling raindrops on the glass all around the stage area.
Yet, it took nothing away from the ultimate winners of the night, where Masia One from Singapore and Homogenic from Indonesia walked away with 3 Golds each in their respective genres. There were surprise wins for Have a Safe Fall from Brunei when they beat the heavyweights in the Best Pop Song category, and Hevance from Sarawak, who bagged Best Rock Act category.
But the biggest win of the night went to Bihzhu, for her breezy “Heart Way”, taking the Sony Song Of The Year award which translates into a 1 song deal with Sony Music Malaysia. Sony Music will also be working with VIMA to market and promote a special VIMA music awards compilations CD that will feature 18 of the best Malaysian VIMA tracks.
The awards night even had time to include 3 video segments.
The first was a special video segment during the Best Overall Female category award presentation of the premiere of De Lena’s Fashion Jewellery(Croatia) In Asia. The Top 6 winners were all presented special lace tattoos , under the Almissa Collection as part of their recognition. The Top 6 winners were also rewarded with more unique jewellery courtesy of Styles of Sonia and the main winner of the category, Amirah Ali, walked away with the VIMA crystal award.
There was a second video segment, under the Best Digital Tech Breakthrough Album. The Galaxtar Award is now an official award that will be given away annually to musicians who used breakthrough technology in producing or marketing their releases. Bunkface’s “Bunk Not Dead” album was chosen as the first recipient of this award for their Augmented Reality Album which was the first of its kind in Asia.
The third video segment was perhaps the most anticipated of the night.The VIMA Hall Of Fame. The inductees for the VIMA HALL OF FAME 2013 were Azmyl Yunor, Jeff Siah, Paul Ponnudorai (posthumous), Alda Evan Tan and Poetic Ammo.
Karyawan President, Datuk Freddie Fernandez braved through a sea of guests to make it on stage to present the award to Positive Tone founder, Jeff Siah. Rusell Curtis represented the family of Paul Ponnudorai, Alda’s parents and close friends paid tribute to the late bassist and Azmyl Yunor triumphantly lofted his crystal award high above his head to finally receive his due recognition.
However, the night and main segment belonged to the long awaited return on stage for the 4 game-changers, Poetic Ammo (Point Blanc, Land Slyde, Yogi B and C Loco). All 4 members received their crystal award courtesy of Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resorts.There were plenty of shout-outs from the screaming crowd for a reunion of the hip-hop legends and also for the members to perform on stage.
The following is the full list of winners for VIMA 2013. All Gold winners receives a crystal award. Silver and Bronze winners receive a special cert of recognition. Some silver and bronze winners received crystal awards as they were sponsor categories.
VIMA WINNERS FULL LIST
SONG OF THE YEAR :
“Heart Way” Bihzhu (Song will be signed to Sony Music Malaysia for a 1 song deal)
Best Pop Act :
2nd Bihzhu (cert)
3rd Albert Tobing (Indonesia) (cert)
Best Pop Song
1st Have a Safe Fall – Over You (Brunei)
2nd Bihzhu – Heart Way (cert)
Best electro Act
Best Electro Song
Best Hip-hop act
Best Hip-Hop Song
Best Rock Act
Best Rock Song
The List of early winners
Thank You For Existing Award : Homogenic (Indonesia) & Masia One (Singapore)
The Galaxtar Award for Best Digital Tech Album – Bunkface’s Augmented Reality ‘Bunk Not Dead” (First AR album in Asia)
Best Producer : Roshan Jamrock (Malaysia) (Sponsored by Addictive Media)
Best Overall Female Act : Amirah Ali (Malaysia) (Sponsored by De Lena Jewellery Croatia and Styles of Sonia)
Best Overall Male Act : Emir, Blackstar (Indonesia) (also won Electric Guitar from The Guitar Store)
Best Collaboration : Masia One (Singapore) featuring Pharell, The Game & Isis Salam
Best College Act : SOG (Sekumpulan Orang Gila)
Best Genre-Bender : Psycho.Unit – Ghetto Disco (Malaysia)
Best Music Video : G.L.A (Malaysia) – Ubah (Malaysia) (Sponsored by PitchIn)
Best Chinese Song : SLaP (Sarawak, Malaysia)- “壞習慣”
Best Punjabi Song : Raina Arvinder : Hai Ni Teri Yaad (Sponsored by Nambikei.com)
Best Indian Song : Thyivya feat Shane X’treme,Mista Carey & D7 of S.L.Y SQUAD for “Inni Vendham” (sponsored by Nambikei.com)
Best Instrumental/World Song : Iwanouz (Indonesia) – Islands of Papua
Social Media Champion of Southeast Asia : Lady Kash & Krissy (Singapore) (Sponsored by Addictive Media)
The awards night was hosted for the 4th time by former Poetic Ammo member, C Loco, who also came on stage to receive his VIMA HALL OF FAME AWARD.
VIMA is organized by Bite Media and Saintz & Sinnerz, an international marketing and brand company specialising in social media,lifestyle and entertainment. VIMA is supported by TraXX FM, TUNE Hotels, De Lena Fashion Jewellery (Croatia), 8TV, The Malay Mail, pitchIN, Styles of Sonia,Heyday Streetwear (Singapore), Addictive Media, Galaxtar.com, Hard Rock Hotel Penang,Rentak Sejuta, Indie TV Indonesia, Milkshake Factory,Genesis Pro-Audio, Guitar Store,Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, FMTnews.com, Seventh Tribe Studio (Kuching), MyTamilChannel, Year One Events & Talents, Distronesia (Indonesia), BAKED COOKIES,Rosiegraphie (official photographer) & Depanmonitor.com (Indonesia).