Review: Anugerah Planet Muzik 2011

Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the APM. The Malay music industry awards presentation event organised by Singapore radio stations Ria 89.7FM and Warna 94.2FM failed to return back to Singapore last year (2010) from Jakarta (Indonesia) where it was hosted there in 2009 and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2008 due to “commercial considerations”.

This is my second time attending APM and the first time watching an event at The MAX Pavilion (Singapore Expo). It was back in 2005 at Suntec Convention Hall 601 and 602 that I watched the first music awards show. I was not satisfied with the event where the place get hotter when the show started. Not sure whether the aircon broke down or no one was checking the temperature. I was also not happy that the “APM guards” keep blocking the audiences’ view and catching audiences who took pictures and videos. Due to this, I decided to buy the expensive ticket (SGD81) and got the B3 Section, Row 2 and Seat 10 which was one of the tv camera favorite spots. Yeah, I was on tv most of the time during the 3 hours show!

Friday, 15 July 2011. The show was supposed to start at 8.30pm as shown on the ticket but only started at 9pm. They surprised us by having the “Red Carpet” inside the auditorium hall. As I was sitting in the middle of my row, I decided not to get out of my seat and run forward to capture the performing singers walking on the red carpet.

9pm and the show was telecast live at Suria and Astro Ria. Opening act by Orkestar Trio and Bloco Singapura before Sarah Aqilah, Hady Mirza, SleeQ, Sezairi Sezali, Taufik Batisah and Rahayu Ridwan with Senyum (Smile) song. Great combination and performance by the Singapore competitions winners (Singapore Idol and Anugerah). I guess SleeQ was there to assist with the rapping parts.

Best Vocal (New Female Artist): Amanda Imani

Best Vocal (New Male Artist): Sandhy Sondoro

I didn’t get it why the two awards were called Best Vocal. For me it should be called Best New Artist (Male/Female). If it was based on vocal, Roze should had won Best Vocal (New Female Artist) instead of Amanda.

Boring Selamilah Cinta performance by Amanda Imani and Ajai (on keyboard) followed by Sezaire Sezali (Matahari) and the performance by Sandhy Sondoro (Malam Biru). I’m not sure how Sandhy won the best vocal based on this live show. The judges should had attended the nominees’ live performances before they decides the winners. Judging by listening to their CDs is not the right way.

RZ, Sarah Aqilah and Dyn Norahim “Main-Main” joke.

Best Vocal (Duo / Group): Ana Raffali, Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan

For me this award should go to Zivilia (Aishiteru). Korang, Ana reminds me of my girlfriend Sharifah Amani! ๐Ÿ˜›

Best Duo / Group: 3 Suara รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Jaclyn Victor, Ning Baizura & Shila

3 Suara deserved this award based on their live performance.

Great “Tolong Ingatkan Aku” performance by Ana Raffali, Sleeq (Untuk Dia), Atilia & MonoLoQue (Kekanda Adinda) and group performance for “Kalau Berpacaran” replacing Altimet & Suhaimi Meor Hassan. Really enjoyed during this segment.

Scha Al-Yahya & Syazwan Zakariah, gandingan tak sesuai langsung!

Best Song (Singapore): Lagu Teman (The Lion Story feat Zahidah)

Most Popular Singapore Artist: Hardy Mirza

Shila Amzah & Ajai – Teman

I preferred Nurul to duet with Ajai for this song.

Sarah Aqilah – Seikhlas Hatiku

Hafiz – Awan Nano

3 Suara

Best Song (Malaysia): Awan Nano (Hafiz AF)

Best Song (Indonesia): Cintailah Aku Sepenuh Hati (Ari Lasso)

Aryan Band – Azura 2011

Best performance by Aryan Band lead by Still Youngz’s vocalist, Ikhsan. Not sure whether the former band has been disbanded.

Most Popular Song (Singapore): Angkasa (Hady Mirza)

Most Popular Regional Song: Angkasa (Hady Mirza)

Malaysians’ viewers were questioning the Most Popular Regional Song winner as they claimed that they had never heard of this song before. For me, regional awards should never be introduced in such an event as it will make our neighbouring countries feel bad when they think their artists should be the one winning it.

Afgan – Terima Kasih Cinta & Dia Dia Dia

Taufik Batisah & M.Nasir – Hey & Bukalah Hati Mu

Best Male Artist: Faizal Tahir

Faizal Tahir was not aware that he had just won the Best Male Artist award. The organisers should had told him to prepare for the award or getting someone keeping track of the winners’ where-about. An artist who are preparing for his/her performance do not have the time to watch the monitor’s screen all the time at the back-stage. This incident also happened when 3 Suara was announced as winner, Ning Baizura was at the back-stage and it took a few minutes for her to re-unite with the other members.

Best Female Artist: Rossa

Hady Mirza & Rossa – Angkasa & Ku Menuggu & Ayat Ayat Cinta

They looks like perfect couple eh?

Best Collaboration: Sayang Dayang Nurfaizah & Marcell

Best Song: Awan Nano

APM’s Special Award : Melly GoesLaw

Jac , Siti & Melly worst ever performance! They seems not having a rehearsal together.

It was raining heavily outside. Can you hear it, tv viewers?

Faizal Tahir with Hanyut & Selamat Malam

Faizal feeling hot. His performance began late. Took out his shirt and buttons.

I was thinking that his sickness came back! or got the viral from the 3 Diva? He felt that it was his worst ever performance. I was surprised that he angrily used his hands to hit the cymbals.

Siti Nurhaliza – Faling In Love

Siti needs to learn english! The viewer were laughing at her when she pronounced “confort”. I was not sure whether she was saying fall and falling or boy and bowling respectively during the chorus.

Best Album: Energi (Kotak)

Most Popular Regional Artist: Siti Nurhaliza

It is good that the organisers took Siti out from this category as she had won this awards since the day APM was born and awarded her with the Most Popular Regional Artist For More Than A Decade award.

Didi Alias aka Lady Gaga

Other than Didi Alias, I found that this year MCs (Adi Rahman, Fiza O – Singapore’s Ziana Zain and Daniel Mananta) were the most boring one.

Final comments:

1. The dot-matrix backdrop screens was a bad choice! I’m not sure whether they purposely used it to destroy the pictures’ qualities.
2. Lot of the VIPs seats were empty. It looked ugly on TV. VIPs should be given the left and right most sections of the stage and lets the paid audiences fill up the front seats. Tip: I will buy the cheapest ticket and fill up this VIPs seats next time. ๐Ÿ™‚
3. Why was there no pamplets given? Budget? They had it the last time I came.

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