Predictions on Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 Winners…

With three days left to go before the big event, I’m back as promised, with my own predictions on the likely winners of Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008. It’s just something fun I regard as a filler to hype up the show. Maybe you would agree or disagree with them and have your own personal favourites but personally I’m predicting more on logic than from the heart. So here goes:

Artis Lelaki Baru Terbaik (Best New Male Artiste):

  • Aliff Aziz – Aliff
  • Diddy – Diddy
  • Faizal Tahir – Aku.Muzik.Kamu
  • Ihsan – The Winner
  • Syed Azmir – Prosa X

Prediction: Faizal Tahir

I would love to plump for our two local boys, quite a rare feat in itself to see two of them in this category as compared to years gone by. In fact this year’s nominations are very much open and I’m cracking my head as well as weighing up all the possible options as to who is more deserving of the award. In this case I chose Faizal for the fact that his style differs from the other Pop, R&B and Ballad princes in this category. Faizal too loves to play around with the high notes, but that’s to be expected when your genre is more to Pop Rock. His infamous episode aside, I believe Faizal Tahir is a better all-round performer with better showmanship. Our two local boys have time on their side to improve on this aspect, though I would be delighted if anyone of them were to win this award.

Artis Wanita Baru Terbaik (Best New Female Artiste):

  • Farah Asyikin – Farah Asyikin
  • Gita Gutawa – Gita Gutawa
  • Mila – Persis Mutiara
  • Rini Wulandari – Aku Tetap Milikmu
  • Ussy Sulistiawati – It’s Me

Prediction: Gita Gutawa

I think when it comes to successful promotions and who the regional audience could relate to, Gita is a standout ever since she made her appearance at last year’s APM. What’s more she has made inroads in Malaysia by fronting an ice-cream commercial with Dafi. And as we saw what she could do last year from playing the guitar to hitting the high keys, I think giving her the award would be fair even if you cannot discount the capabilities of the others in this category.

Duo / Kumpulan Baru Terbaik (Best New Duo / Group):

  • D’Cinnamons – Good Morning
  • Matta – Matta
  • Meet Uncle Hussein – 7 Tahun, 3 Bulan 90 Hari
  • Ran – Ran For Your Life
  • She – Slow Down Baby
  • The Titans – The Titans

Prediction: The Titans

Categories involving groups have a tendency of throwing up surprise winners and running through the list, not much is known of all the groups other than the one or two singles that have made it on national radio. It’s a big toss up but I’m going for The Titans, who for the uninitiated are the breakaway faction of Peterpan.

Lagu Singapura Terbaik (Best Singapore Song):

  • Ayu – Cradle
  • Berserah – Taufik Batisah
  • 2 X 5 – AhliFiqir
  • Ku Sendiri – Aliff Aziz
  • Lagu Tidurku – Syed Azmir

Prediction: Berserah – Taufik Batisah

If this song alone could bring luck to our very own Asian Idol, Hady Mirza, in turn making the public know of its existence and boom up the local music charts then it should be accorded its rightful accolade, but wait a minute, this is supposed to be a Best Singapore Song category, not the Most Popular Singapore Song. For its simplicity and its haunting tune, I’m still going for it as the Best Singapore Song. That is not to say the rest in the category do not match up, they do, in fact this is the first time I see that all nominees in this category deserve their rightful nominations. Singapore artistes have come a long way and I’m proud to say they now ooze quality in their works.

Album Terbaik Singapura (Best Singapore Album):

  • Aliff – Aliff Aziz
  • Ceritera Awan – Cradle
  • Prosa X – Syed Azmir
  • Rap Untuk Rakyat – AhliFiqir
  • Teman Istimewa – Taufik Batisah

Prediction: Aliff – Aliff Aziz / Rap Untuk Rakyat – AhliFiqir

This is a toss up though it has to be said the rest could just about win it as well, as like I said above how Singapore artistes have improved in quality this past year. My choice of winner/s could be due to the Ferhad / Hazrul Nizam match up back in 2004 with the former pipping the latter to a more balanced sound and being a better known quantity in the region. But somehow I have a sneaky feeling Cradle might just win it.

Artis Singapura Terbaik (Best Singapore Artiste):

  • Syed Azmir – Prosa X
  • Aliff Aziz – Aliff
  • Taufik Batisah – Teman Istimewa
  • AhliFiqir – Rap Untuk Rakyat
  • Cradle – Ceritera Awan

Prediction: Aliff Aziz – Aziz

The same nominations again but I would plump solely on Aliff Aziz for the mere fact that he’s been making waves across the Causeway and making the industry sit up in awe of his potential, which still can improve as he goes on. His detractors might have something to say but his nominations I hope and I repeat once again would silence them and prove that his talents are not flawed. The region’s industry bigwigs themselves have stamped their approval on him. Accept it and stop being sour grapes!!!

Artis Lelaki Terbaik (Best Male Artiste):

  • Anuar Zain – Anuar Zain
  • Faizal Tahir – Aku.Muzik.Kamu
  • Glenn Fredly – Happy Sunday
  • Iwan Fals – 50:50
  • Taufik Batisah – Teman Istimewa

Prediction: Anuar Zain – Anuar Zain

Last year I went for Iwan Fals and fell flat on my face. At the recent Anugerah Musik Indonesia 2008, he was pipped by Ari Lasso, who is not even nominated in this category. I’m going for Anuar Zain not just because I’m a big fan but I believe he has grown as a singer and the quality he put into this album in his words could have produced two or three more albums during the time span he worked on it. Anugerah Industri Muzik 2008 might snub him but the region as a whole recognise this and I’m going for him to win it.

Artis Wanita Terbaik (Best Female Artiste):

  • Bunga Citra Lestari – Cinta Pertama
  • Dayang Nurfaizah – Dayang 2007
  • Elyana – Jadi Diriku
  • Kris Dayanti – Kris Dayanti
  • Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza – Hadiah Daripada Hati

Prediction: Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza – Hadiah Daripada Hati

I think you people who know me by now know where my allegiance lie so I don’t think it would make any sense to say why I chose her to win P I believe the nominations are fair even if I still hear people wondering what merit did Elyana possess in getting nominated. Listen to her album, I personally believe she has grown by leaps and bounds from the girl who was thrusted into the scene singing sappy “Niat“.

Artis Duo / Kumpulan Terbaik (Best Duo / Group):

  • Gigi – Peace, Love & Respect
  • Kerispatih – Kenyataan Perasaan
  • Padi – Tak Hanya Diam
  • Samsons – Penantian Hidup
  • Spider – Bintang 12
  • Ungu – Untukmu Selamanya

Prediction: Gigi – Peace, Love & Respect / Spider – Bintang 12

This is another category where everybody has an equal opportunity to win. Padi has won it before in recent years and their album has always been of a standard which Indonesian groups tend to set a benchmark to. But I’m going for Gigi as I feel this is their best album to date and with two songs nominated in the Best Song Category, it shows the quality of the album shining through. Likewise I feel this latest offering by Spider is their best to date as almost every single in the album is a hit on both sides of the Causeway. The engineering of the album also has a Singaporean touch to it. No prizes for guessing who.

Lagu Terbaik (Best Song):

  • Dewi – Dewa19
  • Kekasih Gelapku – Ungu
  • Menanti Pasti – Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza
  • Mengenangmu – Kerispatih
  • Nakal – Gigi
  • 11 Januari – Gigi

Prediction: 11 Januari – Gigi

Personally I love this song for its lyrics and melody, not cos in a way it could also be a tribute to Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza as her birthday falls on this date. This song won the Best Song award at the recent Anugerah Musik Indonesia 2008 event. Who is to say it would not repeat the same feat within a week???

Album Terbaik (Best Album):

  • Aku, Muzik, Kamu – Faizal Tahir
  • Anuar Zain – Anuar Zain
  • Kenyataan Perasaan – Kerispatih
  • Peace, Love, Respect – Gigi
  • Tak Hanya Diam – Padi

Prediction: Tak Hanya Diam – Padi

This category made me crack my head and pull my hair (literally!!!) weighing up all the options. Everyone is a worthy winner if you were to listen to all the albums, but somehow I’m going for Padi as they always tend to sound different than most, a unique characteristic that sets them apart.

Artis Lelaki Paling Popular (Most Popular Male Artiste):

  1. Adam
  2. Aliff Aziz
  3. Anuar Zain
  4. Ari Lasso
  5. Faizal Tahir
  6. Hady Mirza
  7. Imran Ajmain
  8. Irwansyah
  9. Kaer
  10. Mawi
  11. Once (Dewa 19)
  12. Taufik Batisah

Prediction: Taufik Batisah / Mawi / Anuar Zain

With so many demi-gods in this category, it is so difficult to state who deserves this more. Taufik had his share in 2006 which the Malaysian press and audience cried foul and went up in arms since they thought back then no one was bigger than the bald-headed one. He got his reward last year perhaps due to the Malaysian fans overzealous’ voting. But do not discount the possible threat of Anuar Zain who I believe exudes more influence and love between fans from both sides of the Causeway. I doubt Indonesian fans bother to vote really cos if they did, an Indonesian artiste would have won this due to their population, which is even more than Malaysia and Singapore combined. Just look at how Sofaz won last year.

Artis Wanita Paling Popular (Most Popular Female Artiste):

  1. Acha Septriasa
  2. Agnes Monica
  3. Bunga Citra Lestari
  4. Ella
  5. Elyana
  6. Jaclyn Victor
  7. Kris Dayanti
  8. Melly Goeslaw
  9. Mila
  10. Mulan Jameela
  11. Rossa
  12. Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza

Prediction: Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza

11 straight years winning at Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2008, 8 straight years at Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 beckons for her. She is undoubtedly the most popular face in the region. The only time the rest has a chance if she tells the organisers she does not want to be nominated, just like how she wanted to take a break from Anugerah Juara Lagu a few years ago.

Duo / Kumpulan Paling Popular (Most Popular Duo / Group):

  1. Ahli Fiqir
  2. Cradle
  3. Dewa 19
  4. Estranged
  5. Jinbara
  6. Matta
  7. Nidji
  8. Peterpan
  9. Sofaz
  10. The Lima
  11. Ungu
  12. Vagetoz

Prediction: Dewa 19 / Matta / Nidji/ Peterpan / Ungu

I find it odd that Spider, Gigi and Padi did not make the grade in this category. Many people, me included, thought last year’s recipient Sofaz was a freakish result in itself. But I doubt they would win it again this year. Expect an Indonesian group to take the plaudits though I feel The Lima and Vagetoz are not yet strong enough to win it.

Lagu Paling Popular (Most Popular Song):

  1. Atas Nama Cinta – Rossa
  2. Berserah – Taufik Batisah
  3. 2 X 5 – AhliFiqir
  4. Itu Kamu – Estranged
  5. Izinku Pergi – Kaer
  6. Kekasih Gelapku – Ungu
  7. Ketahuan – Matta
  8. Lelaki Ini – Anuar Zain
  9. Menghapus Jejakmu – PeterPan
  10. Nakal – Gigi
  11. Perlu Kamu – Ajai & Kris Dayanti
  12. Sembunyi – Misha & Andy (Flop Poppy)

Prediction: Kekasih Gelapku – Ungu

There’s something about this song that people in the region just love it, judging by the number of requests being asked to play the song, even if the meaning is rather negative to say the least. Personally I hate this song though I have been guilty of humming to it whenever I hear it on radio. If this song does not win, then expect Berserah – Taufik Batisah, Itu Kamu – Estranged, Lelaki Ini – Anuar Zain and Ketahuan – Matta to bag this. It’s just too open to call.

Artis Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Artiste):

  1. Aliff Aziz
  2. Elfee R. Ismail
  3. Hady Mirza
  4. Sleeq
  5. Taufik Batisah

Prediction: Taufik Batisah, Hady Mirza & Aliff Aziz

From an original list of 20, the organisers have narrowed it down to 5, of which the Top 3 will be named the three most popular Singapore artistes. Looking at the Top 5, it’s easy to see who have the biggest following of the five. This is a no brainer category for me. It shouldn’t have included the other 15 who were chopped away in the first place, with all due respect to all of them knowing full well the fanbase these three possess.

Lagu Singapura Popular (Most Popular Singapore Song):

  1. Berserah – Taufik Batisah
  2. Kasih Mengapa – Rauzan Feat. Rozie & Urban Sensation
  3. Krakatau – Spellbound
  4. Sayang-Sayang – Aliff Aziz
  5. Seribu Kenangan – Didicazli

Prediction: Berserah – Taufik Batisah, Sayang-Sayang – Aliff Aziz & Seribu Kenangan – Didicazli

Another no-brainer category though it has to be said that the inclusion of Kasih Mengapa and Krakatau came as a big surprise. However, it only made the choice of picking the Top 3 even easier for me, with Didicazli being the next person after Taufik, Hady and Aliff with a big following to count on for the votes. I gotta admit I underestimated this guy’s potential at last year’s event and I’m not going to make the same mistake again.

Anugerah Khas Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 / Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 Special Achievement Award

Traditionally, this category has always been a secret to many years gone by. We’ve had M. Nasir (2001), Ebiet G. Ade (2002), Datin Sri Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza (2003), Allahyarham Chrisye (2004), Ramli Sarip (2005), Allahyarham Rosli Khamis a.k.a Loloq (2006) and Kris Dayanti (2007) receiving this award for their numerous contributions to the music industry. This year we will have the first group in the history of Anugerah Planet Muzik to win this award for their numerous contributions to the music and lately, film industry in Malaysia. It is not in my jurisdiction to reveal who is the rightful recipient. All I can say is they really deserve to receive this accolade in their home town and I know I will give them a standing ovation, maybe shed a tear or two, when they go up on stage to receive this award as it has been really worth it supporting their career when they first burst onto the scene in 1992. I guess by dropping all the hints, some of you might know who I am referring to by now.

Anugerah Cinta Planet Muzik 2008

I dunno who is going to win it this time. Last year, they were keen on informing who was going up on stage to receive this award but nothing has been said as at press time. If the theme is still on environment and the eco-system, then maybe they might be giving this to Hady Mirza or / and Aliff Aziz for their recent involvement in eco-friendly activities. Your guess is as good as mine really.


Though no one has revealed who is the host/s for the night and I’ve not heard it myself, a kind visitor to my blog alerted me to the fact that RIA’s head honcho, Mr Hassan Salleh, spilled the beans this past Monday night on Warna 94.2FM revealing that this year’s event will be hosted by Sarah Sechan, who is making a comeback after being away for years. But I doubt she will be the only one bearing in mind that this event is known for the huge number of presenters. Sources also told me it is going to be a “1 + 3” affair with regards to the host/s. What it means is anybody’s guess. This year’s event just has too many secrets and surprises in store. Having one host itself could be its biggest surprise yet.

For those who still do not know, APM2008 can be heard live on RIA 89.7FM, Warna 94.2FM and ERA 104.5FM (if you are listening from Johor & Singapore, if not, your local state frequency applies) on Sunday 20th April 2008 9pm. For the more fortunate ones, you can watch the event live on Astro RIA (Malaysia) and Global TV (Indonesia), same time and date as stated in the previous sentence…

So, does your personal predictions differ to mine??? Let’s hear them within these next few days…

Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

4 thoughts on “Predictions on Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 Winners…”

  1. Hmmm,…

    To be honest,… I’ve just realized that Anugerah Planet Muzik is an event held by Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. All this time, I thought that it’s a Malaysian Award event.

    Much of Indonesian people don’t know much about this event either. I think the promotion of APM is not so well here. And I think not many (or may be very little) Indonesian people vote in this event.

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