Anugerah Planet Muzik 2009 List of Nominations…

Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) is back again for a 9th edition this year!!! Judging by what I’ve heard so far, this year seems to be a first in quite a few aspects. For one, it is the first time in its 9-year history that the event will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is scheduled to be held at the Plenary Hall, Jakarta Convention Centre on 18th July 2009 at 9pm (8pm Indonesian time). The show will be telecast live on Mediacorp Suria for the benefit of Singaporean viewers, on GlobalTV for Indonesian viewers and Astro (exact channel yet to be confirmed) for Malaysian viewers. This morning, a press conference was held simultaneously at 11am at Mediacorp Broadcast Centre and in Kuala Lumpur at Delicious Restaurant, Dua Residency, to announce the nominees of the fourteen categories up for grabs this year. If I’m not wrong, this was the first time the APM press conference was held in the morning as opposed to 3pm in previous years.

Also, for the first time, a new category Anugerah Kolaborasi Terbaik Dalam Lagu (Best Collaboration In A Song Award) was introduced since the regional music industry is now filled with a lot of collaborative efforts amongst fellow musicians / vocalists in a song, as opposed to calling it a “duet”. Another thing I observed and worth noting is that the categories for new artistes have been given a slight tweak to their header eg. Artis Lelaki Baru Terbaik (Best New Male Artiste) has now been replaced with Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Lelaki (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Male Artiste). That’s quite a mouthful isn’t it??? Hahahah… The following list below is by no means the final one since I typed it out as they were being announced on air. I might have also gotten some of the information wrong in my haste. Most definitely I must have missed out on a few and I will update the necessary in due time when I get my hands on the actual list. So without further ado, below are the list of nominees for APM 2009:

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Lelaki (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Male Artiste):

Afgan – Terima Kasih Cinta

Aizat – Hanya Kau Yang Mampu

Dirly – Sampai Ke Ujung Dunia

LoBow – Kau Cantik Hari Ini

Nubhan – Ada Untukmu

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Wanita (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Female Artiste):

Aura Kasih – Mari Bercinta

Ayu – Hanya Di Mercu

Cinta Laura – Hey Baby!

Nana – Lafaz

Stacy – Aku Stacy

Yuna – Dan Sebenarnya

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Duo / Kumpulan Baru (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Duo / Group):

D’ Masiv – Cinta Ini Membunuhku

Hello – Ular Berbisa

Hujan – Pagi Yang Gelap

Kotak – Beraksi

ST12 – PU.S.PA.

Kolaborasi Terbaik Dalam Lagu (Best Collaboration In A Song):

Be’te – Dewiq Feat. Ipang

Bersamamu – Joe Flizzow Feat. Junior Arif

Hikayat Cintaku – Glenn Fredly Feat. Dewi Persik

KepadaNYA – Taufik Batisah Feat. Hady Mirza

Mantera Beradu – Malique Feat. M. Nasir

Sujud – Mawi Feat. KRU

Artis Lelaki Terbaik (Best Male Artiste):

Afgan – Confession No. 1

Aizat – Percubaan Pertama

Reshmonu – Harapan

Taufik Batisah – Suria Hatiku

Tompi – My Happy Life

Artis Wanita Terbaik (Best Female Artiste):

Bunga Citra Lestari – Tentang Kamu

Misha Omar – Misha Omar

Mulan Jameela – Mulan Jameela

Nikki – Hawa

Siti Nurhaliza – Lentera Timur

Duo / Kumpulan Terbaik (Best Duo / Group):

Andra & The Backbone – Season 2

Hujan – Hujan

Kotak – Kedua

ST12 – PU.S.PA

Yovie & Nuno – The Special One

Lagu Terbaik (Best Song):

Dia Milikku – Yovie & Nuno (The Special One)

Laskar Pelangi – Nidji (Laskar Pelangi Official Soundtrack)

Matahariku – Agnes Monica (Sacredly Agnezious)

Pagi Yang Gelap – Hujan (Hujan)

Terima Kasih Cinta – Afgan (Confession No. 1)

Terserah – Glenn Fredly (Glenn Fredly Private Collection)

Album Terbaik (Best Album):

Confession No. 1 – Afgan

Hujan – Hujan

Kedua – Kotak

Percubaan Pertama – Aizat

The Special One – Yovie & Nuno

Artis Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Artiste):

Aliff Aziz

Didicazli

Fauzie Laily

Hady Mirza

Hyrul Anuar

Imran Ajmain

Merah

Nurun Nuwarrah

Sleeq

Taufik Batisah

The Sallys

Zaibaktian

Artis Malaysia Paling Popular (Most Popular Malaysian Artiste):

Aizat

Anuar Zain

Bunkface

Estranged

Faizal Tahir

Hujan

Mawi

Meet Uncle Hussein

Misha Omar

Siti Nurhaliza

Stacy

Yuna

Artis Indonesia Paling Popular (Most Popular Indonesian Artiste):

Afgan

Agnes Monica

Bunga Citra Lestari

D’Masiv

Gita Gutawa

Hijau Daun

Kotak

Nidji

ST12

The Changcutters

Ungu

Yovie & Nuno

Artis Serantau Paling Popular (Most Popular Regional Artiste)

Singapore: AhliFiqir, Aliff Aziz, Hady Mirza & Taufik Batisah

Malaysia: Faizal Tahir, Hujan, Meet Uncle Hussein, Siti Nurhaliza

Indonesia: Afgan, Agnes Monica, Nidji, ST12

Lagu Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Song):

Andai – Merah

Berserah – Taufik Batisah

Gelora Jiwa – Raven

Impianku – Didicazli Feat. Sleeq

Kau Ingin Ku Miliki – Nurun Nuwarrah

Lafaz – Nana

Lelaki Baru – Zaibaktian

Novela Cinta – Ross Revalina

Pilihan Aku – Sleeq

Rela Setia – Didicazli

Sementara – Cradle

Teman Istimewa – Taufik Batisah

Looking at the nominations, it seems that the decision to do it in Jakarta for the first time in its history seemed like the most logical choice as this year the Indonesians seemed to have conquered the playing field. Singapore, for all our improvement over the past five years in our music industry, could only be contented with two nominations in the regional categories: Taufik Batisah & Hady Mirza‘s effort (KepadaNYA) and Nana‘s “Lafaz” flying our flag. I thought that with the postponement of Anugerah Hitz.Sg, we would at least see the “smaller” categories like Artis Singapura Terbaik (Best Singapore Artiste) and Album Singapura Terbaik (Best Singapore Album) being retained but of course, only the powers that be, know better as to why these awards were dropped. My observations say that this is its 9th year and it’s high time our artistes stand head and shoulders together with their regional counterparts rather than have separate awards which are given out during breaks in transmission, as was the case in previous editions, which of course did not go down well with the majority of Singaporeans, me included. To their credit, at least the Lagu Singapura Paling Popular Category (Most Popular Singapore Song) is still around. But it remains a mystery if the award is to be given out during the transmission breaks or live.

I also noted the various changes in the popular categories where at least one has significantly been made unavailable and the rest having name changes. In the past, we had categories like Artis Lelaki Paling Popular (Most Popular Male Artiste), Artis Wanita Paling Popular (Most Popular Female Artiste) and Artis Duo / Kumpulan Paling Popular (Most Popular Duo / Group) just to name a few, but this time round, they changed the categories based on countries. The Artis Serantau Paling Popular (Most Popular Regional Artiste) category is also new this year, with the Lagu Paling Popular (Most Popular Song) category being dissolved for this year’s event. Oh and news is that Aznil Haji Nawawi will be the host of the event. Am not sure if he will be doing it solo or they would retain the three or more hosts format which is synonymous to the event. If he’s alone this time, it would cap another first for the event.

So there you have it, the whole list in its glory, which is still subjected to changes as I wait for the official website of APM 2009 to be updated and I will then correct it as and when needed. For the first time in the history of Anugerah Planet Muzik, I will not be attending the event as the date clashes with Manchester United‘s Asian Tour 2009, where they will be in Kuala Lumpur on that day playing against a select Malaysian team at Bukit Jalil Stadium. I have already bought tickets to the game and booked the hotel and being me, I will not swap the opportunity to watch my beloved team in action live in the flesh. Looks like there will be no lengthy updates nor reviews with regards to Anugerah Planet Muzik this year. For that I have to apologise for not being able to cover this event for your reading pleasure.