Events — October 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

SEA Pop Talents Ready to Win Big at the MTV EMAs


MTV Europe Music Awards just got a whole lot closer to home. Previously, Southeast Asia’s only footprint in this annual show rewarding the best in music was the “Best Asian Act” and “Best Asia and Oceanic Act” categories. Promising to be “bigger, better and more EMAzing than ever!”, the show, held in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome this year, has truly stepped up its game, expanding the categories to “Best Acts” for the major music export countries like Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The 20th MTV EMAs also includes “Best Mainland China & Hong Kong Act” and “Best Southeast Asian Act”. That totals five new Asia-based awards amongst the original ones and will give Asian acts the opportunity to shine unlike any before.

Taking a closer look at the “Best Southeast Asia Act” category, major artists from six countries are represented: Hafiz for Malaysia, Noah for Indonesia, Olivia Ong for Singapore, Sarah Geronimo for the Philippines, Slot Machine for Thailand and My Tam for Vietnam. Who will be the public’s favourite? Here’s your chance to (re)discover these artists, and cast your vote before the glamorous ceremony on November 10th.



hafiz article

Hafiz holds the Malaysian banner high in this category. Hailing from Kuching, the multi-awarded singer is quoted to be “Malaysia’s golden boy of ballads”. The 23 year-old first started turning heads by winning Akademi Fantasia in 2009, a reality TV talent search show. The accomplished vocalist has gone on to release a string of chart topping hits ever since.

Vote for Hafiz here.



noah article

Noah aka Peterpan is one of the biggest pop rock band from Indonesia. No stranger to the MTV Awards, the five-piece band fronted by the charismatic and scandalous Ariel has already been crowned “Favourite Indonesian Artist and Video of The Year” in 2006 and “Most Inspiring Artist” in 2009. Releasing their self-titled movie next month, November might be a winning one for Noah!

Vote for Noah here



ong article

Singaporean singer Olivia Ong has been slowly climbing our Top 30 Singapore Charts and worthily found her way into the list of the MTV EMAs’ nominees. First gaining success through the Bossa Nova genre when she was 19, the stellar singer also released music in Japanese, Chinese, Cantonese and English. Olivia is currently based in Taiwan releasing music with a Taiwanese recording label, HIM International Music.

Vote for Olivia Ong here.



sarah article

Hailed to be Philippine’s popstar princess, 25-year-old Sarah Geronimo has already achieved multi-platinum album sales, record-breaking concerts, and even starred in blockbuster movies and highly-rated TV shows, including the recently concluded The Voice of the Philippines. It goes without mention that her phenomenal talent has easily allowed her to be part of the MTV EMA nominees. Her debut album, Popstar: A Dream Come True was released when she was just 16, making her the youngest multi-platinum recording artist in the Philippines.

Vote for Sarah Geronimo here



slot article

Slot Machine is among Thailand’s rock royalty. Best known for their sharp looks and energetic live performances, the band has been making music since 2004, creatively infusing Thai melodies with modern rock. Their last album, CELL, helped them bag three awards locally: “Album of the Year”, “Best Group”, and “Record of the Year”. 

Vote for Slot Machine here.



tam article

Vietnamese pop superstar and powerful vocalist, My Tam has a staggering number of twelve albums under her belt and a growing list of over 40 awards throughout her career – which makes sense, cause she’s a singer, composer, dancer and actress. She also single-handedly helped exposed V-Pop to the world, reaching audiences as far as America, Korea and France.

Vote for My Tam here.


The “Best Southeast Asia Act” awards will be a very competitive mainstream pop competition for sure! Will you be part of the raging fan fight? Take your marks, ready, and vote online for your favorite act as much as you like! MTV EMAs is happening in Amsterdam on November 10, 2013, and will be broadcasted live on MTV.