Taufik takes three awards

Taufik takes three awards

It has been 10 years since he won the inaugural Singapore Idol singing competition and Taufik Batisah is still on top of his game.

The Singapore singer emerged the big winner at last Friday night's regional Malay music awards show, Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM), bagging three of the 19 awards given out.

He won the Most Popular Song (Singapore), Most Popular Artist and Social Media Icon awards, all of which were based on fan votes submitted to the APM Facebook page.

The event, organised by MediaCorp's Malay Broadcast Division, Suria and radio stations Warna 94.2FM and RIA 89.7FM, is in its 13th year.

Besides thanking his record company, Hype Records, family and fans, Taufik showed his comedic side by addressing his mother, who was at home, saying, "Don't pick up that cold drink, mum. You're not supposed to drink cold drinks or you'll cough. I'm watching you."

The 33-year-old performed three songs, including his new single, #AwakKatMane (Where Are You), off his recent album, Fique. Speaking to media backstage, he said: "I'm thankful for my fans who still cheer when I go onstage. It's not something I take for granted."

Other big winners included Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza, Indonesian alternative group Noah and Indonesian singer Cakra Khan, who took home two tropies each. Noah won for Best Band for the second year running.

Despite being the biggest nominee with six nominations, Singapore singer Awi Rafael won only one award, Best Collaboration (Artist), for the song Kalau Aku Kaya (If I Were Rich) with Malaysian singer Altimet.

This was a good year for first-time nominees - a visibly nervous Sufie Rashid, 23, accepted the award for Best Singapore Song, while 20-year-old Aisyah Aziz was emotional when she accepted the win for Best Collaboration (Song).

"I'm going to cry," she said, just before shedding tears. She admitted later that she had not worn shoes onstage because she "did not expect" to win.

The older artists were not forgotten.

Nurhaliza, 35, alluded to her seniority during the event, joking that she had never received the Best New Female Artist award and that it was too late to do so, but she bagged the Best Female Artist award, which is chosen by the APM jury.

The two wins add to her tally of 26 APM trophies, making her the most awarded artist in the history of the show.

The night was rounded off with a special tribute to Malaysian rock legend Wings, who received the Planet Music Special Award. The band, led by frontman Awie, have been in the industry for 28 years.

Asked for the secret of their longevity, the group's guitarist Joe, 44, whose real name is Abdul Zamin Abdul Kadir, said: "People see us as rockers with long hair, but we are committed and we are disciplined."

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