The top five contenders in each category for the 18th edition of the country‟s premier music awards show, ‘Anugerah Industri Muzik’ (AIM), were revealed today by the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM).
A total of 75 shortlisted nominees were announced, with the judging process audited by Ernst & Young. With the reduction of award categories from 29 to 19 this year, the total number of nominations received dropped slightly to 811 compared to 927 last year.
19 Categories Remain:
1. Artis Baru Terbaik
2. Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Di Dalam Lagu (Lelaki)
3. Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Di Dalam Lagu (Wanita)
4. Persembahan Vokal Berkumpulan Terbaik Di Dalam Lagu
5. Kulit Album Terbaik
6. Rakaman Album Terbaik
7. Video Muzik Terbaik
8. Lagu Pop Etnik Terbaik
9. Lagu Nasyid Terbaik
10. Lagu Rock Terbaik
11. Lagu Pop Terbaik
12. Lagu Hip Hop Terbaik
13. Lagu Inggeris Tempatan Terbaik
14. Lagu Bahasa Melayu Terbaik Yang Dipersembahkan Oleh Artis Luar Negara
15. Anugerah Kembara
16. Anugerah Sri Wirama
17. Susunan Muzik Terbaik Di Dalam Lagu
18. Lagu Terbaik
19. Album Terbaik
10 Abandoned Categories:
1. Album Inggeris Tempatan Terbaik
2. Album India Tempatan Terbaik
3. Album Cina Tempatan Terbaik
4. Album Nasyid Terbaik
5. Album Rock Terbaik
6. Album Pop Terbaik
7. Album Hip Hop Terbaik
8. Album Pop Etnik Terbaik
9. Lagu India Tempatan Terbaik
10. Lagu Cina Tempatan Terbaik
“Despite having less award categories, the high number of AIM nominations this year is very encouraging and also posed welcome challenges for the judges,” said En Rosmin Hashim, RIM AIM 18 Organising Co-Chairman, who further informed that the judging process was conducted by Persatuan Akademi Industri Muzik Malaysia (PAIMM), overseeing a panel of independent expert judges from across the entertainment industry.
He also released the names of the judges who had judged AIM 18 submissions and announced the Final Five nominations. It is confirmed that Datuk Ramli MS, one of the most accomplished music arrangers in the region, will be continuing his role of over the past 2 years as Chief Judge of AIM.
Following the unanimous decision of the expert panel of judges, the Best Hip Hop Song category has been omitted this year as the submissions did not meet the requisite criteria, thereby reducing the total number of categories to 18.
“In view of how important music has become to mobile phone users, Celcom is introducing a new category known as the Mobile Artiste of the Year Award to give recognition to the artiste with the highest number of mobile downloads, including renewals, for Call Me Tones,” said En Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad.So hurry up, block your diary to catch your favourite artiste live in action and stand a chance to join the Meet & Greet session at the above venues!
“Celcom customers can also be part of the AIM glitzy music event. Just join our Be A Star at AIM18 campaign to stand a chance to win „an experience of a lifetime‟ and be seated next to your favourite artiste during the award show. Starting today, all customers need to do is type *888# from their mobile phones and download any exclusive AIM-related content such as Call Me Tones, Full Songs, True Tones, X Tunes, music videos and wallpapers. That‟s not all, all of these and more exciting content will be available on a brand new WAP mobile portal, The Cube, that will be launched tomorrow,” he added.
The Cube is a one stop mobile and community portal, currently exclusive to all Celcom customers. Customers will be able to access incredible content and Celcom offerings via The Cube on their mobile phones and any connected device, be it a laptop, tablet or desktop. The mobile WAP portal integrates social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, and also provides email convenience with Gmail, Yahoo!, MSN and Nokia Ovi. Customers can experience The Cube mobile portal via http://m.thecube.my or on a larger screen via The Cube website www.thecube.my.
This year Celcom, the title sponsor of the AIM18, is igniting a series of roadshows. The roadshows will feature a great lineup of artistes comprising the AIM18 nominees. All of whom will be performing live at the respective venues!
Additionally, special offerings and activities related to AIM18 plus the chance to win free passes to catch the AIM18 live on 12 November 2011 are awaiting visitors to the roadshows.
Details of the roadshows as per below:
- Kuantan Parade, Pahang 1 – 2 October 2011
- Plaza Alam Sentral, Shah Alam 8 – 9 October 2011
- Kluang Mall, Johor 22 – 23 October 2011
- AEON Jusco AU2, Kuala Lumpur 4 – 6 November 2011
“In supporting this event, Astro Ria is proud to be the media partner for the prestigious Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM18). Leading up to the awards show of AIM18, Astro Ria will be showcasing the exclusive Gerbang AIM and Akustik AIM. Besides that, we will also be bringing the AIM18 Award Show LIVE into your homes starting with the LIVE telecast of "Blue Carpet" right before the LIVE telecast of AIM18 from Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Stay tuned to these great shows,” said Mr. Khairul Anwar Salleh, Vice President of Astro Malay Business.
In the lead up to the awards night, the official television broadcaster, ASTRO Ria (Channel 104), will also be airing two episodes of Akustik AIM, a showcase of acoustic performances of nominated AIM 18 songs.
As the official radio broadcaster, ERA will be providing radio coverage and emcees for the AIM roadshows whilst ASTRO Ria (Channel 104) will also air Gerbang AIM, a live showcase of the roadshow at Plaza Alam Sentral.
The AIM 18 awards show itself will be held on Saturday, 12 November 2011 at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur with the LIVE telecast of "Blue Carpet" at 8.30pm right before the LIVE telecast of AIM18 at 9.00pm exclusively on Astro Ria (Channel 104).
Kindly refer below the complete list of Final Five nominees and judges. For more information on RIM and its activities, please log on to www.rim.org.my. For AIM, kindly log on to http://aim.org.my.
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