Headline: Aizat wins big
Publication: NST
Date of publication: Jul 22, 2009
Section heading: Life & Times
Page number: 012
Byline / Author: By Dennis Chua


SINGER, songwriter and composer Aizat Amdan bags two awards at the recent Anugerah Planet Muzik 2009. DENNIS CHUA writes.

MANY a musical icon of Malaysia have emerged from Pahang. Datuk Sudirman Arshad made his mark as the country's pop icon while Datuk Siti Nurhaliza subsequently became his successor.

On Saturday, yet another Pahang talent shone in Anugerah Planet Muzik 2009 (APM) held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He is promising singer, songwriter and composer Aizat Amdan, best known for his monster hits Lagu Kita and Hanya Kau Yang Mampu.

The 20-year-old from Raub took home two awards, namely Best New Male Vocalist and Most Popular Malaysian Song, for Hanya Kau Yang Mampu.

A music student at the International College of Music, Aizat had his big break in 2005 when he finished in the Top 10 of reality talent show Akademi Fantasia's fifth season.

Aizat's father, businessman Datuk Amdan Mat Din, said his son's bagging of two titles in the region's answer to the Grammy Awards was a significant milestone in his quest to be a world-class entertainer.

"It's a fantastic achievement, and a starting point for Aizat to launch his career in Indonesia and Singapore. I accompanied him to Jakarta with some family members, as we were attending his elder brother's graduation in Brisbane, Australia," he said.

Amdan said Aizat, the fifth of six siblings, had always dreamt of becoming a successful entertainer, and was determined to make his dreams come true with sheer hard work.

"Aizat is busy working on his second album, besides pursuing his studies in music. Winning one of the top prizes in Bulgaria's Discovery International Music Festival early this year was a great mental preparation for him to do his utmost in APM," he said.

Aizat was not the only Malaysian winner in APM. Siti maintained her "regional reign" as Most Popular Malaysian Artiste for the ninth year, and also took home the Most Popular Regional Artiste title.

In the latter category, she trounced Indonesia's Agnes Monica and Nidji, Singapore's Aliff Aziz, Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza, and Malaysia's Faizal Tahir, Meet Uncle Hussain and Hujan.

One In A Million 2 champion Ayu Damit scored her first win in APM, taking home the Best New Female Vocalist title.

The Sabahan, who recently launched her debut album Inspirasi, became the first winner of 8TV's popular reality talent show to clinch a trophy in the awards.

8TV chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar, who also helms Monkey Bone Records, the producer of Ayu's album, said the award marked Ayu's "arrival" in the regional music scene.

"It's great that the regional music industry recognises her talent and showmanship, not to mention her unique voice and determination to be a world class entertainer," he said, adding that it was a "great birthday present" for the singer, who turned 20 on July 12.

APM was hosted by Aznil Nawawi, Nirina Zubir and Aura Shai, and screened live on Astro Ria, Indonesia's Global TV and Singapore's Mediacorp at 8.30pm. Aizat, Faizal, Hujan and Stacy Anam gave performances at the awards show.

The nine-year-old awards organised by Beyond Events offers an opportunity for Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian artistes to join forces and raise the bar in music and showmanship.

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