SARAWAKIAN sensation Hafiz has won the prestigious Anugerah Juara Lagu 26 award for best vocals.
Yes, the soon to be 22-year-old (his birthday is on Feb 27), was judged by a panel of 22 jury members to have had the best vocals among all Malaysian singers last year.
For his efforts, he received a trophy and RM10,000.
The song he performed, ‘Awan Nano’, composed by M Nasir with lyrics by Budi Hekayat, was named Song of the Year.
Hafiz’s vocal prowess beat the likes of Ning Baizura, Shila Amzah, Jaclyn Victor, Yuna, Aizat and Faizal Tahir! Awesome!!
Since winning Akademi Fantasia 7 in 2009, Mohd Hafiz Mohd Suip has indeed done Sarawak proud.
The young man from Kuching has shown great maturity as an artist and has won the hearts of Malaysian music lovers.
His single ‘Masih Jelas’ was nominated in the Best Pop Song and Best Arrangements for Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM17).
He also performed at the final of Anugerah Juara Lagu 24, where he was one of the strongest contenders, and was nominated as one of 2009′s Best New Artists.
It is no wonder then that Hafiz was given a Sarawak Youth Icon Award during the Youth Assembly 2011, along with other high achieving Sarawakians such as Zee Avi.
Wishing Hafiz a long and strong career. May this son of Sarawak continue doing us proud.
A report from the New Straits Times:
Awan Nano wins AJL 26 Song of the Year
KUALA LUMPUR: Awan Nano, composed by M Nasir and lyrics by Budi Hekayat, was named Song of the Year in the 26th Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL26) tonight.
The winners bagged a trophy and RM35,000.
Hafiz who performed the number also won the best vocal performance and RM10,000.
First runner-up was Beribu Sesalan penned by Kevin Chen and Tinta, sung by Ning Baizura, Shila Amzah and Jaclyn Victor. They walked away with a trophy and RM15,000.
Audi Mok and Faizal Tahir bagged the third prize for their song Karma taking home RM12,000.
The best performance award went to Alyah for her rendition of Kisah Hati. The singer walked away with a trophy and RM10,000.
Cheryl Samad and Faizal Ismail hosted the event, which was broadcast live on TV3 from Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil here.
With water as the theme of this year’s AJL, 12 finalists had been chosen to the finals which included Wanita Seluruh Dunia (Projek Pistol), Sedetik Lebih (Jaclyn Victor), Penakut (Yuna), Cinta Muka Buku (Najwa Latif), Karma (Faizal Tahir), Kisah Hati (Alyah), Sungai Lui (Aizat), Gadis Semasa (Yuna), Awan Nano (Hafiz) and Beribu Sesalan (Ning Baizura, Shila Amzah and Jaclyn Victor).
The guest performers were Datuk Sheila Majid, Awie and Jamal Abdillah.