Jasmine Sokko, a singer and electronic music artist from Singapore is the first home-grown act to win Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2019 MTV EMAs, beating out popular regional acts such as Malaysia’s Yuna and Indonesia’s Rich Brian.
The winner was decided by public online votes.
The 23-year-old is in Spain to collect the award at the ceremony held in Seville, at the Fibes – Conference & Exhibition Centre. The show will be broadcast and streamed live on MTV Asia and the MTV Play app on Nov 4 at 4am (Singapore time).
Known for hiding her face behind masks, the enigmatic singer-producer is one of the most popular local acts on music streaming service Spotify. Her debut single 1057, released independently, topped Spotify’s Singapore Viral 50 chart in 2016.
Earlier this year, she became the only Singaporean act to make it to the finals of Chinese reality television programme for electronic music acts, Rave Now. She recently released her first Mandarin single, SHH, through Warner Music China.
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She said in a press statement: “I still can’t believe this is happening! I’m thrilled, over the moon, beyond grateful and above all, I feel so undeservingly loved. To everyone who voted, thank you all a million.
“I always believe that it’s important to challenge the status quo. Just because nobody has done something before, doesn’t mean it’s not possible. The past year has made me foresee a future in the Singapore music scene that I want to be a part of building.
“May the ceiling of mine today be the floor of tomorrow’s generation.”
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Singapore represent @jasminesokko is the winner of the Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2019 MTV EMA @mtvema!!! 🥳✨Jasmine came out top of a star studded list of nominees and in her acceptance speech, she thanked all fans who voted for her and have supported her since Day 1!! 💯🔥 You don't want to miss the #MTVEMA tonight! 😍🙌 Tune in & watch LIVE on 4 Nov starting with the red carpet premiere at 2.00 AM (WIB), 3.00 AM (SG/MY/PH), and 4.00 AM (MY – Astro). This is followed by the main show at 3.00 AM (WIB), 4.00 AM (SG/MY/PH), and 5.00 AM (MY – Astro). Living in Singapore, you can also Livestream on MTV Play app @ 3am 🤩 #JasmineSokko
The EMAs, or Europe Music Awards, is an annual event which started in 1994. The Best Southeast Asia Act, first given out in 2013, is one of several awards given out to international artists.
The other musicians nominated in the Best Southeast Asia Act category were Moira Dela Torre from the Philippines, Jannine Weigel from Thailand and Suboi from Vietnam.
Past winners included Malaysian rapper Joe Flizzow in 2018 and Filipino-Australian singer/actor James Reid in 2017.
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Olivia Ong (2013), Stefanie Sun (2014), The Sam Willows (2015, 2017, 2018) and Gentle Bones (2016) were acts from Singapore that were previously nominated for the award.
The 2019 MTV EMAs will also have an encore broadcast on MTV Asia on Nov 4 at 8.50pm.
Image: Warren Tey / Warner Music Singapore
Text: Eddino Abdul Hadi / The Straits Times / November 2019