The Jakarta Post
Weird Genius at the 23rd Anugerah Musik Indonesia (AMI) Awards on November 26, 2020. (instagram.com/weird.genius/File)
Pop-rock band NOAH and Weird Genius won three trophies each at the 23rd installment of Anugerah Musik Indonesia (AMI), the most prestigious music awards in the country, on Thursday.
Kompas.com reported that NOAH won awards for Best Pop Group, Best Rearrangement Production and Best Album. The band was nominated in eight categories, including Best Recording Producers and Best Production Work.
Weird Genius also took home three awards for its song, “Lathi” (tongue), which won in the Best Dance Solo/Group/Collaboration, Best Sound Production Team and Best Best Production Work categories. In the song that features singer-rapper Sara Fajira, the trio combines electronic dance music with traditional elements.
The trio, which consists of musicians Reza Oktovian, Eka Gustiwana and Gerald Liu, took to Instagram to express their gratitude. “We can’t be thankful enough to all of you who’ve always given us positive vibes throughout these years,” they wrote. “We’ll take this milestone as ground for 2021. But before that we still have several things in [the] coming weeks.”
Singer Raisa was named Best Pop Female Solo Artist for her track “Teristimewa” (Dearest). On her Instagram, Raisa said these past two years had been challenging for her as she experienced a great change in her life.
“It was the phase for finding myself again. One thing that made me remember ‘who I am’ the most was music,” Raisa wrote, adding that she remembered the time she worked on the song lyrics alongside musician Marco Steffiano and composer Johanes Haris Pranowo.
The 2020 AMI Awards also recognized three performers, namely Nasution Bersaudara, Didi Kempot and Nike Ardilla with Legend Awards, while dangdut performer Rhoma Irama and musician Melly Goeslaw received Lifetime Achievement awards.
First held in November 1997, AMI Awards is presented by Anugerah Musik Indonesia Institution to appreciate Indonesian musicians' accomplishments. (wir/wng)
Listed below are some of the winners at the 2020 AMI Awards:
Best Pop Male Solo Artist: Andmesh – “Nyaman” (Comfortable)
Best Pop Album: Andmesh – Cinta Luar Biasa (Extraordinary Love)
Best Rock Male Solo Artist: Once Mekel
Best Pop Rock: Endank Soekamti – Air (Water)
Best Jazz Album: Dewa Budjana, Tohpati – Janapati
Best Contemporary Dangdut Female Solo Artis: Nella Kharisma – “Ada Gajah Di Balik Batu” (Elephant under the Rock)
Best Children’s Song Female Solo Artist: Neona – “Kepompong” (Chrysalis)
Best Progressive Production Work: Isyana Sarasvati – “Sikap Duniawi” (Worldly Attitude)
Best Folk/Country/Ballad Production Work: Nadin Amizah – “Bertaut” (Linked)
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