It is more than one week now that the Music Awards 2013 were held in Malta. Yes, we have Music Awards here as well. It doesn’t matter Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, even on this little island there are born talents who definitely deserve an award.
The Malta Music Awards is an annual ceremony since (surprising or not) 1995 and this year it took place at MFCC Arena (Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre) in Ta’ Qali on Sunday, 3rd February.
The event was giving out a total of 11 awards for the “bests”. Eight awards were competitive and have been judged by a panel of music critics, the other three had been selected through international recognition and newcomer status.
The first weekend of February in 2013 was a music weekend in Maltese life anyways, since this year the Malta Music Awards was held the day after the Malta Eurovision Song Festival. This music weekender was organized by the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS).
Gianluca Bezzina, the winner of Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was also welcome to perform here his song: Tomorrow, which he will be presenting at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden. However the special international guest of the event was the British singer, Peter Andre, who took the stage with three songs.
The Best International Artist award this year went to the Belgian-Australian artist, Gotye for his international smash hit Somebody That I Used to Know. But let’s see the list of the local winners:
Best Song Paul – Red Electrick
Best Album The Traveller-Tribali
Best Video – What I’d give – Ira Losco
Best Solo Artist – Brooke
Best Band- Red Electrick
Best New Artist Award – Stalko
Best Metal Band – Beheaded
Best Hip Hop/ Rnb – Hooligan
Career recognition Award – Duo Blank
International Achievement Award -Gaia Cauchi
Youth Agency Award – Ylenia Vella
It was really interesting to participate in this kind of event. I definitely had lot of fun even despite of the “for me not understandable” Maltese language. I believe all the artists worked a lot for the well-deserved awards they won. At the end I just would like to add one of my personal opinions: I felt really sorry that at a music event like this all the artists were performing “playback”. For me, for a real music lover, this fact was very disappointing. My personal favorite was the little girl (Youth Agency Award – Ylenia Vella), the only one from all the winners, who just took the microphone after receiving the award and sang LIVE for a second. I have to admit, the 13 years old girl had an incredible voice.