VIMA Music Awards
|VIMA Music Award|
|Presented by||Bite Media and Saintz & Sinnerz|
VIMA Awards was Asia's first independent music awards when launched in 2008. VIMA MUSIC AWARDS was formed in 2008 by Siva Chandran, Tevan Manickam and Merp Premo - 3 individuals with different backgrounds who wanted a change in the music scene not only in Malaysia but globally. The team restructured and co-founder Meera Thuraivel joined the team in 2010 to help elevate the awards platform into 3 other big brands - IndieGo Music Awards (South Asia- India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Pakistan), GAMA (Global African Music Awards) and Bite My Music Global Awards (World Cup of Independent music awards). VIMA is under the Bite My Music Global Awards platform. The current awards was held on February 2013.
VIMA was held 3 other times before. VIMA 2009, VIMA 2010 and VIMA 2012. VIMA 2011 was not held and was replaced by a charitable concert called Indie Aid Japan to raise funds for the tsunami victims of Japan in May 2011.
Bite Media also teamed up with Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia to release a BEST OF VIMA compilation featuring 16 of the best songs of VIMA 2013. The compilation was launched on 8 July 2013 and featured musicians such as Amanda Imani, Amirah Ali, Beat The System, Jaclyn Victor, Hevance, Arvinder Raina, Bihzhu, Poova, Malique, Roshan Jamrock, Thyviya, Psycho.Unit, MeandMy PunjabiFriend, Pheelers, Alex Subryn, SlaP!, Abstrak Hingga Ke Bulan and Paperplane Pursuit.
VIMA 2014 Grand Finals is expected to be held in the 22 March 2014 at Platinum Club@One City Subang. This time the awards will allow eligibility to both independent and mainstream acts from all labels in Southeast Asia. VIMA 2014 is also expanding to include a sub-award platform called VIMA India, to recognize musicians from India, in an effort to build a bridge between Southeast Asia and India.
VIMA 2013 Music Award
|Song of the year||“Heart Way”||Bihzhu||English||Malaysia|
|Best Indian language Song from South East Asia||Inni Vendham||Thyivya feat Shane X’treme,Mista Carey & D7 of S.L.Y SQUAD||Tamil||Malaysia|
|Best Punjabi Song||Hai Ni Teri Yaad||Raina Arvinder||Punjabi||Malaysia/India|
|Best Chinese language song from South East Asia||“壞習慣”||SLap||Mandarin||Malaysia|
|Best Instrumental/World Song||Islands of Papua||Iwanouz||Instrumental||Indonesia|
|Best pop song||Over You
Heart Way (cert)
|Have a Safe Fall
Stylo D’ Viruz feat Vish-1 & Shameshan Mani Maran
|Best Electro Song||Takkan Berhenti Di Sini
|Best Hip-Hop Song||Warriors Tongue
Indian Monster (cert)
Young Caddy Thrillhoodz feat Ife-Ezy
|Best Rock Song||Look Into The Sky
Aku dan Simfoni (cert)
Beat The System
Besides the Best song categories, the other notable winners of the awards night included Poova (Malaysia) for BEST POP ACT, Homogenic (Indonesia) for BEST ELECTRO/DANCE ACT, Psycho.unit (Malaysia) for BEST HIP-HOP ACT and Hevance (Sarawak,Malaysia) for BEST ROCK ACT.
|VIMA HALL OF FAME award||Poetic Ammo
Paul Ponnudorai (posthumous)
Alda Evan Tan (posthumous)
Azmyl Yunor || Malaysia
|Social Media Champion of Southeast Asia||Lady Kash and Krissy||Singapore|
|Best Music Video||G.L.A for Ubah||Malaysia|
|Best Genre-Bender||Phyco.Unit for Ghetto Disco||Malaysia|
|Best College Act||SOG (Sekumpulan Orang Gila)||Malaysia|
|Best Collaboration||Masia One featuring Pharell, The Game & Isis Salam||Singapore|
|Best Overall Male Act||Emir
|Best Overall Female Act||Amirah Ali||Malaysia|
|Best Producer||Roshan Jamrock||Malaysia|
|The Galaxtar Award for Best Digital Tech Album||Bunkface for Bunk Not Dead||Malaysia|
|Thank You For Existing Award||Homogenic