Era FM announced the six winners of its first Era Digital Music Awards 2016 (ERADMA) via Facebook Live feature on 18th January 2016. In its first installment, the fully digital award seeks to recognise talents discovered through the digital medium.
The winners were selected based on fans vote via Era FM website, excluding the ‘Longest-Charting Song on Carta Era 2016’ category, which was received by singer Syamel Fodzly, for his song Hidup Dalam Mati and ‘Digi Choice (New Singer) Award’ which was presented to Malaysia’s multiracial a cappella group; Colour of Voices.
Local powerhouse singer, Faizal Tahir garnered the ‘Best Collaboration Singer’ award, while newcomer Haqiem Rusli received the ‘Best Cover Song on Social Media’ award. ‘Most Emotional Song 2016’ went to Aiman Tino for Aku Rela Dibenci and singer-actress, Ayda Jebat was awarded the ‘Best Guest Interview on Carta Era 2016.’
“Nearly 4,000 votes were received for each artist, and we were thrilled at the overwhelming response from our social media fans and listeners,” said Era FM, which also revealed that the award will be an annual affair.
Hosted by Nabil Ahmad, the Era Digital Music Awards 2016 which garnered almost 100,000 views was streamed by Malaysia's leading telecommunications service provider, Digi.