Singapore’s local talents were recognised at the inaugural Youth Music Awards (YMA), which took place at *SCAPE on Saturday (26 January).
Organised by Invasion Singapore, YMA seeks to celebrate made-in-Singapore music. “Through this awards show, we aim to recognise the extraordinary achievements and contributions of local musicians,” said *SCAPE. “From the industry powerhouses to up-and-coming sparks, these artists create the very soundtracks to our lives – the songs that depict falling in and out of love, transitioning into adulthood, dealing with triumphs and losses, and so on.”
Based on the theme “Catching Feelings”, YMA didn’t give out typical music awards such as “Best Artist” or “Best Single”. Instead, the awards recognised music’s emotional appeal with 13 categories such as “Best Song to Book Out to” and “Best Song to Party to”.
A total of 116 artists were nominated for the awards. The Sam Willows took home the Earworm of the Year award for their song Keep Me Jealous.
The full list of winners are:
Best Song to Unwind to: Shye – I Rly Like U
Best Song to Fall in Love to: Sezairi – It’s You
Fresh Vibe of the Year: Charlie Lim – CHECK-HOOK
Best Song to Wake Up to: Retrofocus – Happy Tune
Best Song to Party to: Yung Raja – Mustafa
Best Song to Book Out to: M1LDL1FE – Distraction
New Kids on the Block: YAØ
Best Song to Sing Along to: Axel Brizzy & Marian Carmel – Thursday
Best Feel Good Song: brb. – Cool With It
Earworm of the Year: The Sam Willows – Keep Me Jealous
Best Song to Rock Out to: Caracal – Manicenigmatic
Best Song to Break Up to: Sam Rui – Better
Best Cover Artist: HubbaBubbas