Malta: Airport Impressions Dominate Bay Music Awards 2011Written by Elaine Camilleri
The 8th annual Bay Music Awards saw the Bay Arena bustling with life, as thousands attended the highly anticipated show in support of 89.7 Bay and Malta’s local music scene. The night, which was packed with 23 show-stopping performances, was hosted by Bay Radio’s own deejays; Bay Breakfast’s Captain Drew , Drive time’s Nathan and 89.7 Bay’s newest addition, Ben Clover. The night's performances concluded with the Bay Kids song 'Reach Out' by Toby & Jjoy ft. Lyndsay. The song is available for download from iTunes in aid of YMCA Malta.
The category awards were presented by Malta’s finest talent and popular faces, including the Zoo Team, John Bundy, Melanie Kelly, Quinton Scerri, Andrew Hogg, Eden Leisure Group Director - Mr. Kevin DeCesare, Stephanie Cassar and Shanel Debattista. This year, public SMS votes topped the records held in any of the previous year’s by staggering amounts – thus only proving the growing support for both established and upcoming local talent. The winners of the five categories presented -by the above personalities, and the Presenter's Choice award - given out by 89.7 Bay's fun-loving deejay's; Mat, and Dorian Cassar - include:
Best Dance Tune/Remix:
A brand new award, called the ‘Raise the Roof Award’, was presented for the very first time this year, allowing all those who performed on the night a chance to get their hands on the prestigious, and innovative award if they managed to obtain the loudest screams from their adoring fans following their act. The sheer volume and strength of the audience reaction, which was picked up and tallied through the use of sensitive microphones and advanced technology, determined the category winner, announced by Kevin DeCesare along with the award sponsor . This year's award winner, and the first to ever hold this title were Malta’s top band, Airport Impressions, which win made this the band's 3rd award for the night, out of the 7 categories presented.
The Bay Music Awards will be aired on ONE TV on Monday 19th December. With a repeat taking place on Christmas Day at 3.30pm The voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award will be open during the first screening of the BMA’S and will officially close at midnight on the 26th December.
Source: Bay Radio, ONE