taken from NST 18 September 2005
by Karina Foo
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat.
The country’s top singer, Siti Nurhaliza, added another title to her collection when she won the Female Vocal Performance award at the glamour-filled Anugerah Era 2005 at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil tonight.
She beat four other nominees — Dayang Nurfaizah, Farah from Akademi Fantasia 2, Liza Hanim and Ziana Zain.
The crowd went wild as Anuar Zain took home the award for Male Vocal Performance. He beat AF’s Adam, Vince, Zahid and Zainal Abidin.
The award for Duo/Group Vocal Performance went to KRU and Adam, beating Ahli Fiqir, Far East, Siti Nurhaliza/M.Nasir and Zahid/Farah.
The night saw superb performances by local artistes and a special appearance by Melanie Chisholm (aka Mel C, Sporty Spice from the defunct Spice Girls group) who sang The Next Best Superstar.
Elergi Sepi by Azharina won her the Choice Pop Song while the top honour in the Choice Rock Song category went to Mungkin Nanti by Peter Pan.
AF2 champion Zahid bagged the Most Promising Artiste award, rock group Spider repeated its victory of last year when it took home the Choice Band award while VE emerged victorious in the best Local English Act.
AF3 sensation Mawi was named winner of the DiGi choice Artiste Award, with voting opened to DiGi subscribers via SMS. Singer-cum-composer M. Nasir, meanwhile, was honoured with the Anugerah Seni ERA for his contributions to the music industry.
The other winners were Aku Tanpa Cintamu — Mirwana and Jay Jay (Choice Nasyid Song); Terhangat di Pasaran — KRU and Adam (Choice Music Video); Erti Hidup — Dayang Nurfaizah (Choice Global Song); and Sepet MHZ Films (Choice Kakiwayang Era). Winners are determined based on votes received through newspapers, www.era.fm, Skuad Era Avanza and SMS.
Tonight’s event was telecast live over Astro’s Ria channel, Radio Era and its website www.era.fm
“Siapa suruh kamu naik?” – M. Nasir to his children who came up on stage during his acceptance speech for the Era Arts Award