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Twerk-tastic Miley Cyrus heads to the MTV EMAs


The pop star is set to perform at the upcoming 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards.

How do you say "twerking" in Dutch?

Fresh off of her much talked about tongue-wagging, eyebrow-raising performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, Miley Cyrus will appear in Amsterdam for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

Cyrus joins other previously announced performers such as Katy Perry and The Killers, neither of whom have stirred the moral outrage of a nation recently quite like the former Disney Channel princess has. No telling if Cyrus will similarly shock sensibilities at the EMA – Amsterdam has a reputation of being pretty loosey-goosey with its morals.

The 2013 MTV EMAs will air in the US on Nov 10, and will air globally via MTV's network of channels.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the pack in nominations this year with five each. Cyrus, along with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Robin Thicke trail with four nominations each. — Reuters

Malaysian Indian music: Loving the limelight


The inaugural Anugerah Industri Muzik: Malaysian Indian 2013 awards was a splash of vibrant talent.

GLITZ, glamour and energy. That's how one would describe the Anugerah Industri Muzik: Malaysian Indian 2013 awards ceremony held at the Setia City Convention Center, Shah Alam in Selangor last Saturday. It was a timely show to recognise the achievements in the local Indian music scene.

You also had some eye-opening scenes at the awards when homegrown Tamil hip hop and Tamil rock showed that the local Indian scene was not limited to pop-centred sounds.

The show, featuring 16 contestable categories, was hosted by THR Raaga radio announcer Aanantha Rajaram and actress Sangeeta Krishnasamy. Starting the night off strong were performers from Asthana Arts, with a lively dance routine filled with vibrant colours and upbeat music.

Following that were the first award presenters of the night – comedians Indi Nadarajah and Allan Perera, who handed out the best new artiste category.

Hashmitha Selvam with her Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Female) award.

Hashmitha Selvam with her Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Female) award.

Taking home the coveted AIM "mic stand" statue for that award was Vinesh Kumar Palani.

The glittering night, with 1,900 attendees, also saw special appearances by celebrities in the Malaysian-Indian community to present the awards.

Heading the list was the popular Chennai, India-based singer, P. Unnikrishnan, who also performed the song Ennavale, from hit Tamil blockbuster of the 1990s Kadhalan.

Other presenters on the night were pop celebrities Datuk David Arumugam, Datuk DJ Dave and Datin Sri Manimala NT Rajah.

Fans of pop star Jaclyn Victor, were disappointed, as despite being listed as one of the presenters in the programme schedule, she did not make it that night.

Also on hand to present awards were A.K Nathan, DCP Datuk Paramasivam and Mydin Sultan.

"We are touched and amazed by the wonderful turnout for the show," said Suseela Menon, AIM Malaysian-Indian 2013 organising committee joint chairman.

Also present were Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) chairman Norman Abdul Halim and joint chairman AIM Malaysian-Indian 2013 organising committee Datuk Freddie Fernandez. Outside the industry heavyweights, the awards night was also about the partying and putting on a show to remember.

Awards for best vocal performance in a song – for both male and female – went to Dhilip Varman and Hashmitha Selvam, respectively. Hashmitha also performed a lively number up on stage, which gave the evening an added spark. Not to forget the hip hop favourites OG Dass, Kash Villanz and Maney Villanz, who picked up the Best Hip Hop Song and Best Song awards.

Vikadakavi and Denes' VMB 2.0 picked up the Best Rock Song accolade, while Jay's Enggo Tulainthavan secured the Best Pop/Contemporary Song award.

The coveted Best Album award went to Subrah G's Love Signature CD, which was produced by Subramaniam Mariappan.

But it wasn't all beats, rocking attitudes and hollering hip hop. There was diversity on the cards too.

N. Mariappan, better known as "Isai Thendral," was honoured with the Sri Wirama Lifetime achievement award in recognition of his contributions to the Malaysian-Indian music industry as an Indian classical music expert.

Rapper/producer/music-maker Yogi B (of Poetic Ammo fame) was also on hand to receive the Kembara award for championing local Indian music abroad.

The event kept up its lively tempo throughout the three-hour show with performers such as Jay, Thila Laxshman, Shruthi J, OG Dass, and Coco Nantha.

It closed with an explosive bhangra selection by brothers Manjit Singh Gill and Sukhjit Singh Gill of the group Goldkartz. 

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Another creative outlet for Paris Hilton


Heiress Paris Hilton tries her hand in DJing.

American socialite and sometime-actress Paris Hilton sees herself as a brand and businesswoman, not a DJ.

DJing is something that she does because she likes to party, says the poised 32-year-old blonde heiress, whose great-grandfather founded the Hilton Hotels chain.

Hilton, who has her own line of apparel and accessories sold in 50 stores worldwide, says: "I do so many things, I don't consider myself a DJ. I'm a businesswoman, I'm a brand, I'm an artist, I'm a singer, I'm a designer."

The Hilton heiress was in Singapore last month for a DJ gig where she arrived fashionably late – at about 1.30am, one-and-a-half hours later than scheduled.

She came in a short, sexy but elegant black lace dress by New York label Alice + Olivia and her signature Chanel leather gloves – she has more than 100 pairs – which were complemented by her sparkly silver nails, her luscious locks perfectly curled and dewy skin, flawless.

Her DJ engagement was for a Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix after-party held at the French and Chinese restaurant Me@OUE's new alfresco rooftop lounge.

"DJing is something that I do because I love to party, love to make people dance, have fun, smile, have a good time and it's something that I'm good at," says Hilton, who learnt the skills from her friend DJ AM more than 10 years ago.

She made her DJing debut at Brazil's Pop Music Festival last year when she was given an offer to close for Jennifer Lopez. "I thought, that sounds fun, so I did it. I had so much fun," she adds.

Her public DJing debut received plenty of flak from top DJs and online media reported that she had been booed. Of the negative feedback, she says: "People love to make up stories because what I read was not what happened. I think one weird blogger who wasn't even there made up a story and said I was booed, which never happened.

"Everyone in the audience was screaming, clapping, so excited, so happy. There was not one single person being negative."

She adds: "It just bums me out that people like to make up lies and then the lies will spread online so quickly and people assume it's the truth when it's the furthest thing from the truth."

Receiving harsh criticism is something that she has "gotten used to over the years".

She made headlines for her sex tape with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, which was circulated online in 2003, her drink driving in 2006 and then jail-time for that negligent act in 2007.

While her reality TV series, The Simple Life (2003-2007) – about her and fellow socialite and fashion designer Nicole Richie trying out ordinary living – was fairly well received, her appearances in movies such as The Hottie And The Nottie (2008) were mostly slammed.

At the Me@OUE party, which was attended by about 500 people, Hilton was mobbed by fans and she politely acceded to requests for photographs before making her way to the DJ console.

Songs in her set that got the crowd grooving included Daft Punk's Get Lucky and Icona Pop's I Love It. But most of the partygoers were more interested in shooting videos of her with their smartphones.

Hilton, who is dating Spanish model River Viiperi, plans to focus more on music. Earlier this month, she released a new single, Good Time, which features her and Lil' Wayne. It is produced by Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack.

She says: "With me, I'm very lucky... a lot of the times, (with) my job, I get to have a lot of fun, like hosting parties and DJing and getting to travel around the world and meet amazing people, and stay in incredible hotels. So I feel really blessed and grateful and I love it." – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

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