Why is language still an issue in today's Malaysian entertainment?

In 1996, singer-songwriter Amir Yussof’s debut album Some Of This Is Real was the first local English album to be recognised by AIM in the newly introduced best English album category. The late Sharifah Aini presented the award to him. Photo: The Star

The recent coverage over the separate categories for Bahasa Malaysia and non-BM movies in the upcoming Malaysia Film Festival (FFM) has provoked much debate on social media, but separate categories have long been the norm in the world of music. Heck they even have separate awards shows for Chinese and Indian music!

It might have taken 21 years but when French-Malay rapper Mikael Adam Lozach, better known as SonaOne, won the coveted Song of the Year award in 2014 with an English language tune called No More, it broke down the language barrier at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) awards.

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