KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran and new entertainers will join hands to liven up the inaugural Anugerah Pilihan Online (APO2016) presentation on April 30.
Among the celebrities who will be gracing the stage that evening are Malaysian rock queen Ella, Dayang Nurfaizah, Adibah Noor, Hazama, Sandra, Azlan and The Typewriter, Caliph Buskers, Altimet, One Nation Emcees, Syamel and Aweera.
The glittering event will also see two famous actors, Adi Putra and Amar Baharin, making their stage debut as singers.
The two stars, however, are keeping their gigs under wraps to give fans a surprise.
APO2016 will be held at Audito-rium Perdana, Angkasapuri, here starting from 9pm and shown live on TV2.
The event is organised by Star Media Group’s Malay-language news portal mStar Online and radio station Suria FM, with health and beauty care brand D’nars as the main sponsor.
It is the first people’s choice awards by the group aimed at recognising the importance of digital media and Malaysian individuals who have made a difference on the platform.
The opening act features Adibah Noor, One Nation Emcees and Aweera in a medley of popular old and current hits to reflect the digital transformation that will be highlighted.
Eighteen categories will be presented, with half of them for entertainment – Best Actor Online Choice, Best Actress Online Choice, Best Male Singer Online Choice, Best Female Singer Online Choice, Most Handsome Male D’nars Choice, Most Beautiful Female D’nars Choice, Comedy Personality Online Choice, Group Online Choice, and Radio Presenter Online Choice.
The three categories for sports are the Male Sports Star Online Choice, Female Sports Star Online Choice, and Team Online Choice.
The five lifestyle categories are Fashion Icon Online Choice, Young Entrepreneur Online Choice, Blog Online Choice, Celebrity Chef Online Choice, and Social Media Celebrity Online Choice.
Voting for the APO2016 finalists opened on April 1 and closes on April 27.
As of yesterday, 549,860 votes have been cast for all the categories by mStar readers and Suria FM listeners.
There will also be a tribute to the late Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan of songs he composed. It will be delivered by Dayang Nurfaizah.
Fans of Ella who were unable to attend her concert to mark her 30-year career in the arts last Saturday will be able to see her in action during APO2016. She will be performing with Azlan, Hazama and Caliph Buskers.
Dayang Nurfaizah and Hazama will also sing the Suria FM theme song Bangkit (Rise) at the closing.
APO2016 performances will be led by music director Lok U.
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