She joined seven other nominees including South Korean rapper CL and Indonesian actress Raline Shah in the American awards show, in which winners are voted online by the public and their fans.
The 32-year-old, whose real name is Yunalis Zarai, said that she never thought that she would be nominated or even qualify for the category.
“When I first entered the industry, I felt so small and unqualified.
“To be acknowledged as one of the most inspirational Asian women is very meaningful to me.
“I’ve worked hard and met various challenges, including some difficult experiences.
“My efforts have paid off and I’m proud to be recognised as a Muslim Asian artiste around the world,” said the singer who is based in Los Angeles.
She appealed to her fans, mainly those in Malaysia, to vote for her.
> A bridegroom in Tampin, Negri Sembilan, found himself in an unenviable situation after a caterer he met on Facebook failed to show up for his wedding.
Nur Azizi Sulaiman, 28, said he engaged the services of the caterer for RM8,000 after they got to know each other on social media and met up on June 23 in Seremban.
“After discussions, I agreed to take up her offer, which would include food, tents, photographers and emcees, the dais as well as make-up and bridal suits.
“I paid RM2,000 as a deposit and subsequently transferred RM6,000 into her account,” he said.
However, he said three days before the wedding, only four tents were put up for the wedding instead of the five agreed.
“The next day, I waited the entire day but the last tent was never put up and the dining table for the bridal couple had not even been decorated. The caterer kept giving me excuses.
“On the day of the wedding, the woman called and told me to prepare my own food because she said she might be late,” said Nur Azizi, who lodged a police report at the Tampin police station.
Only the photographer, make-up artiste and the emcees were present for the wedding, which took place in Nur Azizi’s village in Kampung Keru.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.
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