Vietnamese pop star Dong Nhi (Photo: Internet)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese pop star Dong Nhi won the Best Southeast Asian Act at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA) which took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in early morning November 7 (Hanoi time). 

The 28-year-old female singer beat other nominees from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia in one of the 18 official categories at the famed awards. 

This is the first time the EMA has awarded the Best Southeast Asian Act as a separate category, which previously served as a subcategory for the Best Asian Act award at previous EMA’s. 

Dong Nhi became the first recognised winner for the category, despite two other Vietnamese pop stars Son Tung M-TP and My Tam having topped Southeast Asian voting in 2015 and 2013 respectively. 

Active since 2007, Dong Nhi is a popular singer among Vietnamese youth and has earned numerous local music awards. Her music video Bad Boys was a local hit. 

This year, the Canadian superstar Justin Bieber snapped up the lion’s share of the awards, winning the “Most favourite artist”, “Best Canadian Act” and “The Best Song” (for his pop hit “Sorry”) among five categories. 

The pop icon Lady Gaga won two awards including Best Female Act and Best Look. 

This year’s event also called names of Martin Garrix, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilot and Zara Larsson while megastar Beyonce came away empty-handed. 

Established in 1994 by MTV Networks Europe, the MTV EMA is an annual celebration to honour artists worldwide for significant contributions to the music industry. Winners of the awards are chosen by viewers and fans votes on the EMA’s website.-VNA