Photo: MTV EMA press center
Jasmine Sokko is on a fast track to gaining global recognition for her music – and off to a bright start in her music career.
On 3 November, the singer-producer clinched the Best Southeast Asia Act award at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) – one of the biggest music awards to celebrate the most popular artists of the year.
She is the first Singaporean to win an MTV EMA Award.
The first-time nominee, who was also Her World’s cover girl for the October issue, beat several top regional artists such as Yuna (Malaysia) and Moira Dela Torre (Philippines) as a fan favourite.
Past Singaporean nominees for the category included veteran singers Olivia Ong (2013) and Stefanie Sun (2014), and local indie-pop band The Sam Willows (2015, 2017 and 2018).
Photo: Gan, assisted by Loy Kok Wee and Lina Yusoff
Jasmine, 23, received her award at the FIBES, Conference & Exhibition Centre in Seville, Spain.
She was also joined by Simon Nasser, managing director of Warner Music Singapore who signed Jasmine Sokko to the label.
The ceremony was broadcast live globally.
Still reeling from her win, the electropop songstress gushes: “I still can’t believe this is happening! I’m thrilled, over the moon, beyond grateful and above all, I feel so undeservingly loved. Sometimes I look back and can’t believe how much has happened in the past year.”
Still can’t believe this has happened! I’m thrilled, over the moon, beyond grateful and above all, I feel so undeservingly loved. To everyone who voted, thank you all a million. To my label family at @warnermusicsg thank you for believing in me. To @mtvasia and @mtvema, thank you for this award. Sometimes I look back and can’t believe how much have happened in the past year. I always believe that it’s important to challenge the status quo. Just because nobody has done something before, doesn’t mean it’s not possible. May the ceiling of mine today be the floor of tomorrow’s generation. #yslbeauty #yslbeautysg
With two chart-topping singles in her repertoire, all while still studying at a local university, the musician’s achievements are proof that dreams do take you far.
“I always believe that it’s important to challenge the status quo. Just because nobody has done something before, doesn’t mean it’s not possible,” she says.
Nasser believes that Jasmine’s success will pave the way for aspiring local artists.
“I’m so amazingly proud of what Jasmine has achieved and her musical output is incredible.” he says.
“This shows that our artists can go global and together, we can make it work. I hope this sets a fresh new momentum for all Singaporean artists to continue working on their craft and aim for the global stage.”
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