Vietnamese pop icon Dong Nhi won Best Southeast Asian Act at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMA) on Sunday.
Dong Nhi was Vietnam’s nomination in the category, which included six other artists from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
The announcement was published on the MTV Asia site at 10:00 pm on Sunday, four hours prior to the live awards ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, early on Monday morning Vietnam time.
The MTV EMA’s are an annual award presented by U.S.-based music and entertainment channel MTV that honors artists worldwide for significant contributions to the music industry. Winners of EMA’s 18 award categories are chosen based on an online fan vote.
This is the first year the EMA’s have awarded Best Southeast Asian Act as a separate category, having previously served as a subcategory for the Best Asian Act award at previous EMA’s.
Dong Nhi becomes Vietnam’s first recognized winner of the category, despite Vietnamese singers My Tam and Son Tung M-TP having previously topped Southeast Asian voting in both 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Active since 2007, Dong Nhi is a popular singer amongst Vietnamese youths, known for her hit love songs and mesmerizing choreography in her music videos.
Dong Nhi shares her thoughts on winning MTV EMA 2016’s Best Southeast Asian Act in a video published by MTV Asia.