It’s a big day for the Malaysian music industry as award-winning hip hop singer and rapper Joe Flizzow has been named Best Southeast Asia Act at the MTV European Music Award (MTV EMA).
Joe, 38, announced his big win via Instagram earlier today with a video post thanking MTV, his management team, family, friends and fans.
“I’d like to thank MTV for this award. I’m truly humbled. I’d like to thank my family for supporting me since day one.
“Thank you to all my supporters for believing in me and for voting. I would like to dedicate this award to all my fans and friends back home in Malaysia.
“I believe this goes to show that even though we are small in numbers, we come together united, we can achieve anything,” said Joe who is currently in Spain for the awards show.
In an exclusive interview with Joe’s mother Aishah Ali who is clearly proud of her son’s achievement, she said: “He deserves this. When I look at all the nominees he was up against, I noticed that they were all big names in the music scene.
“I never expected him to win but I thought.. let’s give it a fight.
“Joe is very focused and I knew he wanted to win but he also knew that being nominated alone is an honour in itself.
“So he worked at getting his fans to vote more and this is a really pleasant surprise for everyone in the family.
“This is good for Malaysia, and good for him and his career,” she said.
Joe rose through popularity from being a member of the hip-hop duo Too Phat in 1990s. His song Apa Khabar made history when it won Best Song at the Anugerah Juara Lagu in 2015.