On Saturday (8th April 2017), influencers both regional and international flocked Plenary Hall at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for Asia’s largest social media awards show – Influence Asia 2017.

Hosted by South Korea’s leading and fastest-growing digital marketing company, Yellow Digital Marketing (ydm), and organised by Gushcloud, the awards celebrated the top 300 nominees from 7 countries – Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Korea.

Themed “For The Future”, with the brand promise as “Creating Tomorrow’s Positive Influence”, Influence Asia serves as a platform to uphold standards and celebrate individual and group efforts in creating strong and positive content for the future.

The nominees participated in 9 award categories – Food, Fitness, Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion, Parenting, YouTube Channel, YouTube Personality, and Breakout Influencer. In addition, 7 top influencers (the top from each country) were crowned “Influencer of the Year”. As a special award for the influencers of the host country, Malaysia, the Influencers’ Choice Awards were also given out to 3 winners based on voting done by only Malaysia-based influencers who attended the show.

On top of that, Influence Asia 2017 also featured award presenters who are top influencers in their various fields, namely: Carli Bybel (US) and Shannon Harris (NZ) for the beauty category, Lilymaymac (AUS) for the lifestyle category, Anis Nabilah (MY) for the food category, and Sririta Jensen (TH) for the fashion category.

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Top parenting YouTube creator Judy Travis (US) was joined by her husband, Benji Travis, to give out the prestigious parenting award to the top parenting influencer across 7 countries.

The full winners list is as followers:

Singapore

  1. Top Lifestyle Influencer Award – Naomi Neo
  2. Top Fashion Influencer Award – Mae Tan
  3. Top Beauty Influencer Award – Miyake Ng
  4. Top Health & Fitness Influencer Award – Sandra Riley Tang
  5. Top Food Influencer Award – Daniel Ang (DanielFoodDiary)
  6. Top Parenting Influencer Award – Amber Yong (Leia Lauren)
  7. YouTube Personality Award – Yan Kay Kay
  8. YouTube Channel Award – Wah!Banana
  9. Breakout Influencer Award – Michelle Tan (NOC)
  10. Influencer of the Year – Eden Ang

Indonesia

  1. Top Lifestyle Influencer Award – Elle Yamada
  2. Top Fashion Influencer Award – Ria Miranda
  3. Top Beauty Influencer Award – Cindercella
  4. Top Health & Fitness Influencer Award – Melanie Putria
  5. Top Food Influencer Award – Anak Jajan
  6. Top Parenting Influencer Award – Jennifer Bachdim
  7. YouTube Personality Award – Arief Muhammad
  8. YouTube Channel Award – Tim2One
  9. Breakout Influencer Award – Jennifer Bachdim
  10. Influencer of the Year – Arief Muhammad

The Philippines

  1. Top Lifestyle Influencer Award – Joyce Pring
  2. Top Fashion Influencer Award – Tricia Gosingtian
  3. Top Beauty Influencer Award – Janina Vela
  4. Top Health & Fitness Influencer Award – Gretchen Ho
  5. Top Food Influencer Award – Cheryl Tiu
  6. Top Parenting Influencer Award – Andi Manzano
  7. YouTube Personality Award – Lloyd Cadena
  8. YouTube Channel Award – Wil Dasovich
  9. Breakout Influencer Award – Wil Dasovich
  10. Influencer of the Year – Wil Dasovich

Thailand

  1. Top Lifestyle Influencer Award – Pimtha
  2. Top Fashion Influencer Award – JuneJune Patcha
  3. Top Beauty Influencer Award – Nutty Ploy
  4. Top Health & Fitness Influencer Award – Meiji Anorma
  5. Top Food Influencer Award – Starving Time
  6. Top Parenting Influencer Award – Ploy Chidjun
  7. YouTube Personality Award – Jannine Weigel
  8. YouTube Channel Award – My Mate Nate
  9. Breakout Influencer Award – Claudine Craig
  10. Influencer of the Year – VRZO

Korea

  1. Top Lifestyle Influencer Award – Sub Cho (Josub)
  2. Top Fashion Influencer Award – Nanjeong Lee
  3. Top Beauty Influencer Award – Suhye Park (Ssinnim)
  4. Top Health & Fitness Influencer Award – Euddeum Shim
  5. Top Food Influencer Award – Mansu Jung (Banzz)
  6. Top Parenting Influencer Award – Yebeen Kim (Yebin)
  7. YouTube Personality Award – Joel Bennett
  8. YouTube Channel Award – Suhye Park (Ssinnim)
  9. Breakout Influencer Award – 1 Million Dance Studio
  10. Influencer of the Year – Mansu Jung (Banzz)

Malaysia

  1. Influencers’ Choice Awards – JinnyboyTV, Dan Khoo Productions, Dennis Yin
  2. Top Lifestyle Influencer Award – Cupcake Aisyah
  3. Top Fashion Influencer Award – Emma Shazleen Ali
  4. Top Beauty Influencer Award – Chanwon
  5. Top Health & Fitness Influencer Award – Joanna Soh
  6. Top Food Influencer Award – Eunice Martin
  7. Top Parenting Influencer Award – Cheesie
  8. YouTube Personality Award – JinnyboyTV
  9. YouTube Channel Award – JinnyboyTV
  10. Breakout Influencer Award – Luqman Podolski
  11. Influencer of the Year – JinnyboyTV

Our homeboy JinnyboyTV walked away with 4 Influence Asia 2017 in total – YouTube Channel, YouTube Personality, Influencer’s Choice Award, Influencer of the Year – effectively making it a clean sweep for the team 🙂

And of course, what’s an awards show without a song and a dance?

One of the highlights of the awards show were the regional performing acts including Malaysia’s homegrown talent pop trio De Fam; Project E.A.R, a collaborative band of different acts from 5 different countries in Southest Asia; Singaporean rapper, Kevin Lester, dubbed The Lion City Boy;  and top Indonesian singer-songwriter Tulus.

Vietnamese pop singer and a current judge on “The Voice Vietnam”, Noo Phuoc Thinh, truly knocked the socks off everyone’s feet with his high energy performance which was coupled with just the right amount of swag.

Finally, former SNSD Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung (제시카 정), a K-Pop star in her own right, graced the stage to close the show as the final headline act. The screams from her “Golden Stars” (as Jessica Jung’s fans are lovingly known) were though the roof as Jessica performed her hit songs “Fly” (off her “With Love, J” EP) and “Wonderland” (off her “Wonderland” EP), ending the night on a high note.

Special thanks to our friends from Influence Asia for having us!

For more information, hit up Influence Asia’s website.

Featured image: Influence Asia.

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