Bay Music Awards 2012

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The Bay Music Awards 2012 was the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards. The winners were named at the awards event, presented by 89.7 Bay hosts Dorian Cassar Nathan D and Ben Glover, at the Bay Arena, St Julian’s, on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

Official BMA 2012 poster

The tagline for this edition is 'Party like it's the end of the world', which is clearly a reference to the Mayan belief that the world would end in 2012.

Each category had a unique SMS number. To vote, listeners were required to send the artist/band name to the specified number via SMS.

Voting stopped on 5 December 2012. Only three votes per category could be sent from each mobile number.

Voters participated in a draw for a weekend break for two at the 5-star InterContinental Malta, along with a meal for two at the Asian fusion restaurant - Eastern Breeze.

Regular event tickets were be sold for €10; premium, front section ‘screamer’ tickets at €15; and a limited number of VIP tickets were available at €30 each – including an open bar and canapés.

An early bird buy one get one free offer was also available before 4 November 2012.

Shanel Debattista, Xandru Grech and cast members of Deċeduti presented awards.

This edition saw various live performances (or partial playback) from the nominees, which in previous editions had always performed in playback.

The show closed with a performance of the Bay Kids song Circles, sales of which will help fund wheelchairs and hand cycles for people who can’t walk.

2012 Nominees and Winners

Here is a full list of nominations for 2012, with the winners to be indicated after each category.

Best Newcomer



Best Dance Tune/Remix



Best Band



Best Solo Artist



Best Song



The Bay Presenters’ Choice Award

Introduced in the the 2010 edition for the best track featured on the radio.

The show will be aired on One TV on 21 December 2012 at 8.15pm and again on Christmas Day at 3.30pm. Voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award will also open during the first screening of the BMAs, and will officially close at midnight on 26 December 2012.

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