Malaysian singer and songwriter Aina Abdul, a judge at the Express E-Hits 2 Awards, said it was difficult to judge the competition due to the outstanding songs and performances, where male trio D’3VO won the best song of the night with Luka, composed by Rapul Rezal, at Jerudong Park Amphitheatre on Saturday.
The second best song was Sufuciente by Andi Othman and composed by Hans Anuar, while third went to Dangan by Ezah Hashim, composed by Naree Rahim and Hafiz Salim with lyrics by Sang Hikayat.
The grand prize was BND4,000, while the second prize was BND3,000 and BND2,000 for the second runner-up.
Permanent Secretary (Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan and Acting Director of Radio Television Brunei (RTB) Cheong Chee Keong presented the prizes.
Other awards included Best Lyrics to Dangan; Best Vocals to D’3VO; and Best Performance to Andie Othman.
Express E-Hits is a programme that showcases local singers, lyricists and composers, to boost the local creative industry.
The programme was also broadcast live on RTB Aneka, RTBGo and Pelangi FM.