Sunday, June 28, 2009

Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards

On Saturday evening Taiwan hosted its major music awards ceremony for the year, the 20th Annual Golden Melody Awards. Jay Chou (周杰伦 pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún) took out two major awards, while Hong Kong singer Eason Chan (陈奕迅 pinyin: Chén Yìxùn), Taiwan band Mayday (五月天, pinyin: Wǔ Yuè Tiān) and surprise packet Sandee Chan (陈珊妮, pinyin: Chén Shānnī) also won major prizes.

Jay Chou took out two major awards: Best Male Performer and Song of the Year for Fragant Rice. The controversial Chou created a stir by announcing he wouldn't show at the awards, then mischievously adding something along the lines that if the awards are fair he will win regardless of whether he turns up or not. This is a reference to the suspicion that sometimes awards are handed out to the stars who are present at the ceremony rather than to the most deserving. Nevertheless it was also construed by fans and critics alike as more evidence of Jay's arrogance.

Eason Chan (pictured above with his award) won the Best Album award for Don't Want to Let Go (不想放手), by my count his 40th studio album. Mayday followed up on their recent HITO award with another Best Band gong. Possibly the biggest upset of the night was Sandee Chan's win for Best Female Performer, beating the favourite Fish Leong. However the veteran Chan is well-regarded in the Taiwan music industry for her singing and songwriting talent and the award was perhaps long overdue.

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