Friday, August 14, 2009

A-Mei Triumphs at Metro Mandarin Awards

Another music awards ceremony was held this week, the Metro Mandarin Awards 2009 on Sunday August 9. The Awards, known as the 国语力 (Guoyuli) and with a focus on Mandarin rather than Cantonese music, are organised by Hong Kong Metro Radio and have been awarded since 2002. On a very busy night at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, over 100 awards were announced, many of them joint awards. There was a royal battle between the female stars, with A-Mei (阿妹 or 张惠妹, pictured right) emerging queen of the night. She took home six awards, ahead of Hong Kong superstar Joey Yung (容祖儿, pinyin: Róng Zǔér) and Taiwan's pop diva Jolin Tsai (蔡依林, pinyin: Cài Yīlín) (five awards apiece).

A-Mei's awards included Metro's Best Performer Award, Best Mandarin Female Singer, Most Popular Artiste, and the big one, "the World's Supreme Female Singer" award. Joey Yung's haul of awards included a shared Best Mandarin Female Singer and Most Popular Mandarin Idol awards, and one of the Most Popular Asian Singers. Jolin was named Best Singer of the Year, had the Best Mandarin Dance Song, and shared an Extreme Global Stage Award.

Among the men, Eason Chan (陈奕迅, pinyin: Chén Yìxùn) was the most successful on the night with five awards. They included Best Song of the Year, Best Mandarin Male Singer and Most Popular Artiste. He was also "the World's Supreme Male Singer" in the eyes of the award bestowers. Other singers to be well rewarded on the night were Show Luo (罗志祥, pinyin: Luó Zhīxiáng), Wilbur Pan (潘玮柏, pinyin: Pān Wěibó) and Khalil Fong (方大同), all with four awards each.

In the band/group categories, most successful on the night were Sodagreen and Lollipop, who both took out three awards. Sodagreen (苏打绿, pinyin: Sūdá lǜ ) was named Most Popular Asian Band and Best Mandarin Band, while boy band Lollipop (棒棒堂, pinyin: Bàng Bàng Táng ) was Best Mandarin Group and Most Popular Group.

Metro Radio also handed out a Hall of Fame award to Tsai Chin (蔡琴, pinyin: Cài Qín). The 51 year old Taiwan singer (pictured above), who started her career back in the late 70s, is renowned for her beautiful voice and engaging stage presence. Fans of the Infernal Affairs movies might remember the haunting presence of one of her best-loved songs, The Forgotten Times (被遺忘的時光) in that trilogy.

For a full list of awards, see this Asian Fanatics forum post. This Wikipedia entry also has the full awards list in Chinese, plus links to previous awards lists.

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