Baidu, one of China's largest search engines, announced its annual Hot Point Awards in conjunction with Hunan Satellite TV on 31 January. At a ceremony held in Beijing awards were given out to honour both singers and actors from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and covering the full spectrum of music, TV and films. An award was given to the Most Popular All-round Entertainer, going to Taiwanese pop singer, dancer, TV host and actor, Show Luo (罗志祥, pinyin: Luó Zhīxián, pictured left after the awards). Baidu also awarded a "Boiling Point Artist" (ie his/her popularity is running at very hot levels), which went to the comedian Xiao Shenyang (小沈阳).
In the movie awards, the actor-comedian Huang Bo, most recently seen in the hit film Cow, was named Most Popular Mainland Male Actor, while in a bit of a surprise the Actress award went to rising star Yao Chen who this year appeared in the Zhang Ziyi film Sophie's Revenge and the TV spy series Undercover. In the non-Mainland category, Hong Kong actor Louis Koo, who starred in Undercover, was named Best Actor, and Best Actress went to another comic actor, Hong Kong's Sandra Ng. Most popular film went to a mainland production, the war-time spy thriller The Message, while Hunan TV's idol drama, Meteor Shower, was most popular TV series.
In the music awards, former Super Girl winner Li Yuchun was named Most Popular Mainland Female Singer. She was the Super Girl winner in 2005, while the runner-up in the same year Zhou Bichang (sometimes known as Bibi Chou) won awards for Best Idol and Most Popular Idol. Another TV singing competition winner, Zhang Jie - who won My Show in 2004, was a co-winner of the Best Idol award. Two Taiwanese singers, R&B superstar David Tao, and Elva Hsiao took the titles of Most Popular non-Mainland Male and Female Singer respectively.
Film and TV Awards
Most popular mainland male actor: Huang Bo (黄渤)
Most popular mainland female actor: Yao Chen (姚晨)
Most popular Hong Kong and Taiwan male actor: Louis Koo (古天乐, pinyin: Gǔ Tiānlè)
Most popular Hong Kong and Taiwan actress: Sandra Ng (吴君如, pinyin: Wú Jūnrú)
Most popular cutting edge actor: Wang Luodan (王珞丹)
Most popular director: Lu Chuan (陆川)
Most popular film: The Message (风声)
Most popular drama series: Meteor Shower (一起来看流星雨)
Most popular mainland group: Yu Quan (羽泉)
Most popular mainland male singer: Wang Feng (汪峰)
Most popular mainland female singer: Li Yuchun (李宇春)
Most popular Hong Kong and Taiwan group: S.H.E
Most popular Hong Kong and Taiwan male singer: David Tao (陶喆, pinyin: Táo Zhé)
Most popular Hong Kong and Taiwan female singer: Elva Hsiao (萧亚轩, pinyin: Xiāo Yǎxuān)
Most popular idol: Zhou Bichang (周笔畅)
Best Idols: Zhou Bichang (周笔畅) and Zhang Jie (张杰)
Baidu also has a popular MP3 search feature, and compiles a list of most popular songs based on the number of searches and downloads. For 2009 the top ten songs were:
1. Sichuan Embroidery (蜀绣) - Li Yuchun
2. Diamond Sugar (钻石糖) - Elva Hsiao
3. Compromise (妥协) - Jolin Tsai
4. Perfect (非常完美) - Harlem Yu and Angela
5. Do Not Shed Tears for Him (别再为他流泪) - Fish Leong
6. Preferance (偏爱) - Zhang Yunjing
7. Long Live The Lovely (可爱万岁) - S.H.E
8. Ridiculous (搞笑) - Show Luo
9. Give Love (爱得起) - Gigi Leung
10. Leo (狮子座) - Zeng Yike
The list of individual winners can be found at this website, but in Chinese only. The top ten songs are listed here, but again in Chinese.