South Korean singer Nicky Lee(L) and Taiwan's
Jolin Tsai pose after winning the Best Male/Female Vocalist-Mandarin
awards during the 18th Golden Melody Awards in
TAIPEI (AFP) - Korean American singer Nicky Lee and Taiwanese pop
diva Jolin Tsai took home top honours Saturday at Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards,
dubbed the Chinese-language Grammys.
Lee, who has released records in
his native South Korea, collected the Best Male Singer award with his R and B
album "I'm Your Baby."
"I want to thank my parents, my company and my producer ... I will work even
harder from now on," said an emotional Lee.
The category saw the most diverse entries with Lee vying with Taiwan's David
Tao and Kenji Wu, Singapore's Wayne Lam, and Malaysia's Gary Chaw.
Taiwanese pop singer Jolin Tsai collected the Best Female Singer prize for
her album "Dancing Diva," a fusion of hip hop, reggae, rock and roll, ballads
and Middle Eastern music.
She beat big-name rivals such as fellow Taiwanese pop diva A-Mei and veteran
Hong Kong songstress Sandy Lam.
"I want to thank those who think it's impossible for me to make it because
they keep me going forward ... I also want to thank my fans who have supported
me all the way," said Tsai, who kicked off the ceremony with a fiery dance
number from her album.
Alternative singer MC Hot Dog was the dark horse of the evening, winning Best
Album of the Year.
The Best Song of the Year went to producer-singer-songwriter David Tao's
ballad "You Are Marrying Me Today," a duet he performed with Jolin Tsai.
Taiwan's R and B prince Jay Chou, although he missed out in the Best Male
Singer nominations, won the first-ever Best Single Producer for his hit Rap song
"Huo Yuan Chia."
Wu Ching-feng, lead singer of Sodagreen, beat high-profile rivals David Tao
and Kenji Wu, to collect the Best Composer prize.
Sodagreen also beat six bands to take home the Best Band award for their
second album "Microcosmos."
Therapist-turned-singer Europa Huang defeated ALin, Evan Yo and China's Xian
Zi to win the Newcomer award for his debut album "Over the Way."
The night's biggest surprise, however, came when ethnic Hakka singer Lin
Sheng-xiang refused the Best Hakka Singer and Best Hakka Album prizes.
"I think the Golden Melody awards should be categorised by music types rather
than language types ... therefore my production team doesn't attend the ceremony
and I decline to take the awards," he told the shocked crowd.
Musicians from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia competed in
over 20 categories at the 18th Golden Melody Awards.