Friday, April 24, 2009

Another awards show, another big haul for Jay Chou

Last week another music awards show came and went, this one called the Sprite Original Music Awards. I don't know much about it, but I think it stems from a music TV show, and is sponsored by the soft drink Sprite.

Heading the list of multiple award winners was Taiwan superstar Jay Chou (周杰伦, pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún), yet again. He picked up six awards altogether, including Most Popular Male Artist (Asia Pacific), Outstanding Top Album for Capricorn (魔杰座), and the award for Most Illustrious All Round Artist. The latter award shouldn't be confused with Most Honourable Artist and Most Accomplished Artist, both of which went to Harlem Yu (庾澄庆, pinyin: Yú Chéngqìng), a fellow Taiwanese singer-songwriter.

Eason Chan (陈奕迅, pinyin: Chén Yìxùn) took home five awards, including Most Popular Male Artist (Hong Kong) and Most Outstanding Album for Don't Want to Let Go (不想放手). And no, I don't know what the difference is between Jay Chou's Outstanding Top Album award and Eason Chan's Most Outstanding Album.

Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍, Cài Zhuóyán ), one half of the once hugely popular girl duo, Twins, won three awards as her solo career gets off to a good start. She was named Most Popular Female Artist (Hong Kong), and also picked up the Media Award (Hong Kong). Another to take home three statuettes was Singapore's JJ Lin (林俊杰, Lín Jùnjié), including one for a duet he recorded with Charlene Choi, Little Dimples (小酒窩).

The Sina website has an incomplete list of award winners in Chinese, which has been translated at the Asian Fanatics forum. Where are the awards for bands? I can't find a complete list, but according to the Celsius Thoughts blog, Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit (飞轮海, Fēi Lún Hǎi) won four awards on the night, including Best Group Award (Asia Pacific).

The ceremony also awarded five Golden Songs for 2008. They were:
  • The Road...Has Always Been There (路...一直都在), Eason Chan
  • Rice Aroma (稻香), Jay Chou
  • Your Promise (你的承諾), Ocean
  • Love and Hope (愛與希望), JJ Lin
  • Wedding Invitation Street (囍帖街), Kay Tse

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