Tomorrow, November 6, Singapore's 15th Golden Melody Awards (新加坡金曲奖) will be handed out to honour the best in Mandopop over the past year. More commonly referred to as the Singapore HIT Awards to prevent confusion with the better-known Taiwan Golden Melody Awards, they are organised by one of the main radio stations, Y.E.S 93.3 FM.
This year for some reason, six of the awards were announced a couple of weeks before the official ceremony, perhaps as appetisers for the main course. American-born but Taiwan-based Leehom Wang (王力宏, pinyin: Wáng Lìhóng - pictured right) was awarded Single of the Year for the title track of his most recent album Heart.Beat (心跳). And Taiwanese band Mayday (五月天, pinyin: Wǔ Yuè Tiān) was sucessful in the category of Artiste with Most Chart Hits. They had six songs in the charts over the past year, most of them from the Poetry of the Day After album.
The HIT Awards for Outstanding Regional Artistes (i.e non-Singaporean) were also announced last month. In a commendable display of sharing the glory, neither Leehom Wang or Mayday was the Taiwanese winner. Instead the honour went to girl group S.H.E - the second time they've won the award in the past three years.
The award for Outstanding Regional Artiste from Hong Kong went, for the second year in a row, to Eason Chan (陈奕迅, pinyin: Chén Yixùn). Malaysia's Fish Leong (梁静茹, pinyin: Liáng Jìngrú ) also won for the second successive year. In a bit of an upset, Outstanding Regional Artiste from Mainland China was awarded to Bibi Zhou (周笔畅 , pinyin: Zhōu Bǐchàng). She is yet another singer to emerge from the popular TV show Super Girl - finishing as runner-up in the inaugural contest in 2005. The versatile but reluctant star has taken extended breaks from the music scene in the past, but this year returned with the release of her fourth album, Time.