Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jane Zhang Wins Her 5th Beijing Pop Music Awards

The 2010 Beijing Pop Music Awards, one of mainland China's major music awards, were announced on 17 January. Also known as the Sprite Music Awards, the ceremony honours artists from the mainland as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Jane Zhang (张靓颖, pinyin: Zhāng Liàngyǐng, pictured) wept tears of joy when she was named Best Mainland Female Artist for the fifth successive time. 26 year-old Zhang first achieved fame through her performances in the Super Girl TV singing contest back in 2005. In 2010 she released her fourth album, Believe in Jane, represented China at the Asia Song Festival, and was even named by Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA. Besides winnng the Best Female Artist prize she also won Album of the Year, and her song If This Is Love (如果这就是爱情) was one of the Annual Golden Songs.

Li Yuchun (李宇春), who won the Super Girl contest in 2005, was named Favourite Female Singer. She too collected multiple awards, winning Best Female Stage Performer and also with a song in the Annual Golden Songs list, Meet You at the Next Crossing (下个路口见) - making it three awards apiece for the great rivals.

In the male categories, Best Male Artist went to the 41 year old veteran Sun Nan (孙楠), winning the award for the seventh time. In a career spanning over 20 years Sun is best known for his love ballads belted out in his trademark powerful tenor. In an eventful 2010 he also won Best Singer at the MTV-CCTV Music Awards, but on a down note, found himself entangled in a messy child custody battle with his ex-wife. Favourite Male Artist was awarded to Jason Zhang (张杰, pinyin: Zhāng Jié), another graduate from TV singing contests.

Corresponding Hong Kong/Taiwan awards were also handed out. Favourite Female Singer went to Hong Kong's two-time Golden Melody winning singer-actress Karen Mok (莫文蔚, pinyin: Mò Wénwèi). Taiwanese singer-actress, René Liu (刘若英, pinyin: Liú Ruòyīng) was named Best Female Singer. It was a case of experience triumphing over youth, with both recipients now in the forties. Taiwan superstar Jay Chou (周杰伦, pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún) won Favourite Male Singer, while Best Male Singer was taken home by Rochester, NY-born, Taiwan-based Leehom Wang (王力宏, pinyin: Wáng Lìhóng).

In the groups awards, pop duo and perennial winners Yu Quan (羽泉) were named Best Mainland Group, while Singapore's teenage twins By2, won the Hong Kong/Taiwan category. Four-piece folk act Xiao Jun & the Valley Residents (小娟与山谷里的居民) were named Best Band.

Here's a list of the night's major winners:
Best Male Singer (Mainland): Sun Nan
Best Male Singer (Taiwan/Hong Kong): Leehom Wang
Best Female Singer (Mainland): Jane Zhang
Best Female Singer (Taiwan/Hong Kong): René Liu
Favourite Male Singer (Mainland): Jason Zhang
Favourite Male Singer (Taiwan/Hong Kong): Jay Chou
Favourite Female Singer (Mainland): Li Yuchun
Favourite Female Singer (Taiwan/Hong Kong): Karen Mok
Most Popular New Act: Li Wei (李炜)
Most Popular Group (Mainland): Yu Quan
Most Popular Group (Taiwan/Hong Kong): By2
Most Popular Band: Xiao Jun & the Valley Residents
Album of the Year (Mainland): Believe in Jane - Jane Zhang
Album of the Year (Taiwan/Hong Kong): Era - Jay Chou
Best EP: Green Surging - Chen Chusheng ( 陈楚生)
Best Singer-Songwriter (Mainland) - Chen Chusheng
Best Singer-Songwriter (Taiwan/Hong Kong) - JJ Lin (林俊杰)
Best Female Stage Performance: Li Yuchun
Best Male Stage Performance: Wallace Chung ( 钟汉良)
Chinese Music Outstanding Achievement Award (Mainland): Mao Amin ( 毛阿敏)
Chinese Music Outstanding Achievement Award (Taiwan/Hong Kong): Chyi Chin (齐秦)
Annual Media Recommendation Award (Mainland): Man Jiang (满江)
Annual Media Recommendation Award (Taiwan/Hong Kong): Hebe Tien (田馥甄)
Media Recommendation Rock Music Award: Xie Tianxiao (谢天笑)

Annual Golden Songs
'Love of the Hawthorn Tree' Theme Song (山楂花) - Chen Chusheng
If This Is Love (如果这就是爱情) - Jane Zhang
'Love of the Hawthorn Tree' Theme (山楂花) - Shilei Chang
Eastern Fountain (东泉) - Kiki Gema
23 Seconds, 32 Years (23秒,32年) - Shang Wenjie
It's Okay To Be Lonely (寂寞寂寞就好) - Hebe Tien
To My 15-Year Old Self (给十五岁的自己) - René Liu
Happy (痛快) - Sun Nan
Exercises (练习题) - Vivi Jiang
This Is Called Love (这叫爱) - By2
Meet You At The Next Crossing (下个路口见) - Li Yuchun
Honey - Yao Yao
This Is Love (这,就是爱) - Jason Zhang
Chinese Calligraphy (中国字画) - Ji Long
All Because Of Love (只因为爱) - Yao Beina
Fireworks Cool Easily (烟花易冷) - Jay Chou
Missing You (想念式) - Allen Su
Baby (宝贝) - Karen Mok
If There Is An Afterlife (如果有来生) - Tan Weiwei
No Time (没时间) - Milk@Coffee
The Me You See Is Blue (你看到的我是蓝色的) - Li Xiaoyun
Never Mind (没关系) - Kenji Wu
Back To Back (背对背拥抱) - JJ Lin
Left Side Wing (左半边翅膀) - Xu Fei
The Most Beautiful Time (最美的时光) - Man Jiang
Rock Star - MIC Nantuan
Flower Days (那些花开的日子) - Shui Mu Nian Hua
How Wonderful (多好啊)- Yu Quan, Tan Weiwei & Xiao Jun

The full list of award winners can be found here, but in Chinese.

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