It seems like the organizers are splitting hairs on this one, but at least the names of the two awards put to rest any debate over whether these events are actually nothing more than extravagant popularity contests.
Three of Lau's most recent songs won individual honors, including the Most Popular Chinese Song prize for After All I Have Love
Among the ladies, Joey Yung (
Lau has now earned a vacation, which he said he will take in Thailand to contribute some of his considerable cash to areas hit by last month's tsunami.
That would be on top of his contribution to the massive Love fundraiser organized by Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang
Twenty-thousand showed up for the concert on Friday in Hong Kong, raising HK$33 million, while ETTV's affiliated TV fundraiser hosted by Chang Fei
A separate fundraiser, held at the Taipei 101 building on Saturday starring most of the pantheon of Taiwanese singers, raised NT$47 million.
The other major live-music action in Taipei over the weekend was Mayday's
Fans of Faye Wong
Another denial coming out of Guangzhou was by the local organizers of a S.H.E concert originally planned there for tomorrow. The show was cancelled reportedly because of bad ticket sales, but organizers insisted the cancellation was actually due to a lack of equipment after some of it was destroyed in a traffic accident while being delivered from Shanghai. They promised the show would be rescheduled for the coming summer.
Setting the stage for a glorious Oscar showing, Zhang Yimou (張藝謀) received the best-director prize at this week's US Film Critics Awards for House of Flying Daggers (十面埋伏). The prestigious critics association, whose decisions often foreshadow Oscar winners, also gave Zhang's film top honors for cinematography.