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Pop sensation Jay Chou (周杰倫) was the big winner at the 12th Chinese Music Awards presented in Hong Kong, bagging five prizes including best male singer and most popular music video in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) bagged two awards at the Chinese-language equivalent of the MTV Awards, held Wednesday night in Hong Kong.

Chou expressed hopes for more camaraderie -- and less unfriendly competition -- among Chinese-speaking pop stars.

``Let the media draw comparisons between us,'' he said. ``We should only measure ourselves by our own yardsticks.''

The singer also won for best singer-songwriter and most popular male singer in Hong Kong and Taiwan. His song Nocturne was named one of last year's top 10 songs.

Tsai was the most popular female singer in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her Sky was among last year's top 10 songs.

Paparazzi armed with water pistols attacked Australian actor Heath Ledger at the Sydney premiere of his new movie Brokeback Mountain, saying it was payback for his previous bad manners.

The rebel photographers said the unprovoked drenching of Ledger and his co-star and partner Michelle Williams on Friday was a "joke protest" to teach the Hollywood heartthrob to be more polite to them in the future.

Ledger, who stars with Jake Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-tipped gay cowboy drama, was posing for photographs and chatting with reporters on the red carpet at Sydney's Fox Studios when he was hit in the face and chest with the water.

He shielded Williams from the spray before hurrying into the movie theater.

Photographer Peter Carette told Saturday's Daily Telegraph the stunt was designed to encourage Ledger "not to abuse" the press.

"He keeps spitting at us and kicking in car doors," Carette told the paper. "It is just bad manners, real brat pack sort of stuff and we are sick of being treated that way."

But the paper reported that not all the media agreed with the stunt, with several journalists demanding an explanation for the dousing.

Latin crooner Ricky Martin has expressed outrage over controversy that emerged after he told a leading US music magazine he enjoyed "golden showers" -- the act of urinating on another person.

The pop star was particularly upset by statements by conservative leaders in his native Puerto Rico, who said he should give up his charitable foundation that helps deprived children.

"I love giving the golden shower," he told Blender magazine earlier. "I've done it before in the shower. It's like so sexy, you know, the temperature of your body and the shower water is very different."

US rapper Eminem marched back down the aisle and remarried his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, on Saturday, People magazine reported.

The couple -- whose stormy relationship has been the focus of much of Eminem's music -- wed at Meadow Brook Hall on the Oakland University campus, in Rochester Hills, Michigan. They are both natives of Detroit, Michigan.Eminem -- real name Marshall Mathers -- is 33 and Kim Mathers is 31. They first wed in 1999 but divorced two years later, at which time an ugly custody battle erupted over their daughter, now 10.

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband Chris Martin are expecting their second child, celebrity television program The Insider reported on Friday. The show said Paltrow, who has a daughter with Martin, was at a screening of her movie, Proof, in Los Angeles on Thursday when actor Lou Diamond Phillips introduced her to the audience as a "pregnant woman" and asked her how far along she was.

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