There were high expectations for altnative music at last night's Golden Melody Awards, but with Wang Lee-hom (
In a drawn out ceremony last night, Taiwan's music industry gave out awards for its high achievers in the 17th Golden Melody Awards (十七屆金曲獎), which took place at Taipei Arena, Taipei (台北巨蛋). Thousands of fans crowded outside the stadium to get a sight of their favorite stars.
On the red carpet, Little S (小S) and Momoko Tao (陶子), the hosts for the night, enlivened proceedings by spraying "milk" from their breasts into the crowd. This little performance follows months of media reports about the birth of their baby girls and whether they would be back in shape for this glamorous event. Little S looked fine, but Tao clearly still has some way to go before achieving her previous slim shape.
This rather gross display was followed in the award ceremony by some poorly rehearsed performances by Stefanie Sun and Hong Kong pop star Eason Chan (
Taike promoters Chang Chen-yue (
Some familiar faces were missing from the nomination list, and last night's event featured an unusually large number of stars drawn from Taiwan's alt-music scene. While folk and folk-rock have always had a presence at the Golden Melody Awards, their prominence this year has been underlined by the inclusion of Puyuma folksinger and activist Kimbo, also known as Hu De-fu (
This year, awards were presented in 31 categories, with nominees selected by a 33-member panel of judges from a staggering 6,884 entries.
Kimbo had picked up the award for Best Lyricist and Best Song, which many people thought was long-overdue recognition of his contribution to music in Taiwan.
Kimbo's first album In a Flash, a retrospective record looking back at the legendary Aboriginal crooner's 30-year musical career from 1972 to 2001, was a talking point in the run up to the event. He is best known for his vocal prowess and his poetic folk music full of social
commentaries. Kimbo has also been an activist in Taiwan's social, political and Aboriginal movements and was blacklisted by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government in the late 1970s and early 1980s for his outspoken dissident voice.
Another veteran of the music scene Lin Jia-qing (
As many expected, Wu Bai (
Penny Tai (戴佩妮) took one of the first pop musical awards for best composer for Crazy Love. Speaking backstage after receiving the honor, Tai said she was shocked by the totally unexpected recognition. "I am a self-taught composer who has little talent in song-writing, and I never thought that my songs would get spread outside my room. Crazy Love is a very personal song, and at first I didn't even want to have it released," the misty-eyed songstress said in a humble tone.