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Power of song

Jay Chou won big at a Golden Melody evening that featured President Ma acting as one of the award presenters

By Ho Yi  /  Staff Reporter

Best Female Mandarin Singer Karen Mok is getting married.

Photo: Taipei Times

Big-name stars dominated Saturday evening’s Golden Melody Awards (金曲獎), with Jay Chou (周杰倫) taking home top honors in the Best Mandarin Album and Best Male Mandarin Singer categories for his 10th album, The Era (跨時代).

“I wrote the song Granny (外婆) to criticize the Golden Melody Awards,” the Mando-pop king said after he was crowned Best Singer for the second time. “Now I take it back. The judges are different each year. I like this year’s judges.”

Chou first won the title in 2009.

But Karen Mok (莫文蔚), another Golden Melody regular, stole the show with an announcement as she picked up her second trophy in the Best Female Mandarin Singer category.

“The more [Golden Melody awards] I get the more I want. I am addicted,” the diva said. “And I’m getting married. I will marry my first love, who I met when I was 17, by the end of this year.”

Forty-one-year old Mok said the lucky man is a German and the wedding is scheduled to be held in Italy, where they first met.

The 22nd Golden Melody Awards took place at Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋) on Saturday night, with pop music awards handed out in a total of 24 categories chosen from 123 nominees by an 85-member panel of judges after three rounds of jury meetings.

Apart from Chou and Mok, veteran musician Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) was the evening’s biggest winner, picking up Best Song of the Year, Best Composer and Best Lyricist for his Jonathan’s Song (給自己的歌) on Superband’s (縱貫線) Go South (南下專線).

Meanwhile, Jody Chiang (江蕙), the uncontested reigning queen of Taiwanese-language music, walked away with her 11th Golden Melody trophy as her When I Wanted to Marry (當時欲嫁) was named the Best Taiwanese-language Album.

A few new faces also fared well. Twenty-four-year-old William Wei Li-an (韋禮安), aka WeiBird, garnered nominations in four categories and took home the top honor in the Best Newcomer category, beating out strong contenders including Yen-j (嚴爵) and Matzka (瑪斯卡樂團).

Currently serving his military duty, the young Wei burst onto the music scene in 2006 when he won the first season of the now defunct TV talent show Happy Sunday (快樂星期天). After years of honing his skills at live house venues and writing songs for other pop singers, local media is billing him as the next big thing.

The hotly contested Best Band award went to Matzka, an Aboriginal four-piece group from Taitung with reggae-influenced grooves. The band has quickly gained popularity since its inception in 2009.

“This year we didn’t have nominations in musical categories. Hopefully next time we will,” lead singer Matzka of the Paiwan (排灣) tribe said backstage. “Now we just want to go home and spend some time with our families. Music has taken up too much of our time.”

Amis musician Suming received the Best Aboriginal-language Album award from President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). “Though I am an Aborigine, I speak Mandarin,” the apparently excited and nervous musician said to Ma on stage. “Aborigines are blue chips, please invest in us.”

Composing himself a little backstage, Suming said that he was surprised to win. “There are Japan and Korea fevers, and I hope one day there will be Aboriginal fever,” he told local media.

The evening had no shortage of surprise winners. Japanese singer Senda Aisa (千田愛紗) appeared in shock when her pop group Da Mouth (大嘴巴) took a second trophy in the Best Singing Group category, beating out strong contender S.H.E.

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