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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

Up-and-coming Huang Wen-hsing (黃文星) got misty-eyed when he learned that he beat out veterans Chris Hung (洪榮宏) and Wang Shih-hsien (王識賢) to take home the Best Male Taiwanese Singer award.

In a big disappointment for two-time nominee and expected winner Tai Shih-yao (戴士堯), both the Best Hakka Singer and Best Hakka Album awards went to seasoned music producer Luan Ke-yung (欒克勇).

“I am very touched right now,” Luan said. “It is hard for a non-Hakka musician to make Hakka music. It took me three months to write a song because I need to look up one word after another in a Hakka dictionary.”

The recipient of this year’s Special Contribution Award was 84-year-old Huang Min (黃敏, real name Huang Tung-kun, 黃東焜), a prominent Taiwanese songwriter and producer who has written over 1,000 songs in Mandarin and Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) and produced more than 600 albums during his 50-year career. He is best known for writing music for Taiwanese pop singers such as Chris Hung and Jody Chiang during the 1980s when Hoklo-language pop music enjoyed a comeback after years of tight government control.

As for the award ceremony itself, the drawn-out event went on until midnight and was jammed with nine performances, highlighted by Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹, aka A-mei) and Samingad (紀曉君). The crosstalk (相聲) gig by comedians Feng Yi-kang (馮翊綱) and Sung Shao-ching (宋少卿) quickly became awkward when the two performers used derogatory terms in what they thought was a humorous manner. They called Matzka a huan-a (番仔) or “savage” band, and said that the group AKB48, a guest performer from Japan, came from a fanbang (番邦), or “savage country.”

With Ma attending the event as an award presenter and giving a short speech, this year’s ceremony felt more political than usual. Moreover, co-host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) kept putting in good words for the Government Information Office (GIO), which funded the event, after taking heat for criticizing the GIO’s subsidy policy last week.

22nd Golden Melody Awards winners

■ Best Song of the Year

Jonathan’s Song (給自己的歌) from Go South (南下專線)

■ Best Mandarin Album

The Era (跨時代) by Jay Chou (周杰倫)

■ Best Taiwanese-language Album

When I Wanted to Marry (當時欲嫁) by Jody Chiang (江蕙)

■ Best Hakka Album

One and Only (獨1無2 反串客) by Luan Ke-yung (欒克勇)

■ Best Aboriginal-language Album

Self-titled/Debut Original Album (舒米恩首張個人創作專輯) by Suming

■ Best Music Video

Lonely Is Fine (寂寞寂寞就好) from Hebe Tian’s (田馥甄) To Hebe (信者得愛) Director: Hsu Yun-hsuan (徐筠軒)

■ Best Composer

Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) with Superband (縱貫線) for Jonathan’s Song (給自己的歌) from Go South (南下專線)

■ Best Lyricist

Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) with Superband (縱貫線) for Jonathan’s Song (給自己的歌) from Go South (南下專線)

■ Best Arrangement

Again (蔡科俊) for Free Instructional Video (免費教學錄影帶) from The Era (跨時代)

■ Best Album Producer

Eric Hung (洪敬堯) for Love Flower (戀花)

■ Best Single Producer

Bing Wang (王治平) for Love! from To Hebe

■ Best Male Mandarin Singer

Jay Chou (周杰倫) for The Era (跨時代)

■ Best Male Taiwanese Singer

Huang Wen-hsing (黃文星) for Heaven and Earth (天地)

■ Best Female Mandarin Singer

Karen Mok (莫文蔚) for Baby (寶貝)

■ Best Female Taiwanese Singer

Hung Fei (黃妃) for Miss You Endlessly (相思聲聲)

■ Best Hakka Singer

Luan Ke-yung (欒克勇) for One and Only (獨1無2反串客)

■ Best Aboriginal Singer

Negrenger (林廣財) for 100 Years Paiwan, Magnificent Reconstruction, Paiwanese Leader Negrenger (百年排灣.風華再現.排灣族頭目林廣財專輯)

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