Pop idol Jay Chou (周杰倫) nabbed the most Golden Melody nominations as this year’s nominees were announced yesterday.
His latest album The Era was nominated in seven categories, including best album, best producer and best composer, while he was nominated in the best male singer category.
Stars, musicians and music critics will gather for the 22nd Golden Melody Awards at the Taipei Arena on June 18. The annual event recognizes professionals who make music in Mandarin, Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), Hakka and the languages of Taiwan’s Aborigines.
While there were nominees from Hong Kong and Singapore, no Chinese performers were nominated this year.
Many people were surprised that singers Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) and Elva Hsiao (蕭亞軒) were not nominated in the best Mandarin female category. Tien Fu-chen (田馥甄) — better known as Hebe Tien of the girl band S.H.E., was not nominated in the best female singer category, but did get picked in the best album and best music video categories for her solo album, titled To Hebe.