The Golden Melody Awards, the biggest music awards for Chinese music in Asia, held its 32nd edition on Saturday (21 August) at the Taipei Music Center.
The socially distanced event, which was streamed online, had been postponed from June to August because of a COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan in May.
Taiwanese singers Hebe Tien and Soft Lipa won the Best Female Singer and Best Male Singer awards in the Mandarin category – Tien for her album Time Will Tell, and Soft Lipa for his album Home Cookin'.
Hebe and Soft Lipa's albums also each won two other major awards.
Hebe's album Time Will Tell won Best Album Producer for George Chen as well as Best Lyricist for David Ke for the song Untold, which was performed by Hebe.
This is Hebe's first time winning the Best Singer award. She rose to fame as part of the girl group S.H.E., and was visibly moved during her acceptance speech as she thanked the two other members of S.H.E., Selina Jen and Ella Chen, and her family.
As for rapper Soft Lipa, besides his Best Singer prize, his album Home Cookin' also won Best Mandarin Album, as well as Best Music Video for the album's title track Home Cookin', directed by Cowper Wang.
Singaporean Mandopop superstar JJ Lin had also been nominated for Best Male Singer for his album Drifter/Like You Do, but ended up losing the award to Soft Lipa. JJ did not attend the awards show but posted a video online of his reaction to Soft Lipa's win, joking that he should start rapping. He wrote, "Congratulations Soft Lipa! Didn’t manage to get the win this time, but I am happy and content!"
The Album of the Year title went to Gain Strength, by Taiwanese indigenous musician Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw.
Sangpuy was also named Best Indigenous Singer for his album Pulu'em (Gain Strength).
Song of the Year went to Your Name Engraved Herein, from the soundtrack of the movie of the same title, performed by Crowd Lu.
Sunset Rollercoaster won Best Band, and The Wanted was Best Vocal Group.
A total of 29 awards were presented at the Golden Melody Awards. Here's the list of all the winners (scroll down to see more photos from the event as well):
Full list of winners at 32nd Golden Melody Awards
Album of the Year
Best Mandarin Album
Home Cookin' (Soft Lipa)
Best Female Singer (Mandarin)
Best Male Singer (Mandarin)
Song of the Year
Your Name Engraved Herein (Crowd Lu)
Best Album Producer
George Chen (Time Will Tell)
Best Song Producer
Special Contribution Award
Lo Ta You
Best Instrumental Composer
Terry Hsieh and Derrick Sepnio (Bittersweet)
Best Vocal Album Recording
Where Is SHI?
Best Instrumental Album
The Adventures of Pie Boy
Best Instrumental Album Producer
Best Instrumental Album Recording
The Adventures of Pie Boy
Best Hakka Album
Best Singer (Hakka)
Wan Fang for her album Dear All
Best Music Video
Home Cookin' (Cowper Wang)
Best Album Design
Xiao Qing-yang (ZETA)
Best Vocal Group
Best Taiwanese Album
Tsu-pun (Olivia Tsao)
Best Female Singer (Taiwanese)
Best Male Singer (Taiwanese)
Hsu FuKai (許富凱)
Best New Artist
?te (pronounced "why-te")
Best Indigenous Language Album
Lady of the Ocean
Best Singer (Indigenous language)
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