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Divas, devotees at 25th Golden Melody Awards

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 25th annual Golden Melody Awards took place yesterday evening at Taipei Arena, featuring outstanding performances presented by Grammy-winning artist Jason Mraz and Taiwanese pop diva Jolin Tsai (蔡依林).

Harlem Yu (瘐澄慶), a Golden Melody Award-winning singer-songwriter, opened the show with a string of performances to celebrate and congratulate all the musical works with all the nominators of this year's Golden Melody Awards sharing the stage with him.

Taiwanese singer-producer Chang Chen-yue's album “I Am Ayal Komod” (我是海雅谷慕) won the Best Album of the Year Award.

The Best Mandarin Male Singer Award went to Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin (林俊傑) for his album “Stories Untold” (因你而在). Lin was up against Taiwan's Chang Chen-yue (張震嶽, aboriginal name Ayal Komod), singer-actor Wakin Chau (周華健), rapper Soft Lipa (杜振熙) and China's Li Ronghao (李榮浩).

Malaysian singer-producer Penny Tai (戴佩妮) took home the Best Mandarin Female Singer Award for her performance on the album “Unexpected” (純屬意外). Tai competed with Taiwan's Faith Yang (楊乃文) and Jia Jia (家家), Singapore's Tanya Chua (蔡健雅) and Hong Kong's Denise Ho (何韻詩). Tai also won the Best Album Producer Award.

Mainland Chinese singer Li Ronghao took home the Best New Singer award for his performance on the album “Model (模特).”

First time nominee Mixer (麋先生) beat out six other bands to win the Best Band title for their performance on the album “Circus Movement (馬戲團運動).”

To celebrate that the Golden Melody Awards has accompanied audiences for a quarter-century, award organizer Taiwan Television Enterprise invited audio engineer Laurence Estrin, who was the Director of Communications and consultant at the Sydney Olympics, to supervise the audio and technical production of the award.

Taiwan Television Enterprise spent NT$40 million to create the stage for this year's Golden Melody Awards, and Jolin Tsai amazed the crowd with eye-catching performances of her hit songs, along with 72 dancers.

American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz performed his latest single “Love Someone” from his new album “Yes!” with Los Angeles-based eclectic folk-rock band Raining Jane and Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin.

Mraz greeted the audience in Chinese, saying that he was honored to be at the Golden Melody Award, and all the nominators and audience in Taipei Arena were singing along when Mraz collaborated with Lin on a rendition of his hit song “I'm Yours.”

Taiwanese Singer Jam Hsiao, who won Best Mandarin Male Singer at the 24th Golden Melody Awards, reinterpreted a series of classic songs this year while other five male singers, Crowd Lu (盧廣仲), William Wei (韋禮安), Van Fan (范逸臣), Victor Wong (品冠) and Lee Young Ho also presented an unplugged performance as a tribute to all the Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singers of past years.

Julie Sue (蘇芮), a Taiwanese singer who had numerous hit songs in the 1980s, took the stage to perform “The Same Moonlight” that propelled her from an unknown to a singing sensation in Taiwan overnight as a dedication to the late musician Peng Kuo-hua (彭國華), the Special Contribution award-winner.

A touching moment occurred when Peng's wife Chang Hsiao-yeh (張小燕) accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, introducing Peng to people who didn't have the opportunity to meet him. She said that being Mrs. Peng was the most wonderful part of her life.

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A group of Golden Melody Awards nominators take the stage with host Harlem Yu (瘐澄慶) at Taipei Arena, yesterday. Yu, a Golden Melody Award-winning singer-songwriter, opened the show with a string of performances to celebrate and congratulate all the musical works with all the nominators of this year's Golden Melody Awards. (CNA/AFP)



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