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Chou, Mok shine at Golden Melody Awards

Last night's 22nd annual Golden Melody Awards — otherwise known as the Grammys of the Chinese-language music world — made and shattered the dreams of Taiwan's hottest artists, with the most anticipated awards of best male and female pop vocal performers going to Jay Chou (周杰倫) and Karen Mok (莫文蔚) respectively.

The 32-year-old Chou, who was nominated for seven Golden Melody awards, wanted desperately to win the Best Album.

The Green Hornet actor was among the many big-name stars and musicians to appear outside the Taipei Arena before the ceremony, where thousands of fans gathered to catch a glimpse of their idols.

This year's “Song of the Year” award went to “A Song For Myself” in the album “Go South,” which also won Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) the Best Composer award.

Indigenous group MATZKA took home the Best Band award. The Taitung-based group, with members Matzka, Sakinu, Nanwan and Mavaliw, jostled onto the stage upon their win, with Matzka quipping of their award, “Let me touch it, is it real?”

He continued, thanking “Music, my grandmother, mother, father” and supported his hometown of Taitung, giving special credit to his wife.

Aisa (愛紗) started crying onstage when her group, Da Mouth (大嘴巴), won Best Group. She dedicated the award to the group's members, fans and staff.

Best Music Video went to Hebe's (田馥甄) “Lonely, Lonely, But It's OK,” which the S.H.E. singer accepted on behalf of the video director, Hsu Yun-hsuan (徐筠軒), whom she thanked for producing such an amazing video.

Weibird Wei (韋禮安), winner of Best New Artist, said in his acceptance speech that there was no winning or losing in music and art, only passion, so in his opinion, everyone's a winner.

Best Aboriginal Album went to Suming Rupi (舒米恩), who got extra special treatment as President Ma Ying-jeou was the one who presented him with his award.

“Whoa, the president is handing me my award,” Suming said incredulously, joking to Ma that aboriginals were “valuable stock” in which the nation's leader should deeply invest. Negerenger Lin (林廣財) won the Best Aboriginal Artist award.

Best Female Taiwanese Vocal Performance went to Huang Fei (黃妃) while “Queen of Taiwanese Music” Jody Chiang's (江蕙) “Wished For Marriage” won the Best Taiwanese Album. Best Male Taiwanese Vocal Performance went to Huang Wen-hsin (黃文星).

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Chou, Mok shine at Golden Melody Awards
Jay Chou (周杰倫) gestures to fans as he walks down Star Boulevard yesterday before the 22nd Golden Melody Awards Pageant. The young crooner was the winner of a Golden Melody Award ...

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