TAIPEI, July 3 (Reuters) – Veteran Singaporean singer Tanya Chua took property four major prizes at Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, one particular of the most prestigious enjoyment events in the Chinese-talking environment.
Chua, whose to start with album was the English-language “Bored” in 1997 and whose breakthrough Mandarin report was “Tanya” in 1999, received album of the year for “Depart”, as nicely as very best Mandarin album, very best Mandarin woman singer and very best vocal album recording.
At the ceremony late on Saturday, Chua expressed some astonishment that extra than two decades immediately after her debut, individuals have been nevertheless enjoying her new music.
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“To be sincere I assume that I have been singing for numerous a long time. I am incredibly scared that folks get bored of it,” she claimed at the ceremony in the southern Taiwanese town of Kaohsiung, having introduced her mom as her additionally one particular.
In a surprise, Chinese rocker Cui Jian, whose song “Practically nothing to My Identify” turned an anthem to student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, received for very best Mandarin male singer. He was not there in particular person and had a concept of many thanks examine out for him on stage.
Though Taiwan has only 23 million folks, its music scene has an outsized influence in the Chinese-talking environment, not only in China but among the diaspora, in portion because of to creative imagination unhindered by censorship.
The Golden Melody Awards rejoice not only Mandopop but also artists singing in Taiwanese – also known as Hokkien – Hakka and indigenous languages, a seen signal of the government’s attempts to encourage tongues other than Mandarin.
Track of the 12 months went to the Taiwanese-language “Oh Love, You Are Much Greater Than I Imagined” by the band EggPlantEgg.
Very best indigenous singer was gained by 83-12 months-outdated Osay Hongay, an ethnic Amis from Taiwan’s japanese county of Hualien. She gave her acceptance speech in her indigenous language, which was translated for her into Mandarin.
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Reporting by Fabian Hamacher and Ben Blanchard Modifying by William Mallard
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