Every year, music streaming company, KKBOX will hold the annual KKBOX Music Awards, one of the most influential event in the music industry in Taiwan and across Mandarin speaking region in Asia. The event not only indicates mass market and public opinion trends, but also captures the pulse of Chinese popular music.
Specially for Chinese music fans, here’s the full winners’ list as well as videos and photos of the celebrities who performed on the awards night:
Artist of the Year: Hebe Tian, Mayday, JJ Lin, G.U.T.S, Nine One One,Weibird Wei, G.E.M., Eric Chou
Independent Artist of the Year: No Party for Cao Dong
New Artist of the Year: Under Lover
Hong Kong Guest Performer: Joey Yung
Singapore/Malaysia Guest Performers: Jess Lee, Andrew Tan
Attending Guest Performers: Erika, 831, Kenji Wu, Shin, Shi Shi, Claire Kuo, GBOYSWAG
The show stealer for the night was clearly the one-time-off collaboration between JJ Lin and Mayday, bringing together two of the biggest Mandopop acts to pay tributes to late singing legends, David Bowie, Prince and George Michael. The group roused the crowd to a soaring high, starting with David Bowie’s Space Oddity, transiting to Prince’s Purple Rain and ending with George Michael’s Careless Whisper.
The award show is not just about big acts, but featured some interesting line-ups as well.
It was a delight to discover hyperlocal, talented Taiwanese acts like Under Lover and 911, who were able to fuse EDM, rap and Hokkien songs into a new genre of music which is unique to Taiwan.
The collaborative love ballad by Uner Lover and 911 is still ringing in my head now, thanks to the super catchy Hokkien lyrics. I am now a fan of both music groups and had already added all their songs into my playlist on KKBOX!
If you missed the award show, event photo and video highlights are available below, courtesy of KKBOX:
Hebe Tian’s performance:
Shi Shi’s performance:
Jess Lee and Andrew Tan’s performance:
Claire Kuo’s performance:
Kenji Wu’s performance:
JJ Lin’s performance:
JJ Lin and Mayday’s tribute performance to George Michael, Prince and David Bowie:
Eric Chou’s performance:
Under Lover’s performance:
Joey Yung’s performance:
Weibird Wei’s performance: