I attended the 12th annual KKBOX Music Awards (第12屆KKBOX風雲榜), held in Taipei Arena, Taiwan over the weekend.

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:

年度風雲歌手:田馥甄、五月天、JJ林俊傑、兄弟本色、玖壹壹、韋禮安、G.E.M.鄧紫棋與Eric周興哲(排序與得獎名次無關)
Artist of the Year: Hebe Tian, Mayday, JJ Lin, G.U.T.S, Nine One One,Weibird Wei, G.E.M., Eric Chou

年度獨立創作精神獎:草東沒有派對
Independent Artist of the Year: No Party for Cao Dong

年度最佳新人獎:Under Lover
New Artist of the Year: Under Lover

香港表演嘉賓:容祖兒
Hong Kong Guest Performer: Joey Yung

星馬表演嘉賓:李佳薇、陳勢安
Singapore/Malaysia Guest Performers: Jess Lee, Andrew Tan

出席表演嘉賓:Erika、八三夭、吳克群、信、孫盛希、郭靜、鼓鼓
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:

Event photos:

Hebe Tian’s performance:

Shi Shi’s performance:

Jess Lee and Andrew Tan’s performance:

Claire Kuo’s performance:

Erika’s performance:

Kenji Wu’s performance:

G.E.M.’s performance:

831’s performance:

JJ Lin’s performance:

JJ Lin and Mayday’s tribute performance to George Michael, Prince and David Bowie:

Eric Chou’s performance:

GBOYSWAG’s performance:

Under Lover’s performance:

911’s performance:

G.U.T.S’s performance:

Joey Yung’s performance:

Weibird Wei’s performance:

Mayday’s performance: