The largest Chinese Music Awards – the Golden Melody Awards – celebrates its 28th edition last weekend with No Party For Cao Dong scooping three awards for Best Musical Group, Best New Artist and Song Of The Year with debut album The Servile.
No Party For Cao Dong, formed in 2012 to vent the frustrations of economic opportunities amongst Taiwan’s bagged three awards at GMA 2017, the island’s largest music industry event. Their self-distributed debut EP in 2015 was sold out in just one day and received three awards at the Golden Indie Music Awards Taiwan including ‘Best Band’. As for 2017, KKBox, Taiwan’s leading streaming service, has awarded the band with the Indie Artist Of The Year.
The event also saw veteran artists including home-grown diva A-mei, Japanese rock band Glay, and Taiwanese rock band Mayday who received the prize for Best Album in Mandarin titled ‘History of Tomorrow’.
Other winners included Hong Kong singer-songwriter Khalil Fong (Best Male Vocalist, Mandarin), who beat Jay Chou’s single ‘Bedtime Stories’. Fong’s victory has come a long way since its very first nomination under the same category 5 years ago and Taiwan’s Eve Ai, dubbed as Taiwan’s Adele nabbed 7 nominations this year, won Best Female Vocalist, Mandarin.
Not forgetting the biggest win of the night went to Taiwanese singer Sangpuy Katatepan (Album Of The Year) for the ancient tunes of his indigenous Puyuma tribe from the album ‘Yaangad’.
The Golden Melody Awards, recognised as the Grammys for Greater China, has regularly awarded artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and mainland China. It is one of the credible awards show in the Chinese-speaking world and this year celebrates the 28th edition of the show. It has now expanded to include showcases, forums, talk shows, business matching, and a slew of relevant music events.