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Stars light up red carpet at Golden Melody Awards

2016/06/25 19:44:27

(singer A-mei)

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Stars of the Chinese-language music world took to the red carpet in Taipei Saturday to attend the 27th Golden Melody Awards ceremony, Taiwan's equivalent of the Grammys.

Taiwanese pop diva A-mei (張惠妹), who is seeking her fourth Golden Melody best female vocalist award with her album "AMIT2," sported light purple hair and a gold and black glittery dress as she hit the red carpet.

"AMIT (A-mei's aboriginal name) is my double and another brand. I feel no burden playing music (as AMIT)," A-mei said.

The pop diva, whose album has received six nominations this year, also expressed excitement that "Damalagaw," an album she helped to produce and which collects the folk music of her aboriginal village, Damalagaw, in Taitung County, was nominated for best indigenous album.

"These are the songs of Damalagaw village. This is our tradition and I hope to keep it alive," A-mei said.

Over a dozen villagers dressed in indigenous clothing, including A-mei's mother, also took to the red carpet.

"Today we are here to celebrate Chinese-language music," said Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin (林俊傑), who sported a black suit.

Lin is vying for his second win in the category of best Mandarin male singer.

Singaporean singer-songwriter Tanya Chua (蔡健雅), who is also seeking her fourth best female vocalist title, wore a creamy-white fishtail gown.

Chua, whose album "Aphasia" is nominated for five awards, said she hopes to win "as many awards as possible."

Japanese singer Ken Hirai, who will perform at the ceremony, said he is excited to attend the ceremony, and expressed hope of cooperating with Mandopop singers David Tao and Leehom Wang.

The annual ceremony, which is being held at Taipei Arena, is Taiwan's largest music event.

(By Christie Chen)