Taipei, June 23 (CNA) Celebrities and renowned music critics took to the red carpet despite rain on Saturday evening to participate in the biggest music event in the Chinese-speaking world.
The annual Golden Melody Awards, now in its 23rd year, saw big name stars such as Jay Chou, Hebe Tien, Mayday and South Korea-based girl group Miss A walk the red carpet to the delight of screaming fans.
Chou, wearing a sleeveless black top, hit the red carpet with two personal trainers and flexed his arm muscles that he has been working on over the past two months.
Chou, who received three nominations this year including Best Mandarin Male, said he began working out because he wanted to "return to youth" and that he came to the ceremony this year in a "relaxed manner."
Tien, a member of Taiwanese pop girl group S.H.E who has seven nominations this year including Best Mandarin Female, walked the carpet in a white dress with Best Mandarin Male nominee Yoga Lin.
Tien said she is most nervous about the performance that S.H.E. is scheduled to give at the ceremony, as it has been two years since the group last performed together.
"That's really what I'm most nervous about," said Tien.
Three members of Miss A, the four-member South Korean and Chinese girl group invited to perform at the ceremony, said they are veryhappy to participate in the ceremony and that they most wanted to cooperate with Jay Chou in Taiwan's music world.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese rock band Mayday, also nominated in seven categories, walked the red carpet in suits. Monster, the band's guitarist, said the group wants to tell everyone that "every band that works hard to play music is the best band."
Singaporean singer and songwriter Tanya Chua took to the carpet in a deep blue dress with Grammy-winning mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen.
Chua, who also has seven nominations, said her album "Speaking of Love" represents her "new understanding of love" and she hopes to share that feeling with everyone.
(By Christie Chen)