The 2021 Golden Melody Awards

08/21/2021 04:53 PM
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Hebe Tien (left) and Soft Lipa, both winners of three Golden Melody Awards for their respective albums. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Hebe Tien (left) and Soft Lipa, both winners of three Golden Melody Awards for their respective albums. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021

The 2021 Golden Melody Awards ceremony was held at the Taipei Music Center Saturday, after the event was postponed from June 26 amid a local COVID-19 outbreak.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Lulu (Huang Lu Zi Yin, 黃路梓茵), who first took on the job in 2019, and only nominees, their family and friends, and selected people working in the music industry could attend in person this year.

A total of 29 awards were handed out during the ceremony, including a special contribution award for singer-songwriter Lo Ta-you (羅大佑) for "revolutionizing Mandopop music at a crucial time of extraordinary social changes in Taiwan" with his works in the 1980s.

From Lo Ta-you's first album released in 1982

Sangpuy, Soft Lipa, Hebe Tien among biggest Golden Melody winners

The awards ceremony

Last year's album of the year winner, Indigeouns singer Abao performs in the opening act of the ceremony.

Singer Abao (center) performs in the opening act of the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of TTV
Singer Abao (center) performs in the opening act of the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of TTV

★Best lyricist:  David Ke (葛大為) for "Untold" (無人知曉) sung by Hebe Tien (田馥甄)

★Best arranger: Baby C (鍾興民) for "Flavor" (鹹汫) sung by Olivia Tsao (曹雅雯)

★Best Indigenous singer: Sangpuy (桑布伊) for his album "Pulu'em" (meaning "gaining strength" in Pinuyumayan 得力量)

★Best Indigenous album: "Lady of the Ocean" (海女) by "Outlet Drift" (漂流出口)

★Best new artist: ?te (壞特) with her album "A Bedroom of One's Own"

(Anonymous singer wins best new artist at Golden Melody Awards)

"Seh Ah Seh" by ?te, who performs the song after winning the best new artist award.

★Best male singer (Taiwanese): Hsu Fu-kai (許富凱) for his album "Ten" (拾歌)

★Best female singer (Taiwanese): Olivia Tsao (曹雅雯) for her album "tsu-pun" (自本)

★Best Taiwanese album: "tsu-pun" (自本) by Olivia Tsao (曹雅雯)

"Flavor" (鹹汫) by Olivia Tsao (曹雅雯)
"Candlelight" by Sunset Rollercoaster

★Best band: Sunset Rollercoaster (落日飛車) for its album "SOFT STORM" (柔性風暴)

(Indie quintet Sunset Rollercoaster wins best band at Golden Melody Awards)

★Best vocal group: The Wanted (尋人啟事) for its ablum "Dear Adult"

"Gun & Knife" by a cappella group "The Wanted"

★Best album design: Xiao Qing-yang (蕭青陽) for the album "ZETA"

★Best music video: "Home Cookin" (家常音樂) directed by Cowper Wang (王宗欣)

The music video of singer Soft Lipa's "Home Cookin"

★Jury award: Wan Fang (萬芳) for her album "Dear All" (給你們)

★Best Hakka singer: Wing Lo (羅文裕) for his album "When the sun rises" (當太陽升起時)

★Best Hakka album: "Till" (到底) by ChuNoodle (春麵樂隊)

By ChuNoodle

★Best instrumental album recording: "The Adventures of Pie Boy" (派仔之遊) by The Spice Cabinet (五香放克樂團)

★Best instrumental album producer: hirsk for the album "noista/gia" (噪噪噪噪切)

★Best instrumental album: "The Adventures of Pie Boy" (派仔之遊) by The Spice Cabinet (五香放克樂團)

To listen to the full album: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mUQN44MUoAE3PcN_uKE0gvSPNXTeWVt1s

★Best vocal album recording: "Where is SHI?" (出沒地帶) by Shi Shi (孫盛希)

★Best instrumental composer: Terry Hsieh (謝燕輝) and Derrick Sepnio (張德銘) for "Bitter Sweet" (苦樂) from the album "The Adventures of Pie Boy" (派仔之遊) by The Spice Cabinet (五香放克樂團)

★Best composer: HUSH for the song "AnHe" (安和) by Tarcy Su (蘇慧倫)

★Special contribution award: Lo Ta-you (羅大佑)

(Lo Ta-you receives Golden Melody Special Contribution Award)

★Best song producer: Khalil Fong (方大同) for "Noodles" (麵麵) from his album "Home Sweet Home" (宅這)

★Best album producer: George Chen (陳建騏) for Hebe Tien's (田馥甄) album "Time Will Tell" (無人知曉)

★Song of the year: "Your Name Engraved Herein" (刻在我心底的名字) sung by Crowd Lu (盧廣仲)

Crowd Lu's "Your Name Engraved Herein," which won the Golden Horse Award for the best original film song in 2020
Crowd Lu takes home the song of the year award for "Your Name Engraved Herein." CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Crowd Lu takes home the song of the year award for "Your Name Engraved Herein." CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021

★Best male singer (Mandarin): Soft Lipa (杜振熙/蛋堡) with his album "Home Cookin" (家常音樂)

★Best female singer (Mandarin): Hebe Tien (田馥甄) for her album "Time Will Tell" (無人知曉)

★Best Mandarin album: "Home Cookin" (家常音樂) by Soft Lipa (杜振熙/蛋堡)

★Album of the year: "Pulu'em" (得力量) by Sangpuy (桑布伊)

On the red carpet

Singer GBOYSWAG (呂思緯, left) and Mary Wu (瑪麗) host the red carpet event before the Golden Melody Awards ceremony. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Singer GBOYSWAG (呂思緯, left) and Mary Wu (瑪麗) host the red carpet event before the Golden Melody Awards ceremony. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Lu Lu, the host of this year
Lu Lu, the host of this year's awards ceremony, is the first to arrive on the red carpet. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Some people gather outside the Taipei Music Center, even though the red carpet event and the awards ceremony are not open to the public this year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Some people gather outside the Taipei Music Center, even though the red carpet event and the awards ceremony are not open to the public this year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Members of Siàu-lú khah-lah (少女卡拉), a group that is nominated in the categories of best Hakka album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug, 21, 2021
Members of Siàu-lú khah-lah (少女卡拉), a group that is nominated in the categories of best Hakka album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug, 21, 2021
Members of the band Sibongie (嬉班子樂團), which is nominated in the categories of best Taiwanese album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Members of the band Sibongie (嬉班子樂團), which is nominated in the categories of best Taiwanese album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best band nominee OVDS. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best band nominee OVDS. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Indigenous language singer nominee Lowking (姚宇謙). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Indigenous language singer nominee Lowking (姚宇謙). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Indigenous language singer nominee Dakanow (達卡鬧), whose album "Rambling Naluwan" is in the competition for best Indigenous language album and album of the year. CNA Aug. 21, 2021
Best Indigenous language singer nominee Dakanow (達卡鬧), whose album "Rambling Naluwan" is in the competition for best Indigenous language album and album of the year. CNA Aug. 21, 2021
Members of the band ChuNoodle (春麵樂隊), which is nominated in the categories of best Hakka album, best Hakka singer and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Members of the band ChuNoodle (春麵樂隊), which is nominated in the categories of best Hakka album, best Hakka singer and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best new artist nominee, folk band aoi (青虫), which is also competing in the categories of best Taiwanese album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best new artist nominee, folk band aoi (青虫), which is also competing in the categories of best Taiwanese album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Musician Huang Hsuan (黃宣), who fronted the band YELLOW, is nominated in four categories this year, including best new artist. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Musician Huang Hsuan (黃宣), who fronted the band YELLOW, is nominated in four categories this year, including best new artist. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Hakka singer nominee Huang Pei-Shu (黃珮舒). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Hakka singer nominee Huang Pei-Shu (黃珮舒). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Singer Olivia Tsao (曹雅雯), who received nominations in eight categories, including album of the year and best Taiwanese female singer. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Singer Olivia Tsao (曹雅雯), who received nominations in eight categories, including album of the year and best Taiwanese female singer. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best new artist nominee ?te (壞特). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best new artist nominee ?te (壞特). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Taiwanese male singer nominee Hao Zi (浩子), whose album is also in the competition for best Taiwanese album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best Taiwanese male singer nominee Hao Zi (浩子), whose album is also in the competition for best Taiwanese album and album of the year. CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best female singer in Mandarin nominee Panai (巴奈). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Best female singer in Mandarin nominee Panai (巴奈). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021
Last year
Last year's best new artist award winner Singer-songwriter ChihSiou (持修). CNA photo Aug. 21, 2021

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