34th RTHK Gold Song Awards

2012’s gala was held January 7th. Eason Chan was the big winner with 5 awards and Jenny Tseng was given the Golden Needle Award.

Top 10 Song Awards
01. Eason Chan – 六月飛霜 (June Frost)
02. Ivana Wong – 末日 (Doomsday)
03. Charlene Choi – 年年 (Years)
04. Kary Ng – 我本人 (Me)
05. Leo Ku – 爆了 (Explode)
06. Joey Yung – 花千樹 (A Thousand Flowering Trees)
07. Hins Cheung – P.S. I Love You
08. Vivien Wu – 那些年 (Those Years)
09. Kay Tse – 你們的幸福 (The Happiness of You All)
10. Chilam Cheung – 戀上外星人 (Fall For An Alien)
11. William So – 那誰 (Then Who)

Best Prospected Newcomer Award
Gold: Joyce Cheng
Silver: Mag Lam
Bronze: Alfred Hui
Exceptional: Karene Mak, Abella Leung, Gin Lee

Outstanding Mandarin Song Award
Gold: Vivien Wu – 那些年 (Those Years)
Silver: G.E.M – 我的秘密 (My Secret)
Bronze: Khalil Fong – 好不容易 (Really Not Easy)

Outstanding Singer Award
Khalil Fong
Hins Cheung
Joey Yung
Kay Tse
Hacken Lee
William So
Miriam Yeung
Leo Ku
Eason Chan

Outstanding Male Singer Award: Eason Chan
Outstanding Female Singer Award: Joey Yung

CASH’s Best Singer-Composer Award: Mr.

The Most Improved Singers of the Year Award
Gold: C AllStar
Silver: Sugar Club
Bronze: FAMA

Best Singer of the Country Award
Male: Eason Chan
Female: Na Ying
Group: Twins

Best Chinese Song Award: Khalil Fong – 好不容易 (Really Not Easy)
Most Popular Weibo Singer Award: Raymond Lam
Best Song of Asia Award: William So – 那誰 (Then Who)

Best Selling Singers of the Year Award
Male: Eason Chan
Female: Joey Yung
Group: Twins

RTHK Golden Needle Award: Jenny Tseng (Yan Nei)

Hit FM Awards, 2011

Yesterday, Hit Fm completed its first annual global golden chart awards show at the Taibei Arena. The show opened with a tour de force performace by Jolin Cai who sang Madonna’s “Vogue” followed by her own “Honey Trap”. Best male and female awards went to Alexander Wang and Fish Leong, while the Best Group award went to S.H.E. Some of the awards given were…

Best new artist gold award: Hebe Tian
Most popular artist: Han Geng
Best stage performer: Elva Xiao
Most popular group: Super Junior – M
Best group: S.H.E
Most popular female artist: Jolin Cai
Most popular male artist: Jay Zhou
Best all-round artist: Show Luo
Best composer: Alexander Wang
Best producer: JJ Lin
Best male artist: Alexander Wang
Best female artist: Fish Leong
Best Chinese album: The Era, Jay Zhou

Awards were also given for the 20 most popular songs.

33rd RTHK Gold Song Awards

Ella Koon displays her award at the 33rd RTHK Gold Song Awards in Hong Kong

The 33rd RTHK Gold awards took place outdoors in Science Park, Hong Kong on January 7th 2011. It looked like it was a cold night. I didn’t realize it got that cold in Hong Kong. There are four major awards ceremonies for music in Hong Kong. RTHK is the oldest (beginning in 1978) and it normally takes place last of the four. (I’ve written a bit about all four ceremonies HERE).

They really rush through the proceedings at the show. And I suppose they have to so that they don’t run on and on all night like the Academy Awards.

Among the award categories (which tend to change every year), they give awards to the singers of the ten biggest songs of the year. This year the awards went to…


Top 10 Gold Songs

陀飞轮 Eason Chan
爱的习惯 Justin Lo
破相 Joey Yung
罪人 Hacken Lee
天梯 C AllStar
时代 Leo Ku
雨过天阴 Kay Tse
不要惊动爱情 Sammi Cheng
以身试爱 Jade Kwan
Get Over You, G.E.M. 

Justin Lo received the Best Singer-Songwriter award. In more recent years, especially after Hong Kong’s return to China, RTHK began to offer awards to the best Mandarin-language songs. It is important to note that Mandarin songs that do well in Hong Kong do not always do well in Taiwan and Mainland China and vice versa. This year the awards went to…

Excellent Mandopop Song Award

Gold: 说谎 Yoga Lin
Silver: 玩乐 Khalil Fong
Bronze: 脆弱 Kay Tse

说谎 was not just a big hit in Hong Kong but all over China, so it definitely deserved the gold award. Yoga performed the song at the show.

The 33rd RTHK Song Awards also recognized both promising newcomers as well as singers that showed great improvement over the past year.

Newcomer with the Best Future

Gold: Sugar Club
Silver: JW
Bronze: C AllStar
Excellence: Jinny Ng, Shiga Lin, Benji & Lesley, Cindy Yen

Best Improvement This Year

Gold: RubberBand
Silver: Ella Koon
Bronze: Pakho Chau

Many people have talked about Ella Koon as being one of the best singers in Hong Kong and having all the right attributes for superstardom but mysteriously not yet making a big breakthrough. So her award was bittersweet.

The awards show also recognized singers with the highest album sales, and so it is not surprising that the media recommended awards were similar…

Singer with the Highest Album Sales this Year

Male Singer: Eason Chan
Female Singer: Sammi Cheng
Group: Mr.

Media Recommended Award

Male Singer: Eason Chan
Female Singer: Sammi Cheng
Song: 陀飞轮 Eason Chan

Eason Chan gave a concert in Vancouver in December that was apparently just fabulous. Sorry I missed it. 😦  His growing popularity throughout the Chinese-speaking world over the years was perhaps responsible for his winning the Global Chinese Supreme God Song Award for 陀飞轮. Hins Cheung took the Global Best Chinese Song for “Deadline”.

The show recognized excellence in singing with the following nods…

Global Best Singer Award

Male Singer: Khalil Fong
Female Singer: Li Yu Chun
Group: Soda Green

Excellent Pop Singer Award

G.E.M. / Joey Yung / Miriam Yeung / Janice Vidal / Kay Tse / Mr. / Khalil Fong / Leo Ku / Hacken Lee / Hins Cheung / Jason Chan / Eason Chan

The Most Excellent Pop Singer Award

Male Singer: Eason Chan
Female Singer: Joey Yung

Finally, a lifetime achievement award (called the golden needle) was given to Canadian singer Sally Yeh who performed all of her big hits from the past.

The 33rd RTHK awards paid tribute to the late Teresa Deng. Teresa Deng is considered the greatest Chinese pop singer of all-time.

Awards for Music in Hong Kong

As in English-speaking countries, the Chinese world holds awards ceremonies for excellence in music. Every country or region with significant Chinese populations holds such ceremonies: Singapore, Malaysia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc. As most of the popular singers reside in Hong Kong or Taiwan, the awards ceremonies of these two locales are perhaps the most highly regarded. Taiwan’s main ceremondy is The Golden Melody Awards.
Things are not as straight-forward in Hong Kong, which, perhaps adds to the excitement. While Taiwan has the one main awards show, the award ceremonies that recognize achievements in the Hong Kong pop music industry are held by their four main media outlets: Metro Radio, CRHK (“Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation”), TVB (“Jade Solid Gold Awards”), and RTHK. So, every year there are four major awards ceremonies.
1. Metro Radio Music Awards
Metro Radio’s Music Awards show is normally the first of the four major music award ceremonies, taking place on Boxing Day (December 26th) every year. As the Golden Globes present a foretaste of the Oscars, the Metro Awards are considered “music’s first report card”. This awards show is the most generous; they give out the most awards. Last year (2008) they gave out 137 awards.
2. Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation
CRHK’s music awards is usually the second major music awards ceremony of the year. Most of the awards are determined by charts and airplay on CRHK (FM 90.3). Once a song enters the Top 20, the station keeps track of the number of times it is played on the radio. These awards are normally held on New Years Day. There are a few awards not based on airplay but on votes from the public. Currently they can do this online. They are presented with a long list of nominees in the first round of voting. When the polls close, the Top 5 are determined. The for round 2, the public votes for one of the five nominees in each category to determine the winner. There are currently four categories of these “My favourite…” online votes: male artist, female artist, group, and song.
3. Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Songs Music Awards
TVB’s music awards is usually the third of the four major annual music awards, being held sometime in early January. Some of TVB’s awards are regarded as the most prestigious in Hong Kong.
4. RTHK’s Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards
RTHK’s music awards is usually the last of the four major Hong Kong music awards. The awards ceremony has the longest history out of four major awards, giving out its first awards in 1978. Among the awards given are the Top 10 songs of the year and the “Golden Needle” award which is like a lifetime achievement award.