Singaporean-born singer-songwriter Tanya Chua dominated the 33rd Golden Melody Awards in Kaoshiung, scooping up four awards for her pandemic-inspired album DEPART: Best Female Mandarin Singer, Best Mandarin Album, Best Vocal Recording Album, and Album of the Year.
Hakka singer Ayugo Huang also won multiple accolades for his album Mountain of Doom. He went home with Best Hakka Album, Best Hakka Singer, and the Jury Award. Huang also received an award as part of the New Formosa Band, which won the Best Vocal Group award.
But it wasn’t all about the veterans this year: younger bands also made a big impact in the Kaoshiung Music Center. Notable winners include EggPlantEgg winning the Song of the Year Award for “Oh Love, You Are Much Greater Than I Imagined.” Recently-formed multi-lingual chamber pop duo Collage also won, scooping up the Best New Artist award. The duo also treated the audience to a performance of “葬予規路火烌猶在” afterwards.
The 33rd Golden Melody Awards took place in the Kaoshiung Music Center, marking the first time the southern port city has hosted the awards in 17 years. The Golden Melody Awards was founded in 1990 to celebrate the best music from Taiwanese and Chinese artists performing and recording in Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, and indigenous languages.