Roundup of the 32nd Golden Melody Awards / Artists to Sell Special Artworks After the Lockdown





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Roundup of the 32nd Golden Melody Awards / Artists to Sell Special Artworks After the Lockdown
By Taiwan Beats • Issue #5 • View online

A lookback of the 32nd Golden Melody Awards
The 32nd Golden Melody Awards (GMA) was held at Taipei Music Center on August 21st. The annual event was postponed from June due to COVID outbreak in Taiwan. No general public audiences were allowed other than the nominees and industry related delegates. Artists who attended the events were asked to mask on most of the time. It might not be a night of fiesta, but the celebration is still heart-warming, especially during this hard time of pandemic.
This year, the gradual generation shift has become a swift wind. Soft Lipa, 38 years old rapper, is the biggest winner of the night. He left the stage with his hands full: Best Mandarin Male Singer and Best Mandarin Album for Home Cookin, an album only sold in physical format. This also makes him the second hip hop artist winning Best Mandarin Male Singer.
The Best Mandarin Female Singer goes to Hebe Tien for her performance in Time Will Tell. She came a long way from a member of the girl trio S.H.E to a solo artist. Time Will Tell is the perfect demonstration to show how versatile she can be.
Following are some highlights of the ceremony:
Ma Shihfang and Sandee Chan both as presenters, won a round of applause giving spectacular speech before handing out the awards. Ma pays his respect to Lo Ta-you of Outstanding Contribution Award who is also his childhood icon. Sandee Chan gave an arousing speech of what a music producer does in the teamplay before she hand out the Song of the Year to Crowd Lu and Best Album Producer to George Chen for Time Will Tell. Wan Fang, who won Jury Award, shared her honor with fellow nominee Panai Kusui, who is also a devoted indigenous activist.
Though not a splendid night as it used to be, music speaks louder than words in this evening. For the full winner list, please visit our website.
Silent art selling from musicians
While the lockdown of COVID outbreak that lasted almost three months, a charity event of art and musicians was slowly planned out.
KT, bassist of instrumental trio Elephant Gym, as the promoter of Art from Home, Love from Us, co-curated the online-sale with promotion and management house In Utero and graphic designer Sample Animal. They gathered around 50 musicians for the art sale but only this time, without music, each musician must give a piece of artwork. It can be a canvas drawing, a hand-writing poem, or a pottery clay artifact.
For the music fans, this might be the one and only chance for you to collect comic from Wayne’s So Sad frontman Hsu Cheng-tai, Gundam Plastic Model made by the Cosmospeople bassist FunQ, and crystal necklace from Twiggy Hsieh, bassist of Won Fu.
The auction will be held entirely online, starting on August 25th on In Utero’s official site. The profit of the event will go to Do You A Flavor, an NGO that specializes in homeless issues. Follow the Facebook fanpage and Instagram of Art from Home, Love from Us for more information.
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