The nominees for this year's Golden Melody Awards were announced on May 18, in which a total of 131 works will compete in 26 categories. The winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony on June 27 at the Taipei Arena.
The contenders were led by pop diva Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) and her album "Play” (呸), which was nominated for Best Album, Best Song of the Year, Best Music Video, Best Musical Arranger, Best Single Producer, Best Album Packaging, and the newly established category of Best Album Recording.
However, Tsai was not nominated for Best Female Mandarin Singer. Instead, the title will go to either A-mei (張惠妹), Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩), Waa Wei (魏如萱), A-lin (黃麗玲), or Hong Kong's Karen Mok (莫文蔚).
In the Best Mandarin Male Singer category, Hong Kong's Jacky Cheung (張學友) will be pitted against fellow Hong Kong-based artists Eason Chan (陳奕迅) and Khalil Fong (方大同), and Taiwan's William Wei (韋禮安) and Yang Pei-an (楊培安).
The six nominees for Best Mandarin Album are Jolin's 'Play,' Lala Hsu's 'Missing (尋人啟事),' Jacky Cheung's 'Wake Up Dreaming,' Eason Chan's 'Rice & Shine (米閃),' Karen Mok's 'Departures (不散,不見),' and 'Aiyo, Not Bad (哎呦,不錯哦)' by Taiwan's Jay Chou (周杰倫).
Taiwanese bands ChthoniC (閃靈), The Chairman (董事長), Trash, Buddha Jump (佛跳牆), Boxing (拳), and Magic Power (魔幻力量) will vie for the Best Band award.
The Jury Award will not be handed out this year as the judges failed to reach a consensus on the nominees, but the Lifetime Contribution Award will be presented to two individuals — singer Jody Chiang (江蕙) and composer Chen Yang (陳揚) — for the first time in Golden Melody history.
The nominees were selected by a 92-member judge panel from a pool of 449 albums and 12,890 submissions. Live broadcast of the awards ceremony will be presented by Taiwan Television Enterprise starting at 5pm on June 27.