The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development has announced the nominees for this year's Golden Melody Awards, the largest music awards in the Chinese-speaking world.
Singaporean singer-songwriter Tanya Chua, who is vying for her fourth Best Mandarin Female Singer win, will compete in the category with Taiwan's Faith Yang and Jia Jia, Malaysia's Penny Tai, and Hong Kong's Denise Ho.
The Singaporean singer won the Best Mandarin Female Singer in 2006, 2008, and 2012, making her the only female artist to have won three times in the category.
In the Best Mandarin Male Singer category, Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin will go up against Taiwan's Chang Chen-yue (aboriginal name Ayal Komod), singer-actor Wakin Chau, rapper Soft Lipa, and China's Li Ronghao.
The five nominees for Best Mandarin Album are Li Ronghao's 'Model,' Chinese singer Li Jian's 'Classic 2013 Remake Collections,' Chang Chen-yue's 'I Am Ayal Komod,' Soft Lipa's 'Secrets of Tu Cheng Hsi: Renovate,' and Wakin Chau's 'Jiang Hu.'
In another fierce competition, Taiwanese bands ChthoniC, The Chairman, Fire EX., Tizzy Bac, Sodagreen, Funky Brothers, and Mixer will vie for the Best Band award.
Meanwhile, the Special Contribution Award will go to late music producer Peng Kuo-hua in recognition of his contribution to the Taiwan music scene. Peng has distributed over 600 albums during his time as manager of two record labels.
The Jury Award, on the other hand, remains without a winner after the judges failed to reach a consensus on nominees after three rounds of voting.
A total of 123 works will compete in 24 categories at the 25th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the Grammys.
This year, 398 albums and 11,982 works were submitted for consideration, and the list of nominees was determined by an 81-member jury.
The awards ceremony, to be hosted by singer-songwriter Harlem Yu, will be held at the Taipei Arena on June 28 and broadcast live by Taiwan Television Enterprise. The red carpet will begin to receive guests at 5 PM.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the 2014 Golden Melody Awards will be represented by three of the biggest and most-established pop singers in Taiwan: Jay Chou, A-mei, and Jody Chiang.
Chou, dubbed the king of Mando-pop, A-mei, the queen of powerful chords, and Chiang, the diva of Taiwanese-language music, have won a total of 29 Golden Melody awards and been nominated a total of 132 times.
More information is available at:http://www.ttv.com.tw/GoldenMelody25/index.htm