As for best album, the judges were mainly looking for the album that had style yet representative of today’s times. After first round of voting, Jay Chou’s “The Era” and Karen Mok’s “Precious” advanced to the next round, and it was “The Era” that took home the award.
The best song of the year was a vicious battle between Jonathan Lee’s “A Song For Myself” and Jay Chou’s “Superman Can’t Fly”. Chou’s song lost to Lee’s in the second round by just one vote (10 vs. 9). Jerry Huang expressed that the judges loved both songs as they gave encouragement to different age groups.
Since Jay Chou won best male singer and best album, the media questioned why it was Eric Hung who won best album producer for “Lian Hua”. The result made others suspect GMA of giving the award as a consolation prize. However, Jerry Huang explained that the GMA implemented computerized voting this year; the judges had no way of knowing the results or the number of votes, refuting the claims of GMA giving out the award as a consolation prize, as well as previous rumors of the list of winners being leaked. Only the head of the judging panel knew the results, so Huang expressed that what the media reported was solely based on predictions. He further explained that “Lian Hua” is an album containing multiple languages, songs of different eras, and of different styles, so it is regarded as a very great piece of work.
Labels: Da Mouth, Jay Chou, Jerry Huang (singer), S.H.E, Weibird Wei, Yen-J