Jane Zhang is Best Female Singer of the Year for the eighth time in a row
On 29 August, in China there was the “can’t-miss event” for the music world: the 2018 Chinese Song Music Awards (华人歌曲音乐盛典), aka “China Song Chart” (華歌榜) drew attention of fans, media and publishing world with the awards ceremony held @National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing.
The Chinese Song Music Awards prizes the hottest awards for Chinese singers and musicians. Only the most exceptional and talented peoples on the music scene can get on that stage.
Jane Zhang Best Female Singer of the Year
As is often the case, Jane has also picks up a lot of prizes in this edition. And what awards ! The most prestigious of all ! “Best Female Singer of the Year” (for Mainland China), “Best Female Stage Performer of the Year” and finally the “Golden Melody Award of the Year” for the song “Me” (我) already winner of the Top Ten Golden Melody Award at the 25th edition of the Oriental Billboard (东方风云榜) in March this year.
Winning the 3 major awards of the year is a feat in itself, but Jane has done more: this is the eighth consecutive edition that awards Jane Zhang as “Best Female Singer of the Year” ! No, it’s not a mistake, you got it ! 8 times in a row ! So many that perhaps even she has lost count.
The popular musical event suffered a setback of 6 years. In the last edition, in 2012, Jane was winning this award for the seventh consecutive time. Today the Chinese Song Music Awards reopen the doors and Dolphin Princess returns to win !
After receiving the awards she said:
“I’m still learning, I’m making progress and I hope to be able to present a different myself on the scene, thanks to Chinese music for this recognition, I’m really happy.”
The great show of the Awards
Jane took to the stage wearing a dress as succinct as colorful: yet another (fortunately) sexy version of the Dolphin Princess dominated the scene.
But we know well that when she starts to sing the audience’s attention quickly shifts from her outfit to the sound of her voice. I would say that the effect it does is something comparable to the enchanting charm of the Sirens of Ulysses described in the mythical world of Homer’s Odyssey. A mixture of sensuality, fine vocal technique and intense feeling pervaded the fans when the queen of Chinese music opened the show with four songs from her repertoire: “Down The River” (順流而下), “The Diva Dance“, “Work For It” and the very classic “Finally Waiting for You” (終於等到你).
Jane enjoys singing even in the backstage
Below Jane’s gift directly from the backstage of the Awards for the 42 million fans who follow her on Weibo: the Dolphin Princess has enjoyed playing the Diva Plavalaguna joking a bit’ with “The Diva Dance” notes thus packaging “on the fly” an unprecedented musical variation of the song written by the French composer Eric Serra for the film “The Fifth Element” by Luc Besson.
An evening with friends among prizes …
Among the stars who shared this spectacular evening with Jane, there were two other “legends” of Chinese music as well as good friends: Jason Zhang (张杰 / Zhang Jie) and JJ Lin (林俊杰).
The trio in practice collected the most coveted awards of the evening: Jason took home the “Best Male Singer of the Year (for Mainland China)“, the “Most Influential Concert of the Year” and, last but not least, a “Golden Melody Award” for the song “Pretty White Lies“.
JJ Lin meanwhile has collected (for Hong Kong, Taiwan and other regions) the “Best Male Singer of the Year“, a “Golden Melody Awards” for “Message in a Bottle” (伟大的渺小), track n. 2 of the homonymous album released last year by Warner Music, which also brought in his pocket the “Album of the Year” and “Album Producer of the Year” awards.
Summing up the three have a total of 10 well racked up awards and each of them has earned the “Best Singer of the Year” for the own category. Wow !
… and fun
Recently Jane’s collaborations with these two artists have been numerous and funny. With JJ Lin she was coach in the 2nd edition of “Sound of My Dream” (梦想的声音2) during which they have duets on several occasions.
With Jason she shared the stages of their respective tours and very successful TV shows.
On May 26 he was the guest of excellence to the Shanghai stage of Jane’s Secret World Tour and later she returned the favor in a recent stop of the Jason’s tour (未·LIVE / FUTURE·LIVE).
During the ceremony some cameras showed us Jane and Jason who enjoyed taking pictures with his camera. They look like two children playing with a new toy and it’s really nice to see this true friendship between the two absolute heavyweights of the Chinese music. A friendship that has lasted a long time and which has been consolidated during the many work occasions sharing stages and television studios.
How the awards are established
The criteria for the awards are quite complex. The list of Golden Melody, and therefore also the super-prize “Golden Melody of the Year” won by Jane, was compiled by evaluating, in the period ranging from January 2017 to July 2018, several key data such as the quantity of radio broadcasting, the audience ratings, the DJ’s reviews and the music critics reviews based on the three most important Chinese music charts.
The “Best” awards series was instead selected by a group of expert DJs from Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, in collaboration with a team of literary and musical art critics.
Finally, the series of “Most Popular” awards and all other awards were decided considering of audience feedback regarding the performances of the singers and their songs, also evaluating their popularity in the market and on the Internet.
Jane in the post-Show City Times era: “Now I’m starting from 1 !”
ane Zhang comes from the end of her ten-year love story with Michael (Feng Ke / 冯轲), CEO and co-founder of Show City Times, right along with the singer.
The two married, fullfilling the Jane’s wedding dreams, with a “worthy of a queen” wedding ceremony held in Italy in November 2016.
The Show City Times actually is the independent record label that has produced Jane and other singers so far. On the same day of the Awards, Jane announced on Weibo the end of the brokerage contract with her company and participation in the event was her first public appearance after this news.
So at the end of the ceremony, the Dolphin Princess was interviewed on this topic and has issued the following statement:
“No matter how it happened, now I restart from 1. Some people ask me why I do not restart from 0. Well, I feel like I’ve been always singing and that’s all that matters. Whatever is the situation or the place I’ll never start from 0”.
As for her plans for the future she added:
“I still have my usual work, now it’s time to make music and I find nothing wrong with that … this work is my life and I’ve never stopped doing it for so many years.”