Gloria Tang does not find inspiration at the Ultimate Song Chart Awards
Gloria Tang Chi-kei, aka G.E.M., has been making headlines recently for her outspoken comments on Hong Kong's Canto-pop music awards.
The young singer-songwriter uploaded a video interview and an open letter on her weibo account early this week, giving the reasons she will not be going to the Ultimate Song Chart Awards presentation ceremony organised by Commercial Radio.
Tang launched her career just four years ago and has already held a solo concert at the prestigious Coliseum. She suggested that local awards failed to honour talented artists.
"Every time I watch the Grammys or Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards, I feel really moved and inspired by the winners. I wish Hong Kong could also have music awards that are more representative.
"It's a pity to compromise the notion of music awards by using them for commercial purposes."
Her comments stirred heated discussion in cyberspace. Some internet users supported her but others accused her of being naïve and arrogant.
This year's Ultimate Song Chart Awards presentation took place on Tuesday at Wan Chai's Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Joey Yung Cho-yee was named best female singer for the eighth time, while Eason Chan Yik-shun won his ninth best male singer award.