On Sunday, January 8th, TVB will be holding the Jade Solid Gold Music Awards ceremony, bringing the year-end music awards to an exciting finale. Due to TVB’s impasse with the major Hong Kong recording companies, it was rumored that TVB management possessed the inclination to give the “Most Popular Male Singer Award” to Raymond Lam (林峰), who will take the top prize away from last year’s winner, Leo Ku (古巨基). Allegedly, Leo will be receiving the “Most Popular Male Singer Award in the Asia-Pacific Region,” while Joey Yung (容祖兒) will receive the “Most Popular Female Singer” and “Most Popular Female Singer Award in the Asia-Pacific Region,” making her become the strongest female singer in history [in total number of music awards received]!
Raymond Lam: King of Today’s Idol Generation
TVB’s annual Jade Solid Gold Music has been in existence for 28 years. The singers receiving the top “Most Popular Male Singer Award” signified that they were the most popular in Cantonese pop music, from Alan Tam (譚詠麟) battling Leslie Cheung (張國榮), the Four Heavenly Kings, Hacken Lee (李克勤), Eason Chan (陳奕迅), to Leo Ku. There was a large possibility that Raymond Lam will receive the top award this year.
In 2009, Raymond Lam was ridiculed when he won JSG’s “Most Popular Male Singer Award in the Asia-Pacific Region.” Critics taunted that Raymond was in fact the “Most Popular Male Singer from Argyle Street to Prince Street” only. However, Raymond possessed significant charm in the eyes of fans ranging from mothers to little children. His public appearances result in packed crowds. Raymond’s music albums sell well and he was appealing to viewers. Thus, winning the “Most Popular Male Singer Award” was not excessive. Eason Chan’s fans may not be as crazily passionate in comparison, but his fans will enter a record shop to buy his albums. The situation can be compared to how Jacky Cheung (張學友) was able to stimulate album sales in the past.
Raymond Lam appeared as a singer at radio-sponsored medical event. One fan indicated that while she was sick, she received inspiration from listening to his songs and watching him act in television series. Raymond commented, “I am very happy that my songs are able to help people in this small way!”
Recently, tabloids leaked the winners list for the upcoming Jade Solid Gold Music Awards, which touted that Raymond Lam will receive the coveted “Most Popular Male Singer Award.” Raymond replied, “Every year, similar reports surface. It will only be a few days before the music awards event will be held. We will know the results at that time!”
Excerpt from Ming Pao and On.cc
Jayne: It may be possible that Raymond will indeed get the top award at this year’s JSG Music Awards. This year he will focus on music and film, so TVB may indeed give him more music awards.