Celebrating Mandopop: Singapore Hit Awards 2013

Pictures by: 
Ariffin Jamar
Report by: 
Tan Kee Yun

Mandopop is often regarded as a dull, staid scene, compared to its hipper, cooler cousin K-pop. But that doesn’t stop it from being celebrated. On Friday night a crowd of 4,500 gathered at the Suntec City Convention Centre for MediaCorp’s Singapore Hit Awards 2013.

The celebration of the best in the Mandopop industry was spiced up with funky hairdos, suave androgyny and wacky personalities. Good or bad, you be the judge. One thing’s for sure, this year’s awards ceremony would be remembered in more ways than one.

R&B homeboy Derrick Hoh’s newly bleached crop was striking enough to spark queries.

Hong Kong singer Denise Ho looked ready for a GQ cover. Her strong, chiselled features and charmingly deep voice made many of the men look like nothing more than pretty boys.

Local songbird Olivia Ong looked splendid in her elegant dress. A simple blue frock, but one that was especially made for the 28-year-old by her Taiwanese designer friend.

The night’s most unexpected star-struck moment came when Malaysian singer-songwriter Penny Tai suddenly stopped in her tracks, midway through an interview. She was fixated on a television screen, which was showing... “Zoe Tay (left)! That’s Zoe Tay! I have to watch this,” she exclaimed.

Here are some pictures from the event.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on Sunday on November 24, 2013.