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Golden Melody Awards: Chan wins Melody by one vote

Taipei - God of Songs Jacky Cheung lost the Best Mandarin Male Singer prize to his compatriot Eason Chan at the Golden Melody Awards last Saturday night.

But that could have been expected.

The Hong Kong singer was in the news days before the ceremony, after the awards jury's representative, singer Sky Wu, said Cheung was the fifth and last singer to make it into the category's nominations list, narrowly beating Jay Chou in the jury's voting.

Last Saturday, Cheung was in the audience sitting next to Chan when the winner was announced.

He had made it to the ceremony despite admitting to reporters last week that "it is hard not to completely mind" Wu's comment, which had revealed the odds against him before the ceremony took place.

And when Chan got up to go to the stage, turning first to hug him, Cheung also sportingly patted his head.

On Saturday, however, Wu said Cheung had lost by only one vote to Chan in the third and final round of the selection, leaving the other nominees Khalil Fong, William Wei and Yang Pei-an behind.

He also praised both Chan and Cheung.

Asked why Cheung fared far better in the final selection compared with his result at the nominations stage, he replied: "Perhaps the judges reflected and listened carefully to his album again and thought this was the result they should have given Cheung."

"To me, the one missing vote is a pity, but congratulations to Eason. The judging process is fair," he added, as ET Today reported.

Chan won with 10 votes against Cheung's nine, with one judge abstaining from voting.

Cheung was in the running for his album, Wake Up Dreaming, his first new Mandarin one in seven years.

It was the second Best Mandarin Male Singer Golden Melody award for Chan, who won for his album Rice & Shine at the awards - Mandopop's equivalent of the Grammys - held at the Taipei Arena and hosted by Harlem Yu.

Taking his prize from Singapore's JJ lin, who is one of the album's producers, he said on stage: "Thank you Taiwan!"

A-mei collected her third Mandarin Female Singer title for Faces Of Paranoia.

Jolin Tsai, who had led with nine nominations going into the ceremony, was still the night's biggest winner.

Her album Play won for Best Mandarin Album and Best Vocal Recording Album, and Lip Reading, a track off it, won for Best Single Producer.

The Song of the Year was Island's Sunrise, the protest song that punk bank Fire Ex wrote for the student-led Sunflower Movement in Taiwan last year.

Buddha Jump, the rock band fronted by Malaysian singer Penny Tai, was crowned Best Band.

Karen Mok's Departures won two prizes including Best Album Producer, and William Wei was Best Composer for Wolves.

Meanwhile, Cheung showed that all was well between him and Wu. On stage at one point to play a dice game with the other Mandarin Male Singer nominees, he won the game and the prize was a grilled sausage. He gave it to Wu and they hugged.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2015, with the headline 'Chan wins Melody by one vote'. Print Edition | Subscribe