SINGAPORE - Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dick Lee bagged the Lifetime Achievement award while The Straits Times' music correspondent Eddino Abdul Hadi received the Patron of Music Award at this year's Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (Compass) Awards.
Lee, who most recently co-directed the biopic Wonder Boy, performed songs off his 1974 debut album Life Story, as well as a medley of his hits over the years.
Eddino was recognised for contributing significantly to the promotion of Singapore writers in his capacities as a music journalist at The Straits Times for the past 10 years, frontman of rock band Force Vomit and mentor and judge on the National Arts Council's music initiatives such as Noise Singapore and The Music Mentorship scheme. He was also a mentor and judge for the Esplanade's music festival Baybeats from 2011 to 2013.
He thanked Compass, his wife Aisyah and daughter Aira, and his family, his colleagues and "everyone who has supported me and given me unconditional love, I love you all".
"I'd like to thank all the songwriters, composers and lyricists here and everywhere else for making such beautiful and meaningful music and such great art for me to write about as a journalist."
The awards ceremony, which is now in its 22nd year, was held at Resorts World Convention Centre this evening (Sept 3). Compass awards are given to local musicians who earned the highest royalties last year, with Compass tracking the amount based on how many times their songs are played on radio and in nightspots and food and beverage outlets, and performed live.
Eleven awards were given to the top-earning songwriters in Singapore, while five special awards were given out in special categories for achievements and contributions to the local music industry.
Among the recipients of the special awards was Mohamed Raffee, who took home the Wings of Excellence award, given to an individual who has achieved an outstanding performance internationally. He wears many hats, including singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and music director, making him one of the most accomplished names in the Indian entertainment scene.
Raffee, who has also released four albums and worked with Grammy-winning Indian film music director A R Rahman, also performed with his band The Vasantham Boyz at the ceremony.
The night was also filled with performances by the likes of singer-songwriters Charlie Lim and Daphne Khoo. They both won Young Songwriter of the Year for having the highest royalty earnings among those below the age of 35.
Flanked by dancers, singer Taufik Batisah performed Awak Kat Mane off his album Fique. The song was the top local Malay pop song, earning the highest royalties for a local Malay composition.