SINGAPORE - The most sizzling performance at the 15th Global Chinese Music Awards would have to go to veteran Hong Kong singer Alex To.
Even though he only slipped out of his colourful blazer when he performed his saucy hit Take Off, it was enough to spark off squeals from the 5,000-strong audience. And several male artists, including China's Zhang Jie, Taiwan's Kenji Wu and Malaysia's Victor Wong were suddenly finding themselves too sexy for their jackets as well to the delight of the fans.
For his pulse-quickening dance numbers and smooth R&B hits, To received an Honorary Award for his contributions to the Mandopop industry over the past 30 years.
The awards were held at Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre on Nov 6 night.
Hong Kong's Kay Tse later joked to media backstage: "I really regret not wearing more so that I could remove something as well. This necklace I'm wearing is too expensive so I couldn't take it off."
This was her first time attending an awards ceremony in Singapore and she was one of the big winners of the night. She was named Best Female Artiste and Top Five Most Popular Female Artiste while her song Isolated Village was among the Top Twenty Hits of the year.
Zhang won four trophies, including for Best Male Artiste while Wu's four prizes included the Most Popular Male Artiste Award. Taiwan's Jolin Tsai, who was not present, nabbed the female popularity award.
Wake Up Dreaming, the comeback record by Hong Kong's Jacky Cheung, was named Best Album while a ballad from it, The Rest Of Time, made it to the Top Twenty Hits. Cheung was also absent from the proceedings.
This is the third time that the awards have been held in Singapore. It was previously held here in 2012 and 2006. The event is organised by seven stations around the world: Radio Beijing, Radio Guangdong, Radio Television Hong Kong, Shanghai East Radio, Taiwan Pop Radio, Malaysia Star Radio and Singapore's YES 933.
Backstage, the various winners shared their upcoming plans and what they had been up to in Singapore.
Malaysia's Shila Amzah, who won the Best Female Stage Performer Award, had filled up on horfun and ayam penyet and alerted fans that her album was slated to be released after the coming Chinese New Year.
Most Popular New Artiste Steve Chou is preparing for his second disc and is confident that there is one song in there which is even better than Top Twenty Hit Let's Not Be Friends.
As for To, winning the Honorary Award left him with mixed feelings. "I'm very moved but also a little scared as it feels like I should be stepping down after this. But I still have a lot of things to contribute so I'll take this as an encouragement."
Meanwhile, he is also working on a more personal project - becoming a father after getting married in 2012.
He says hopefully: "My parents met each other in Singapore and it was here that my elder brother was conceived. So this should be a good place for us."