4th time's the charm for JJ

4th time's the charm for JJ
Singaporean singer J.J. Linwon the Best Mandarin Male Artist award at the 25th Golden Melody Awards in Taipei June 28, 2014.

A jubilant JJ Lin dedicated his Best Mandarin Male Singer prize to his late grandmother at the Golden Melody Awards, held in Taipei on Saturday night.

While accepting his award, the Singaporean singer-songwriter said: "I want to give this to granny. She taught me (that) family is worth protecting."

He won the award, his first in the category, after being nominated for it four times. His grandmother died last year.

"I want to thank my parents for giving me musical talents... I want to thank my fans," he added.

The win - for his 10th studio album, Stories Untold - came 10 years after he won the Best New Artist prize at the same awards, Taiwan's version of America's Grammys.

"Yes! So this is how it feels to win the Best Male Singer award!" the 33-year-old said after ascending the stage at the Taipei Arena.

He saw off veteran Hong Kong singer Wakin Chau; Taiwan's aboriginal musician, Chang Chen-yue; rapper Soft Lipa and China's Li Ronghao.

Also taking top honours was Malaysian singer-producer Penny Tai, who was crowned Best Mandarin Female Singer for her album, Unexpected.

"I am very lucky as I didn't have any formal musical training. I couldn't have got this far today without the help of many people," AFP quoted Tai, who also won on her fourth nomination for the award, as saying.

She beat Singapore's Tanya Chua, who has a record three titles in the category; Hong Kong's Denise Ho and Taiwan's Faith Yang and Jia Jia.

Tai, 36, also bagged the Best Producer award for Je T'embrasse, the first album she produced for Chinese singer Koala Liu.

She thanked her "future husband" and boyfriend of five years, Sidney Lu, who is not in show business. "I definitely have marriage plans for this year... This is what I will do this year when I take a break," she said.

Li, 28, walked away with the Best New Artist award for his first album, Model, which was named for a leading five nominations.

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