Celebrating Mandopop

Celebrating Mandopop

Mandopop is often regarded as dull and staid 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.

Most star-struck celeb

Some play it cool at award shows. But for several of the younger stars at the awards, Karen Mok was the unequivocal favourite.

Mandopop band Magic Power even referred to Mok as their "goddess" and invited her on stage to dance during their rendition of their song, Archer.

But the night's most unexpected starstruck 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! That's Zoe Tay! I have to watch this," she exclaimed. Tai, a Johor native, grew up on a diet of our dramas and variety shows.

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