Dick Lee brings Compass prize Home

Dick Lee brings Compass prize Home
Composer Dick Lee (right) receiving the award for top local English pop song from Compass director Liang Wern Fook.

SINGAPORE - Home, already a favourite National Day song of many Singaporeans, is in the limelight again.

Fifteen years after it was written in 1998, it finally won its composer Dick Lee this year's top local English pop song award at the 18th annual Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (Compass) Awards ceremony on Sunday night.

It was the highest royalty- earning local English composition in the pop music genre for last year.

In his short acceptance speech - the shortest of the evening - Lee said he was "surprised" to get an award for a 15-year-old song. He said he hoped the award would inspire young composers to keep writing "because you can still win an award 15 years on".

He has been named top local composer of the year six times, including in four consecutive years from 1998 to 2001, and has won for top local English pop song three times in past years.

The 57-year-old composer, who was behind iconic local musicals such as Beauty World and Fried Rice Paradise, is lending his magic touch as creative director of an upcoming multi-million-dollar fantasy musical, Lightseeker. It will be staged from Nov 24 at Resorts World Sentosa, where the Compass Awards was held.

Compass tracks the royalties earned based on how many times a local song is performed live, played on radio and in nightspots and food and beverage outlets.

On Sunday night, it gave out awards in 11 categories to the top-earning singers and songwriters in various genres, based on the amount of royalties earned for the year.

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