I’m not a huge fan of her name, but I am a fan of Hong Kong singer G.E.M. who sounds like a Chinese version of Jewel. Hey, but what’s in a name?
Somewhat of a new artist, Gloria Tang- her real name- has got tongues wagging by deciding not to attend Commercial Radio’s Ultimate Song Chart Awards Show. How’s that for a mouthful of hokum poke ‘em?
Though G.E.M. has got the publicity for this snub, it should be noted that A-Music, which is either owned or co-owned by well-known singer-actor-businessman Leon Lai, below, has also boycotted the awards show and with none of its artists attending.
Seriously, people, we all know that these awards shows are just a scam to get sponsorship dollars and are more crooked than any Ponzi scheme and Italian politician.
They are also totally meaningless and where mediocrity is promoted, the usual suspects win and where the former head of one leading local terrestrial station is known to have used these awards shows to test out his casting couch with young male artists. If they were in, they won. If they were out, they were not welcome on the channel.
In the Morning Post, G.E.M. mentions bring “moved and inspired” by the Grammys which is a little naive as this awards show, like the Oscars, has lost its credibility with the music industry just like the daft American Music Awards and its lineup of “regulation winners.”
The key point is that there are so many of these music awards shows that they are as meaningless as music conferences and a fistful of Gaga songs.
They’re nothing to do with artists and music and everything to do with business and making money. Nothing wrong with this, but let’s not try and bullshit people into making out that you’re something you’re not.
At least when MTV Asia had their awards show, we, in music companies at the time, knew how it worked and where we stood: Pay and bring in some big name International names and we’d be guaranteed them winning some award and becoming the channel’s Artist Of The Month. The prestige of winning an MTV Award? Pffft.
Those who cared might have been some artist from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia or the Philippines. Those awards never led to anything and do you seriously think Robbie Williams cared about
ANY award given to him in Asia?
Sure, he was polite and bowed to the cameras- and then tossed the award to one of his minders when he left the stage.
Bottom line: Instead of these mindless awards shows where it’s more important what you wear and how you look and are business models for star-struck sponsors and star fuckers, give this time to create and produce a celebration of music and musicians and revive an art form that has been devalued by shuck and jive merchants posing as saviors of music.
Well, they’ve done a shitty job of that as music today has lost its voice and with someone needing to turn the power back on.