Congratulations to EXO-M on their first award!
It was a big night for many artists, but perhaps the most meaningful for EXO-M who won their first ever rookie award, made even better by the fact that their brothers EXO-K were present to witness the event. Check out the video below of their acceptance speech (I won’t lie. I cried.) and the article for more details on the other awards won by EXO-M and others such as Wilber Pan and Jiro Wang, plus even something about alpacas!
Translated by Tianlu for 24-7 KPOP. Use with credit.
On the evening of September 17th, the 5th “Music Billboard Rookie Awards Ceremony” sponsored by Shandong TV and ENLIGHT Media took place in Beijing. Wilber Pan, Jiro Wang, Shang Wenjie, Hu Xia, Wanting Qu, Gloria Tang, Li Wei, Wu Yi, Liu Xin, Li Yugang, Mai Hong Mei, Vincent Chiao, and Miao Pu all attended the ceremony. Wilber Pan won the night’s most important “Role Model Singer of the Year” award, Jiro Wang was awarded “Most Popular Singer,” and Wanting Qu’s “You Exist In My Song” was award “Best Album.” Li Wei, Wu Yi, and Liu Xin received “Best Breakthrough Artist,” “Artist With Most Potential,” and “Best EP” awards respectively, and had the honor to jointly crown best rookie of the year. Korean idol group EXO had all 12 members together for the first time in China and won “Most Popular Group of the Year.” Mao Ning and Julian Chen, as seniors in the industry and special guests, gave stunning performances.
A Dream Like Journey–Walking with an Alpaca Down the Red Carpet
The theme for this years Music Billboard red carpet was fantasy. Singers Hu Xia, Wu Yi, and MCs Da Zuo, Liu Yan, in addition to dressing to the theme, also led alpacas to the red carpet, putting on an interesting show.
Hu Xia, who is busy with promotions for “Sad Fairytale,” appeared at the ceremony and interacted with fans. With a nickname of “Huge Lungs Singer,” Hong Kong artist Gloria Tang also appeared on the red carpet. She said that she rarely has the chance to come perform in Beijing and was happy to be a guest at the ceremony and that her new album will be released soon in the Mainland. Wanting Qu said she wished to work with Gloria Tang after she heard the singer was present. Shang Wenjie appeared in black with red lipstick, giving an impressive image. She said, “I met Wanting in the elevator. I really support her.”
The “Handsome Tiger” of Little Tiger group Julian Chen also made an appearance on the red carpet. As a senior in the industry, Julian said, “Whether it’s senior or junior, we have to have a rookie’s attitude in approaching every performance. I will also continue to hold this rookie attitude.” Korean idol group EXO-M and EXO-K appeared together for the first time in China, appearing on stage with 12 people, inciting screams from fans.
Liu Yan Leads Sexy Street Dance–Mao Ning and Julian Chen Refreshes Classics
The event this time was divided into fantasy, wild, and dazzling. Liu Yan, Da Zuo, Zhu Jing, and Fang Ling displayed their dance skills, opening the stage on this fantastic night. Liu Yan used themes from Alice in Wonderland, Cat Woman, and the Little Mermaid, transforming into a beautiful Alice, a sexy Cat Woman, and a seductive mermaid, offering a sexy dance for each theme. In the “Cat Woman” stage, Liu Yan wore a tight black lacy outfit with a low neckline, climbing out from specially made giant red high heels, and then dancing together with a male dancer in a transparent black outfit.
As special guests and seniors of the industry, Julian Chen and Mao Ning brought classic performances. “Handsome Tiger” Julian Chen broke through the good boy image, revealing his image with a head of red hair and angel wings on his chest, and offering a medley of “Dance Tunes Over 30 Years,” singing three classic dance tunes: “Monica,” “动起来,” and “Dance Diva.” In “Dance Diva,” Julian performed Jolin Tsai’s original dance shocking the entire crowd.
Mao Ning wore a straw hat and a suit of blue, passionately singing Valen Hsu’s “独角戏,” Stefanie Sun’s “Encounter,” and Fish Leong’s “Admiration,” challenging the three queens of C-POP with her voice.
Korean Idol Group EXO Together for the First Time–Wilber Pan and Jiro Wang Too Handsome for Words
In this year’s ceremony, Korean idol group EXO-M and EXO-K appeared together for the first time in China, dazzlingly making their appearance with all 12 members, inciting screams from fans. The chaos at the scene caused staff members to interfere several times to maintain order. The group received “Most Popular Group of the Year” and “Best Style.” A VCR recording was broadcasted of EXO’s experience since debut and their fans’ passionate support, causing EXO-M members to shed tears. Immediately afterwards, they did a live performance of “History,” and together with EXO-K performed “MAMA,” bringing the climax of the night.
Wilber Pan received the most important award of the night: “Role Model Singer of the Year.” Pan Shuai said when receiving his award, “Receiving this role model of the year award, I don’t know if it’s because I’ve reached that age, but my appearance hasn’t changed that much!” He also expressed that even though he’s debuted for 10 years, he still hopes that he could be like a rookie everyday, bringing even better music to everyone. At the same time, the Pan Shuai in a red suit and black shirt also did a very hot dance, lighting the stage one more time.
Hurrying to the scene from the press conference of “What Are You Waiting For,” Taiwanese singer Jiro Wang was named “Most Popular Singer,” he performed a song full of rock and roll. He also dressed up as a tree spirit, interacting with his fans. Off stage, a fan was so happy she cried, MC Da Zuo invited her to come on stage and hug Jiro.
The program “Music Billboard” expressed their respect to the fans through a VCR “Fan Dream,” and Wilber Pan and all the rookies present let fly paper airplanes full of music dreams, and made a “paper airplane one year promise,” hoping that the next year they will be together again with the fans to bring the determination and love of music once more.
Check out their acceptance speech for winning The Most Stylish Award:
Video Credit: boonyi91