Jolin Tsai won three out of the nine nominations and Lifetime Contribution awarded to Chen Yang and Jody Chiang.

Taiwan saw one of its most important events in the Chinese music community last evening – the 26th Golden Melody Awards –held at the Taipei Arena.

Hong Kong singer Eason Chan won his second Best Mandarin Male Singer for the first time after a 12-year gap, beating God of Songs Jacky Cheung, Khalil Fong, William Wei and Roger Yang. MandoPop Diva aMEI drove the crowds wild when she went on stage to pick up the award for the Best Mandarin Female Singer, beating LaLa Hsu, Waa Wei, Karen Mok and A-Ling. Blind singer Ricky Hsiao won the Best Taiwanese Male Singer, whereas Angie Lee received the Best Taiwanese Female Singer. The highly-anticipated singer Jolin Tsai won the Best Mandarin Album with her album Play. Senior musician Chen Yang and Jody Chiang were honoured with this year’s Lifetime Contribution Award.

Randy Jackson – prominent American producer and the judge of American Idol – presented the Best Instrumental Album Producer with Taiwanese TV host Janet Hsieh.

The evening’s highlight went to the artists, which took to the stage to perform their best hits. The performers include the Hong Kong singer Eason Chan who sang a medley of 26 hits within 8 minutes – paying tribute to classic Mandarin songs by Hong Kong singers in 1990s. Show Luo brought the house down with screams, beats and rhythm, whereas, Pop diva aMEI gave the last performance of the night with Filipino dance group A-Team.

The Best New Artist 2015 went to Taiwan’s aboriginal music band BOXING. Island Sunrise Re-mixed by Fire EX. took home the award for The Song of the Year, a song written for the student-led Sunflower Movement last year.

Lee Hom Wang presented the final Award – the Best Mandarin Album – to Jolin Tsai’s Play. Her album won the Best Mandarin Album and Best Vocal Recording Album, and Lip Reading, a track off it, won for Best Single Producer. Leading with nine nominations going into the ceremony, she was still the night’s biggest winner.

Golden Melody has collaborated first time ever with Instagram(@GMA) and Facebook(@金曲GMA). The event gathered more than 3000 votes within 90 minutes on its social media platforms. Jolin Tsai was crowned with “Fans’ Favorite GMA Red Carpet Female Artist” and music band Magic Power won the title of “Fans’ Favorite GMA Red Carpet Male Artist”.