Martin, Spears Win Big At MTV Asia Awards
Seven thousand fans filled the Singapore Indoor Stadium to witness the inaugural MTV Asia Awards on Saturday. Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, and Jackie Chan were among the honorees as 20 awards were haSeven thousand fans filled the Singapore Indoor Stadium to witness the inaugural MTV Asia Awards on Saturday. Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, and Jackie Chan were among the honorees as 20 awards were handed out during the show, hosted by teen idols Ronan Keating and Mandy Moore. The favorite international male artist award went to Latin heartthrob Martin, who gave his thanks via a recorded video from Miami. Teen favorite Spears triumphed in the best female artist race.
Boy band Westlife was named most popular pop act, besting groups including M2M, N 'Sync, Backstreet Boys, and Destiny's Child. Jon Bon Jovi was declared favorite rock act, while the favorite music video went to Backstreet Boys' "The Call." Favorite breakthrough artist was Linkin Park.
The Hong Kong section was won by singer and box office queen Sammi Cheng, who was unable to attend due to illness. The most popular singer for Taiwan was Sherry Cheng Huei-mei, while Stefanie Sun was the Singaporean favorite. From Korea, popular all-male group god lost out to former HOT soloist Kang Ta. Soloist Siti Nurhaliza was named the Malaysian favorite, while campus band PADI was the Indonesian winner.
From the Philippines, Regine Velasquez was voted most popular, and all-male group Pru took the honors in Thailand. India's favorite pop song was "Tanha Dil," by Shaan. Favorite Indian film artist was Jaane Kyon, from the movie "Dil Chahta Hai."
Action superstar Jackie Chan was awarded the Inspiration Award, which honors an individual or group admired by Asian youth or an organization that has contributed to the betterment of Asian youth. Chan was unable to attend the ceremony due to a tight shooting schedule for "Highbinders" in Thailand. His "Rush Hour 2" co-star, Zhang Ziyi however, was on hand to accept the favorite film award for Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which beat out "Charlie's Angels," "Pearl Harbor," "Shrek," "The Mummy Returns," and "Rush Hour 2."
The MTV Asia Awards are the first Pan-Asian awards ceremony, and a first for MTV in the region. MTV hosts awards presentations in its separate markets, such as the CCTV-MTV Music Honors in China, MTV Penghargaan in Indonesia, and the MTV Mandarin Music Awards in Taiwan. The show is airing on all of MTV Asia's channels, and is expected to reach more than 150 million households, with portions airing on MTV channels around the world.
Among the awards presented are a favorite music artist award each for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and China. Nominations were compiled from votes by key members of the music, film, and fashion industries. MTV viewers across Asia voted on the winners.