Sony Music Asia artist Faye Wong picked up the award for pan-Asian female artist of the year at the sixth CCTV-MTV Music Honors, held Saturday at the Beijing Olympic Indoor Stadium.

Sony Music Asia artist Faye Wong picked up the award for pan-Asian female artist of the year at the sixth CCTV-MTV Music Honors, held Saturday at the Beijing Olympic Indoor Stadium.

Stand-outs among the mainland award-winners were Warner Music China singer Pu Shu, who won the viewer's choice award for best male artist of the year, and Jingwen's Han Hong, whose powerful voice and original songwriting won her the same award in the female category. The best new artist award for China went to Zheng Da International artist A Duo, while BD Entertainment act A Li Liang took home the China award for best new group.

American diva Whitney Houston received the accolade for international outstanding achievement. Houston held her first performance in China on Thursday in Shanghai and performed in Beijing on Sunday evening.

Also during the event, BMG-signed Qu Ying sang a Leslie Cheung hit to commemorate the death of the troubled Hong Kong star in April of last year. Anita Mui -- who won a lifetime achievement award at the fourth CCTV-MTV Music Honors in 2002 -- was remembered in song by Shanghai Epic Music artist Lu Yi; Mui died of cervical cancer in December 2003.

Seventeen awards were presented for acts from the mainland, a total of nine for Hong Kong and Taiwan and two for South Korea. Two international awards and one pan-Asian honor were also handed out.

The gala will air on August 14 on MTV Asia, and will later be broadcast on state broadcaster CCTV's channels 1 and 3. Portions will be shown on MTV channels globally. Honorees were selected by MTV and CCTV broadcast personalities.