Hong Kong's Sammi Cheng, Malaysia's Siti Nurhaliza and Singapore's Stephanie Sun each demonstrated their staying power by winning in their respective country-specific favorite artist categories for th

Hong Kong's Sammi Cheng, Malaysia's Siti Nurhaliza and Singapore's Stephanie Sun each demonstrated their staying power by winning in their respective country-specific favorite artist categories for the third consecutive year at the MTV Asia Awards 2004, held Saturday (Feb. 14) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The third annual event was delay-broadcast on MTV Asia the same night, reaching 150 million homes across Asia. Excerpts of the show were also broadcast around the world via MTV's global network channels reaching a potential viewing audience of more than 1 billion.

Blue won the favorite pop act title for the second year running, while Linkin Park bagged two awards, favorite rock act and favorite video. Gareth Gates and Christina Aguilera won in the favorite male and female artist categories, while Russian pop act t.A.T.u. triumphed as favorite breakthrough artist.

In the special category section, MTV posthumously awarded the inspiration award to late Hong Kong superstar Anita Mui. Hong Kong actress Michelle Yeoh walked away with the Asian film award for her contributions to the film industry. Pop music diva Mariah Carey, currently touring Asian cities, made a guest appearance to accept a special lifetime achievement award.

Nominees for the MTV Asia Awards 2004 were selected through a broad industry panel. Winners of the favorite music artist awards from Asia and international music awards were selected by MTV Asia viewers through on-line voting, short-messaging service (SMS) and mail-ins.