Qingfeng sparked an odd controversy the night of the awards – when famed Taiwan songwriter Lo Ta-yu (羅大佑) was reading off the winner of the Best Band Award, he accidentally read it from right to left, as “Lv-da-su (綠打蘇)” before self-correcting and saying “Su-da-lv” (i.e. sodagreen). He admitted later that he is not at all familiar with the band, but it was just one of those dumb mistakes. The problem was then that the camera went to the band, and the report was that Qingfeng had a disgruntled expression on his face. As the band took the stage to accept the award, he stood to the side with his hands in his pockets not saying much.
So, what’s the deal? Artistic temperament? Frustration over the way the awards were going? (Yeah, if it was the latter, frankly I wouldn’t blame him; I was typing my post on the awards while I was waiting for the last of the results, and I was getting increasingly irritated as I wrote.) In fact, he explained online later that night, he’d had a headache all day, and he was just in pain. He and the rest of the band talked quite pleasantly to Lo Ta-yu backstage, and he said that he has no expectation that everyone in Taiwan would be familiar with their name – even people in the industry. Adding to the claim that he was unwell, not pouting, is this picture from the red carpet before the awards started:
He’s already not looking like a happy camper there, in spite of the Smurf-blue shoes (which I can only imagine usually would brighten one’s day). They look good otherwise – I like Xinyi’s dress – and Jiakai is sporting some very fancy pants. Shiny = festive. (I skipped over A-gong’s shorts and athletic socks. Seemed wiser.)
Moving on. The worst dress of the night goes almost uncontested to Jolin Tsai, who looks like she made her dress at home but put together the pattern wrong. The ruffles should be around the hem, dearheart, not attacking from the front. That’s “almost uncontested” because A-mei gave her a run for her money by showing up in a tent. It’s a beaded designer tent, but a tent nonetheless.
Moving back to the men, here’s a picture of Gary Cao in his red carpet finery:
Hmm, that look seems awfully familiar to me. Where have I seen it before? Oh, I know, in old photos of my dad:
The resemblance is uncanny! I admit, I’m a little surprised that Gary decided to dress up as my dad circa 1973 for the Golden Melody Awards, but I will say that he got the hair color dead on. He went rather bold with the lace patterned coat though; here Dad sticks with the far more classic powder blue. Either way, it’s still a strong statement. Who do you think wears it better?