Big Bang, Exile, Jay Chou, And Jane Zhang up for EMA’s

This November MTV are holding their EMA awards in Belfast. With a long list of stars hosting and attending, this year is to be no different. Unless that is, your a Kpop or Jrock fan. That’s right, this year to the surprise of many fans worldwide, Asian stars such as Big Bang, Jay Chou and Exile have been listed for awards in their “World Wide Act Asia Pacific” genre. Voting for your favorite artist can be done here, and votes will close on the 23rd October.

This is not only huge for the people up for nomination, but also for the Kpop, Jrock and Cpop music industries, as it is yet again another example that the world is now opening up to new music and new ideas. Language doesn’t seem to be a barrier any more, as long as the music sounds good people will support the artists. 
EMA (Europe Music Awards) were established in 1994 and is often thought of as being one of the most influential and sensational music awards in the world. People do not only look forward to the awards, but to the performances and stage set up, as the EMAs are known for having some of the biggest and most elaborate stage pieces of any award show in the music industry. On the Official website for MTV’s EMA Awards, they boast that previous performers  include “Beyonce, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Green Day, Shakira, Kanye West, Tokio Hotel and Kings of Leon as well as superstars like U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Prince, Bon Jovi, and many, many more.”

For our Kpop lovers we have big stars Big Bang. Consisting of G-Dragon, T.O.P, Seungri, Daesung and Taeyang, these boys have become a huge sensation, not only in Korea but in most of Asia and America. Known for their fashion, and amazing raps, it did not surprise me that much to see that MTV have caught onto their amazing musical abilities. Their latest single “Tonight” was a huge chart toppping success in Korea and their subsequent album was a huge hit in the  U.S.A, featuring on the top 10  iTunes chart and is the only non-English language album in the top 100. Check out their Music Video for “TonightHere.

Next up we have for our Jrock fans the band, Exile.  Originally starting life as a 7 member group under the name J soul Brothers, with their first three albums collectively selling over 4.5 million copies. In 2009 Exile and J Soul Brothers joined together and as such as new era of Exile was born, with the group now having 14 members, each with different vocal talents. From here they went on to perform a successful dome tour attended by over 400,000 fans. They have also amassed over 37 awards, 19 of which are Japan’s Golden Disc Awards.  To get a better idea of what I am talking about you can watch their “24Karats Stay Gold” Music Video Here, and for more information you can check out their history on their Wikipedia Page.


Cpop fans will be having a hard time choosing who to vote for in this category, though movie fans will possibly have a easier choice.  Jay Chou ( Right) representing Taiwan and Jane Zhang (Left) representing China, have also been found to have vocals that it seems please the ears of the world enough to make the nominations.  Jay is well known for writing a lot of his own songs, as well as his acting in the movies Initial D, Curse Of The Golden Flower, Kung Fu Dunk, as well as his recent big screen appearance in the Hollywood movie The Green Hornet as Kato. From 2004 – 2008 Jay chou was awarded and known as the Best Selling Artist in China. From his “Still Fantasy” album, you can listen to Jay’s soft vocals with the “Tui Hou” Music Video Here.

Despite having the name “Dolphin Princess” Jane Zhang has been recognised as the Chinese Mariah Carey. Zhang has been known to sing in many languages and her work includes covers of “I Still Believe”, “What’s Up”, and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”. With 5 albums released to date, each achieving positions in the top 10  in the Chinese charts, many feel she has more than earned the title of  “Best Female Artist” none more so than during her participation in the Chinese TV programme “Super Girl”. After the release of her album “Update“,  Zhang took part in the “World Peace Concert”  which raised funds for humanitarian relief and she performed alongside such stars such as U2, Madonna, and Green Day. From her days on the TV show “Super Girl“, you can view Jane Zhang’s “Dont Cry For Me Argentina” Here. (This personally gives me goosebumps.)

Also competing for votes are Sia and Gotye, two Australian solo singers. Sia has worked with the likes of  Zero 7, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim and Christina Aguilera, as well as having her music featured in  movies and TV soundtracks such as the Twilight Saga, Six Feet Under, and Sex In The City. Gotye on the other hand is best known for being a multi-instrumentalist songwriter, and all-round one-man band,  who created the album “Drawing Blood”, which became iTunes UK Album Of The Year in 2008. Recently the same album was voted in at #11 in the Triple J’s Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time. In july Gotye released “Somebody That I Used to Know“, within weeks the video achieved over a million views and become the number one single in Australia. To round off the nominations we have Agnes Monica, a singer from Indonesia who became a star at the age of 6, not only due to being a singer but an actress as well. Agnes populairty is not only confined to Indonesia with the singer also being able to boast popularity in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines,  the Netherlands, Taiwan, Korea, China, and the rest of the Asia Pacific region too. She has also collaborated with American Singers Keith Martin and Michael Bolton, and is currently working on a English studio album in London and Los Angeles, which will feature  Elton John and Eva Cassidy. All of the above nominees have just as much chance to grab this award for “Worldwide Act Asia and Pacific“.

Whilst it is not certain as to why MTV have created this award, it does seem  that MTV have chosen these select few for nominations, due to the amount of impact each have made in their respective countries. Not only that, but it seems they have looked purely into the talent, and possibly on the impact they have had to other foreign countries, not only in Asia or the Pacific, but worldwide. It is extremely rare and not really heard of in America, let alone the UK , that a foreign speaking language would be considered for a award. Especially where music is concerned. So being nominated for these awards mean a huge thing not only to the artists and the music industry in their country, but for the fans in England and America, as it hopefully lead to the opening up of a whole new window for importing music from our favourite Kpop/Jrock/Cpop artists.

Will this be a easy choice for you? Do you know who you are voting for? For me it was a hard decision,  as each one of the artists listed are extremely talented, and I do have a love for each person. Let us know your thoughts and even who you would have picked if you choose the nominees, in the comments below. In the meantime kudos to MTV for creating this category and in doing so potentially opening the eyes of the world to new genres of music and the artists involved to new and maybe lucrative audiences. 

 Sources: Wikipedia, MTV EMA Official Website, Youtube

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