Ha Noi takes all 2004 music prizes
|Strike a pose: Singer Nguyen Tung Duong. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh|
Ha Noi-based singer Nguyen Tung Duong made his mark on the local music scene after being named 2004’s singer of the year this week by the The Thao&Van Hoa (Sports&Culture) magazine.
After beating Kasim Hoang Vu, My Tam and Thanh Lam, Duong was awarded the prize for his success in singing jazz and modern folks during last year.
Musician of the year was presented to Le Minh Son, also from Ha Noi, who created dozens of songs combining modern and traditional styles.
Son’s works, including Ben Bo Ao Nha Minh (On the Bank of Our Pond) and Chuon Chuon Ot (Red Dragon-Fly), have been performed by veteran singer Thanh Lam and young singers Nguyen Tung Duong and Ho Ngoc Khue.
Surprisingly, Hanoian singer Thanh Lam’s new CD, Ru Mai Ngan Nam (Lullabies Forever), received the prize for best album.
Featuring songs by late musician Trinh Cong Son, Lam’s album received mixed responses from fans and critics.
Viet Nam Television (VTV) surpassed several prestigious entertainment companies in HCM City to become the year’s best music organiser.
VTV’s music contest Sao Mai Diem Hen (Morning Star-A Destination) was voted the year’s most successful music programme.
Thirty-six culture reporters from 24 newspapers and magazines in HCM City and Ha Noi voted for the 2004’s music prizes.
The Year’s Music Prizes, organised by the Vietnam News Agency’s The Thao&Van Hoamagazine, is organised annually to honour and assist singers, musicians and music organisers.
“Through our prizes, we hope to support music artists in their work, encouraging them to contribute more to the country’s music industry,” said Ho Thi Thu Hong, the magazine’s deputy-editor-in-chief.
A short list is made by a public vote for best singer, best musician, best album and best music programme.
The organising board’s members, who are culture reporters from various newspapers and magazines, make the final decision. — VNS
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