The nominees for the 2017 Hito Music Awards are out

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - The nominees for the 2017 Hito Music Awards, hosted by local pop music radio station Hit Fm, were revealed on Monday. 

During a star-studded launch event for the annual music award show, Taiwanese aboriginal singer Jia Jia, pop singer Bii, and local rock band Lion announced the nominees for the most popular new artist, most popular male singer, most popular female singer, most popular group, and most popular band categories.  

The nominees for the most popular new artist are Erika, Elvis Tian, DJ Didlong, GEMMA, Goo, and Rose Liu. 

Nominated for the most popular male singer and most popular female singer are Bii, Kenji Wu, Li Ronghao, Jay Chou, JJ Lin, and Yoga Lin, and Della, Cyndi Wang, Hebe, Angela Chang, Rainie Yang, and Waa Wei, respectively. 

A mix of new and old ensembles are vying for most popular group and most popular bands. The roster includes SpeXial, G.U.T.S., Nan Quan Mama, Grasshopper, Power Station, and MURMURSHOW for most popular group, and The Last Day of Summer 831, Mayday, Lion, and Fire EX.  

The winners of the awards will be determined by fans’ votes, and online voting began Monday at 3 p.m. Fans can vote once every day for each category from March 10 to March 23. 

The Award Show

During the launch ceremony, Hit Fm’s Chairman Liao Wan-chih noted that the award show was a way to artists to encourage them in their craft. 

Many of the companies behind this year’s award show, including major funder Mercedes-Benz and co-sponsors Omusic and Sony Mobile Xperia, commented on the importance of the show in the Chinese-language music industry. 

“(We will) continue to bring exceptional musicians to Taiwan so that all of you…can experience world-class musical artistry,” Eckart Mayer, president of Mercedes-Benz Taiwan, said about the show.

This marks the sixth time the German automobile company has sponsored the show. 

The 2017 Hito Music Awards show will take place at the Taipei Arena on June 4 at 6 p.m. and has a “Black & White” dress code.