Rich Brian, 9m88, J.Sheon, and more win at Taiwan's 2020 Golden Indie Music Awards

Rich Brian, 9m88, J.Sheon, and more win at Taiwan's 2020 Golden Indie Music Awards

Many upcoming artists, including Rich Brian, 9m88, and J.Sheon, won big at last weekend's 2020 Golden Indie Music Awards (GIMA).

Taiwan's Taipei Music Center saw a night of glitz, glam and a lot of wins last 31 October with the 11th edition of GIMA. A stronghold in promoting creative, homegrown artists, GIMA spotlights musicians from an array of genres including pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, jazz, and more.

This year, GIMA introduced a new category, the Asian Original Music Award which called for talented Asian artists living out of Taiwan. Rich Brian, ena mori, and Rina Sawayama were just a few of those nominated in this new category.

Mando R&B act J.Sheon leads the pack with three wins, followed by Jazz singer-songwriter Yen Ting Lo and Metalcore band FUTURE AFTER A SECOND with two wins each. Indigenous R&B singer ABAO also won big, winning Best Album for kinakaian, while newcomer 9m88 wins Best New Artist and Rich Brian wins the first-ever Asian Original Music Award.

Here is the full list of winners at this year's edition of the Golden Indie Music Awards:


GENERAL FIELD

Best Album: kinakaian - ABAO

Best Band: FUTURE AFTER A SECOND

Best Singer-Songwriter: Peggy Hsu

Best New Artist: 9m88

Best Musician: Nicky Li, Min Yen Hsieh, Ohtake Ken

Best Live Performance: Leo Wang 2019 Simple Urban - Leo Wang

Asian Original Music: The Sailor - Rich Brian (Republic of Indonesia)

 

GENRE FIELD

Best Rock Album: The Art of Embarrassment - Wayne's So Sad

Best Rock Song: "INVERT" - FUTURE AFTER A SECOND

Best Alternative Pop Album: Portal - Zani

Best Alternative Pop Song: "24 Years Old of You" - I Mean Us

Best Hip Hop Album: Liars Like Us - Chang Wu

Best Hip Hop Song: "RAZOR" - J.Sheon

Best R&B Album: The Alley - J.Sheon

Best R&B Song: "Ballad" - J.Sheon

Best Folk Album: The Ship of Fools - Misa

Best Folk Song:  "Alian" - BOXING & Matzka

Best Electronic Album: Panorama - N7a

Best Electronic Song: "Iridescent Vision Feat. Taj Raiden" - Sonia Calico

Best Jazz Album: Epiphyllum - Yen Ting Lo

Best Jazz Song: "The 5 Mins in Between" - Yen Ting Lo

 

JURY AWARD

Jury Award: LONGONE - Alex Zhang Hungtai & Tseng Kuo Hung

Outstanding Contribution Award: Yu Jing Peng & Witch House