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:
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)
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: LONGONE - Alex Zhang Hungtai & Tseng Kuo Hung
Outstanding Contribution Award: Yu Jing Peng & Witch House