The winners of the 14th Huading Awards (华鼎奖) were announced in a ceremony that took place in Shanghai’s Expo Center on January 8th .
EXO received the ‘Most Popular International Group’ award, while Tasty won in the ‘Global New Singer’ category. Zhang Bichen, the winner of The Voice of China won the ‘Most Popular Chinese Cutting-Edge Vocalist’ award. Chen and Lay attended the ceremony and received the award on behalf of EXO.
In his acceptance speech, one of EXO’s Korean members, Chen, spoke in Mandarin, “We are honoured and thankful to receive such a big award, we will work hard to become the EXO that deserves the ‘Most Popular International Group’ award. We will return with greater performances in 2015.” Chen also took the stage alongside Zhang Liyin to sing the SM The Ballad single “Breath” (呼吸).
When Lay was asked by the show host if EXO has any plans for 2015, he revealed, “Definitely, there will be a different EXO with different music in 2015. I hope that everyone will anticipate and give us a lot of support. 2015 is also the year of the Sheep, my zodiac sign! I wish everyone good luck for the Year of the Sheep and a daring start for a prosperous year.”
Although Zhang Bichen seemed a bit surprised to have won, she thanked her fans in her acceptance speech, saying that she felt really happy and thankful for receiving such an award. She then presented the audience with a performance of her song “Between A Kiss” (一吻之間).
The other winners of the night, the pop duo Tasty updated their Weibo and Instagram accounts with posts thanking the voters for the award. “We still had a lot to say but we did not have the time to do it, so we would like to thank everyone through Weibo. Thank you all, we love all of you.”
In addition, Tasty uploaded a video on their Weibo account in which they expressed their gratitude towards Woolim Entertainment’s CEO and the Huading Awards. The duo also thanked several people of their staff by name and expressed their wish to visit their mother so they could all celebrate their newly won trophy.
The Huading Awards have been awarded since 2007. Winners are awards based on public polls and votes from a committee that consists of members coming from various fields of the entertainment industry.