Singapore, 1 July 2009 - The best and most popular Getai singers in Singapore will be recognised for their talent at Stomp's annual Getai Awards to be held on July 7 2009 at Kreta Ayer Square.
On that day, the Stomp Getai People's Choice Awards will be presented to 10 artistes who have made an impact on the public with their singing quality, style and showmanship. The 10 artistes were voted in a six-month period by the public who viewed their performances on videos hosted in the Getai-A-Go-Go section of Stomp, the social networking and citizen journalism website of The Straits Times.
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public. At the event, there will be live performances by the getai artistes, as well as a surprise performance.
The Getai Awards were initiated by Stomp three years ago to honour the decades-old tradition of stage entertainers who perform during the annual Hungry Ghosts Festival.
Stomp's Getai section is the only website dedicated to this unique Chinese tradition. Besides the popularity poll, the section showcases video performances, artiste profiles and even video commentaries (For more details, log on to http://getai.stomp.com.sg/getai/season3/index.jsp)
There are two parts to the Getai Awards -- a People's Choice Awards presented to the 10 most popular performers voted by the public and another 10 Special Awards recognising different aspects of the craft of getai singing, such as Best Costume and Best stage Presence. The latter is decided by a panel of judges from the media and the getai industry.
For the Stomp Getai People's Choice Awards, which began in December 2008 and ended March 31 this year, netizens cast an overwhelming 330,000 votes.
In this category of awards, 21-year-old singer Lee Pei Fen garnered more than 270,000 votes to become the most popular performer. Joining her on the Most Popular list are getai's youngest stars Cody Lee, 6, and Li Bao En, 18. The list of the top 10 most popular getai artistes is in Annex A. Each of them will receive award certificates from Stomp.
For the first time, Stomp will honour two getai greats, the late Chen Jin Lang and the late Lin Li with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Their family members will receive the awards at the presentation.
The categories for the Special Awards are:
1) Best Stage Presence
2) Pair of Hosts with the Best Chemistry
3) Best Foreign Singer
4) Best Costume Nominees
5) Best Getai Sisters
6) Best Getai Band
7) Best Newcomer
8) Best Male Singer
9) Best Female Singer
10) Best Seventh Month 'Pao Tai' Female Artiste
The judges for the Special Awards (the list of nominees are in annex B) were: Chew V Ming, Stomp editor; Tan Lye Chwee, Executive Editor of Lianhe Wanbao; Lew Lee Chin, Deputy Local News Editor of Shin Min Daily News; Aaron Tan, Director of LEX(S) Entertainment; and, Marcus Chin, getai veteran and host.
The Getai Awards is presented by STOMP with the support of the Kreta Ayer Community Club and LEX(S) Entertainment Productions.
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Date: 7 July 2009
Time: 6.45pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
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