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MTV Holds Awards Show for Asian Scene

September 12, 2003

BEIJING (AP) _ Pop star Chen Qianqian and the electronic band New Pants were dubbed China’s best new musicians Friday at the CCTV-MTV Music Awards.

Thousands of screaming fans waving green glow-sticks attended the event, in its fifth year, at Beijing’s Worker’s Gymnasium.

Chen, known for her up-tempo tunes, won the best new artist award, while New Pants, an underground favorite, was named best new band.

Han Hong’s trademark love ballads made her China’s top female artist, while Lu Yi took the top male prize.

The viewer’s choice awards for the mainland went to Sha Baoliang (most popular new artist) and veteran singers Na Ying (most popular female artist) and Sun Nan (most popular male artist).

Jacky Cheung and Faye Wong, both renowned in the Asian music scene, won pan-Asia male and female artists of the year.

Croatian pianist Maksim, who performed during the three-hour show co-sponsored by state broadcaster China Central Television, took the award for international breakthrough artist of the year.

Guest performers included the Swedish boy band C21 and Zhang Nara, who won pan-Asia best artist of the year (Korea).

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