MAIR – Chapter 68 – Grand Slam of Golden Melody Award

As the largest music event in China, every time the Golden Melody Awards is held, there is a lot of bloodshed on the Internet. Fans show their own powers, and there is a fierce struggle on various social platforms. 

This year, however, it was obviously much more peaceful. 

On the entertainment forum, the opinion poll of the Golden Melody Awards was opened as usual. However, compared with the grand opinion poll from the past, it was obviously a little deserted. On the contrary, another post was much more lively.

——This is probably the most suspense-free Golden Melody Awards in history.

LZ watches Golden Melody Awards every year. Seriously, even if there is a Zhuo Tianwang, there is not much suspense. Those singers who released albums in the first half of the year probably did not expect that such a dark horse would emerge in the second half of the year, right?

I think the biggest suspense of this year’s Golden Melody Awards is whether Ye Cang can win the Grand Slam, right?

1L: let me analyze it for LZ. After Bai Jiajia got fired, Ye Cang has no rival for the best male singer award and should be easily able to win it. “Rebirth” has recently become popular abroad and it wouldn’t make any sense if it couldn’t win the best album award. That leaves us with the best song award. Do you remember what happened to Ye Cang on music charts before? Anyway, I think there’s a lot of hope for a grand slam.

2L: great hope 1

5L: Has LZ become Ye Cang’s water army? Bragging doesn’t pay taxes! Forget the best male singer and best album, the best song does not depend on sales or popularity, but on artistry. You have to get more than 2 / 3 of the votes of the expert team. Don’t forget that the last year’s Golden Melody Awards would rather leave this award empty than give it to those singers who were not qualified.

7L: 5L is he a water army? Is there no artistry in whatever the public likes? Bullshit nm! The high quality of Ye Cang’s album is recognized by Dean Fang and God Nick. If you have the guts to say it in front of them!

8L: As far as 5L is concerned, I’m afraid he doesn’t even know who Dean Fang and God Nick are, HHH

155L: What did I just see? Why did Ye Cang just become the best newcomer?? What Golden Melody Awards?! Is this a broadcast accident?! 

156l: LZ wake up, Ye Cang has made his debut this year! It’s normal to get the best newcomer award!

166l: I’m stupid. The question is which newcomer is as good as him? This is forcing the old timers in the music industry to have no way out, hhh.

363l: Best male singer!! Shit! Shit!!! Grand Slam progress 1 / 3

555l: Best album!! “Rebirth” has been shortlisted and the sales volume is simply frightening. The sales volume of the albums of all other shortlisted singers can’t beat him, right??

559l: it almost adds up to ½ of his sales. It’s stable!!

600L: now the broadcast progress, three finalists, three awards, 2/3 of the Grand Slam progress

621l: ah ah ah ah, I’m already so excited that I am going to cry!! It’s burning! Please God, let Cang Cang win the grand slam!!

622l: to be reasonable, with Ye Cang’s current achievement, he can already be called the strongest newcomer in history, right? 

634l: a special God sent newcomer! I’m afraid that even those great gods who have made their debut many years ago can’t achieve this result

678l: ah, Cang Cang is the best lyricist!!!

690l: I didn’t get it, ah ah, what a pity …

754l: got the best composition!!! Now it is shortlisted for four events and got three! Come on! There is also the best arrangements and the best song!!

801l: This is simply killing the whole Golden Melody Awards! Can you save some soup for others to drink [dog head]. 

912l: newspaper!! Got the best arrangement!! Now it’s five finalists and four awards, 2 / 3 of the Grand Slam progress, Cang Cang fight!!!

1000L: best song! It’s finally here!!

1003l: my nervous heart almost stopped. I don’t dare to watch the live broadcast. I’ll just wait here for everyone to watch the live broadcast

1042l: me too. I’ve never experienced watching the awards ceremony with so much tension!! God bless you !! Cang Cang must win it! 

At the Golden Melody Awards ceremony, all the candidates and the audience were equally nervous.

This year’s Golden Melody Awards had almost become a solo show for Ye Cang. Ye Cang continued to go on stage to receive the awards and later, he didn’t even give a speech after receiving them, but rather said, “I may have to come back later, let me say it then.”

However, he was indeed qualified to say so, after all compared with other singers with no harvest, the golden trophies beside Ye Cang were really eye-catching.

With the best songs shortlisted on the big screen, Ye Cang’s “Long Night” is impressively on the list. 

The award presenter, Fang Zhilan, executive vice president of the Music Association and dean of the Beijing Conservatory of Music, walked slowly on stage with an envelope in his hand, and almost everyone stared at the envelope.

For the candidates, this is their last chance tonight, and as for Ye Cang, it also determines whether he can become the first singer in history to win a grand slam as a newcomer at the Golden Melody Awards.

All the media and the audience were eagerly staring at Fang Zhilan, impatiently waiting for the biggest suspense.

In contrast, Ye Cang’s response was very dull. He had already passed through the process of relying on awards to prove his talent. It felt good to get them but even if he couldn’t get them, it was not a big deal for him.

On the contrary, Li Zihang who was sitting next to him looked a lot more nervous.

Ye Cang even comforted him, “Relax, it’s no big deal.”

Li Zihang: “…”

Li Zihang said helplessly, “Can’t you be a little nervous? Can you at least show some respect for those who accompany you in this award? Or I’m really afraid I’ll beat you up out of envy.”

Ye Cang: “Little classmate, don’t be so grumpy, actually you are already very good?”

Li Zihang rolled his eyes and said, “Where am I good?”

Ye Cang: “Although you didn’t win any awards, at least you didn’t make any bets with me, did you?”

Sitting behind these two, Fang Ziqing, who didn’t win any prizes and had made a bet with Ye Cang: “…”

Fang Ziqing felt that if they were not in the spotlight now, he would immediately strangle this bastard Ye Cang.

At this time, Fang Zhilan who stood in the middle of the stage, opened the envelope and saw the name in it. His face seemed to have a faint smile.

Instead of announcing the winner immediately, he spoke to the microphone, “I know that everyone is eager to know the name in this envelope, but I have to sell it. I hope you don’t mind.”

His words slightly eased the tension at the venue, and many people laughed.

Fang Zhilan said, “In the blink of an eye is has already been 26 years since the establishment of the Golden Melody Awards, and every year, we choose from thousands of new songs that we think are excellent and have the power to change the status quo of Chinese music. I often hear many people complain why we don’t choose the most popular song of that year as the best song, but choose among those niche and unpopular songs that they can’t understand.”

“But in my opinion, it’s not about popularity or niche. Every song we choose has its unique musical charm, a new musical form, brilliant arrangement and amazing musical structure. They have made the difficult first step, and we want them to be pioneers that will go further with Chinese music.”

Fang Zhilan spoke slowly,  in order to let not only the people in the audience, but also the viewers in front of the TV and on the Internet have time to think about it.

Then, Fang Zhilan said, “Of course, I still have some regrets. Why is the best song of the year not the most popular song? Fortunately, today, my regret finally ended.”

When Fang Zhilan said this sentence, everyone’s eyes turned to Ye Cang.

Ye Cang also raised his head as if he had sensed it.

Fang Zhilan opened the envelope and announced loudly, “Now, I’m announcing that the winner of the 26th Golden Melody Awards for the best song is —— “Long Night”. Congratulations to Ye Cang!”

Li Zihang could’t restrain his inner excitement, he hugged Ye Cang slapping him hard on the back.

Fierce applause broke out at the venue, the fans were crying and shouting Ye Cang’s name off the stage. 

At the moment when Ye Cang stepped on stage, his heart was full of mixed feelings.

Although he was indifferent to awards, after Fang Zhilan announced that “Long Night” had won the best song award, he was so excited that he could hardly contain it. 

Ye Cang stepped on stage and took the trophy from Fang Zhilan’s hand. At that moment, his mind went completely blank. 

Everyone thought that he was a newcomer, and after achieving such a result he was excited.

However, Ye Cang understood that what he cared about was not his achievement, but that he had persisted in that boundless darkness for 30 years to finally step on stage again. He had walked this road for far too long.

All of a sudden, he missed Shen Huai very much. He hoped that he could stand by his side and share this honor with him.

He looked down the stage and spoke, “This should be the last time I’m standing on this podium tonight.”

As soon as this sentence came out, there was a sudden laugh at the venue and some people even  booed. It was indeed a night when Ye Cang went up and down again, and his harvest was quite abundant. It was really too heart-wrenching for these accompanying award runners.

Ye Cang didn’t mind that and even said, “I am very grateful to the team of experts for their recognition. I’m honored to receive this award. I always thought that music contains a very profound knowledge. Those pioneers who explore music are worthy of respect and creators who write songs seriously are one of the most precious treasures of mankind.”

“I am probably the lucky one among them. It is not just my own credit that ‘Rebirth’ could achieve such a success, but also the efforts of those behind the scenes creators that cooperated with me. So, I will spend 10% of the profit of the ‘Rebirth’ album to invest in the cultivation of original music creators.”

As soon as his words came out, there was an uproar at the venue, and even Fang Zhilan, who was waiting for him at the edge of the stage, was shocked. 

This is not a small amount of money. The sales volume of “Rebirth” has already exceeded 50 million yuan, and there is a steady stream of follow-up income. Ye Cang has chosen to donate 10% of it, which was very bold.

Originally, there were still some people who were sour, but now there was only admiration. 

Although some people were saying that he was stupid for donating money to train his own opponents, it was only a small number of people.

Off the stage, Shen Huai looked at Ye Cang with profound eyes. He knew that Ye Cang was not showing off or pretending to be generous but sincerely hoped that there would be more and better original music. 

This quality was not less important than his own talent.

After dropping this bomb Ye Cang added another sentence before stepping down. 

“By the way, I hope my opponents will be able to compete with me better the next time I come back with my agent. Thank you.” 

Everyone: ”!!!”

They were moved by his words in vain. This boy really wanted to be thought a lesson!!

Edited by : Taalia

Proofreader: Mochi Rabbit

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Zo Arai

    What do they expect?
    Ye Cang to be humble?
    No way.
    That’s nonsense.

    Thank you for the update ❤️
    Happy New Year 🎉
    Hope everyone will have great journey filled with happiness, joy and wisdom this year.

  2. moomyung

    Ahh happy new year!! What a great way to start this year, victory goes to Ye Cang! Thank you for translating and hope you enjoy the holidays!

  3. I don’t think music is a competition. Humans are such complex creatures & different artists will speak to different facets. I listen to wonderful songs & artists who sing in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Irish, Romanian, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, the recent addition, Chinese & quite a few others I forget at this late hour… Ok, due to my upbringing, I am more International than most, but people are rarely obsessed with only one singer/group. If a new artist brings good music to the scene, listeners will follow… while still liking who they already liked. Even in our short attention span modern society.

  4. phirruel

    I guess I shouldn’t have been so complacent to think the ending of the awards ceremony chapter would be unclimactic. That parting shot was pure gold.

  5. hauhau

    Ahahahaha it’s hard being Ye Cang’s agent xD

  6. nanairohana

    Grand slams!!! And I think I understand Ye Cang frustration of having sub-par competitors. It is not his arrogance or dismissive attitude, but can you imagine, 30 years later, the music industry that bounded your ghost to the Earth is still stale; only the business part of it is flourishing. Even his best rival, Li Zihang is one that comes with a great support of his family name. It is hard for unnamed nobody to persist. Just look at how Ye Cang is repeatedly suppressed by “giant” ent. company for having “no big name and money” behind him. Sad.

    “By the way, I hope my opponents will be able to compete with me better the next time I come back with my agent. Thank you.”
    Come back with my agent!!! Btw, Fang Ziqing going to run naked in December~~

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