In this video, Faye Wong (王菲) accepts the award for Best Female Artist at Taiwan’s 15th Annual Golden Melody Award, 8 May 2004. This video is especially significant because it captures Faye uttering the now famous line in her brief acceptance speech: “I can sing songs. This I know. Now that the Golden Melody judges have given me their approval, I approve of their approval.”
Faye was up against Singapore’s Tanya Chua (蔡健雅), Taiwan’s Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), and Malaysia’s Fish Leong (梁静茹) and Penny Tai (戴佩妮). For a sense of the regard that the entertainment establishment has for Faye, note the portion in which the nominees are interviewed prior to the awards. The interviewer remains standing when she interviews the different stars. However, when she gets to Faye, she sits in the aisle so that she’s at Faye’s level and not standing over her. Also, Faye is alone, among the nominees, and she’s in the first row while the others are grouped in the second row.
This deference underscores Faye’s stature in the business. She is special. Without equal.
About her words, I believe they can be interpreted in different ways. One is that she’s insolent and disrespectful. But I don’t buy this interpretation. I believe Faye is simply stating a fact: a singer’s success isn’t manufactured by awarding bodies. Instead, they’re earned by the singers and their supporting artists through hard work, creativity, skill, and inspiration. From her perspective, the awarding groups are audacious in their attempts to pass judgment over performers. And this is the attitude that Faye is speaking against. Thus, in a very real sense, she’s telling all the other artists not to accept the judgment of the Golden Melody Award voters that they’re less than winners. And in doing so, she’s also saying that the award doesn’t make her superior to others.
The key to Faye’s personality is that she’s genuinely egalitarian and sees all people as fellow human beings.
(Source: YouTube, Reonsu, 8 Dec 2008)
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