Chinese rapper Vava caused a huge uproar at the 2018 Global Chinese Music Golden Awards when she declined to accept her trophy during the presentation ceremony conducted in Macau on Nov 14.
The sassy 23-year old hip-hop star, whose real name is Mao Yanqi, initially took to the stage to claim her award for Best Female Rapper.
Holding up her trophy, the straight-talking singer dubbed China’s Queen of Rap began her speech by offering thanks for the award and proclaimed her utmost respect for the judge.
Then, she proceeded to rant: “There is something I just have to say. This is the most chaotic award presentation ceremony I have ever seen!
“I hope that they can be more professional next time. Otherwise, this is an award I can do without!”
After completing her scathing speech, she discarded the trophy on the floor and then stormed off the stage, eliciting loud screams from the shocked audience.
Stunned by the young rapper’s outburst, emcee An Hu immediately retorted by saying: “No, I feel that there shouldn’t be any issue about whether an award presentation ceremony is chaotic or not. All the technical crew members backstage have put much effort into organising all aspects of the show. That is why I feel that a singer who lacks respect for the award is one that we can all do without.”
A singer and actor himself, An Hu also took issue with the trophy being left on the floor, and reiterated his stand via Weibo: “Trophies should be placed up high. Because, they symbolise everyone’s hard work, as well as the recognition given to you.
“Respecting others’ faults and imperfections, is the greatest form of self-respect …”
The morning after the event, VaVa, who shot to fame after participating in The Rap Of China hip-hop competition in 2017, issued a statement on Weibo detailing some of her reasons for declining the award.
In the lengthy post, she listed out several errors that she alleged were committed by the organisers.
Briefly, these include: failing to provide transport to pick up the artistes at the airport; having differential treatment while arranging for hotel accommodation; red carpet host announcing the name of the wrong artiste; frequent mistakes in the award presentation ceremony (i.e. wrong trophies distributed); crew members treating Hong Kong artistes and mainland Chinese artistes differently; having to wait for two hours during the rehearsal; artiste’s seating area being occupied by others and being told to find herself another seat; artiste being forced to walk back to the hotel while still dressed in their performance attire; organisers shirking responsibility.
She then added: “A lot of people asked me why I still bothered to attend if it was that chaotic. Don’t ask! If I didn’t go, then how would I know that the whole process would be as messy as this?
“I just want to say that respect is mutual. I understand the consequences of my actions. I will bear the responsibility. If only everyone connected in every way is professional, then the whole system will be professional. Music is supreme, thank you all.”
Vava recently got her first international break when her song My New Swag was featured in the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians.
Her studio backs her action with a statement commenting: “Chaos during the show is understandable. But, being given differential treatment and not being respected is the root cause of this incident.”
In response to Vava’s allegations, Daniel Chu, the planning consultant of the 2018 Global Chinese Golden Melody Award, addressed the media in Hong Kong: “A large-scale award ceremony, especially held overseas, involves too many details, which improperly done, will affect the emotions of singers and their managers.
“This time, the Mainland production team worked very hard and did their best, but they were limited by their lack of experience, so there were indeed many mistakes.
“I had already offered many suggestions to the relevant artistes beforehand. Even so, awards represent the affirmation given to the singers. They should have a respectful attitude while accepting the award!
“They can always make complaints after the show. But, to put the trophy on the floor and not take it with them is simply impolite and stupid! The singer should be more understanding and accept the award with honour.”