All about Singapore Star Awards

By Seraphina

The Star Awards, known as 红星大奖 (“Hong Xing Da Jiang”) in mandarin is a huge scale and prestigious event in Singapore. This formal annual ceremony, usually held in April of the year is organized to recognize and reward artistes, directors and supporting backend crews for the hard work done for the past year. It is a special occasion to gather everyone and look back the past year’s achievements. We believe not only the artistes themselves, even fans as well as friends and family members are equally looking forward and anticipating to this special occasion.

A little background on the Singapore Star Awards ceremony. The very first star awards event was done in 1994 in Caldecott Broadcast Centre. Popular guests from Hong Kong, Taiwan were invited to grace the events. Taiwan TV host and actress were specially invited like Bowie Tsang to host the event. In addition, the merger of SPH Mediaworks and MediaCorp in January 2005 announced MediaCorp Channel U’s artistes are included in the awards. For that special occasion, the Star awards ceremony is broadcasted on Channel U back in year 2005. The usual hosts of the program are, naming a few common TV hosts, Porn Sak, Vivian Lai, Lee Teng, Dennis Chew, Guo Liang and Quan Yi Fong. With their natural hosting talent and eloquence, they are ready to put up the show and ended the ceremony in perfectness.
Disclaimer: They are one of my favorite Singapore TV hosts since childhood days.

Over the years, there have been some changes in the category awards but one of the distinctive awards remains unchanged are the Top 10 Most Popular Artistes (10 for male and 10 for female). Another award category being carried out since 1994 is the “special achievement award” awarded to artistes who have contributed to the entertainment industry who have served a certain number of years well. Popularity votes are important to help the artistes to be awarded; each artiste is tied with a phone number for people to vote and support their favorite one.  We are sure you have some candidates in your mind when it comes to voting.

Back then, the Star Awards ceremony is held at the old TV theatre at Caldecott Hill. But, with some exceptions, the event is also organized at places such as Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, Suntec City Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Recently, MediaCorp’s broadcasting location is moved to Buona Vista area and now, the event is organized at MediaCorp Campus MES Theatre at MediaCorp. Caldecott Hill (old location) has been a great place of memories with happiness and tears for the artistes, crews and staff who have been working there for many years. 

From year 2007 onwards, the format of the program changed where only 1 main show and 3 prelude segments are being broadcasted. The technical category awards such as best director, best variety host, best variety show producer, best drama, best newscaster and the young talent awards will be split among the prelude episode of the program. The technical category award is another important yet special awards ceremony for the backend staff other than the actors and actresses. That is when they put in utmost effort, spending endless night, thinking of drama scripts, preparing the necessary equipment, finding venues to ensure a drama is captured beautifully. The reward or rest time comes in when a drama is completed.

The Star Awards ceremony has always been spectacular, and viewers can see glamour moments of the artistes donning in their pretty and stylish outfits. After the main awards ceremony ended, there will be a post-show party for all to party and have some fun! Do catch the Singapore Star Awards Ceremony yearly to see your favorite actors and actress and share your joy with them.