Audiences cheered last night at the Ha Noi Opera House, as Ho Chi Minh City-based singer Duc Tuan accepted his prize for Singer of the Year at the fifth annual Music Contribution Awards.

Tuan also took the Album of the Year category for his record Music of the Night.

Ho Hoai Anh walked away with the Musician of the Year award and music show “Nguoi Tinh/Lover” by singer Dam Vinh Hung won the Program of the Year category.

Four nominees were named in each of the contest’s four categories by 100 journalists from around the country who specialize in music and culture. When the nominees were finalized, they all cast their votes for the top entertainer.

“The votes were not as close as we predicted”, said Ngo Ha Thai, deputy general director of the Vietnam News Agency and editor-in-chief of The Thao &Van Hoa (Sports&Culture) newspaper. “The winners all won with overwhelming numbers”.

Organized by The Thao & Van Hoa and Le Bros, the award aims to recognize the best singers, musicians, albums, shows and programs of the year.

Tuan, who was born in the southern province of An Giang in 1980, also took the top prize at the HCMC Television Singing Contest in 2000. He specializes in gentle pop ballads and music from the 1930’s to 1950’s.

In last years’ awards. My Tam was named Singer of the Year, and Do Bao was awarded Musician of the Year. Cunh Cung 2 – Thoi Gian De Yeu (Bow 2 – Time for Love), also by Do Bao, was selected as Album of the Year while¬† Bai Hat Viet (Vietnamese Songs) went home with the Program of the Year award.

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