SINGAPORE – Having been cancelled last year because of the pandemic, this year's Star Awards has been revealed to be a special edition that will be held at Terminal 4 of Changi Airport and the Jewel Changi mall.
In an apparent effort at boosting the aviation and travel industries which have been hit hard by COVID-19, the annual Chinese entertainment awards ceremony, to be held on 18 April, will bring together four national brands – Mediacorp, Changi Airport, Jewel Changi, and Singapore Airlines.
The announcement of the grand partnership was made at a virtual press conference yesterday by several actors at the HSBC Rain Vortex in Jewel Changi, including Dennis Chew, Zoe Tay, Rebecca Lim, Pierre Png, James Seah, Desmond Tan, and Benjamin Tan.
The Star Awards are usually held on Mediacorp premises. The last time it was held outside Mediacorp was in 2014 at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Benjamin Tan, nominated for Best Newcomer Award, said, "Before I joined the entertainment industry, I used to travel every few months. Since the pandemic began, it felt a little boring because we couldn't travel anymore, but I got used to it after a while. I'd still come to the airport occasionally for meals and gatherings."
The seven-hour-long show will begin at 3.30pm with a live commentary marathon to be held at the T4 Heritage Zone which features a row of brightly coloured Peranakan-style shophouses. The commentary, which will last for the whole event, will offer viewers exclusive peeks into backstage preparations, interviews with artistes, live streaming of the main ceremony and more.
The red carpet segment from 5.00pm to 6.30pm will feature a unique venue this year – the stars will show off their glamorous outfits as they walk down a tarmac area at Changi Airport against the backdrop of an SIA Airbus A350-900.
At 7.00pm, the main awards ceremony show will unfold at various locations within Changi Airport. The main stage will be located against the backdrop of the Shiseido Forest Valley and the HSBC Rain Vortex at Jewel, while prizes will be presented at four different locations across T4.
Hosted by Guo Liang and Quan Yifong, the show will showcase performances by local singer Joanna Dong and Hong Kong pop star, Gigi Leung. The prize presentation segments will feature an exciting lineup of celebrities, including local stars like Fann Wong, Jeanette Aw, Mark Lee, and overseas A-listers like Ella Chen, Kevin Tsai, Matilda Tao, Chung Hsin-ling, James Wen, Lau Dan, Lawrence Cheng, Gordon Lam and Sandra Ng, who will be joining the event via satellite studio feeds from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Hung Jean, CEO of Jewel Changi Airport Development, said, “This year’s Star Awards 2021 will captivate the imagination of many with the awards ceremony held at Singapore’s iconic landmarks. The audience this year will be treated to a majestic backdrop with the main stage set against the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the HSBC Rain Vortex, surrounded by the verdant landscape of the Shiseido Forest Valley. Through this event, Jewel will once again touch the hearts of our guests from far and wide and we hope Jewel will add that extra sparkle to this coveted star-studded event to honour the best in the entertainment industry.”
The Star Awards will be broadcast live on 18 April on Channels 8 and U, and streamed on meWATCH and Mediacorp Entertainment Channel on YouTube.
Best Actor nominees this year include Desmond Tan and Elvin Ng, while Best Actress nominees include Zoe Tay, Felicia Chin and Carrie Wong. A Quest To Heal and A Jungle Survivor are among the nominees for Best Drama.
Meanwhile, here's a look back at Star Awards 2019: