A grand ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 14 to honour artists who gave outstanding performances and made great contributions during the past year.
The Mai Vang (Golden Apricot Blossom) Awards 2011 were presented to artists in recognition of their contributions to TV programs and to the fields of stage, cinema and music.
Artists were awarded prestigious titles, including “Best Pop Male/Female Singer”, “Best Male/Female Singer in revolutionary traditional song”, “Best Male/Female Singer in folk song”, “Best dramatic actors/actresses”, “Best classical opera actors/actresses”, and “Best comedian”.
In addition, the jury board also awarded the titles “Best film” and “Best actor/actress” in movies and TV serials.
On the occasion, “Best master of ceremonies (MC)” was also awarded.
Winners of the Golden Apricot Blossom Awards 2011 include Hoai Linh, Binh Minh, Le Khanh, Vo Minh Lam, Nhat Kim Anh, Quyen Linh, Dam Vinh Hung, Ho Ngoc Ha, Uyen Trang, and V music band.
The nominees were chosen by readers of the print and online versions of Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourers) newspaper, voting by text message or on the website: maivang.nld.com.vn from December 5-31, 2010. Artists, who won the most votes, were then listed in the election round for evaluation from experts and journalists.
Started in 1995, the Golden Apricot Blossom Award has been popular and become a prestigious annual event.