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Frances Yip Lai Yi, Joseph Koo Ka Fai, Chow Yun Fat, Ann Hui On Wa
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The Hong Kong Art Development Award took place at the Hong Kong City Hall two nights ago. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam Kuen was the guest host and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Joseph Koo Ka Fai; the Chief Executive said that he listened to Koo Ka Fai's work and praised Koo Ka Fai's over 1,200 songs that were appreciated by the cultured and the common, reflected the times and contributed a lot to the music scene. He was the light of the entire Chinese music scene. Koo Ka Fai said that this was not the first honor that he received from the Chief Executive, he joked though he only remembered what happened but did not remember what the award was. When Frances Yip Lai Yi reminded him he remembered it was the Bronze Bauhinia Badge; Brother Fai was very honored to receive the award. His wife also accompanied him to the event.
Yip Lai Yi, Hacken Lee Hak Kun and Prudence Liew Mei Kwan were guest performers and performed Brother Fai's classic hits. Hacken and Mei Kwan even presented flowers to Brother Fai. Hacken said that he grew up listening to Brother Fai and Alan Tam Wing Lun's songs. He was so familiar with Brother Fai's songs that he could sing them backward. He was also very honored to be able to perform Brother Fai's later work, the theme song of THE DRIVE OF LIFE (SHUI YUET FUNG WON).
In addition, Chow Yun Fat presented the Outstanding Artistic Contribution Award to Ann Hui On Wa. Hui On Wa after accepting the award happily embraced Fat Gor and said, "Fat Gor is my actor, but I am his fan. I am very happy that the event arranged for Fat Gor to present the award to me......I would also like to thank Mama." Later, the event again invited Koo Ka Fai and Yip Lai Yi on stage to pose for photos with Fat Gor and Hui On Wa.