AMA 2014: Chinese popstars Jason Zhang, Chopstick Brothers among big winners

Xiao Yang, left, and Wang Taili, of the Chopstick Brothers, perform on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Photo: AP

The American Music Awards honored many homegrown artists, from Luke Bryan to Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons, on Sunday, but international pop stars won big as well. Among them, was Jason Zhang, also known as Zhang Jie, a Chinese pop singer and actor who rose to fame through TV singing competitions.

“Hey AMAs! How you doing? I’m Jason Zhang from China,” he exclaimed as he clutched his award for favorite International Artist.

Zhang, who seemed understandably giddy but a little out of sorts, admitted he was jet lagged because he was overseas just the night before.

“Today, right now, I’m in Los Angeles... I feel like I’m living the dream,” he said.

He continued to thank American music and pop culture for being such an influence in his life, giving a particular shout out to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Zhang even belted out MJ’s “Heal the World” before his mic got cut off.

While no one could hear how he concluded, his America-loving speech was quite adorable.

Prior to Zhang’s win, a musical appearance by the Chinese duo of director Xiao Yang and musician Wang Taili, together known as the Chopstick Brothers, entertained fans. The two dapper guys performed their online viral hit, “Xiao Pingguo” (“Little Apple”), which has been equated to the Korean pop hit, “Gangnam Style” by PSY.

The Chopstick Brothers took home the AMA for Favorite International Song.


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