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Former EXO singer Luhan wins Sina Weibo awards

By Sarah Yoon

  • Published : Jan 18, 2015 - 18:15
  • Updated : Jan 18, 2015 - 18:15

Luhan, a former member of K-pop idol group EXO, won the God Award and Weibo King trophies at the 2014 Sina Weibo Night Awards in China on Thursday.

At the event, he thanked the fans who had supported him and given him the privilege of winning the prizes.

The awards ceremony celebrates the most popular celebrities in the entertainment industry based on the Chinese SNS portal site, Sina Weibo. Literally translated as "mini-blog," Sina Weibo is often likened to Twitter.

Prior to his departure from Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, Luhan set a "new social media world record" in August 2014 for gaining the most comments on a Weibo post, according to Guiness World Records.

Luhan filed a lawsuit against EXO's label SM Entertainment in October 2014 to terminate his contract, based on claims that Korean members in EXO received preferential treatment in promotional opportunities and financial support. After announcing his departure from EXO, he began solo work in China.

The 24-year-old star, who has yet to settle disputes with his former agency, attracted a storm of interest from journalists at the awards gala.

When asked by a reporter to summarize his year, he said, "If there is an end to something, there is always a new start. (2014) was for me a new starting point."

The singer did not disclose his plans for 2015, but assured fans that they could keep their hopes high.

K-pop girl group Miss A's Suzy also won the Goddess Award at the event, while Korean actress Kim Tae-hee won Most Influential Person. K-pop idol group UNIQ was also spotted at the ceremony.

By Yoon Sarah (sarah356@heraldcorp.com)
By Sarah Yoon (sarah356@heraldcorp.com)

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