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Two songs which respectively remind people of the strong earthquake in China and the Beijing Olympics were named Best Hits at the Ninth CCTV-MTV Music Awards, held Sunday in Beijing.

Singer/actress Karen Mok performs at the Ninth CCTV-MTV Music Awards in Beijing on November 16, 2008. [Beijing Times] 

"Sheng Si Bu Li" ("Together Forever"), which was written shortly after the May 12 earthquake, expressed the unity of Chinese people, while the Olympic song "Welcome to Beijing" showcased Chinese people's hospitality to the world, the awards committee said.

The video of "Welcome to Beijing," featuring around 100 Asian celebrities, was named Best Music Video.

Jackie Chan, who lent voice to both songs, shared a special contribution award with "Welcome to Beijing" composer Xiao Ke. Chan sent a video message to thank the committee and fans.

In the individual categories, Karen Mok and Eason Chan were adjudged Most Popular Hong Kong Female and Male Singer respectively. Jolin Tsai and Show Luo won the same titles in the Taiwan category. Taiwan pop-rock band Sodagreen was the Best Group of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The award for Most Popular Mainland Male Singer went to Pang Long, while actress-turned-singer Chen Hao was named Most Popular Female Singer.

Chen Hao's win came amid media speculation a week earlier that she already knew she won the award, and that she won by selection, not public voting. Denying this, Chen Hao said that before the function, the organizing committee only invited her to perform a song and nothing else.

The annual CCTV-MTV awards, jointly organized by China Central Television and MTV, were halted last year for various reasons.

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