Star Awards 2021 Will Take Place on 18 Apr 2021; Will Comprise Both 2020 and 2021 Productions


The Star Awards – Singapore’s equivalent of the Oscars – has been a long-running tradition since 1994, when Mediacorp first recognised entertainers for their performances.

Since then, it has become an annual event – where outstanding artistes are awarded for their stellar abilities and accomplishments.

However, the prestigious ceremony’s successful run was forced to grind to a halt last year, when the pandemic intervened. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Star Awards 2020 was ultimately cancelled, displeasing fans and saddening hardworking artistes.

Recognition, it seemed, would have to wait for another year.

Star Awards 2021 Will Take Place on 18 Apr; Will Comprise Both 2020 and 2021 Awards

But it appears that Star Awards 2020 is not entirely gone as many have surmised.

Rather, it will be incorporated into this year’s Star Awards – a ceremony which will serve to recognise two years’ worth of performances and effort.

The Star Awards 2021 is set to exhibit two years of productions – within a single ceremony.

Themed Connect! (星起点), the ceremony will take place on 18 April 2020, and will feature a grand total of 20 awards – including the newcomer Best Radio Programme.

In light of the circumstances, the number of nominees will also be raised to seven for most categories. This is to allow more eligible nominees from both 2020 and 2021 to be included.

These are the awards that will be presented on 18 April:

  • Best Drama Serial (最佳戏剧)
  • Best Entertainment Programme (最佳综艺节目)
  • Best Entertainment Special Programme (最佳综艺特备节目)
  • Best Infotainment Programme (最佳资讯节目)
  • Best Actor (最佳男主角)
  • Best Actress (最佳女主角)
  • Best Supporting Actor (最佳男配角)
  • Best Supporting Actress (最佳女配角)
  • Young Talent Award (青苹果奖)
  • Best Newcomer Award (最佳新人)
  • Evergreen Artiste Award (常青演绎奖)
  • Best Programme Host (Entertainment & Infotainment) (最佳综艺及资讯节目主持人)
  • Best Theme Song (最佳主题曲)
  • Best Short-form Drama Serial (最佳短篇戏剧)
  • Best Short-form Entertainment Programme (最佳短篇综艺节目)
  • Best Radio Programme (最佳电台节目)
  • Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes (十大最受欢迎男艺人)
  • Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes (十大最受欢迎女艺人)
  • All-time Favourite Artiste Award (超级红星奖)
  • Bioskin Most Charismatic Award Bioskin (魅力四射奖)

You can find a list of the nominees here.


Seven Hours Long

This year’s ceremony is set to take some seven hours to complete, stretching from the backstage preparations to the main awards show itself.

The programme will kick off at 3:30pm through meWATCH and the Mediacorp Entertainment Youtube channel. Viewers will be able to witness backstage preparations, and interviews with designated artistes.

At 5:00 p.m., the Walk of Fame – a segment which pits celebrities’ dressing sense to the test – will commence. At this point, Channel 8 and Channel U will begin to televise the event.

The Main Awards show will start at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony is expected to end at 10:00 p.m.


Lest you’ve forgotten, here’s what happened last year.

On 19 February 2020, Mediacorp issued a statement: The Star Awards 2020, originally planned for 26 Apr 2020, will be postponed.

Initially scheduled for the second half of the year, it was subsequently postponed again in light of the Covid-19 situation, because well, we all know that Trump was wrong in predicting that Covid-19 will go away magically like

Despite the delay, celebrities proved supportive of Mediacorp’s decision.

Rebecca Lim said that once we successfully won against the Covid-19, we will all “celebrate in style and high spirits” with “the rest of the world”.

Desmond Tan, besides thinking it a good idea, thought that there might be a twist to this 26-year-old show.


Romeo Tan felt that compared to celebrations and acknowledgements, everybody’s health is still more important.

Shaun Chen even had a suggestion for Singaporeans: Stay at home more often and watch Mediacorp’s shows.

Star Awards 2019

During the Star Awards 2019, a bevy of older veteran actors and actresses had their moment to shine.

Chen Han Wei and Zoe Tay swept the Best Actor and Best Actress respectively, while Lin Meijiao and Chen Shucheng took home the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

A number of “pioneers” also got into the 10 Most Popular Artistes line-up, with Hong Hui Fang so sure she wouldn’t win that she actually had a cough drop in her mouth.

And though this year’s selections are anyone’s guess, one would hope that the younger ones will have their time to shine this year…


What with a new batch of rising stars and of course, the recent Star Search winners.

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