Musician Freddy Lim, a legislator and lead vocalist of the Taiwanese death-metal band Chthonic, received a Global Metal Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards in London Monday, Lim’s office said in Taipei Tuesday.
Lim received the British Music Award from American Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx, who praised Lim’s contributions to music and his devotion to international human rights.
He also described Lim as the first rock star to enter the legislature and the only winner from Asia.
Lim, in his acceptance speech, gave special thanks to the voters in his constituency of Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts in Taipei, who he said have given him the opportunity to change Taiwan’s politics.
He said that Taiwanese not only have to face domestic issues, but also have to face pressure from China, and that young people have to stand up for change.
Lim said humorously at the ceremony: “Let’s conquer the world,” but then switched to “Let’s change the world,” earning resounding applause.
He introduced the direction of Taiwan’s new political reforms and expressed hope that the international community can give more support to Taiwan.
Lim is a founding leader of the New Power Party in Taiwan and lead vocalist of the death-metal band Chthonic. He is also the lead vocalist of the band Metal Clone X (zh), started by him and American guitarist Marty Friedman.
He served as chair of Amnesty International Taiwan from 2010 to 2014.