Lay Zhang Invited As Chinese Music Ambassador To The 61st Grammy Awards
Singer, dancer and songwriter Lay Zhang, also known as Zhang Yixing in China, is heading to the U.S. in February. He has been officially invited to be at the red carpet and live awards show of the 61st Grammy Awards in California.
Zhang will be present in this momentous event as a music ambassador representing China Music Vision and FM Donggan 101. According to China Entertainment News, he is the only Chinese music artist to receive the invitation to the Grammy Awards.
The EXO band member has long dreamed of being at the Grammy awards. He has formed a good relationship with the people behind the Grammy as they also picked him to be the Promotion Ambassador in last April's Grammy Festival in China.
The singer hopes to be able to perform at the Grammy Awards night one day, too. For now, however, he's just as happy to be in the same room as the music giants he admires from Hollywood.
Fans of Zhang can't help but feel proud of the singer's achievement. Following the news of his Grammy invitation, the hashtag #Lay_Grammys trended on the social media platform, Weibo, according to Hello K Pop.
Zhang, born in Hunan in 1991, first had a taste of the limelight as a child actor in the drama series "We the People." He also joined the talent show "Star Academy," where he honed his ability to sing and dance. When he was just 16, he tried out to become one of the talents of SM Entertainment, and when he successfully passed the auditions, the budding young star moved to South Korea to get more training as an entertainer and performer.
In 2011, Zhang became part of the boyband group composed of nine young and talented boys. The group soared as a commercial success in South Korea, where they have sold millions of copies of their album "XOXO."
In 2014, EXO released "Overdosed," which became their first U.S. Billboard 200 hit. But that same year, Zhang decided to do solo projects in China, and so he signed on to become part of a reality TV show. While widely beloved in South Korea because of his boy group, Zhang had to prove himself to the Chinese audience. Fortunately, his stint in the reality TV series endeared him to the viewers.
By 2017, he has achieved mainstream popularity in his home country. Aside from releasing new albums and starring in a few other hit TV shows, the singer has also established a scholarship foundation to help talented Chinese youngsters pursue their dreams.
Fans of Zhang can look forward to seeing him at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. Hollywood stars Josh Gad and Jack Black will host the event.