Experts from the Korean music industry have announced their picks for this year’s Korean Music Awards!
On the evening of February 28, the 15th Korean Music Awards were held in Seoul. Unlike most other music award shows, the ceremony’s award winners are chosen based on industry experts’ evaluation of the music’s artistic merit, rather than decided based on sales. Nominees this year were albums and songs that were released from the period of December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017, both in mainstream and non-mainstream music.
The Musician of the Year award went to BTS, and they are the first idol group to win the award.
Committee member Kim Yoon Ha has explained that while BTS had ranked on famous overseas charts, performed on prominent overseas stages, and sold millions of albums, this was of secondary importance to their choice for the award. “The words ‘idol,’ ‘K-pop,’ and ‘world expansion’ are also unable to describe them,” she wrote. “A group that was born within the Korean popular music industry has captured the young generation, not only in Korea but also all over the world, with their music based on themselves and with their view of the world. The album was outstanding, and they will continue to create various wavelengths in the Korean music industry for many years. It would be impossible to talk about 2017 and BTS separately.”
Other K-pop artists on the list of recipients this year include IU receiving Best Pop Album for “Palette” and Red Velvet being awarded Best Pop Song for “Red Flavor.”
Check out the full list below!
Musician of the Year: BTS
Song of the Year: Hyukoh’s “Tomboy”
Album of the Year: Kang Taegu’s “Bleu”
Rookie of the Year: Se So Neon
Best Pop Song: Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor”
Best Pop Album: IU’s “Palette”
Best Rap & Hip Hop Song: Woo Won Jae’s “We Are” (featuring GRAY and Loco)
Best Rap & Hip Hop Album: Viann X Khundi Panda’s “Reconstruction”
Best Jazz Album: Lee Ji Yeon Contemporary Jazz Orchestra’s “Feather, Dream Drop”
Best Crossover Album: Han Seung Seok and Jung Jaeil’s “And There, the Sea at Last”
Best Jazz and Crossover Performance: Hwang Hogyu Quartet’s “Straight, No Chaser”
Best Modern Rock Song: Hyukoh’s “Tomboy”
Best Modern Rock Album: Hyukoh’s “23”
Best Dance & Electronic Song: CIFIKA’s “My Ego”
Best Dance & Electronic Album: Idiotape’s “Dystopian”
Best Metal & Hardcore Album: Abyss’s “Recrowned”
Best Folk Song: Kang Taegu’s “Bleu”
Best Folk Album: Kang Taegu’s “Bleu”
Achievement Award: Lee Jang Hee
Best Rock Song: Se So Neon’s “The Wave”
Best Rock Album: Lowdown 30’s “B”
Best R&B & Soul Song: Rico’s “Paradise”
Best R&B & Soul Album: Hippy Was Gipsy’s “Tree”
Congratulations to all the artists!