While it is also awards season in BEST LIFE QATAR with its Best Life Qatar Readers Choice 2023 which will be streaming LIVE on 21st January 2023, we thought of also featuring some popular KPOP MUSIC AWARDS that have recently concluded.

Last November was probably the last of the series of Music Awards in South Korea for 2022, and two of the most notable awards shows that K-netizens love to watch would be MMA or the Melon Music Award 2022 and MAMA or the 2022 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

My topic for this week is about KPOP (Korean Pop), but I couldn’t think of any appropriate subject that could be more relevant for now. Earlier this week I published about BTS’ scheduled cinema release of their YET TO COME (BUSAN) Concert – which is supposed to be my original entry of this week.

But interestingly, while looking for a peg for my upcoming event, I got inspired by how MMA, presented their nominees and the whole program itself. I love how the Korean entertainment industry is leveling up its live shows and it is amazing to see the mix of technology and creativity, in recognizing KPOP artists. Not to mention, it is inspiring to see artists being recognized knowing their hard work as well as the fans too.


On November 26, the Melon Music Awards (MMA)—which is organized by Korea’s No. 1 music platform Melon—was held with an in-person audience for the first time in three years!

The 2022 MMA (Melon Music Awards), hosted by c, is the 14th annual event in the show’s runtime. Artists who released music between November 8, 2021, and November 3, 2022, were eligible to be nominees. The Top 10 Artists were decided by 20% online voting and 80% digital sales from Melon. The main awards were chosen by 20% online voting, 20% judges’ score, and 60% digital sales. The genre awards were decided by 30% of judges’ scores and 70% of digital sales. The popularity awards were chosen by 40% digital sales and 60% online voting and. The special awards were decided by judge scoring only. source: KPROFILES

Less than a year after their debut, IVE won the first Daesang (Grand Prize) of their career, snagging the Best Song of the Year award for their smash hit “LOVE DIVE.” The rookie girl group won four awards in total at this year’s ceremony: in addition to Best Song of the Year, IVE also won Best Group (Female), New Artist of the Year, and Top 10 Artist.

Meanwhile, Lim Young Woong won two Daesangs this year, taking home both the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year awards (for his first studio album “IM HERO”). The trot superstar won a total of five awards this year: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist (Male), the Netizen Popularity Award, and Top 10 Artist.

Finally, BTS won the fourth and final Daesang, Record of the Year, for their anthology album “Proof.” The group won four awards in total: Record of the Year, Best Group (Male), the KakaoBank Everyone’s Star Award, and Top 10 Artist.

Check out the full list of winners below!

Artist of the Year (Daesang): Lim Young Woong
Album of the Year (Daesang): Lim Young Woong’s “IM HERO”
Best Song of the Year (Daesang): IVE’s “LOVE DIVE”
Record of the Year (Daesang): BTS’s “Proof”

Top 10 Artists (Bonsang): BE’O, BTS, (G)I-DLE, IU, IVE, Lim Young Woong, MeloMance, NCT DREAM, NewJeans, SEVENTEEN

New Artist of the Year: IVE, NewJeans

Best Group (Male): BTS
Best Group (Female): IVE

Best Solo Artist (Male): Lim Young Woong
Best Solo Artist (Female): IU

Best Performance (Male): TXT
Best Performance (Female): LE SSERAFIM

Music Video of the Year: (G)I-DLE’s “TOMBOY”
Stage of the Year: IU’s “The Golden Hour: Under the Orange Sun”

Netizen Popularity Award: Lim Young Woong
KakaoBank Everyone’s Star Award: BTS
Hot Trend Award: LE SSERAFIM

Global Artist: MONSTA X
Global Rising Artist: STAYC
1theK Global Icon: ENHYPEN

Best Songwriter: (G)I-DLE’s Jeon Soyeon
Best Project Music: WSG Wannabe (from “How Do You Play?“)
Best OST: MeloMance’s “Love, Maybe” (from “A Business Proposal”)

Best Collaboration: 10cm and BIG Naughty
Best Music Style: BIG Naughty
Best Pop Artist: Charlie Puth

Best Performance Director: RyuD

SOURCE: https://www.soompi.com/


On November 29, Day 1 of the 2022 MAMA Awards took place at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, with Jeon Somi serving as MC. The ceremony was held over the course of two nights, with more awards and performances on November 30 (Day 2).

Only one Daesang (Grand Prize) was awarded on Day 1: Yogibo Worldwide Icon of the Year, which went to BTS for the fifth year in a row.

Meanwhile, a new award—Favorite New Artist—was given to four different groups: IVE, NMIXX, LE SSERAFIM, and Kep1er.

Finally, all 10 of this year’s Worldwide Fans’ Choice (Bonsang) awards were also handed out that night.

Yogibo Worldwide Icon of the Year: BTS


Favorite New Artist: IVE, LE SSERAFIM, NMIXX, Kep1er

Yogibo Chill Artist: Stray Kids

Favorite Asian Artist: JO1

As of 2022, the judging criteria for the award consists of 40% judges panel evaluation and 60% digital song downloads and streaming (40% from South Korea and 20% global). source: Internet

On November 30, Day 2 of the 2022 MAMA Awards was hosted by Park Bo Gum.

During the show’s Day 1 event on November 29, the awards for Yogibo Worldwide Icon of the Year, Favorite New Artist, Worldwide Fans’ Choice (Bonsang), Yogibo Chill Artist, and Favorite Asian Artist were handed out.

In addition to winning the Yogibo Worldwide Icon of the Year award on Day 1, BTS was given the special MAMA Platinum award for creating “a global cultural phenomenon beyond K-pop.” This Platinum award also recognizes BTS’s MAMA achievements over the years in all four Daesang (Grand Prize) categories, including Worldwide Icon of the Year, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

While BTS took home three of four Daesangs in 2022, Song of the Year was awarded to IVE. This makes the rookie girl group, who won Favorite New Artist on Day 1, only the third group to win a Daesang and a rookie award at MAMA in the same year.

MAMA Platinum: BTS
Artist of the Year: BTS
Album of the Year: BTS (“Proof”)
Song of the Year: IVE (“LOVE DIVE”)

Best Music Video: BLACKPINK (“Pink Venom”)
Best Male Group: BTS
Best Female Group: BLACKPINK
Best New Artist (Male): Xdinary Heroes
Best New Artist (Female): IVE
Favorite Girl Group: (G)I-DLE
The Most Popular Group: Stray Kids
The Most Popular Male Artist: BTS’s J-Hope
Best Male Artist: Lim Young Woong
Best Female Artist: TWICE’s Nayeon
Best Collaboration: PSY (“That That” [prod. & feat. SUGA of BTS])
Best Dance Performance (Solo): PSY (“That That” [prod. & feat. SUGA of BTS])
Best Dance Performance (Male Group): SEVENTEEN (“HOT”)
Best Dance Performance (Female Group): IVE (“LOVE DIVE”)
Best Vocal Performance (Group): BIGBANG (“Still Life”)
Best Vocal Performance (Solo): Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon (“INVU”)
Best Band Performance: Xdinary Heroes (“Happy Death Day”)
Best Hip Hop & Urban Music: Jay Park (“GANADARA” Feat. IU)
Best OST: MeloMance (“Love, Maybe” from “A Business Proposal”)
Breakout Producer: Min Hee Jin
Global Music Trend Leader: Zico
Inspiring Achievement: Jaurim

SOURCE: https://www.soompi.com/ Day01, Day02


Every Korean artist wants to have as many Daesangs as they can receive. Daesang is the Korean word for Grand Prize. Dae means big or grand, and Sang means award or prize.

Daesangs are the most coveted awards at year-end award shows. Other awards do matter; however, Daesangs showcase if the artist’s effort has been acknowledged or not.

The main Daesangs for almost every show are Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Some award shows also have Record of the Year and Worldwide Icon of the Year as their grand prizes.

After winning the Worldwide Icon of the Year award at the recently concluded MAMA Awards 2022, BTS became the only band to have received this award more than once and are the only recipients of it. They now have the most Daesang wins in history with a total of 68. source: https://www.latestly.com/

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