You thought the awards ended with the Mnet Asian Music Awards,but you haven’t seen anything yet! One of the biggest events in Korea is the Seoul Music Awards. These are the awards that give out the Daesang and the Bonsang awards to various artists that you have all heard of one time or another.
Just like the MAMAs, you can vote for the SMAs, but they clearly state that the voting is only 20% of the overall score on who receives the awards. The other portions are divided as 10% Sports Seoul’s popularity poll, 40% digital downloads and album sales, and 30% judges’ scores. This helps for a more fair approach to winning the awards.
The SMAs will be held in Seoul, South Korea (as the name of the awards clearly gives the location away) on January 14th, 2016. The winning categories are as follows:
- Hallyu Special Award: This is given to the artist who gained popularity throughout the year around the world.
- Popularity Award: This is given to two artists who have gained popularity during the year. Also awarded through online voting.
- OST Award: This is awarded to the performer of the Original Soundtrack from a drama, movie, or television show.
- R&B/Ballad Award: This is awarded to the artist of R&B/Ballad music.
- Hip Hop/Rap Award: This is awarded to the performer of Hip Hop/Rap music.
- Trot Award: This is given to the artist of Trot music.
- Performance Award: This is awarded to the artist with the best live performance.
- New Artist Awards: This is usually given to three new performers of the year.
- Record Of The Year In Digital Release: This is awarded to the best single in digital form.
- Record Of The Year: This is also known as Best Album and is awarded to the best full-length album.
- Bonsang Award: This is the Main Prize and given to the ten best artists based on album and digital sales, along with online voting and a final say by the judges at the award ceremony.
- Daesang Award: This is the Grand Prize or Artist Of The Year and is awarded to the best artist out of the ten winners of the Bonsang Award, based on album and digital sales, online voting, and the final judgement by the judges of the award ceremony.
You can vote for your favourite artist on the SMAs’ website or download the app from your Android or Apple phone. I am excited to see what awards will be won! Who are you hoping for? Let us know!
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Source: Seoul Music Awards
Edited by: Morgan Oswald
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