On January 19th the 26th Seoul Music Awards took place and was a night full of amazing performances and exciting awards!
The Seoul Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognizes the most outstanding artists in the Korean entertainment industry. The winners are determined by various factors. The voting system includes fan votes (20% of total), Sports Seoul‘s popularity poll (10% of total), digital downloads and album sales (40% of total), and judge scores (30% of total).
The star studded evening was hosted by I.O.I’s Jeon So Mi, Tak Jae Hoon, and Super Junior‘s Heechul.
There were quite a few big winners at the event. This year’s Bonsang (Main prize) awards went to BTS, EXO, Got7, MAMAMOO, Red Velvet, Seventeen, VIXX, Zico, G-Friend, Taeyon, TWICE, and Sech Kies.
The New Artist/Rookie of the Year Award went to BLACKPINK, NCT 127, and I.O.I.
The Best Digital Song Award went to TWICE for their widely popular track, ‘Cheer Up.’
EXO snagged the Daesang (Grand Prize) award for the fourth consecutive year in a row. They also won the Fandom School Award, and ended up with a total of 3 awards for the night.
BTS won the Best Album Award for ‘WINGS‘ and ended up with the most awards for the night. In addition to their Best Album Award and Bonsang, the group also won the Best Music Video Award for ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears,’ and Best Male Dance Performance.
Check out the full list of winners here:
R&B/Ballad Award: Baek Ah Yeon
Hip-Hop/Rap Award: MOBB
Trot Award: Tae Jin Ah
Hallyu Special Award: ASTRO
Popularity Award: SHINee
Best Band: Jang Ki Ha & The Faces
Digital Song of the Year: TWICE ‘Cheer Up’
Best Music Video: BTS ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’
Best Male Dance Performance: BTS
Best Female Dance Performance: TWICE
Fandom School Award: EXO
Global Collaboration Award: Silento & Punch ‘Spotlight’
Record of the Year: BTS ‘Wings’
Daesang (Grand Prize): EXO
Congratulations to all the winners of the 26th annual Seoul Music Awards!
Who was your favorite performance or acceptance speech of the night? Let us know in the comments below!
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Edited by: Gigi E.