The 19th annual Korean Music Awards has announced this year’s winners!
In contrast to many other South Korean music awards, which typically use sales figures as a major criterion in determining each year’s winners, the Korean Music Awards focuses on musical achievement as its primary criterion. The Korean Music Awards also places greater importance on albums and songs in and of themselves.
aespa won the most awards of any artist this year, snagging a total of three awards—including two of the big four (the four main awards that span all music genres). aespa went home with Song of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Best K-Pop Song (for their smash hit “Next Level“).
BTS won Artist of the Year, marking their third overall time winning the award. (Back in 2018, BTS made history by becoming the first idol group ever to win Artist of the Year at the Korean Music Awards, and they repeated the feat in 2019.)
Finally, indie folk singer Lang Lee claimed Album of the Year with her critically acclaimed album “There is a Wolf.”
Check out the list of this year’s winners below!
Artist of the Year: BTS
Song of the Year: aespa – “Next Level”
Album of the Year: Lang Lee – “There is a Wolf”
Rookie of the Year: aespa
Best K-Pop Song: aespa – “Next Level”
Best K-Pop Album: Chungha – “Querencia”
Best Pop Song: AKMU – “NAKKA” (with IU)
Best Pop Album: IU – “LILAC”
Best Rock Song: Soumbalgwang – “Dance”
Best Rock Album: Soumbalgwang – “Happiness, Flower”
Best Modern Rock Song: Silica Gel – “Desert Eagle”
Best Modern Rock Album: Wings of the ISANG – “The Borderline between Hope and Despair”
Best R&B and Soul Song: SUMIN & Slom – “THE GONLAN SONG”
Best R&B and Soul Album: THAMA – “DON’T DIE COLORS”
Best Rap and Hip Hop Song: CHANGMO – “TAIJI”
Best Rap and Hip Hop Album: Choi LB – “Independent Music”
Best Electronic Song: HAEPAARY – “go to gpd and then”
Best Electronic Album: HAEPAARY – “Born By Gorgeousness”
Best Folk Song: Chun Yongsung – “Barley Tea” (featuring Kang Mal Geum)
Best Folk Album: Lang Lee – “There is a Wolf”
Best Metal & Hardcore Album: AGNES – “Hegemony Shift”
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Maria Kim – “With Strings: Dream of You”
Best Jazz Music Album: Jihye Lee Orchestra – “Daring Mind”
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
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