The 19th Annual Korean Music Awards has announced this year’s winners!
Unlike 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 give more importance to the albums and songs themselves
aespa won the most awards of any artist this year, taking home a total of three awards—including two of the Big Four (the four major awards across all music genres). Espa 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, their third time winning the award overall. (In 2018, BTS made history by becoming the first idol group 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 his critically acclaimed album “There’s a Wolf.”
Check out this year’s list of winners below!
Artist of the Year: BTS
Song of the Year: aespa – “next level”
Album of the Year: Lang Li – “There’s a Wolf”
Rookie of the Year: aespa
Best K-Pop Songs: aespa – “next level”
Best K-Pop Album: Chungha – “Querencia”
Best Pop Song: AKMU – “Nakka” (with IU)
Best Pop Album: IU – “Lilac”
Best Rock Songs: Soumbalgwang – “Dance”
Best Rock Album: Soumbalgwang – “Happiness, Flower”
Best Modern Rock Songs: Silica Gel – “Desert Eagle”
Best Modern Rock Album: Wings of ISANG – “The Line Between Hope and Despair”
Best R&B and Soul Songs: Sumin and Slom – “Gonlan Song”
Best R&B and Soul Album: Stop – “Colors Don’t Die”
Best Rap and Hip Hop Songs: Changmo – “Taiji”
Best Rap and Hip Hop Album: Choi LB – “Independent Music”
Best Electronic Songs: Happy – “Go to GPD and then”
Best Electronic Album: Hepari – “born by arising”
Best Folk Music: Chun Yongsung – “Barley Tea” (Featuring Kang Mal Geum)
Best Folk Album: Lang Li – “There’s a Wolf”
Best Metal and Hardcore Albums: AGNES – “Hegemony Shift”
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Mariah Kim – “With Strings: Your Dream”
Best Jazz Music Album: Jihye Lee Orchestra – “Brave Mind”
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
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