Day 1 (20th of January 2016) of the 30th Golden Disk Awards have come to an end and to no ones surprise Big Bang took home the biggest award of the night, that of the Digital Daesang, the group also took home a Digital Bonsang and the iQIYI Best Male Artist award. Day 1 was MC’d by Girls Generation member Seohyun, host Jun Hyun Moo and Running Man’s Spartakooks aka Kim Jong Kook, the night featured performances by Big Bang, rookie group iKon, JYP, SISTAR, Girls Generation Leader Taeyeon, Super Juniors Kyuhyun, AOA, rookie group Monsta X, EXID, Hyukoh, Zion.T, Red Velvet and rookie group GFriend. Continue reading
We kick off the year with the 25th Seoul Music Awards which were held at the Olympics Gymnastics Arena in Seoul Olympic Park on the 14th of January (shout out to EXO’s Kai who celebrated his birthday on this day). The awards were hosted by MC Jun Hyun Moo, actress Honey Lee (Tazza 2) and EXID‘s Hani. The unstoppable EXO took home the biggest award of the night, the Daesang (Grand Prize) for the third year running marking them as the first artists to win the award for more than two consecutive years. The group also won the most awards for the night, taking home a Bonsang Award as well the Hallyu Special Award. The event was not without it’s hiccups though with Song of the Year winners Big Bang absent from the event despite not having an actual group schedule for that night, another notable absence for the night was JYJ‘s Junsu whom won the Popularity Award (which was based solely on fan votes online) according to the producers they had decided not to present the award during the live show to save time for other “major” awards hence Junsu’s absence however the announcement was met with outrage by fans who accused organisers of not sending him an invite. Jun Hyun Moo who was one of the co-hosts for the night also came under some fire for his comments about his fellow co-hosts love lives. Singer Ailee also got in a bit of hot water when she was shown playing on her phone during SHINee‘s performance, the artist later took to social media to explain herself saying that she had been downloading an app that allowed her to show a message on her screen so that she could hold it up in support of SHINee, she was later seen using the app to support BoA and EXO during their performances. Continue reading
Kicking off the music awards season are the Melon Music Awards which were held on Saturday the 7th of November 2015 at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul. The main MC of the night was entertainer Yoo Byung Jae, with actor Seo Kang Joon (Hwajung), actress Lee Yubi (Scholar Who Walks the Night), entertainer Kim Shin Young, actress Kim So Hyun (School 2015) and Red Velvet’s Irene serving as special MC’s throughout the night. Performances for the night included Big Bang, WINNER, iKON, SISTAR, Girls’ Generation, EXID, Hong Jin Young, Red Velvet, BTS, GFRIEND, Mad Clown, MONSTA X, ZION.T, Band Hyukoh, A Pink, and San E. International artists Big Bang, were the biggest winners of the night, nabbing both “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for their song “Bang, Bang, Bang” as well as the “Netizen Popularity Award“.
It’s that time of year again, say it with me everyone…awards season!! The nominees for the upcoming Mnet Asian Music Awards aka the MAMA’s have finally been announced and there’s some fierce competition this year (although I do question the inclusion of the rookie groups that have debuted for less than six months in the ‘Artist of the Year’ category). The Big Bang guys lead the pack this year with five nominations which consists of ‘Best Male Group‘, ‘Best Music Video‘ for their song “Bae Bae” off their M mini album, ‘Best Dance Performance‘ for “Bang Bang Bang” which is off their A mini album the song is also up for ‘Song of the Year‘ and they’re also up for ‘Artist of the Year‘ as well. SM Entertainment super group EXO are nominated for four awards this year including ‘Best Male Group‘, ‘Best Dance Performance‘ for their song “Call Me Baby“, which is also nominated for ‘Song of the Year‘ and the boys are also nominated for ‘Artist of the Year‘. Currently only CNBLUE, BTS, GOT7 and Zion.T are confirmed to perform at the awards which will take place on the 2nd of December in Hong Kong. Continue reading
A TvN summer special program titled “The List 2015” recently aired an episode ranking the ’30 hottest Korean female celebrity bodies’ as voted by netizens. Taking the number #1 spot on the list is actress Kim Hye Soo (“Goddess of the Workplace” and “Tazza: High Rollers”) who also happens to be the oldest person on the list, taking second and third are Jeon Ji Hyun (“You Who Came From the Stars“) and Kim Sa Rang (“Beloved Eun-Dong“).
Fun Fact: Three of the four members of girl group SISTAR all made the list. Continue reading
Popular MBC singing competition show Masked Singer (or King of Mask Singer) has been garnering considerable attention of late from the Korean public for revealing the hidden singing abilities of many idol vocalists who have appeared on the show. The competitors are given elaborate masks to conceal their identity, thereby eliminating factors like popularity and public perception which may influence audience votes. In an interview yesterday, PD Min Chul Ki was asked to name the Top 7 male and female idols with the best vocal skills, which he listed as follows (in no particular order):
Hosted by Jun Hyun Moon, SISTAR’s Soyou and Super Junior’s Leeteuk the 24th Sports Seoul “Seoul Music Awards” was held at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena on the 22nd of January. To be eligible to be in the running for an award the artist must have released an album in the past year, winners are then chosen based on mobile votes (20%), Sports Seoul’s popularity poll (10%), digital downloads and album sales (40%) and judges scores (30%) (so even if an artist appears to be leading the poll based on fan votes, this does not necessarily mean that they will win if they have low sales/downloads or do not get a high judging score). Continue reading
The Mnet Asian Music Awards or MAMA’s were held this past Wednesday the 3rd at the AsiaWorld Arena in Hong Kong and was broadcast live through Mnet’s website. Like all award ceremonies there was a red carpet and if I had to compare the fashion at the MAMA’s to a Western awards show, I would say it was on the same level as fashion at the MTV awards. The big winners of the night were EXO who went home with four awards and Taeyang who went home with three. Continue reading
The 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards finished on a high note, especially for SM Entertainment’s popular group EXO, whom nabbed the “Album of the Year” award for the second year in a row with their album “Overdose“. The night was filled with performances by various artists, international guest John Legend performed his hit singles “All of Me” and “Green Light” with the latter featuring special guests Chen (EXO) and Tiffany (Girls Generation), Big Bang’s Taeyang performed his popular single “Eyes, Nose, Lips” which also won “Song of the Year” before joining fellow member G-Dragon to perform their single “Good Boy” and a remix of Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby“. Continue reading