Founded in 1990, the Seoul Music Awards is an awards show that’s presented annually by Sports Seoul to recognize outstanding achievements in the Korean music industry. Unlike a lot of popular South Korean music awards shows, the Seoul Music Awards is not entirely dependent on just sales figures alone.

Artistes deserving of awards are chosen through voting (20%), digital/album sales (50%), research (10%), and panel judging (20%). It has also been said that industry experts would usually step in to assist the decision-making process. Following which, one artiste is then chosen from the group of “Bonsang” winners for the prestigious “Daesang”.


This year, the 22nd Seoul Music Awards will take place at the Handball Stadium, Olympic Park on 31st January 2013 (that’s today!) at 7pm. K-Pop idols/idol groups that are currently in the running to bag an award (or two) are:

Bonsang Nominees

FT Island – I Wish

B1A4 – Baby Goodnight

HyunA – Ice Cream

Huh Gak – People Who Love Me

4minute – Volume Up

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Teen Top – It’s Crazy

T-ara – Day By Day

K. Will – Please Don’t…

KARA – Pandora

G-Dragon – Crayon

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ZE:A – Spectacular

Lee Seung Gi – Love Taught Me To Drink

U-KISS – Dora

Wonder Girls – Like This

Epik High – It’s Cold

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MBLAQ – It’s War

Orange Caramel – Lipstick

f(x) – Electric Shock

A-Pink – Bubibu

After School – Flashback

Girls’ Generation TTS – Twinkle

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IU – Every End of the Day

Kim Jong Kook – All Men Are Like That

IVY – Torn Heart

CN Blue – Hey You

Sistar – Loving U

PSY – Gangnam Style

Super Junior – Sexy, Free, and Single

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Shinhwa – Venus

Son Dam Bi – Dripping Tears

SHINee – Sherlock

Se7en – When I Can’t Sing

BIGBANG – Fantastic Baby

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Boyfriend – Love Style

Block B – Nillili Mambo

BoA – Only One

Beast – Beautiful Night

JYP – Youre The One

miss A – I Don’t Need A Man

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Lynn – Back In Time

Leesang – 겸손은 힘들어

TVXQ! – Catch Me

Dal Shabet – Hit U

Davichi – I’ll Think Of You

2NE1 – I Love You

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Noel – Leaving

Naul – Memory of the Wind

Ga-In – Bloom

2AM – I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me


Rookie Nominees

JJ Project – Bounce

B.A.P – Warrior, Power, No Mercy, Crash

BTOB – Wow, Insane

AOA – Elvis, Get Out


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Hello Venus – Venus

15& – I Dream

Fiestar – Vista

JUNIEL – Illa Illa

John Park – Falling

Lee Hi – 1,2,3,4

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Ulala Session – A Beautiful Night

AJAX – Hot Game

SPICA – Russian Roulette

Big Star – Hot Boy

Ailee – Heaven, I’ll Show You

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VIXX – Super Hero

Busker Busker – Cherry Blossom Ending

Baek Ah Yeon – Sad Song

NUEST – Face, Action

To catch the live stream for the 22nd Seoul Music Awards, here are some links that will come in handy: SBS, MBC, KBS, YinYueTai. The red carpet event will start at 5:30pm (KST) and then the awards show at 7pm (KST). Do note that South Korea is an hour ahead of us Malaysian so you might want to tune in from 4:30pm (Malaysian time) onwards.

So, which ones are you rooting for? Super Junior? EXO-K? 2NE1? Juniel? BIGBANG? TTS? Leave a comment (or two), let us know!


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