Unlike the majority of other major music awards in their country, the Korean Music Awards do not take sales into consideration. The winners (excluding the “Netizen’s Choice Award”) are fully determined by a panel of music critics and industry experts, similar to the Grammy Awards in the USA. We know, we know, if that’s the case then who are this year’s nominees?

Full list as follows;

Album of the Year

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  • 3rd Line Butterfly – Dreamtalk
  • 9 and the Numbers – 유예
  • Lowdown 30 – 1
  • Jeong Cha Sik – 격동하는 현재사
  • Primary – Primary and the Messengers LP

Song of the Year

  • 3rd Line Butterfly – “헤어지는 날 바로 오늘”
  • Kim Dae Joong – “300/30″
  • Busker Busker – “여수 밤바다”
  • Psy – “Gangnam Style”
  • G-Dragon – “One of a Kind”

Artist of the Year

  • 3rd Line Butterfly
  • Busker Busker
  • Psy
  • Jeong Cha Sik
  • Choi Baek Ho

New Artist of the Year

  • 404
  • Glen Check
  • Mukimukimanmansu
  • Busker Busker
  • The Electric Eels

Rock Album of the Year

  • 404 – 1
  • Lowdown 30 – 1
  • Method – The Constant
  • Jeong Cha Sik – 격동하는 현재사

Rock Song of the Year

  • 404 – “숲속에서”
  • Gate Flowers – “잘자라”
  • Kim Dae Joong – “300/30″
  • Yellow Monsters – “K.O”
  • Jeong Cha Sik – “풍각쟁이

Modern Rock Album of the Year

  • 3rd Line Butterfly – Dreamtalk
  • 9 and the Numbers – 유예
  • Noisecat – Sunday Sunset Airlines
  • Mukimukimanmansu – 2012
  • Hwang Bo Ryung=Smacksoft – Follow Your Heart

Modern Rock Song of the Year

  • 3rd Line Butterfly – “헤어지는 날 바로 오늘”
  • 9 and the Numbers – “눈물바람”
  • 9 and the Numbers – “유예”
  • Lang Lee – “잘 알지도 못하면서”
  • The Electric Eels – “송곳니”

Pop Album of the Year

  • Go Chan Yong – Look Back
  • Busker Busker – Busker Busker
  • Yoon Young Bae – 좀 웃긴
  • Jung Tae Choon, Park Eun Ok – 바다로 가는 시내버스
  • Choi Baek Ho – 다시 길 위에서

Pop Song of the Year

  • Gain – “피어나”
  • Busker Busker – “벚꽃엔딩”
  • Busker Busker – “여수 밤바다”
  • Yoon Young Bae – “좀 웃긴”
  • Younha – “Run”
  • Choi Baek Ho – “길 위에서”

Best Dance & Electronic Album

  • f(x) – Electric Shock
  • Glen Check – Haute Couture
  • eAeon – Guilt-Free
  • G-Dragon – One of a Kind
  • Cassette Schwarzenegger – Gym with You

Best Dance & Electronic Song

  • f(x) – “Electric Shock”
  • f(x) – “Jet”
  • Psy – “Gangnam Style”
  • Sistar – “Alone”
  • Cassette Schwarzenegger – “Super Hi-Fi”

Best Rap & Hip-Hop Album

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  • Jerry.K – True Self
  • Noisemob – M.O.B
  • Beenzino – 2 4 : 2 6
  • Soriheda  – Soriheda 2
  • Primary – Primary and the Messengers LP

Best Rap & Hip-Hop Song

  • Noisemob – “MOB 맘이야”
  • Beenzino – “Aqua Man”
  • Soriheda – “설흔 (with Soulman & Minos, Soulfish)”
  • G-Dragon – “One of a Kind”
  • Primary – “Poison (feat. E-Sens of Supreme Team)”

Best R&B and Soul Album

  • Naul – Principle of My Soul
  • Jay Park – New Breed
  • Lena Park  – Parallax
  • Urban Zakapa – 02
  • Junggigo – Pathfinder

Best R&B and Soul Song

  • Naul – “바람기억”
  • Lee Hi – “1,2,3,4″
  • Junggigo – “DLMN (Don’t Leave Me Now!) (feat. DJ Ytst)”
  • Kumapark – “Close Eyes”
  • Primary – “See-Through (feat. Zion.T, Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)

Best Jazz & Crossover – Jazz

  • Kang Tae Hwan – 소래화
  • Kim Ji Hoon Trio – On Early Style
  • Lee Sun Ji – Soar
  • Lee Won Sool – Point of Contact
  • Han Ji Yeon – Ascetic

Best Jazz & Crossover – Crossover

  • Bard – Road to Road
  • Park Jong Hoon – Piano Paradiso
  • Jambinai – Differance
  • Jung Jae Il – Incendies
  • Timirho – 동화

Best Jazz & Crossover – Instrumental

  • Kang Tae Hwan – 소래화
  • Kim Chang Hyun – Reverberation
  • Kim Chaek & Oh Jung Soo – ‘나’의 발견
  • Jambinai – Differance
  • Han Ji Yeon – Ascetic

Best Soundtrack

  • Duresori (musical director Ham Hyun Sang)
  • Nameless Gangsters: Rules of Time (musical director Jo Young Wook)
  • The Heaven is Only Open to Singles (musical director Lee Neung Ryong)
  • Forest of Time (musical director Jung Joong Han)

The Korean Music Awards ceremony will take place on 28th February 2013 (Thursday). So far, there has been no word about live streams. We’ll update this with more information as soon as we know!

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