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K-pop acts have come in strong alongside popular Korean artists
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29 Jan 2019 - 3:40 PM  UPDATED 29 Jan 2019 - 3:40 PM

The nominees have been announced for the 16th Korean Music Awards with nominees ranging from K-pop heavyweights to independent artists.

The KMAs differ from most South Korean music awards in that the winners are chosen by a panel of judges that includes music critics, radio show producers, academics and other industry professionals. The criteria is more based around the judges' recommendations than sales.

BTS are one of the K-pop acts dominating the nominations this year, as nominees in all three daesang categories, as well as in the pop categories. Other K-pop names include Red Velvet and BoA, as well as Uhm Jung Hwa and Heize.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Album of the Year

Mid-Air Thief: Crumbling
Life and Time: Age
BTS: Love Yourself: Answer
Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together
Jang Pil Soon: soony eight
Huckleberry Finn: Aurora People

Song of the Year

Mommy Son: “Shonen Jump” (Feat. Bae Ki Sung)
BTS: “Fake Love”
BTS: “IDOL”
Say Sue Me: “Old Town”
Kiha & The Faces: “That’s Just What You Think”
HYUKOH: “LOVE YA!”

Artist of the Year

Kim Sawol
BTS
Say Sue Me
Sunji Lee
Jang Pil Soon

Rookie of the Year

HAON
Jclef
Mothervibes
Motte
AIRY
Wussami

Best Pop Album

BoA: WOMAN
BTS: Love Yourself: Answer
Uhm Jung Hwa: The Cloud Dream of the Nine
Lee Moon Sae: BETWEEN US
Lee Jin Ah: Jinah Restaurant Full Course
Jang Pil Soon: soony eight

Best Pop Song

ADOY: “Wonder”
Red Velvet: “Bad Boy”
BTS: “Fake Love”
BTS: “IDOL”
Heize: “Jenga” (Feat. Gaeko)

Best Rock Album

Life and Time: Age
SUPERSTRING : Architecture
Asian Chairshot: IGNITE
H a lot: H a lot
Plugged Classic: Sabai

Best Rock Song

Life and Time: “Jamsugyo”
Asian Chairshot: “Round and Round”
H a lot: “If You Ask Me”
H a lot: “Prom”
Hangsuk & Boogiemonster: “I’m Fat”

Best Modern Rock Album

ADOY: LOVE
DECADENT: DECADENT
Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together
Jaurim: Jaurim
Huckleberry Finn: Aurora People

Best Modern Rock Song

Night Off: “Review”
Say Sue Me: “Old Town”
Kiha & The Faces: “That’s Just What You Think”
Huckleberry Finn: “Who Is It”
HYUKOH: “LOVE YA!”

Best Metal and Hardcore Album

DARK MIRROR OV TRAGEDY: THE LORD OV SHADOWS
Day of Mourning: This Too Will Pass
Noeasy: Triangle
MEMNOCH: COMMAND HALLUCINATION

Best Dance and Electronic Album

Two Tone Shape: Shapes
Mid-Air Thief: Crumbling
Lofibaby: N
Byul.org: Nobody’s Gold
YESEO: Damn Rules
KIRARA: Sarah

Best Dance and Electronic Song

Pure 100%: “Apollo”
Two Tone Shape: “Color Penetration”
Aseul: “Seoul Girl”
YESEO: “Honey, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
KIRARA: “Worries”

Best Rap and Hip Hop Album

JUSTHIS & Paloalto: 4 the Youth
XXX: LANGUAGE
Bassagong: TANG-A
ILLINIT: Cosmos
JaeDal: Period

Best Rap and Hip Hop Song

HAON: “Boong Boong” (Feat. Sik-K)
JUSTHIS & Paloalto: “Switch”
XXX: “Ganju Gok”
Mommy Son: “Shonen Jump” (Feat. Bae Ki Sung)
Hwaji: “Nappe”

Best R&B and Soul Album

Horim: METROCITY
Jclef: flaw, flaw
Naul: Sound Doctrine
SUMIN: Your Home
Hippy was Gipsy: Language

Best R&B and Soul Song

Jclef: "One Hour Before the Earth’s Destruction”
SUMIN: "Your Home” (Feat. Xin Seha)
George: “gohaegoback”
Hoody: “Sunshine” (Feat. Crush)
Hippy was Gipsy: “Bed”

Best Folk Album

Kang Asol: The Day of Love
Kim Dong San: Seoul Suwon Story
Kim Sawol: Romance
Kim Haewon: Sea and Myself
YUHA: Young People
Hwang Puha: Self-Portrait

Best Folk Song

Kang Asol: “Island”
Kim Sawol: “Someone”
YUHA: “The Worker”
Jang Pil Soon: “Night Sea”
Hwang Puha: “Self Portrait”

Best Jazz Album

Yoo Sun Nam: Strange, But Beautiful You
Youngjoo Song: Late Fall
Bongwool Lee: My Singing Fingers
Sunji Lee: SONG OF APRIL
Sumin Jung: Neo-liberalism

Best Crossover Album

near east quartet: near east quartet
Kim Sora: A Sign of Rain
Park Ju Won: The Last Rumba
Park Jiha: Philos
Shin Hyunpil, Ko Heean: Dear Chopin

Best Jazz and Crossover Performance

near east quartet: “near east quartet”
Ko Heean Trio: “Dancing Without Moving”
SooJin Suh: “Strange Liberation”
Youngjoo Song: “Late Fall”
Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester: “Tschuss Jazz Era”

Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Yang Hee Eun.

The 16th Korean Music Awards take place on February 26 at 7pm KST.


 

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