Korean Music Awards: Aespa picks up three awards, BTS wins top prize

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – K-pop girl group Aespa won three awards at the 19th Korean Music Awards, becoming the rookie group with the most wins this time around.

At the annual music awards ceremony held in central Seoul on Tuesday, March 1, the quartet won Song of the Year for their mega hit Next Level, released in May 2021. .

Next Level also won the newly created Best K-pop Song category, with the group named Rookie of the Year.

Aespa debuted in November 2020 with the single Black Mamba. The four members – Karina, Giselle, Winter and Ningning – also have alter egos in the virtual world, or metaverse.

The single, Next Level, is a rearrangement of a number from the soundtrack of the 2019 action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

In their acceptance speech, the members of Aespa thanked those who danced to the song’s signature choreography and said they will continue to work hard this year.

K-pop sensation BTS was named Musician of the Year thanks to his songs Butter and My Universe, which topped the Billboard charts.

The boy band had already won it in 2018 and 2019.

Singer-songwriter Lang Lee, band Soumbalgwang and alternative electronic duo Haepaary also had a big night with two awards each.

Lang Lee was named Album of the Year and Best Folk Album winner for her third album, There Is A Wolf.

The Best K-pop Album award went to Chungha for her debut studio album Querencia.

Singer-songwriter IU’s Lilac was named Best Pop Album, and duet Akmu’s Nakka – featuring IU – won Best Pop Song.

The annual Korean Music Awards this year awarded trophies in 25 categories for albums and songs released in South Korea from December 2020 to November 2021.

The winners were determined by a panel of music critics, radio show producers and music industry professionals.

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