The first annual allkpop Awards launched 10 days ago and the voting has been fierce! With the results 100% decided by you, the allkpop readers, and millions of votes already (2.35 million to be exact) – the allkpop Awards is the only true voice for international readers to have a say at who the best of the best are!
With that, below is an update on the standings thus far, but we won’t reveal too much, as we want the final results to be a surprise!
For now, here are the top 5 contenders in each category (random order – because suspense is awesome!):
Best Male Solo Artist
Taeyang (Big Bang)
Best Female Solo Artist
Best Male Group
Best Female Group
Best Rookie Artist
Most Improved Artist
Song Of The Year
“Oh!” – Girls’ Generation
“Bonamana” – Super Junior
“Can’t Nobody” – 2NE1
“Lucifer” – SHINee
“Soom” – B2ST
Story Of The Year
f(x)’s Amber Goes Missing
Shin Se Kyung And Jonghyun Dating
Sun Mi Leaves Wonder Girls
Jay Park Leaves 2PM
Rain Gambling Allegations
“Go Away” – 2NE1
“Lucifer” – SHINee
“Soom” – B2ST
“Bonamana” – Super Junior
“HOOT” – Girls’ Generation
Best Social Network Personality
Heechul (Super Junior)
If you haven’t been voting, no worries, there are still 15 days left and you can vote once per day per category – So get your vote on and have a say on who’s crowned at the first annual 2010 allkpop Awards!
Credit to Allkpop
The 2010 Melon Music Awards was held on December 15th at the Hall of Peace in Kyunghee University, and many top K-pop artists were in attendance.
The awards show begun in 2009 and took its place as one of the big four music award ceremonies in South Korea, alongside Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards.
The awards ceremony is famed for calculating ONLY digital sales (80%) and online votes (20%) onMelon.com, and the final tally of those two factors will give the winners in the various categories.
Below is the list of winners from this year’s show!
▲ 2010 Artist (Daesang)
– SNSD (Oh!)
▲ 2010 Album (Daesang)
– 2NE1 (To Anyone)
▲ 2010 T-World Best Song (Daesang)
– 2AM (Can’t Send You Away Even If I Die)
▲ 2010 Top 10
2NE1 | CNBLUE | DJ Doc | 4MEN | SNSD | IU | 2AM | Lee Seung Gi | T-ara | 2PM
▲ 2010 Newcomer
– CNBLUE (I’m A Loner)
▲ 2010 Netizen Popularity Battle
– Super Junior (Bonamana)
▲ 2010 Hot Trend
– SNSD (Hoot)
▲ 2010 MBC Radio Award
– Jung Yeob (Love You/Without You)
▲ 2010 MBC+ Star Award
– miss A (Bad Girl Good Girl)
Only Jia and Fei took to the stage to receive the award, as Min was away for a scheduled variety show recording, while Suzy was filming her drama, ‘Dream High.’
▲ 2010 OST
– Lee Seung Gi (Losing My Mind)
▲ 2010 Rap/Hip Hop
– Supreme Team (Dang Dang Dang)
▲ 2010 R&B
– Gummy (Because You’re A Man)
▲ 2010 Trot
– Jang Yoon Jung (Ole)
▲ 2010 Alternative
– Hot Potato (Confession)
▲ 2010 Music Video
– PD Hwang Soo Ah for Ga-In’s “Irreversible”
▲ 2010 Song Writer
– Composer Lee Min Soo, Lyricist Kim Lee Na for IU’s “Nagging”
▲ 2010 Concert Culture
– PSY (Right Now)
▲ 2010 Best Dressed Award
Congratulations to all of the winners!
The end of the year is near, and the Korean music industry is abuzz with news of upcoming awards shows that seek to recognize the most outstanding artists in a multitude of categories.
As a nod to these important events in the K-pop realm, allkpop has decided to initiate our first ever “allkpop Awards” this year, and we’re inviting fans from all over the world to determine the results!
That’s right – the votes will be 100% determined by international K-pop fans.
In order to ensure that the results are achieved in a fair manner, we’ve established a system in which votes can be submitted once a day per category via Twitter or Facebook.
Fans can vote as many times as they like over the course of the awards voting period, but again, only one vote per category per day will be counted.
We are aiming to make this an award that accurately represents the opinions of the international K-pop community, so check out the nominees below, and help decide K-pop’s best of 2010!
A controversy has recently been surrounding the ‘2010 Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards’, as many fans are doubting the legitimacy of its online voting system.
Between November 8th and the 30th, Yahoo has been conducting an online poll for three categories:‘Korean Male Buzz Star’, ‘Korean Female Buzz Star’ and ‘Asia’s Buzz Star‘.
The problem that had caught the attention of sharp fans is that the poll results for some nominees had either taken a sharp rise or drop in a spontaneous fashion. For instance, in the ‘Male Buzz Star’ category, Jang Geun Suk’s poll results saw sharp rises and falls at a continuous rate, while a considerable number of votes for Kim Hyun Joong dropped unexepectedly.
Consequently, many netizens are suspecting the poll results to have a substantial error in voting calculations.
Fans have become even more angered by Yahoo’s lack of investigation on this matter, who merely called it a simple ’server error’. Netizens commented, “The globally acknowledged Yahoo doesn’t want to be humiliated in public, which is why they are ignoring the hard work of the fans”, “I want to rebuke Yahoo for their lack of action regarding this issue.”
Responding to such criticism, a representative of Yahoo Korea explained on December 2nd, “There was a problem with the server overloading, however, we have not been able to confirm a manipulation of the poll results. We are still inspecting the reasons behind these errors.”
They carefully continued, “We cannot reveal a correct set of poll results without fully completing our investigation. We cannot confirm anything for now.”
Meanwhile, according to the online poll results on the site, Jang Geun Suk ranked 1st place for the ‘Male Buzz Star’ category for this year’s ‘Buzz Awards’.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards came to an end. Check out the winners below!
Daesang Award (Grand Prize)
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Female Artist Award
Best Vocal Performance – Group
Best Dance Performance – Male Group
Best Dance Performance – Female Group
Best Digital Single
Female Group Award
Male Singer Award
Female Singer Award
Male Group Award
Best Music Video
Best Dance Performance – Solo
Best Vocal Performance – Solo
Best Band Performance
The Shilla Duty Free Asian Wave Award
Best Asia Artist
Best Asia New Artist
Best Asia Pop Artist
Best Asia R&B Group
The 1st ‘2010 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards’ was recently held in Seoul on November 22nd, and Big Bang’s Taeyang and Super Junior’s Siwon were awarded the ‘Minister Commendation for Culture and Tourism’.
Other award winners include:
Actors: Kim Mi Sook and Jung Junho
Musicians: Kim Kwang Suk and Lee Jung Shik
Comedians: Kim Byung Jo and Bae Il Jib
Voice Dubbing Artist: Sung Woo
Model: Yang Yee Shik
Cartoonists: Yoon Tae Ho and Won Soo Yeon
Source: TV Daily
Last week, we reported that ‘Playful Kiss’ star and SS501 leader Kim Hyun Joong would interview with CNN’s Anna Coren for Talk Asia. It was also revealed that Super Junior’s Choi Siwon andLeeteuk also interviewed with Anna Coren and a preview image (seen above) from the interviews was recently revealed via TV Daily.
CNN’s Talk Asia has put a lot of focus on South Korea for the past few episodes as South Korea is scheduled to hold the G20 Summit on November 11-12.
Kim Hyun Joong will be interviewed about the success of ‘Playful Kiss’, as well as his thoughts on acting alongside female lead, Jung So Min.
Additionally, Anna Coren will be asking producer Song Byung Joon about insider knowledge for successful productions. She will also seek informed answers from the Google Director about the impact of Playful Kiss special web episodes on Youtube.
CNN became greatly interested in ‘Playful Kiss’, ever since the first Youtube special episode received over 520,000 views in just two days after its release.
Anna Coren will also talk to Super Junior’s Choi Siwon and Leeteuk and their recent foray into social media such as facebook and twitter, establishing contact points with a foreign audience.
In the past, CNN Talk Asia interviewed Rain, Lee Byung Hun, and most recently Tablo of Epik High. This episode will also talk about South Korea’s food and culture and is scheduled to air on November 12th.
Source: TV Daily
He wrote, ‘FT Island concert ended! As expected, live band. Directly in the concert hall was a sweet performance that was not seen nor heard before. Today I became a primadonna!’
FT Island has been having concerts over the last two days in the honor of their latest album, ‘Beautiful Journey.‘
It’s no secret that Hongki and Heechul are close friends, but where’s Jonghoon?
Source: TV Daily
Image: Kim Heechul’s Twitter
On November 5th, Heechul tweeted, “‘H‘ (also known as Hyun Seung Min),’ the singer behind ‘Did You Forget‘, with his new store, ‘Stomach Bursting Fried Chicken.’ Together: Lee Teuk, Dong Hae, me, and Hyun Seung Min hyung!! Chicken chicken~ Soy sauce chicken felt good keke. Shall we go, go, go for soy sauce fried chicken?”
Netizens that viewed the picture commented, “Ah! This person! I know him! H! Eat well~” and “This is my first time hearing of soy sauce chicken! I want to try it! Chicken and beer is the best, where is that store?”
Source: TV Daily
On November 6th, Super Junior held a celebratory mini-concert at the Korea University Gymnasium with their official fanclub, as a way to officially mark five successful years since their Inkigayo debut back in 2005.
Yet it wasn’t just Super Junior and their Korean fans who were celebrating this day – fans from all around the world came together to complete one of the most meaningful projects K-pop has ever witnessed, by compiling fan letters to Super Junior in 30 different languages.
According to the founder and manager of this project, SuJu-Global-Elfs.com, the link to the project blog received over 5,000 views in 83 different countries. Amazingly, the site managed to attract this many visitors in the span of just 12 hours! The project managed to write fan letters in Korean, English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Thai, Turkish, Norwegian, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Greek, Romanian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Somali, Flipino/Tagalog, Indonesian, Malay, Vietnamese, Hindi, Tamil, and Mongolian.
The English version of the fan letter reads,
Dear Super Junior,
Thank you for being one of the greatest things in our lives. You are not a mere boy band, a simple crush, or an impersonate idol. You are 13 young men who, through true spirits and good hearts, have united thousands of people. You have entertained and inspired us through your hard work and talents. Yet most importantly, you have taught us valuable life lessons. We learned from you that dreams are vaster than state boarders. And that positive spirit is the key to all challenges. You showed us that we must work hard for what we love and protect and stand for whom we love. We learned from you that being a humble dork is much more charming than being a stuck-up jerk. You taught us that spontaneity is a gift not a defect and that you will always grow old, but not necessarily grow up. And that life is sweet but never easy. And that with all these virtues, we can all change the world.
We just wanted to let you know that you did change the world. You are more than music idols, or entertainers, you are heroes, for you have positively changed the lives of many. We want to always be guided by you. You do not need a catchy song to steal our hearts; your smiles have already done that. You have always touched our lives and hearts, and we wish day and night to be able to do the same for you. We wish that every year you would feel closer to us, and feel our unwavering admiration and love for you. Please always know that you succeeded in the past few years and that in every world corner you have an ELF to witness that. We will stand united for you and for the many years of success to come, not just in your career, but mostly in your life.
Yours always and forever,
E.L.Fs around the world
6, Nov, 2010
You can check out the letters in the 30 different languages here.
Additionally, the Taiwanese ELFs decided to go a little bit further, as they completely covered a public bus with their congratulatory message to their idol group. The message reads, “Super Junior, 2010.11.6 Congratulations to Super Junior on their 5-year Anniversary.”
If that’s not enough, the executives and staff members of their entertainment company, SM Entertainment, also posted a meaningful message through a public newspaper advertisement to congratulate the group for their five years of success. They wrote,
Five years have passed since Super Junior was born
Five years ago today, they knew that they would ‘do well’
despite voices worrying whether if they really could.
With each step full of passion and effort,
they became the ‘first’
as they stepped out into
different genres to sing, to act, to MC, to DJ
Reaching out to Asia and the world outside of Korea
And have now grown into the “Super Junior” that represents Korea
Their proud steps are now just beginning
We will be with them into the future
The executives and staff members of SM Entertainment
congratulate Super Junior’s five year anniversay with one heart
Congratulations to Super Junior on their 5th anniversary!