2018 Korean Music Awards nominations revealed, and BTS, IU, Red Velvet, Hyukoh score multiple nods

The Korean Music Awards are basically the Grammy Awards of Korea, at least in that they are a rare one that isn’t just a popularity contest and is chosen by judges, which is why I highlight it every year. Well the nominations are out for the 2018 edition, and they stand out for the amount of idols who could win.


Album Of The Year

Kang Taegu – ‘Bleu’
The Black Skirts – ‘Team Baby’
Kim Mok In – ‘A Day In The Life Of Mr. X’
IU – ‘Palette’
Hyukoh – ’23’

Song Of The Year

Red Velvet – “Red Flavor”
IU – “Through The Night”
Woo Won Jae – “We Are” (Featuring Loco & Gray)
Hyukoh – “Tomboy”

Artist Of The Year

Kim Mok In

Rookie Of The Year

Rad Museum
Light And Noise
Se So Neon
Shin Hae Gyeong
Woo Won Jae

Best Pop Album

Red Velvet – ‘Perfect Velvet’
BTS – ‘Love Yourself: Her’
IU – ‘Palette’
Lee Jin Ah – ‘Random’
Taemin – ‘Move’
Taeyeon – ‘My Voice’

Best Pop Song

NCT 127 – “Cherry Bomb”
Red Velvet – “Red Flavor”
Sunmi – “Gashina”
IU – “Through The Night”

Best Rock Album

Lowdown 30 – ‘B’
Raw By Peppers – ‘Cosmos’
Magna Fall – ‘Mad Metropolis’
Se So Neon – ‘Summer Plumage’
Light And Noise – ‘Irregular’

Best Rock Song

ABTB – “Free Rider”
Grancale – “Treadmill”
Light And Noise – “Mudang”
Se So Neon – “The Wave”
Asian Chairshot – “Mountain, Bird, And Me”

Best Modern Rock Album

3rd Line Butterfly – ‘Divided by Zero’
The Black Skirts – ‘Team Baby’
In The Endless Zanhyang We Are – ‘Inevitability Under Consecutive Coincidence’
Sister’s Barbershop – ‘People Who Stay Alone’
Hyukoh – ’23’

Best Modern Rock Song

ADOY – “Grace”
Jaemyoung Doe – “Under The Sign Of Saturn”
Shin Hae Gyeong – “Everything To Me”
Sister’s Barbershop – “People Who Stay Alone”
Hyukoh – “Tomboy”

Best Metal And Hardcore Album

End These Days – ‘Ambivalence’
Kim Jaeha – ‘Into Ashes’
Abyss – ‘Recrowned’
PAKK – ‘Salpuri’

Best Dance And Electronic Album

Mojave – ‘Something the Braun Tube Left Us’
SOWALL – ‘Favorite’
Idiotape – ‘Dystopian’
Yeseo – ‘Million Things’

Best Dance And Electronic Song

Locked On – “Say Yeah”
Raiden – “Heart Of Steel”
CIFIKA – “My Ego”
Yeseo – “Silhouette”
Idiotape – “Dystopian”

Best Rap And Hip Hop Album

Kim Ximya X D. Sanders – ‘Moonshine’
Legit Goons – ‘Junk Drunk Love’
VIANN x KHUNDI PANDA – ‘Reconstruction’
Chaboom – ‘Sour’
Fana – ‘Fanaconda’

Best Rap And Hip Hop Song

Jazzyfact – “Harujongil”
Kim Ximya – “Career High” (Featuring Cautious Clay)
Chaboom – “Ribbaddong”
Fana – “Power”
Woo Won Jae – “We Are” (Featuring Loco & Gray)

Best R&B And Soul Album

Rad Museum – ‘Scene’
Rico – ‘White Light Panorama’
Minje – ‘Now’
Hippy Was Gipsy – ‘Tree’

Best R&B And Soul Song

Horim – “TEMP-TON”
PEEJAY – “Na B Ya” (Featuring Zion.T)
Rico – “Paradise”
Samuel Seo – “Off You”
Hippy Was Gipsy – “Dot”

Best Folk Album

Kang Taegu – ‘Bleu’
Kim Mok In – ‘A Day In The Life Of Mr. X’
Doma – ‘Drifting To An Island For Reason I Don’t Know’
Dhani Song – ‘Songs For An Afterlife’
Jeongmilla – ‘Galaxy’
Gonne Choi – ‘Nomad Syndrome’

Best Folk Song

Kang Taegu – “Bleu”
Kim Mok In – “Walking”
Kim Mok In X Siwa X Hwang Puha – “Let’s Go Home”
Doma – “Is This Love”
Jeongmilla – “Star”
Gonne Choi – “Highlander”

Best Jazz Album

JOONSAM – ‘A Door’
Youn Sun Nah – ‘She Moves On’
Seo Young Do Electric Ensemble – ‘The Hazy World’
Sunny Kim & Ben Monder – ‘The Dream Of The Earth’
Lee Jiyeun Contemporary Jazz Orchestra – ‘Feather, Dream Drop’

Best Crossover Album

11 – ‘Transparent Music’
Do Yeon Kim & Chase Morrin – ‘GaPi’
Ajaeng Ensemble – ‘Bow+ing’
Lee Heemoon & Prelude – ‘A Korean Man’
Han Seung Seok & Jung Jaeil – ‘And There, The Sea At Last’

Best Jazz And Crossover Performance

JOONSAM – “A Door”
Kim Chul Soo & Oh Jin Won – “A:”
Myungsup Shin Group – “Circular Dilemma”
Choi Sung Ho Singularity – “Different Is Different From Wrong”
Hogyu Hwang – “Straight, No Chaser”


Of the main three categories — Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Artist Of The Year — the only artists that could be called idols who have won are Big Bang (“Bae Bae“), Soyu (“Some“), and SNSD (“Gee“). As you’ll note, all of those are in the Song Of The Year category, so it’s noteworthy that IU could win Album Of The Year and both BTS and IU could win Artist Of The Year, in addition to Red Velvet, IU, and BTS being up for Song Of The Year.


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