The 2022 edition of Music Genius Award will take place without a red carpet. On November 4, the organizers of the awards ceremony announced that in light of the Itaewon tragedy, the red carpet and all on-site coverage of the event had been canceled.
This was decided to make the event as dark as possible to resonate with the spirit of mourning across the country.
The organizers said:
“The 2022 Genie Music Awards red carpet event and on-site coverage of the awards ceremony have been cancelled. With the nation currently in mourning over the unfortunate accident, Genie Music has decided to hold the awards ceremony in an atmosphere as quiet and calm as possible, out of a desire to mourn together. [with the nation].”
The Genie Music Awards is an annual South Korean music awards ceremony hosted by Genie Music in conjunction with its partner network, MBC Plus. The nominees and winners of the awards are determined based on data from the Genie Music platform charts, in addition to the judges’ ratings and online voting on South Korean sites.
The 2022 Genie Music Awards will be held on the scheduled date on a small scale
The 2022 Genie Music Awards will be held as scheduled on November 8. However, the size of the event will be significantly reduced from what was originally envisioned and is generally the norm.
Explaining why the show wasn’t completely cancelled, organizers explained that the event was promised to have several fans looking forward to it.
Additionally, this is the first time in three years that the awards ceremony has taken place offline. So, in order to keep the promise made to the fans and ensure a smooth return to normal, the event will go ahead as planned, with a reduction in opulence.
“In order to deliver on our promise to the many fans who have been looking forward to the 2022 Genie Music Awards, which marks our first offline ceremony in three years, we will be holding the awards ceremony on a small scale. We ask for your understanding that we inevitably had to cancel the red carpet and on-site reporting.
The 2021 edition of the awards ceremony has been canceled and this year marks the return of the awards ceremony to a physical setting for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in 2019. October 2021 to October 2022 will be considered for pricing.
BTS received two nominations, one for Best Boy Group and another for Best Album. BLACKPINK followed suit and also received a nomination for their NE ROSE album and for the award for best girl group. Solo male and female artists such as Girls’ Generation’s PSY, Kim Ho Joong, IU, and Taeyeon, among others, were also nominated.
The award ceremony will be held at Namdong Gymnasium in Incheon.