2022 Korean Music Awards Winners

The 19th Korean Music Awards has announced this year’s winners!

Unlike many other South Korean music awards, which generally use sales figures as the major criterion to determine the winners each year, the Korean Music Awards focuses on musical achievement as the main criterion. The Korean Music Awards also give greater importance to albums and songs themselves.

aespa won the most awards of any artist this year, winning a total of three awards, including two of the Grand Four (the four main awards that span all musical genres). aespa walked away with Song of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Best K-Pop Song (for their hit “Next Level”).

BTS won Entertainer of the Year, marking his third time overall to win the award. (In 2018, BTS made history by becoming the first idol group to win Artist of the Year at the Korean Music Awards, and they repeated the feat in 2019.)

Finally, indie folk singer Lang Lee won album of the year with her critically acclaimed album “There’s a Wolf.”

Check out this year’s list of winners below!

Artist of the Year: BTS
Song of the Year: aespa – “Next Level”
Album of the Year: Lang Lee – “There’s a Wolf”
Rookie of the Year: aespa

Best K-Pop Song: aespa – “Next Level”
Best K-Pop Album: chungha – “Querencia”

Best pop song: AKMU – “NAKKA” (with UI)
Best Pop Album: UI – “LILAC”

Best rock song: Soumbalgwang – “Dance”
Best rock album: Soumbalgwang – “Happiness, Flower”

Best Modern Rock Song: Silica Gel – “Desert Eagle”
Best Modern Rock Album: ISANG Wings – “The Border Between Hope and Despair”

Best R&B and Soul Song: SUMIN & Slom – “THE GONLAN SONG”
Best R&B and Soul Album: THAMA – “DON’T DIE COLORS”

Best Rap and Hip-Hop Song: CHANGMO – “TAIJI”
Best rap and hip-hop album: Choi LB – “Indie Music”

Best Electronic Song: HAEPAARY – “go to gpd and then”
Best Electronic Album: HAEPAARY – “Born by Beauty”

Best Folk Song: Chun Yongsung – “Barley Tea” (featuring Kang Mal Geum)
Best folk album: Lang Lee – “There’s a Wolf”

Best metal and hardcore album: AGNES – “Change of hegemony”

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Maria Kim – “With Strings: Dream of You”
Best Jazz Music Album: Jihye Lee Orchestra – “Daring Mind”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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