Here are the winners in last night’s Mnet Asian Music Awards. I’ll add some comments to those awards I feel someone else should have won them.
Director of Music Video Award: Hong Won Ki
Music Portal Mnet Award: 2NE1
Mobile Popularity Award: Super Junior
Overseas Viewer Award: Super Junior
CGV Popularity Award: Super Junior (Did not attend)
Best New Male Artist: Supremes -> To be honest, I don’t know who these Supremes are. I would have thought MBLAQ or BEAST would win this award but since they just debut, it would be very suspicious if one of them did actually win “Best New Male Artist”.
Best New Female Artist: 2NE1 -> I think this is a landslide win for 2NE1. None of the other rookie female groups have achieved even half of what 2NE1 has received this year.
Best Trot Award: Hong Jin Yong’s Love Battery
Best Dance: Kara’s Honey -> This was really such a surprise considering the song isn’t really that danceable. 2pm’s “Again and Again” or Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry” would be a better suit for this award.
Best OST Award: SS501’s Because I’m Stupid for Boys Over Flowers -> I think this is the only OST song that really made some noise this year. I think. Do correct me if I’m wrong.
Best Mixed Gender Group: 8Eight
Best Hip Hop Artist: Leessang
Best Rock Song: Boowhal’s Remembering
Asian Recommend: AKB48
Best House/Electronic: Brown Eyed Girls Abracadabra
Best R&B/Ballad Song: Kim Tae Woo’s Love Rain -> I’m sorry to Kim Tae Woo and GOD fans but I think 2am’s “Confession of a Friend” should have got this. Maybe the Mnet people considered the album sales but quality-wise, I honestly think 2am should have won this award.
Best Representative for Asia: Dong Bang Shin Ki -> Such a weird award.
Best Male Solo Artist: Drunken Tiger
Best Female Solo Artist: Baek Ji Young -> Seems like Baek Ji Young and the rest of Korea has finally moved on from her controversy. I wonder if Ivy can do it too.
Best Asian Composer: JYP
Best MV: 2NE1’s Fire
Best Female Group: Brown Eyed Girls -> Other say that it should be SNSD but I think this award rightfully should go to 2NE1, no offense to BEG. Though SNSD have that 9week-win title with “Gee”, we should remember that at that time, they were competing against no one. I can’t help but compare SNSD with WG. WG’s “So Hot” and “Nobody” success were almost similar and to think that they were competing against DBSK and Big Bang at the time. SNSD however had a mediocre success in music programs with “Genie”. 2NE1 were part of the success of “Lollipop” and their singles, “Fire” and “I Don’t Care”, became such a success.
Best Male Group: 2PM -> I have read a lot of Kpop blogs that are contesting this win and stated that Super Junior should have won. I honestly feel that 2pm deserves this win. Their presence in the Kpop scene the entire year really made an impact. Their beastly image made male and female Kpop fans appreciate them. I’m sorry to SuJu fans but after Super Junior’s album promotions ended, they were really invisible. Also remember, a group’s success does not depend on how many fans they have but how many non-fans and music lovers appreciate the groups’ songs. Super Junior fans compose mostly of teenage girls while 2pm’s fans are more diverse with male and female fans almost the same number and age varies from adolescent to people in their 50s. Boohwal for example.
And now for the Daesang. Last year, Wonder Girls won Song of the Year with “Nobody”, DBSK won album of the year with “Mirotic”, and Big Bang won artist of the year.
Best Album: G-Dragon’s Heartbreaker -> With the plagiarism issue aside, “Heartbreaker is really the album to beat sales-wise and quality-wise.
Best Song: 2NE1’s I Don’t Care -> This song is still stuck in my head. With it’s catchiness, I do think that they do deserve this title.
Artist of the Year: 2PM -> Everyone was surprise when these guys came out and showed an image far from the norm. I think no other artists made an impact this year as much as these guys have. With songs topping charts and with the controversy hovering over them, all eyes are on 2pm.