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BTS, IU, Aespa, and more triumphs

Korean Music Awards 2022 sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism took place on March 1st. BTS, Aespa, Chungha, IU, and more K-pop artists snagged awards at the prestigious ceremony. Check the full list of Korean Music Awards 2022 winners below.

This year, KMA 2022 awarded the best of South Korean Music in an array of genres including pop, hip-hop, trap, jazz, rock, and more. The coveted ceremony aired from the Korean Music Awards YouTube channel where over 4000 viewers tuned in.

Two times Grammy-nominated K-pop group BTS snagged the grand prize (Daesang) as the artist (musician) of the year of KMA 2022. SM Entertainment’s globally popular group Aespa swept the award show with three major awards. Take a look at the full list below.

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Korean Music Awards 2022 winners

Who won big in Korean Music Awards 2022? Check out the full list below.

Song Of The Year (Grand Prize/Daesang)

SM Entertainment’s super rookie group Aespas Next Level won the grand prize Song Of The Year at KMA 2022.

SM Entertainment’s super rookie group Aespas Next Level won the grand prize Song Of The Year at KMA 2022 (Korean Music Awards YouTube)

Musician of the Year (DAESANG, grand prize)

BTS won the musician of the year, the grand prize (Daesang) award at KMA 2022.

BTS won the musician of the year, the grand prize (Daesang) award at KMA 2022. (Korean Music Awards YouTube)

Album of the Year (Daesang) – Lang Lee’s There is a Wolf won Album of the year grand prize.

Rookie of the year

‘Next Level’ and ‘Savage’ crooners Aespa won the rookie of the year award at KMA 2022.

Best Pop Album

K-pop’s reigning queen IU’s ‘Lilac’ (2021) won the Best Pop Album at KMA 2022.

Best Pop Song

South Korean musician duo AKMU including Lee Chan-hyuk and Lee Su-hyun snagged the Best Pop Song award at KMA 2022 for their song nakka ft IU.

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Best K-pop song

SM Entertainment’s super rookie group Aespa’s iconic track ‘Next Level’ won the Best K-pop song award at KMA 2022.

Aespa’s track ‘Next Level’ won the Best K-pop song award at KMA 2022 (Korean Music Awards YouTube)

Best K-pop album

K-pop soloist Chungha won the Best K-pop album award at KMA 2022 for her album ‘Querencia.’

Chungha won Best K-pop album award at KMA 2022 for ‘Querencia.’ (Korean Music Awards YouTube)

More winners of KMA 2022 include

Special Achievement Award – Devils

Best Jazz Album – Jihye Lee Orchestra Daring Mind

Best Jazz Vocal Album – Maria Kim With Strings: Dream of You

Best Rap and Hip-Hop Song – Changmo Taiji

Best Rap and Hip-Hop Album – Choi LB Independent Music

Best Modern Rock Album – Wings of the Isang The Borderline Between Hope and Despair

Best Modern Rock Song – Silica Gel Desert Eagle

Best Metal and Hardcore Album – Agnes Hegemony Shift

Best Rock Album – Soumbagwang Happiness, Flower

Best Rock Song – Soumbagwang dance

Best R&B and Soul Album – Thama Don’t Die Colors

Best R&B and Soul Song – Sumin & Slom The Gonlan Song

Best Electronic Album – Haepaary Born By Gorgeousness

Best Electronic Song – Haepaary Go to GPD and Then

Best Folk Album – Long Lee There is a Wolf

Best Folk Song – Chun Yong-sung Barley Tea (ft Kang Mal-geum)

Where to watch Korean Music Awards 2022

This year’s KMA ceremony aired live from Korean Music Awards YouTube Channel. Watch the live ceremony of Korean Music Awards 2022 below.

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