Soompi and a division of global streaming service Viki, today announced the winners of its 12th Annual Soompi Awards, which generated a jaw-dropping 96 million online fan votes over four weeks, more than doubling last year’s numbers and underscoring the continued growing popularity of Korean entertainment around the world. The awards are sponsored by Spottoon, a premium webtoon library.
Winners were determined through a combination of votes on Soompi.com, Twitter and LINE, as well as scores calculated from the Soompi K-Pop Music Chart. This year, a record number of votes were cast from 139 countries, up 144% compared to the previous year. On Twitter, #SOOMPIAWARDS was tweeted 14.2 million times, with four related hashtags trending worldwide and 16 hashtags trending in individual countries.
Broadcast live on Soompi’s Facebook page last night, fans tuned-in live to hear mega K-pop stars K.A.R.D, MONSTA X and MADTOWN’s Jota present this year’s winners, accompanied by videos produced in collaboration with leading Korean production studio ZANYBROS.
The recent Korean hit TV show “The Legend of the Blue Sea” won Drama of the Year, in addition to Actor of The Year (Lee Min Ho) and Spottoon Best Couple (Jun Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho). Global hit K-drama “Descendants of the Sun” clinched the most awards in four categories: Actress of the Year (Song Hye Kyo), Breakout Actor (Kim Min Suk), Best Bromance (Jin Goo and Song Joong Ki) and Best Kiss. “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo” also received three awards: Best Drama OST (For You – Chen x Baekhyun x Xiumin), Best Idol Actor (Baekhyun), and Best Adaptation.
In the K-pop categories, GOT7 received three awards while EXO and BTS received two awards each. GOT7 won FUSE Music Video of the Year and Best Choreography for their pop anthem “Hard Carry,” as well as Best Fandom, receiving more than 20 million tweets in support. EXO won the coveted Artist of the Year award, along with Best Male Group, while BTS won Album of the Year for “Wings” and Song of the Year for their smash hit “Blood Sweat & Tears.”
Here are the winners and acceptance speeches. Remember to turn on the captions for the English subtitles.
See below for the full Soompi Awards winner’s list.
12th Annual Soompi Awards Winners
|K-Drama||Drama of the Year||“The Legend of the Blue Sea”|
|Actor of the Year||Lee Min Ho|
|Actress of the Year||Song Hye Kyo|
|Spottoon Best Couple||Jun Ji Hyun & Lee Min Ho|
|Best Kiss||“Descendants of the Sun”|
|Second Lead Syndrome||Jinyoung (“Moonlight Drawn by Clouds”)|
|Best Bromance||Jin Goo & Song Joong Ki|
|Best Drama OST||For You (Chen x Baekhyun x Xiumin)|
|Best Variety Star||Jota|
|Best Variety Show||“Running Man”|
|Best Foreign Drama||“My Amazing Boyfriend”|
|Best Adaptation||“Scarlet Heart: Goryeo”|
|Best Web Series||“Be Positive”|
|Best Idol Actor||Baekhyun|
|Breakout Actor||Kim Min Suk|
|K-Pop||Artist of the Year||EXO|
|Album of the Year||Wings (BTS)|
|Song of the Year||Blood, Sweat & Tears (BTS)|
|Rookie of the Year||BLACKPINK|
|FUSE Music Video of the Year||Hard Carry (GOT7)|
|Best Male Group||EXO|
|Best Female Group||TWICE|
|Best Male Solo||Taemin|
|Best Female Solo||Taeyeon|
|Best Hip-Hop/R&B Artist||Zico|
|Breakout Artist||Red Velvet|
|Best Collaboration||Dream (Suzy & Baekhyun)|
|Best Choreography||Hard Carry (GOT7)|
|Best Stage Outfit||Very Nice (Seventeen)|