Descendants of the Sun, The Legend of the Blue Sea, GOT7, EXO and BTS Win Big at 12th Annual Soompi Awards

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.

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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-DramaDrama of the Year“The Legend of the Blue Sea”
Actor of the YearLee Min Ho
Actress of the YearSong Hye Kyo
Spottoon Best CoupleJun Ji Hyun & Lee Min Ho
Best Kiss“Descendants of the Sun”
Second Lead SyndromeJinyoung (“Moonlight Drawn by Clouds”)
Best BromanceJin Goo & Song Joong Ki
Best Drama OSTFor You (Chen x Baekhyun x Xiumin)
Best Variety StarJota
Best Variety Show“Running Man”
Best Foreign Drama“My Amazing Boyfriend”
Best Adaptation“Scarlet Heart: Goryeo”
Best Web Series“Be Positive”
Best Idol ActorBaekhyun
Breakout ActorKim Min Suk
K-PopArtist of the YearEXO
Album of the YearWings (BTS)
Song of the YearBlood, Sweat & Tears (BTS)
Rookie of the YearBLACKPINK
FUSE Music Video of the YearHard Carry (GOT7)
Best FandomGOT7
Best Male GroupEXO
Best Female GroupTWICE
Best Male SoloTaemin
Best Female SoloTaeyeon
Best Hip-Hop/R&B ArtistZico
Breakout ArtistRed Velvet
Best CollaborationDream (Suzy & Baekhyun)
Best ChoreographyHard Carry (GOT7)
Best Stage OutfitVery Nice (Seventeen)