Soompi, the world’s leading source for news on pop-culture coming out of Korea and Asia, announced the winners of its 13th Annual Soompi Awards, an audience-driven award show that recognizes the best in K-Pop, Korean Drama and Fandom from around the globe.
With nearly 42 million vote Tweets over two 24-hour periods for this year’s #TwitterBestFandom award category, GOT7 emerged victorious with nearly 40% of the total vote Tweets and successfully defended their Best Fandom title for the third year running. The #TwitterBestFandom hashtag trended worldwide for eight hours, while the #SoompiAwards hashtag was used in nearly 14 million conversations on Twitter globally from January 23 7 p.m. PT to February 20 7 p.m. PT.
Among this year’s heavy hitters in the remaining categories were superstar group BTS and the television series favorites Hwarang and Goblin. BTS became the first group in Awards history to take home six awards, making them this year’s biggest winners.
Over the past 20 years, Soompi has developed a reputation for fostering robust, active relationships with an audience of over 23 million. This year’s Awards underlined that ability with a staggering 69% increase in participation from their 2017 awards season – a jump of almost 70 million votes. This speaks not only to the immense reach of Korean entertainment globally, but to the profound connection Soompi has with its community. The Soompi Awards generated 1.86 billion impressions, up from the 568 million of the previous year, a 228% increase.
A full list of this year’s winners can be found below:
Best Female Solo: IU
Best Male Solo: Baekhyun
Best Female Group: GFRIEND
Best Male Group: GOT7
Best Hip-Hop/R&B Artist: Heize
Breakout Artist: MONSTA X
Best Collaboration: Mic Drop Remix (BTS x Desiigner x Steve Aoki)
Best Choreography: DNA (BTS)
Best Stage Outfit: Holiday (Girls’ Generation)
Best MC: Oh My Girl
FUSE Music Video of the Year: DNA (BTS)
Rookie of the Year: Wanna One
Song of the Year: DNA (BTS)
Album of the Year: You Never Walk Alone (BTS)
Artist of the Year: BTS
Breakout Actor: Jung Hae In (While You Were Sleeping)
Best Idol Actor: V (Hwarang)
Best Web Series: Ruby Ruby Love
Best Acting Ensemble: Hwarang
Best Foreign Drama: Attention, Love!
Best Variety Show: It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets
Best Music Reality Show: Produce 101 Season 2
Best Soundtrack: Goblin OST
Best Supporting Actor: Lee Dong Wook (Goblin)
Best Supporting Actress: Yoo In Na (Goblin)
Best Kiss: Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Chang Wook (Suspicious Partner)
Best Couple: Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)
Actor of the Year: Lee Joon Gi (Criminal Minds)
Actress of the Year: YoonA (The King Loves)
Drama of the Year: Goblin
Twitter Best Fandom: GOT7
Latin America Popularity Award: GOT7
Hallyu Special Award: Jonghyun