June 26, 2022

The 31st Seoul Music Awards saw k-pop boy group NCT 127 achieved a landmark award by claiming its first grand prize in its six-year career on Sunday.

NCT 127 leader Taeyong during the awards ceremony held in Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome commented that they didn’t expect the award, but are deeply moved by receiving such a big award. He though that the year 2021 was a year that they could shine because they were all together and that he is very proud of the members.

NCT 127 group member Doyoung during the ceremony mentioned that he had dreamed of receiving an award like this for a long time and is thank full for giving them such a great award. He continued that they will keep up the good work to become an artist that is suitable to an award like this.

The nine-member act last year had released its third full-length album “Sticker” and a repackaged version, “Favorite”. As of November, more than 3 million copies of the latest albums, 2.4 million for the original album and 1.17 million for the repackaged version were sold.

Another top honouree at the Seoul Music Awards was boy group BTS, winning three awards this year. The group received the world best artist award, main award and U+ idol live best artist award.

NCT’s subunit NCT Dream and IU were awarded with the best album award and best song award, respectively, while EXO won the K-wave award. The awards also went to NCT 127, IU, Enhypen, Heize, Brave Girls, Oh My Girl, Kang Daniel, aespa, Ateez, the Boyz, Lim Young-woong and Seventeen.

Lee Mu-jin, Omega X and Epex were awarded with rookie of the year awards, while Red Velvet’s Wendy and HyunA won the ballad award and R&B hip-hop award, respectively. Singer Lim Young-woong also won three additional awards, including the OST award, trot award and popular award.

The winners of the event were chosen based on the aggregate score from mobile voting (20 percent), a popularity poll (10 percent), digital downloads and album sales (40 percent) and judges’ evaluations (30 percent).