KMA2017: Nominees for 14th Korean Music Awards

The nominees for the 14th annual Korean Music Awards were announced today at 11am, KST. The nominated albums and songs have been selected from albums and songs released between December 1st 2015 and November 30th 2016. The Korean Music Awards do not take sales into consideration and the winners are determined by a panel of music critics and industry experts, making it a Korean version of the Grammy’s. This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 28th at the Guro Arts Valley Theatre.


Album of the Year

  • ABTBAttraction Between Two Bodies
  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors뿔 (Shofar)
  • bahngbeck너의 손 (Your Hands)
  • Wings of the ISANG의식의흐름 (Stream of Consciousness)
  • Jo Dong Jin나무가 되어 (As A Tree)

Song of the Year

Artist of the Year

  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors
  • 2nd Moon
  • Jay Park
  • Im In Gun
  • Jambinai

Rookie of the Year

  • Twice
  • Bolbbalgan4
  • BewhY
  • Silica Gel
  • Julia Dream


Best Metal & Hardcore Album

  • 13 StepsVenom
  • Remnants of the FallenShadow Walk
  • MahatmaNew Justice
  • PariahOne
  • PureThe Light of Tornado


Best Rock Album

  • ABTB – Attraction Between Two Bodies
  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors – 뿔 (Shofar)
  • Jambinai – A Hermitage (은서;隱棲)
  • Jun Bum Sun And The Yangbans – 혁명가 (Revolution Songs)
  • Julia Dream – 불안의세계

Best Rock Song


Best Modern Rock Album

  • 9 and the Numbers – 수렴과 발산 (Solitude and Solidarity)
  • bbdTrioWe Were Trying Not To Disturb You
  • Secret Asian MenSecrets Beyond The Room
  • Silica Gel – 실리카겔 (Silica Gel)
  • Wings of the ISANG – Stream of Consciousness

Best Modern Rock Song


Best Folk Album

  • Various Artists – 젠트리피케이션 (Gentrification)
  • Kwak Pureunhaneul어제의 소설 (Yesterday’s Novel)
  • Lang Lee신의 놀이 (Playing God)
  • Lee Minhwee빌린 입 (Borrowed Tongue)
  • Ehosuk이인자의 철학 (Philosophy of Secondees)
  • Honggap꿈의 편집

Best Folk Song


Best Pop Album

  • Echae KangRadical Paradise
  • Park Hyo ShinI am A Dreamer
  • bahngbeck – 너의 손 (Your Hands)
  • Savina & Drones우리의 시간은 여기에 흐른다 (Our Time Lies Within)
  • Jo Dong Jin – 나무가 되어 (As A Tree)

Best Pop Song


Best Dance & Electronic Album

  • Love X StereoWe Love We Leave, Part 2
  • Room 306at Doors
  • AseulNew Pop
  • Neon BunnyStay Gold
  • KiraraMoves

Best Dance & Electronic Song


Best Rap & Hip-Hop Album

  • Nucksal작은 것들의 신 (The God of Small Things)
  • Beenzino12
  • JUSTHIS2 Many Homes 4 1 Kid
  • Tribeast (Don Malik & Kima)Tribeast
  • Huckleberry P점 (Dot)
  • HwajiZissou

Best Rap & Hip-Hop Song


Best R&B & Soul Album

  • Dean130 Mood : TRBL
  • JeebanoffSo Fed Up
  • Jay Park – Everything You Wanted
  • Samuel SeoEgo Expand (100%)

Best R&B & Soul Song


Best Jazz Album

  • Yoon Seokcheol Trio자유리듬
  • Lee Myoung Gun Trio피고지고
  • Im In Gun – 야누스, 그 기억의 현재 (Janus, The Reminiscence)
  • Jae Geun JeonVignette
  • Choi Sung Ho Singularity바람 불면 (When The Wind Blows)
  • Trio Closermore Human

Best Crossover Album

  • 2nd Moon – 판소리 춘향가
  • Kim SungbaeRitual
  • Park JihaCommunion
  • Black StringMask Dance
  • Seo JungminCosmos 25

Best Jazz & Crossover Performance

  • Park Jiha – Communion
  • Black String – Mask Dance
  • Second SessionIntervals
  • Lee Hyun SukForest Of The Fireflies
  • Choi Sung Ho Singularity – 바람 불면 (When The Wind Blows)
  • Trio Closer – more Human

Due to the issue with fraudulent votes for the Netizens’ Choice awards in 2016, the Netizens’ awards have been abolished. As a consequence there will be no official online fan vote for the Korean Music Awards this year.

For each song category above, click the heading to be directed to a YouTube playlist with all available nominated songs.

All nominated songs currently available on Spotify can be found in Indieful ROK’s KMA2017 Song Nominees playlist. All nominated albums currently available on Spotify can be found in Indieful ROK’s KMA2017 Album Nominees playlist

3 Comments KMA2017: Nominees for 14th Korean Music Awards

  1. Pingback: Event news: K-music 2017 — Park Jiha, 25 Oct | London Korean Links

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.