KMA2018: Nominees for 15th Korean Music Awards

The nominees for the 15th 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 2016 and November 30th 2017. 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 Wednesday February 28th at Guro Arts Valley Theater.

 

Album of the Year

  • Kang Taegu – bleu
  • The Black Skirts – Team Baby
  • Kim Mokin – 콜라보 씨의 일일 (A Day in the Life of Mr. X)
  • IU – Palette
  • Hyukoh – 23

Song of the Year

Artist of the Year

  • Kim Mokin
  • BTS
  • IU
  • Hyukoh

Rookie of the Year

  • Rad Museum
  • Bitgwasoeum
  • Se So Neon
  • Shin Hae Gyeong
  • YESEO
  • Woo Won Jae

 

Best Rock Album

  • Lowdown 30 – B
  • Raw By Peppers – Cosmos
  • Magna Fall – Mad Metropolis
  • Se So Neon – 여름깃 (Summer Plumage)
  • Bitgwasoeum – Irregular

Best Rock Song

 

Best Modern Rock Album

  • 3rd Line Butterfly – Divided By Zero
  • The Black Skirts – Team Baby
  • In the endless zanhyang we are – 우연의 연속에 의한 필연 (Inevitability Under Consecutive Coincidence)
  • Sister’s Barbershop – 홀로 있는 사람들 (People Who Stay Alone)
  • Hyukoh – 23

Best Modern Rock Song

 

Best Metal & Hardcore Album

  • End These Days – Ambivalence
  • Kim Jae Ha – Into Ashes
  • Abyss – Recrowned
  • PAKK – Salpuri

 

Best Pop Album

  • Red Velvet – Perfect Velvet
  • BTS – Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’
  • IU – Palette
  • Lee Jin Ah – Random
  • Taemin – Move
  • Taeyeon – My Voice

Best Pop Song

 

Best Dance & Electronic Album

  • Mojave – 물체주머니 (Something the Braun tube left us)
  • Sowall – Favorite
  • Idiotape – Dystopian
  • Kirara – KM
  • YESEO – Million Things

Best Dance & Electronic Song

 

Best Rap & Hip-Hop Album

  • Kim Ximya X D.Sanders – Moonshine
  • Legit Goons – Junk Drunk Love
  • Viann X Khundi Panda – 재건축 (Reconstruction)
  • Chaboom – Sour
  • Fana – Fanaconda

Best Rap & Hip-Hop Song

 

Best R&B & Soul Album

  • Rad Museum – Scene
  • Rico – White Light Panorama
  • Minje – Now
  • offonoff – boy.
  • Hippy was Gipsy – 나무 (Tree)

Best R&B & Soul Song

 

Best Folk Album

  • Kang Taegu – bleu
  • Kim Mokin – 콜라보 씨의 일일 (A Day in the Life of Mr. X)
  • Doma – 이유도 없이 나는 섬으로 가네 (Drifting to an Island for Reason I Don’t Know)
  • Dhani Song – Songs For An Afterlife
  • Jeongmilla – 은하수
  • Gonne Choi – 노마드 신드롬 (Nomad Syndrome)

Best Folk Song

 

Best Jazz Album

  • Joonsam – A Door
  • Youn Sun Nah – She Moves On
  • Seo Young Do Electric Ensemble – 가물거리는 세상
  • Sunny Kim & Ben Monder – The Dream of the Earth
  • Lee Jiyeun Contemporary Jazz Orchestra – Feather, Dream, Drop

Best Crossover Album

  • 11 – Transparent Music
  • Doyeon Kim & Chase Morrin – GaPi
  • Aejang Ensemble Bow+ing – 아쟁앙상블 Bow+ing[보우잉] the 1st
  • Hee-moon Lee & Prelude – 한국남자
  • Han Seung Seok & Jung Jaeil – 끝내 바다에 (and there, the sea at last)

Best Jazz & Crossover Performance

  • Joonsam – A Door
  • Kim Chul-soo & Oh Jin-won – 我[a:]
  • Myungsup Shin Group – Circular Dilemma
  • Choi Sung Ho Singularity – 다르다와 틀리다는 다르다
  • Hogyu Hwang – Straight, No Chaser

 

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 KMA2018 Song Nominees playlist. All nominated albums currently available on Spotify can be found in Indieful ROK’s KMA2018 Album Nominees playlist

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