The inaugural APAN Music Awards ceremony was held on Jan. 24 to honor excellence in music in 2020.
It was hosted by “Running Man” stars Kim Jong-kook and Jeon So-min at the Kyunghee University Grand Peace Palace and organized by the Korea Entertainment Management Association (KEMA).
As expected, K-pop superstars BTS won the “daesang” (grand prize) at the first APAN Music Awards.
Girl group TWICE won Album of the Year, boy band Monsta X took home the Song of the Year and NCT 127 bagged the Artist of the Year.
The APAN Top 10 artists (bonsang), announced last November, are BTS, Seventeen, TWICE, IZ*ONE, Kang Daniel, The Boyz, Monsta X, trot singer Im Young-woong, NCT 127 and GOT7.
Kang Daniel won five awards: KT Seezn Star Award, Idol Champ Global’s Pick Solo (Male), Idol Champ Fan’s Pick Solo (Male), Best Performance and Top 10.
The winners of the 2020 APAN Music awards are:
• Grand Prize (Daesang) – BTS
• Album of the Year – TWICE
• Song of the Year – Monsta X
• Artist of the Year – NCT 127
• APAN Top 10 – BTS, Seventeen, TWICE, IZ*ONE, Kang Daniel, The Boyz, Monsta X, trot singer Im Young-woong, NCT 127 and GOT7
• New Wave Award – Treasure and Hynn
• Best Performance – Kang Daniel
• Best Icon – NCT U
• Best All-rounder – GOT7’s JB
• Best Music Video – BLACKPINK
• Idol Champ Fans’ Pick (Solo) – IU, Kang Daniel
• Idol Champ Fans’ Pick (Group) – BTS, IZ*ONE
• Idol Champ Global Pick (Solo) – Kang Daniel, Mamamoo’s Hwasa
• Idol Champ Global Pick (Group) – Seventeen, BLACKPINK
• Idol Champ Entertainer – Park Ji-hoon, Loona’s Chuu
• KT Seezn Star Award – Kang Daniel
• APAN Choice
– Best Vocalist – Kim Jae-hwan
– New K-Pop Icon – WEi
– New Focus – Leenalchi
– Global Hallyu Star – A.C.E
– Best Trend – Ha Sung-woon
– Best K-Trot – Jang Min-ho