Winners at 31st High1 Seoul Music Awards

Published January 24, 2022, 9:04 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The 31st High1 Seoul Music Awards (SMA) ceremony was held on Jan. 23 at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul to honor outstanding artists who released music in 2021.

K-pop boy band NCT 127 emerged as the biggest winner of the night, taking home the “daesang” or grand prize.

(Clockwise from top left) NCT 127, NCT Dream, BTS, IU and The Boyz (Twitter)

This is the first time that NCT 127 won the grand prize at SMA. In the last four years from the 27th to the 30th SMA ceremonies, BTS bagged the grand prize.

The winners of the “bonsang” (main prize) are NCT 127, BTS, IU, Lim Young-woong, Aespa, Seventeen, ENHYPEN, Heize, Brave Girls, Oh My Girl, Kang Daniel, ATEEZ and The Boyz.

The winners of the bonsang were selected based on judges and SMS organizing committee selection (40 percent), total album and digital song sales (30 percent) and worldwide mobile voting (30 percent). The music sales data were provided by Hanteo Chart.

NCT Dream bagged the best album award while IU won the best song award.

Besides the bonsang, BTS also won the World Best Artist Award and U+Idol Live Best Artist Award.

At the 30th SMA last year, BTS won six awards: grand prize, main prize, best album, best song, WhosFandom award and K-Wave (Hallyu) award.

The 31st SMA was organized by Korean media outlet Sports Seoul and the SMA organizing committee.

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(Clockwise from top left) Aespa, Brave Girls, Oh My Girl, Kang Daniel and Heize (Twitter, Instagram)

Here are the winners at the 31st Seoul Music Awards:

Daesang (Grand Prize) – NCT127

Bonsang (Main Prize) – NCT 127, BTS, IU, Lim Young-woong, Aespa, Seventeen, ENHYPEN, Heize, Brave Girls, Oh My Girl, Kang Daniel, ATEEZ, The Boyz

Best Album Award – NCT Dream

Best Song Award – IU

World Best Artist Award – BTS

Rookie of the Year – Lee Mu-jin, Omega X, EPEX

Popularity Award (Korea mobile voting) – Lim Young-woong

U+Idol Live Best Artist Award – BTS

K-Wave (Hallyu) Award (overseas mobile voting) – EXO

Discovery of the Year – Lang Lee

Best Performance Award – STAYC, ENHYPEN

Trot Award – Lim Young-woong

Ballad Award – Red Velvet’s Wendy

OST Award – Lim Young-woong, “Love Always Run Away”

R&B Hip-Hop Award – Hyuna

Judges’ Special Award – Jung Dong-ha

 
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