KMA

 

We are in the second month of 2015 and the awards season to the best of last year is ending. While almost all the musical ceremonies in Korea (and the rest of the world, certainly) are designed to bring together the most popular artists of the year and celebrate how well they did in the charts, the Korean Music Awards are known for not considering sales and focus more on the musical quality, as the jury is chaired by a group of professionals in the industry. This doesn’t leave aside the controversy for some nominees, others who were not and, of course, the winners, but it is an excellent opportunity for some indie artists to be recognized for their talent.

The 12th ceremony of the KMA will be held on February 26th at 19:00, KST. You can check all the categories and nominees below, we also have included links so that you can listen some of the nominated songs:

Album of the year:

  • 9 and the Numbers (9와 숫자들) – ‘보물섬’
  • Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon (김사월X김해원) – ‘{비밀}’
  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors (단편선과 선원들) – ‘동물’
  • Loro’s (로로스) – ‘W.A.N.D.Y’
  • Hwaji (화지) – ‘eat’

Song of the year:

  • 9 and the Numbers (9와 숫자들)  – 숨바꼭질 [Live]
  • Zion.T – 양화대교 (Yanghwa) [MV]
  • Kwon Namoo (권나무) – 어릴 때 [Live]
  • Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon (김사월X김해원) – 비밀 [Live]
  • SoYou (소유)  X  Junggigo (정기고) – 썸 (Some) (Feat.  Lil Boi of Geeks) [MV]
  • Yoon Sang (윤상) – 날 위로하려거든 (If you wanna console me) [MV]

Artist of the year:

  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors (단편선과 선원들)
  • Seo Taiji (서태지)
  • Lee Seung Hwan (이승환)
  • Wonsool Lee (이원술)
  • Gonne Choi (최고은)

Rookie of the year:

  • Crush
  • Kwon Namoo (권나무)
  • Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon (김사월X김해원)
  • The Barberettes (바버렛츠)
  • Akdong Musician (악동뮤지션)

Best rock album;

  • Guckkasten (국카스텐) – ‘FRAME’
  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors (단편선과 선원들) – ‘동물’
  • Asian Chairshot (아시안체어샷) – ‘Horizon’
  • Unchained (언체인드) – ‘가시’
  • Hollow Jan (할로우 잰) – ‘Day Off’

Best rock song:

  • Guckkasten (국카스텐) – 변신 [MV]
  • Danpyunsun and the Sailors (단편선과 선원들 ) – 공 [MV]
  • Asian Chairshot (아시안체어샷) – 해야
  • Jang Kiha And The Faces (장기하와 얼굴들) – 사람의 마음 (Human Mind) [MV]
  • Hollow Jan (할로우 잰) – Day 3 : The Day After

Best modern rock album:

  • 9 and the Numbers (9와 숫자들) – ‘보물섬’
  • Glittering Blackness, Fall (글리터링 블랙니스, 폴) – ‘Untitled’
  • Nuncoband (눈뜨고 코베인) – ‘스카이랜드 (Skyland)’
  • Loro’s (로로스) – ‘W.A.N.D.Y’
  • Ironic Hue (아이러닉 휴) – ‘For Melting Steel’

Best modern rock song:

  • 9 and the Numbers (9와 숫자들) – 숨바꼭질 [Live]
  • Thornapple (쏜애플) – 낯선 열대 [MV]
  • Nuncoband (눈뜨고 코베인)  – 퓨처럽 (Future Luv) [MV]
  • Loro’s (로로스) – U [MV]
  • Boys In The Kitchen (보이즈 인 더 키친) – Bivo

Best folk album:

  • Kwon Namoo (권나무) – ‘그림’
  • Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon (김사월X김해원)  – ‘{비밀}’
  • Big Baby Driver (빅베이비드라이버) – ‘A Story of a Boring Monkey and a Baby Girl’
  • Siwa (시와) – ‘머무름 없이 이어지다’
  • Gonne Choi (최고은) – ‘I WAS, I AM, I WILL’

Best folk song;

  • Kwon Namoo (권나무) – 어릴 때 [Live]
  • Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon (김사월X김해원) – 비밀 [Live]
  • Siwa (시와) – 당부 [Live]
  • Lee Young Hun (이영훈) – Ephemera (With Yozoh)
  • Lee Jang Hyuk (이장혁) – 레테 [Live]
  • Gonne Choi (최고은) – Monster [Live]

Best pop album:

  • Kyo – ‘Spade One’
  • Lala Sweet (랄라스윗) – ‘너의세계’
  • The Barberettes  (바버렛츠) – ‘바버렛츠 소곡집 #1’
  • Akdong Musician (악동뮤지션) – ‘PLAY’
  • Lee Seung Hwan (이승환)  – ‘fall to fly 前’

Best folk song:

  • The Barberettes  (바버렛츠) – 가시내들 (Little Gals) [MV]
  • SoYou (소유)  X  Junggigo (정기고) – 썸(Some) (Feat.  Lil Boi of Geeks) [MV]
  • Akdong Musician (악동뮤지션) – 얼음들 (Melted) [MV]
  • Lee Seung Hwan (이승환) – 화양연화 [MV]
  • HA:TFELT (핫펠트) – Ain’t Nobody [MV]

Best dance & electronic album:

  • HEO (해오) – ‘Structure’
  • Idiotape – ‘TOURS’
  • WYM (윔) – ‘After Moon’
  • Ludistelo (루디스텔로) – ‘Flashpoint’
  • saram12saram (사람12사람) – ‘빗물구름태풍태양’
  • INFINITE – ‘Season 2’

Best dance & electronic song:

  • F.W.D. – KOTIN [Audio]
  • Haihm (하임) – 울지 않는 새 (Bird no singing) [MV]
  • JUUNO – Poly Evil (Vocal By Zitten)
  • Seo Taiji (서태지) – 크리스말로윈 (Christmalo.win) [MV]
  • Yoon Sang (윤상) – 날 위로하려거든 (If you wanna console me) [MV]

Best rap & hip-hop album:

  • B-Free – ‘Korean Dream’
  • Vasco – ‘Code Name : 187’
  • Jerry.k – ‘현실, 적’
  • Chaboom (차붐) – ‘Original’
  • Hwaji (화지) – ‘eat’

Best rap & hip-hop song:

  • Beenzino (빈지노) – Dali, Van, Picasso
  • B-Free – Hot Summer [MV]
  • Epik High – Born Hater [MV]
  • Chaboom (차붐) – 안산 느와르 (Feat. Ringojay)
  • Hwaji (화지) – 말어 (feat. Okasian)

Best R&B & soul album:

  • Crush – ‘Crush On You’
  • Ra.D – ‘Soundz’
  • Jay Park – ‘올라타’
  • Alshain (알샤인) – ‘Natural Hi-Fi’
  • Tae Wan (태완) – ‘As I Am’

Best R&B & soul song:

  • Crush – Hug Me (Feat. Gaeko) [MV]
  • Zion.T – 양화대교 (Yanghwa) [MV]
  • Jay Park – 올라타 (Ride Me)
  • Alshain (알샤인) – Start In you (Feat. Jinbo) [MV]
  • Tae Yang (태양) – 눈,코,입 (Eyes, Nose, Lips) [MV]

Best jazz album:

  • Kim Hu Hwan (김주환) – ‘Tranquility’
  • Young Joo Song (송영주) – ‘Between’
  • 써니 킴 & 벤 몬더 (Sunny Kim & Ben Monder) – ‘The Shining Sea’
  • Sunji Lee (이선지) – ‘The night of the border’
  • Wonsool Lee (이원술) – ‘In to the time’
  • Trio Closer (트리오 클로저) – ‘Coexistence (공존)’

Best crossover album:

  • Park Woo Jae (박우재) – ‘박우재 거문고 더하기’
  • 세움  (SE:UM) – ‘SE:UM’
  • 숨[suːm] – ‘숨[su:m] 2’
  • Jung Mina (정민아) – ‘사람의 순간’
  • Han Seung Seok (한승석), Jung Jae Il (정재일) – ‘바리abandoned’

Best jazz & crossover performance:

  • Sjq (김성준 퀄텟) – ‘Sjq’
  • Kim Chang Hyun (김창현) – ‘망각(忘却)’
  • 세움  (SE:UM) – ‘SE:UM’
  • Sunji Lee (이선지) – ‘The night of the border’
  • Trio Closer (트리오 클로저) – ‘Coexistence (공존)’

 

Source: 2015 Korean Music Awards