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Winners of the Korean Music Awards 2022: BTS, aespa, and More!

BTS wins Artist of the Year for a third time while girl idol group aespa takes home three awards—Song of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Best K-Pop Song

Idol groups BTS and aespa win big at this year's Korean Music Awards 2022 | @bts.bighitofficial, @aespa_official

ICYMI: the 19th Annual Korean Music Awards revealed this year’s winners and they are all so deserving!

What sets the Korean Music Awards apart from other music awards is the fact that it focuses on musical achievement as its primary criterion, and also places greater importance on albums and songs in and of themselves, rather than sales figures.

Taking home the most wins this year was girl idol group aespa with a total of three awards: Song of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Best K-Pop Song (for their worldwide hit “Next Level“).

Meanwhile, BTS won Artist of the Year for the third time. They were the first idol group ever to win Artist of the Year back in 2018, and repeated the outstanding achievement again in 2019.

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Check out the complete list of winners of the Korean Music Awards 2022 below:

Artist of the Year: BTS

Song of the Year: aespa – “Next Level”

Album of the Year: Lang Lee – “There is a Wolf”

Rookie of the Year: aespa

Best K-Pop Song: aespa – “Next Level”

Best K-Pop Album: Chungha – “Querencia”

Best Pop Song: AKMU – “NAKKA” (with IU)

Best Pop Album: IU – “LILAC”

Best Rock Song: Soumbalgwang – “Dance”

Best Rock Album: Soumbalgwang – “Happiness, Flower”

Best Modern Rock Song: Silica Gel – “Desert Eagle”

Best Modern Rock Album: Wings of the ISANG – “The Borderline between Hope and Despair”

Best R&B and Soul Song: SUMIN & Slom – “THE GONLAN SONG”

Best R&B and Soul Album: THAMA – “DON’T DIE COLORS”

Best Rap and Hip Hop Song: CHANGMO – “TAIJI”

Best Rap and Hip Hop Album: Choi LB – “Independent Music”

Best Electronic Song: HAEPAARY – “go to gpd and then”

Best Electronic Album: HAEPAARY – “Born By Gorgeousness”

Best Folk Song: Chun Yongsung – “Barley Tea” (featuring Kang Mal Geum)

Best Folk Album: Lang Lee – “There is a Wolf”

Best Metal & Hardcore Album: AGNES – “Hegemony Shift”

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Maria Kim – “With Strings: Dream of You”

Best Jazz Music Album: Jihye Lee Orchestra – “Daring Mind”

Congratulations to all the artists who won this year!