Melon Music Awards

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Melon Music Awards
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Awarded for Excellence in music
Country South Korea
Presented by LOEN Entertainment, Inc.
First awarded 2005
Television/radio coverage
Network see list

The Melon Music Awards is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea and organized by LOEN Entertainment through its online music store, Melon. It is known for only calculating digital sales and online votes to judge winners.[1]

Host venues[edit]

Edition Date Venue City Country Ref
1st November 16, 2009 Olympic Hall
Olympic Park
Seoul South Korea [2]
2nd December 15, 2010 Hall of Peace
Kyung Hee University
3rd November 24, 2011 Seoul Olympic Stadium [4]
4th December 14, 2012 [5]
5th November 14, 2013 Olympic Gymnastics Arena [6]
6th November 13, 2014 [7]
7th November 7, 2015
8th November 19, 2016 Gocheok Sky Dome [8]

Main awards[edit]

Points distribution are from 70% from digital score and 30% of online voting.

Artist of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2005 TVXQ
2006 Shinhwa
2007 Shin Hye-sung
2008 TVXQ
2009 Girls' Generation
2010 Girls' Generation
2011 Beast[9]
2012 Beast[10]
2013 SHINee
2014 IU
2016[11] EXO

Album of the Year[edit]

Year Winner Album
2005 SG Wannabe Saldaga
2006 Kim Jong-kook Volume 4 - Kim Jong Kook's Fourth Letter
2007 N/A
2009 G-Dragon Heartbreaker
2010 2NE1 To Anyone
2011 2NE1 The 2nd Mini Album
2012 Busker Busker Busker Busker 1st Album
2013 Busker Busker Busker Busker 2nd Album
2014 g.o.d Chapter 8
2015 EXO Exodus
2016[11] BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever

Song of the Year[edit]

Year Winner Song
2005 Epik High "Fly"
2006 Baek Ji-young "I Won't Love"
2007 Wonder Girls "Tell Me"
2008 Wonder Girls "So Hot"
2009 Girls' Generation "Gee"
2010 2AM "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die"
2011 IU "Good Day"
2012 Psy "Gangnam Style"
2013 EXO "Growl"
2014 Taeyang "Eyes, Nose, Lips"
2015 BIGBANG "Bang Bang Bang"
2016[11] TWICE "Cheer Up"

Top 10 Artists[edit]

Year Winners
2009 2PM Girls' Generation Kara K.Will G-Dragon 8eight Super Junior 2NE1 Brown Eyed Girls Davichi
2010 2PM Girls' Generation 2AM IU DJ DOC CNBLUE Lee Seung-gi 2NE1 T-ara 4Men
2011 f(x) Secret Beast IU BIGBANG Sistar Super Junior 2NE1 Leessang Lena Park
2012 Psy Busker Busker Beast IU BIGBANG Sistar Infinite 2NE1 T-ara Huh Gak
2013 SHINee Busker Busker Beast IU G-Dragon Sistar EXO Ailee Dynamic Duo Davichi
2014 g.o.d Akdong Musician Beast IU Taeyang Sistar EXO 2NE1 WINNER Girl's Day
2015[12] SHINee Girls' Generation Hyukoh Toy BIGBANG Sistar EXO Apink Zion.T San E
2016[13] BewhY Akdong Musician BTS Zico Mamamoo GFriend EXO Twice Red Velvet Taeyeon

Best New Artist[edit]

Year Winners
2005 Ivy
2006 Super Junior
2007 Wonder Girls
2008 SHINee
2009 2NE1
2011 Huh Gak
2012 B.A.P Ailee
2013 BTS Lim Kim
2014 Winner
2015 iKON GFriend

Genre Awards[edit]

Points consist of digital score 40%, judges’ score 30% and online voting 30%.

Rap/Hip Hop[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Supreme Team "Dang Dang Dang"
2011 GD&TOP "Oh Yeah" (feat. Park Bom)
2012 Dynamic Duo "Without You"
2013 Baechigi "Shower of Tears" (feat. Ailee)
2014 San-E & Raina "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness"
2015 Mad Clown "Fire" (feat. Jinsil)
2016[11] Zico "Eureka" (feat. Zion.T)


Year Winner Song
2007 Shin Hye-sung & Lyn "Love... Afterwards"
2008 R&B Taeyang "Only Look at Me"
Ballad Brown Eyes "Don't Go, Don't Go"
2009 N/A
2010 Gummy "Because You’re A Man"
2011 Kim Bum-soo "Please"
2012 K.Will "Please Don't"
2013 Huh Gak "Monodrama" (with Yoo Seung-woo)
K.Will "Love Blossom"
2014 R&B/Soul Fly to the Sky "You You You"
Ballad M.C the Max "Wind That Blows"
2015 R&B/Soul Naul "Living in the Same Time"
Ballad Baek Ah Yeon "Shouldn't Have" (feat. Young K)
2016[11] R&B/Soul Baekhyun & Suzy "Dream"
Ballad Jung Eun-ji "Hopefully Sky"
Im Chang-jung "The Love I Committed"


Year Winner Song
2008 Seo Taiji "Moai"
2009 N/A
2010 Hot Potato "Confession"
2011 CNBLUE "Intuition"
2012 Nell "The Day Before"
2013 Cho Yong-pil "Bounce"
2014 CNBLUE "Can't Stop"
2015 Kim Sunggyu "The Answer"
2016 Ha Hyun Woo "Don't Cry"


Year Winner Song
2009 Future Liger "Let's Dance"
2010 Lee Seung-gi "Losing My Mind"
2011 Sunny Hill "Pit-a-Pat"
2012 Seo In-guk & Jung Eun-ji "All For You"
2013 Yoon Mi-rae "Touch Love"
2014 Lyn "My Destiny"
2015 Loco & Yuju of GFriend "Spring is Gone By Chance"
2016[11] Yoon Mi-rae "Always"


Year Winner Song
2010 Jang Yun-jeong "Ole"
2011 N/A
2015 Hong Jin Young "Love Wifi"
2016[11] Hong Jin Young "Thumbs Up"


Year Winner Song
2012 Maroon 5 "One More Night"
2013 Bruno Mars "Young Girls"
2015 Mark Ronson "Uptown Funk" (feat. Bruno Mars)
2016 Justin Bieber "Love Yourself"


Year Winner Song
2014 Male Block B "Her"
Female Apink "Mr. Chu"
2015 Male BTS "I Need U"
Female Red Velvet "Ice Cream Cake"
2016[11] Male EXO "Monster"
Female GFriend "Rough"

Folk/ Blue[edit]

Year Winner Song
2014 Akdong Musician "200%"
2015 10cm "Sseudam Sseudam"
2016[11] 10cm "What The Spring??"


Year Winner Song
2014 Standing Egg "Lean on Me" (feat. Park Se-young)
2015 Standing Egg "The Sunlight Hurts" (feat. Wheein & Obroject Yundak)
2016[11] Bolbbalgan4 "Galaxy"


Year Winner Song
2014 2NE1 "Come Back Home"

Popularity awards[edit]

Points are distributed by digital score of 40% and online voting of 60%)

Netizen Popularity Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Super Junior "Bonamana"
2011 Super Junior "Mr.Simple"
2012 Beast "Midnight"
2013 EXO "Growl"
2014 Beast "Good Luck"
2015 BIGBANG "Bang Bang Bang"
2016 EXO "Monster"

Hot Trend Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Girls' Generation "Hoot"
2011 G-Dragon & Park Myung-soo "Having An Affair"
2012 Trouble Maker "Trouble Maker"
2013 Crayon Pop "Bar Bar Bar"
Rose Motel "Longtime Lovers"
2014 Soyou & Junggigo "Some"
2015 Infinite Challenge "Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival"
2016 ZICO[11] "I Am You, You Are Me"

Special awards[edit]

Music Video Award[edit]

Points are 100% from professional judges.

Year Winner Music Video
2005 TVXQ "Rising Sun"
2006 BIGBANG "La La La"
2007 Shin Hye-sung & Lyn "Love... Afterwards"
2008 TVXQ "Mirotic"
2009 N/A
2010 Hwang Soo-ah Ga-in's "Irreversible"
2011 Cha Eun-taek T-ara's "Roly-Poly"
2012 Lee Bo-young Psy's "Gangnam Style"
2013 Lee Gi-baek Beast's "Shadow"
2014 Won Tae-yeon Melody Day's "Another Parting"
2015 Park Jin-young "Who's Your Mama?" (feat. Jessi)
2016[11] Red Velvet "Russian Roulette"

Song Writer Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2009 Hitman Bang
(Bang Si-hyuk)
8eight ( Without A Heart & Goodbye My Love )
2010 Lee Min-soo & Kim Yi-na IU and Im Seulong's "Nagging"
2011 Jeon Hye-sung Davichi’s "Don’t Say Goodbye", Baek Ji-young's "That Woman"
2012 Duble Sidekick
(Michael "Chance" Kim, Park Jang-geun)
Sistar’s "Loving U", Baek Ji-young's "Voice", "Good Boy"
2013 Shinsadong Tiger
(Lee Ho-yang)
Ailee's "U&I", Apink's "NoNoNo", Trouble Maker's "Now"
2014 Kim Do-hoon Soyou & Junggigo's "Some", Mad Clown's "Without You", Ailee's "Don't Touch Me"
2015 Teddy Park BIGBANG ( LOSER , Bae Bae , Bang Bang Bang , We Like 2 Party , Sober , If You , We Never Felt In Love & Zutter ( GD & TOP ) )
2016 Hitman Bang
(Bang Si-hyuk)
BTS ( Fire , Save Me & Blood Sweat & Tears )

MBC Music Star Award[edit]

Points are 100% by MBC Plus Media judges.

Year Winner
2010 Miss A
2011 Baek Ji-young
2012 Shindong & Kim Shin-young
2013 f(x)
2014 Ladies' Code
2015 EXID
2016[11] Seventeen

Performing Arts Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Psy "Right Now"
2011 Lee Seung-hwan "Super Hero"
2013 Shin Seung-hun

Global Star Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2011 Girls' Generation "The Boys"
2012 Psy "Gangnam Style"
2013 Psy "Gentleman"

QQ Asia Artist Award[edit]

Points are 100% from QQ Music user voting.

Year Winner
2016 iKON

Hall of Fame Award[edit]

Points are 100% from Melon's Judges.

Year Winner

Kakao Hot Star Award[edit]

Points collected through Kakao Talk (Plus Friend) voting 100 percent.

Year Winner
2016[11] EXO

Other awards[edit]



  • Best Dressed Singer: Girls' Generation
  • Best MBC Radio Singer: Jung Yeop – "Without You"


Most wins[edit]

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Artist Girls' Generation EXO 2NE1 Beast IU Psy, BIGBANG
Total awards 13 11 10 9 7 6


South Korea[edit]

The 1st Melon Music Awards ceremony was broadcast through CU Media's y-star, Dramax and Comedy TV channels. Internet partners include Melon, Nate (then a sister brand), GOMTV and Afreeca TV (2009-2010).

In 2010, LOEN Entertainment partnered with MBC Plus Media, and the latter transmitted the awards night through MBC every1, MBC Dramanet (from 2010-2011 and 2013), MBC Game (now defunct) and MBC Life (now defunct). When MBC Music was launched in 2012, it shared the honor of being the flagship station of MMA with MBC every1. MBC QueeN joined in 2013.

Daum was the local internet partner in 2013. One year later, it merged with LOEN's incumbent parent company Kakao.


Since 2011, Alphabet Inc.'s YouTube (specifically the 1theK (formerly LOEN MUSIC) channel) is the internet broadcast partner of Melon Music Awards. Microsoft's Zune was the first internet broadcast partner (2009).


Tencent, via its QQ Music and QQ Live services, owns the broadcast rights since 2016.


The Sony Music Japan-owned Music On! TV acquired the local broadcast rights in 2015, making Melon Music Awards the second Korean music awarding event that it broadcasts (the first being Mnet Asian Music Awards).[14]


JOOX, another Tencent-owned music service, partnered with to bring Melon Music Awards to Thailand.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Winners from the '2012 MelOn Music Awards'!". Allkpop. December 14, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Melon Music Awards 2009 Results". Soompi. December 16, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Winners from the 2010 Melon Music Awards". Allkpop. December 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Winners from the '2011 Melon Music Awards'". Allkpop. November 24, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Winners from the '2012 MelOn Music Awards'!". Allkpop. December 14, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Winners from the '2013 MelOn Music Awards'!". Allkpop. November 14, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Melon Music Awards - Last Awards". Melon (in Korean). Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Melon Music Awards 2016 Introduction". Melon (in Korean). Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ Choi, EunHwa (15 December 2012). "Psy, B2ST Take Home the Big Awards at the 2012 Melon Music Awards". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Kim, JiYeon (25 November 2011). "IU, B2ST, 2NE1 Win Big at 2011 Melon Music Awards". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Jeong, G. (2016-11-19). "The Winners Of The 2016 Melon Music Awards". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  12. ^ "2015 Melon Music Awards Awards categories TOP10". Melon. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Melon Music Awards". Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  14. ^ "完全生中継!2016 MelOn MUSIC AWARDS (Complete and Live Broadcast! 2016 Melon Music Awards)". LOEN Entertainment, Inc. and M-ON Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 

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