Melon Music Awards

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Melon Music Awards
Current: 2021 Melon Music Awards
Awarded forExcellence in music
CountrySouth Korea
Presented byKakao M
First awarded2009
Last awarded2021
Television/radio coverage
NetworkK-Star (2009)
MBC Plus channels (2010–2017)
JTBC Plus channels (2018)
KakaoTV (2017–present)
Melon (2019–present)
KakaoTalk (2020–present)

The Melon Music Awards (Korean: 멜론 뮤직어워드) is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea and organized by Kakao M (a Kakao company) through its online music store, Melon.

The award ceremony was first held online from 2005 to 2008. It was held offline officially starting from 2009.[1]


The awards show underwent a logo rebranding starting with the 2019 edition.

2020 Melon Music Awards was held for 4 days from December 2 to 5, dubbed as "MMA Week", and was broadcast online due to government restrictions imposed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Host venues[edit]

Edition Date Venue City Country Ref.
1st December 16, 2009 Olympic Hall (Olympic Park) Seoul South Korea [3][unreliable source?]
2nd December 15, 2010 Hall of Peace
(Kyung Hee University)
[4][unreliable source?]
3rd November 24, 2011 Olympic Gymnastics Arena [5][unreliable source?]
4th December 14, 2012 [6][unreliable source?]
5th November 14, 2013 [7][unreliable source?]
6th November 13, 2014 [8]
7th November 7, 2015
8th November 19, 2016 Gocheok Sky Dome [9]
9th December 2, 2017 [10]
10th December 1, 2018
11th November 30, 2019 [11]
12th December 2–5, 2020 Online event; Various locations in South Korea [12]
13th December 4, 2021 TBC

(Online event)

Seoul South Korea [13]

Judging criteria[edit]

Division Online Voting Digital Sales Judge Score
Grand prizes[a] 20% 60% 20%
Main prizes
Best New Artist
Genre Awards[b] 30% 40% 30%
Popularity Awards[c] 60% 40%
Special Awards[d] 100%
  • ^[a] Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year
  • ^[b] Rap/Hip Hop, Ballad, R&B, Rock, OST, Trot, Pop, Dance, Folk/Blues, Indie
  • ^[c] Netizen's Choice Award, Hot Trend Award
  • ^[d] Record of The Year, Music Video Award, Song Writer Award, MBC Music Star Award, Performing Arts Award, Global Star Award, QQ Asia Artist Award, Hall of Fame Award, Kakao Hot Star Award

Grand prizes[edit]

Artist of the Year Award[edit]

Year Winner
2009 Girls' Generation
2011 Beast
2013 Shinee
2014 IU
2015 Big Bang
2016 Exo
2018 BTS
2021 IU

Album of the Year Award[edit]

Song of the Year Award[edit]

Record of the Year Award[edit]

Year Winner
2018 Wanna One
2019 BTS
2021 aespa

Main prizes[edit]

Top 10 Artist Award[edit]

Year Winners[14][15]
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 Big Bang Sistar Super Junior 2NE1 Leessang Lena Park
2012 Psy Busker Busker Beast IU Big Bang 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 Winner Beast IU Taeyang Sistar Exo 2NE1 Girl's Day AKMU
2015 Shinee Girls' Generation Hyukoh Toy Big Bang Sistar Exo San E Zion.T Apink
2016 BewhY Taeyeon BTS GFriend Mamamoo Zico Exo Twice Red Velvet AKMU
2017 Heize Winner BTS IU Big Bang Wanna One Exo Twice Red Velvet Bolbbalgan4
2018 iKON Apink BTS BtoB Mamamoo Wanna One Exo Twice Blackpink Bolbbalgan4
2019 Heize Taeyeon BTS Chungha Mamamoo MC the Max Exo Jannabi Jang Beom-june Bolbbalgan4
2020 Kim Ho-joong Baek Ye-rin BTS IU Oh My Girl Zico Baekhyun Lim Young-woong Blackpink Iz*One
2021 Heize Lee Mu-jin BTS IU lIlBOI NCT Dream aespa Lim Young-woong Ash Island AKMU

New Artist of the Year Award[edit]

Year Winners
2009 2NE1
2011 Huh Gak
2012 B.A.P Ailee
2013 BTS Lim Kim
2014 Winner
2015 iKon GFriend
2016 Blackpink
2017 Wanna One
2018 The Boyz (G)I-dle
2019 TXT Itzy
2020 Cravity Weeekly
2021 Lee Mu-jin aespa

Genre Awards[edit]

Best 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 Zico[16] "Eureka" (feat. Zion.T)
2017 Dynamic Duo & Chen "Nosedive"
2018 BTS "Fake Love"
2019 Epik High "Lovedrunk" (feat. Crush)
2020 Yumdda, Paloalto, The Quiett, Deepflow, Simon Dominic "I'MMA DO" (feat. Woo Won-jae, Keem Hyo-eun, Nucksal, Huckleberry P)

Best Ballad[edit]

Year Winner Song
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 M.C the Max "Wind That Blows"
2015 Baek Ah Yeon "Shouldn't Have" (feat. Young K)
2016 Jung Eun-ji "Hopefully Sky"
Im Chang-jung "The Love I Committed"
2017 Yoon Jong-shin "Like It"
2018 Roy Kim "Only Then"
2019 Taeyeon "Four Seasons"
2020 Davichi "Dear"

Best R&B[edit]

Year Winner Song
2014 Fly to the Sky "You You You"
2015 Naul "Living in the Same Time"
2016 Baekhyun & Suzy "Dream"
2017 Suran "Wine"
2018 IU "Bbibbi"
2019 Heize "We Don't Talk Together"
2020 Baek Ye-rin "Square (2017)"

Best Rock[edit]

Year Winner Song
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"
2017 Kim Hee-chul & Min Kyung-hoon "Sweet Dream"
2018 Kim Hee-chul & Min Kyung-hoon "Falling Blossoms"
2019 N.Flying "Rooftop"
2020 IU "Eight" (feat. Suga)

Best Trot[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Jang Yoon-jeong "Come On"
2015 Hong Jin Young "Love Wifi"
2016 Hong Jin Young "Thumbs Up"
2017 Hong Jin Young & Kim Young Chul "Ring Ring (Composer ver.)"
2018 Hong Jin Young "Goodbye"
2019 Hong Jin Young "Love Tonight"
2020 Lim Young-woong "Trust in Me"

Best Pop[edit]

Year Winner Song
2012 Maroon 5 "Payphone" (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
2013 Bruno Mars "Young Girls"
2015 Mark Ronson "Uptown Funk" (feat. Bruno Mars)
2016 Justin Bieber "Love Yourself"
2017 Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"
2018 Camila Cabello "Havana" (feat. Young Thug)
2019 Billie Eilish "Bad Guy"
2020 Sam Smith "To Die For"

Best Dance[edit]

Year Winner[16] Song
2014 Male Block B "Her"
Female Apink "Mr. Chu"
2015 Male BTS "I Need U"
Female Red Velvet "Ice Cream Cake"
2016 Male Exo "Monster"
Female GFriend "Rough"
2017 Male Exo "Ko Ko Bop"
Female Twice "Knock Knock"
2018 Male Wanna One "Boomerang"
Female Blackpink "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"
2019 Male BTS "Boy with Luv"
Female Chungha "Gotta Go"
2020 Male BTS "Dynamite"
Female Blackpink "How You Like That"

Best Folk/Blues[edit]

Year Winner Song
2014 Akdong Musician "200%"
2015 10cm "Sseudam Sseudam"
2016 10cm[16] "What The Spring??"
2017 Jung Eunji "The Spring"
2018 Hong Jin-young "Good Bye"

Best Indie[edit]

Year Winner Song
2014 Standing Egg "Lean on Me" (feat. Park Se-young)
2015 Standing Egg "The Sunlight Hurts" (feat. Wheein & Obroject Yundak)
2016 Bolbbalgan4 "Galaxy"
2017 MeloMance "Gift"
2018 "Fairy Tale"
2019 "You&I"
2020 Bolbbalgan4 "Leo" (feat. Baekhyun)

Best OST[edit]

Year Winner Song Drama/Show TV
2009 Future Liger "Let's Dance" Infinite Challenge
2010 Lee Seung-gi "Losing My Mind" My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox
2011 Sunny Hill "Pit-a-Pat" The Greatest Love
2012 Seo In-guk & Jung Eun-ji "All For You" Reply 1997
2013 Yoon Mi-rae "Touch Love" Master's Sun
2014 Lyn "My Destiny" My Love from the Star
2015 Loco & Yuju of GFriend "Spring is Gone By Chance" A Girl Who Sees Smells
2016 Yoon Mi-rae "Always" Descendants of the Sun
2017 Ailee "I Will Go to You Like the First Snow" Goblin
2018 Paul Kim "Every Day, Every Moment" Should We Kiss First?
2019 Gummy "Remember Me" Hotel del Luna
2020 Jo Jung-suk "Aloha" Hospital Playlist
2021 Lee Mu-jin "Rain and You" Hospital Playlist 2

Best Performance[edit]

Year Winner
2020 Monsta X
2021 The Boyz

Popularity awards[edit]

Netizen's Choice Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Super Junior "Bonamana"
2011 "Mr.Simple"
2012 Beast "Midnight"
2013 Exo "Growl"
2014 Beast "Good Luck"
2015 Big Bang "Bang Bang Bang"
2016 Exo "Monster"
2017 "Ko Ko Bop"
2018 BTS "Idol"
2019 "Boy with Luv"
2020 "Dynamite"
2021 "Butter"

Hot Trend Award[edit]

Year Winner Work Topic
2010 Girls' Generation "Hoot" Music
2011 Infinite Challenge "West Coast Expressway Music Festival" Variety Series
2012 Trouble Maker "Trouble Maker" Collaboration
2013 Crayon Pop "Bar Bar Bar" Music
Rose Motel "Longtime Lovers" Music
2014 Soyou & Junggigo "Some" Collaboration
2015 Infinite Challenge "Yeongdong Expressway Music Festival" Variety Series
2016 Zico "I Am You, You Are Me" Radio Star
2017 Suran & Suga "Wine" Singer and Producer
2018 Loco & Hwasa "Don't" Collaboration
2019 AB6IX Produce 101 Alumni
2020 Mr. Trot 6 Reality Show
2021 Brave Girls "Rollin'" Music

Special awards[edit]

Music Video Award[edit]

Year Winner Music Video
2010 Hwang Soo-ah Ga-in's "Irreversible"
2011 Cha Eun-taek T-ara's "Roly-Poly"
2012 Cho Soo-hyun Psy's "Gangnam Style"
2013 Lee Gi-baek (Tiger Cave Studio) Beast's "Shadow"
2014 Won Tae-yeon (LOEN Entertainment) Melody Day's "Another Parting"
2015 Naive Creative Production Park Jin-young's "Who's Your Mama?" (feat. Jessi)
2016 Shin Hee-won Red Velvet's "Russian Roulette"
2017 Choi Yong-su (LUMPENS) BTS' "DNA"
2018 Ko Yoo-jeong (LUMPENS) GFriend's "Time for the Moon Night"
2019 VM Project Architecture Kang Daniel's "What Are You Up To"
2021 Yong Seok Choi, Guzza (LUMPENS) TXT's "0X1=Lovesong (I Know I Love You)"

Song Writer Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2009 Hitman Bang 8eight's "Without A Heart" & "Goodbye My Love"
2010 Lee Min-soo & Kim Eana 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 Sistar’s "Loving U", Baek Ji-young's "Voice", "Good Boy"
2013 Shinsadong Tiger 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 Big Bang's "Loser", "Bae Bae", "Bang Bang Bang", "We Like 2 Party", "Sober", "Zutter" (GD & TOP), and "Let's Not Fall In Love"
2016 Hitman Bang BTS's "Fire", "Save Me", and "Blood Sweat & Tears"
2017 IU IU's "Through the Night", "Can't Love You Anymore", "Palette", and "Ending Scene"
2018 B.I iKon's "Love Scenario", "Killing Me", and "Goodbye Road"
2019 Pdogg BTS's "Boy with Luv","Dionysus", "Mikrokosmos", "Make It Right", and TXT's "Angel or Devil"
2020 Young Tak Lee Daewon's "Champion", Jang Minho's "Read and Ignored", Jung Dongwon and Nam Seungmin's "Hit It Off", Young & Wild's "Thirsty", Ko Jaegeun's "Love Cowboy", Sungwonee's "Because of Money", and Han Leejae's "Knock Knock Knock"
2021 IU IU's "Strawberry Moon", "Lilac", "Celebrity", "Coin", "My Sea" and "Hi Spring Bye"

1theK Original Contents[edit]

Year Winner
2020 The Boyz
2021 STAYC

Best Performance Director[edit]

Year Winner
2020 Son Seung-duk

Best Solo[edit]

Year Winner
2021 Male Lim Young-woong
Female IU

Best Group[edit]

Year Winner
2021 Male BTS
Female aespa

Kakao Hot Star Award[edit]

Year Winner
2016 EXO[16]
2017 Wanna One
2018 BTS

Stage of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2017 Park Hyo Shin
2018 Lee Sun-hee
2019 Seventeen

1theK Performance Award[edit]

Year Winner
2015 Monsta X
2017 GFriend
2018 Momoland
2019 The Boyz

Other awards[edit]



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



  • Best Drum: Shin Seok Cheol
  • Best Bass: Choi Hoon
  • Best Synthesizer: Hong So Jin
  • Best Guitar: Juk Jae
  • Best Chorus: Kim Hyun Ah


  • Best Collaboration: Coldplay & BTS - My Universe
  • Music Video Of The Year: TXT - "0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)"
  • Best Music Style: Homies
  • Project Music: MSG Wannabe M.O.M
  • Global Rising Artist: Enhypen
  • Best Session Instrumental Award: Kim Dong-min (Guitarist), Go Tae-yeong (Bassist), Gureum (Keyboardist)

Discontinued awards[edit]

See Awards

Best Electronic

Year Winner Song
2014 2NE1 "Come Back Home"

MBC Music Star Award

Year Winner[16]
2010 Miss A
2011 Baek Ji-young
2012 Shindong & Kim Shin-young
2013 f(x)
2014 Ladies' Code
2015 EXID
2016 Seventeen
2017 Hyuna

Global Artist

Year Winner Song
2011 Girls' Generation "The Boys"
2012 Psy "Gangnam Style"
2013 "Gentleman"
2017 BTS "DNA"
2018 "Fake Love"

Performing Arts Award

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

Most wins[edit]

Most grand prizes awarded[edit]

This list includes Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year Award.

Awards Artist
12 BTS
5 IU
4 Exo
3 Girls' Generation
2 Busker Busker
Big Bang

Most awarded overall[edit]

Awards Artist
35 BTS
19 IU
17 EXO
12 Girls' Generation
9 2NE1
8 Beast
7 Big Bang
6 Wanna One
5 Psy, Sistar, GFriend, Twice, Blackpink


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.
  • In 2018, the awards show was broadcast on JTBC2, JTBC4, 1theK, and KakaoTV as part of their partnership with JTBC Plus Media.[17]


  • 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).




  • Joox, another Tencent-owned music service, together with its sister property, brought Melon Music Awards to its users in Thailand in 2016 and 2017.



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