Melon Music Awards

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Melon Music Awards
2018 Melon Music Awards
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Awarded forExcellence in music
CountrySouth Korea
Presented bykakao M
First awarded2009
Television/radio coverage
Networksee list

The Melon Music Awards 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 2018 Melon Music Awards were held on December 1, 2018 at the Gocheok Sky Dome.

Host venues[edit]

Edition Date Venue City Country Ref.
1st December 16, 2009 Olympic Hall (Olympic Park) Seoul South Korea [1]
2nd December 15, 2010 Hall of Peace
(Kyung Hee University)
3rd November 24, 2011 Olympic Gymnastics Arena [3]
4th December 14, 2012 [4]
5th November 14, 2013 [5]
6th November 13, 2014 [6]
7th November 7, 2015
8th November 19, 2016 Gocheok Sky Dome [7]
9th December 2, 2017 [8]
10th December 1, 2018

Judging criteria[edit]

Division Online Voting Digital Sales Judge Score
Main awards* 20% 60% 20%
Genre Awards** 30% 40% 30%
Popularity Awards*** 60% 40%
Special Awards**** 100%
*Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Top 10 Artists, Best New Artist
**Rap/Hip Hop, R&B/Ballad, Rock, OST, Trot, Pop, Dance, Folk/Blue, Indie, Electronic
***Netizen Popularity Award, Hot Trend Award
****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

Main awards[edit]

Artist of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2009 Girls' Generation
2010 Girls' Generation
2011 Beast[9]
2012 Beast[10]
2013 Shinee
2014 IU
2015 Big Bang
2016[11] Exo
2017 Exo
2018 BTS

Album of the Year[edit]

Year Winner Album
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 BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever
2017 IU Palette
2018 BTS Love Yourself: Tear

Song of the Year[edit]

Year Winner Song
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 Big Bang "Bang Bang Bang"
2016[11] Twice "Cheer Up"
2017 BTS "Spring Day"
2018 iKon "Love Scenario"

Record of the Year[edit]

Year Winner Album
2018 Wanna One 0+1=1 (I Promise You)

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 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 Akdong Musician Beast IU Taeyang Sistar Exo 2NE1 Girl's Day Winner
2015[12] Shinee Girls' Generation Hyukoh Toy Big Bang Sistar Exo Apink Zion.T San E
2016[13] BewhY Akdong Musician BTS Zico Mamamoo GFriend Exo Twice Red Velvet Taeyeon
2017 Heize Bolbbalgan4 BTS IU Big Bang Wanna One Exo Twice Red Velvet Winner
2018 iKon Bolbbalgan4 BTS BtoB Mamamoo Wanna One Exo Twice Blackpink Apink

Best New Artist[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

Genre Awards[edit]

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)
2017 Dynamic Duo & Chen "Nosedive"
2018 BTS "Fake Love"


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"


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"


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"


Year Winner Song Drama/Festival
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?


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"


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)


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"
2017 Male Exo "Ko Ko Bop"
Female Twice "Knock Knock"
2018 Male Wanna One "Boomerang"
Female Blackpink "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"


Year Winner Song
2014 Akdong Musician "200%"
2015 10cm "Sseudam Sseudam"
2016[11] 10cm "What The Spring??"
2017 Jung Eunji "The Spring"
2018 Hong Jin-young "Good Bye"


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 MeloMance "Fairy Tale"


Year Winner Song
2014 2NE1 "Come Back Home"

Popularity awards[edit]

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 Big Bang "Bang Bang Bang"
2016 Exo "Monster"
2017 Exo "Ko Ko Bop"
2018 BTS "IDOL"

Hot Trend Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2010 Girls' Generation "Hoot"
2011 Infinite Challenge "West Coast Expressway Music Festival"
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 "I Am You, You Are Me"
2017 Suran & Suga "Wine"
2018 Loco & Hwasa "Don't"

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"

Song Writer Award[edit]

Year Winner Song
2009 Hitman Bang
(Bang Si-hyuk)
8eight's "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 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
(Bang Si-hyuk)
BTS's "Fire", "Save Me", and "Blood Sweat & Tears"
2017 IU
Lee Ji-eun)
IU's "Through the Night", "Can't Love You Anymore", "Palette", and "Ending Scene"
2018 iKon's B.I
(Kim Han-bin)
iKon's "Love Scenario", "Killing Me", and "Goodbye Road"

MBC Music Star Award[edit]

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
2017[11] Hyuna

Performing Arts Award[edit]

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

Global Artist[edit]

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

Kakao Hot Star Award[edit]

Year Winner
2016[11] Exo
2017 Wanna One
2018 BTS

Stage of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2017 Park Hyo Shin
2018 Lee Sun-hee

1theK Performance Award[edit]

Year Winner
2015 Monsta X
2017 GFriend
2018 Momoland

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 7th
Artist Exo BTS Girls' Generation IU Beast, 2NE1 Psy, Big Bang, Wanna One Sistar, GFriend, Twice, Hong Jin-young
Total awards 16 15 12 11 9 6 5


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.
  • Beginning 2018, the awards show will be broadcast on JTBC2, JTBC4, 1theK, and KakaoTV as part of their partnership with JTBC Plus Media.[14]


  • 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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