UnitedKpop are celebrating the New Year in style with the return of the UnitedKpop Awards. Last year saw a bumper list of big names from across South Korean culture and now with the start of 2019, it is time to look back and decide who was the best of the best. The shortlist has already been revealed with our brand new Winter E-Mag but to refresh your memory of 2018, we have compiled your nominees into a one-stop shortlist so you can decide your winner.


Song of The Year

  • “What is Love” – TWICE
  • “IDOL” – BTS
  • “Thanks” – Seventeen
  • “Love Scenario” – iKON

Album of The Year

  • “Love Yourself: Answer” – BTS
  • “Return” – iKON
  • “New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love” – TVXQ
  • “I Am NOT” – Stray Kids

Music Video of The Year

  • “IDOL” – BTS
  • “Good Evening” – SHINee
  • “What is Love?” – Twice
  • “DDU-DU DDU-DU” – BLACKPINK

Rookie of the Year

  • (G)I-DLE
  • Stray Kids
  • LOONA
  • Kim Donghan

Best Male Group

  • BTS
  • NCT
  • Seventeen
  • Monsta X

Best Female Group

  • Twice
  • BLACKPINK
  • Red Velvet
  • Momoland

Best Solo Artist

  • Sunmi
  • BoA
  • Holland
  • Lay

Best Indie Artist

  • Holland
  • James Lee
  • Jane Jang
  • Paul Kim

Best Hip Hop Artist

  • Jessi
  • Jay Park
  • DRP
  • Ravi

Best Instrumental Group

  • Day6
  • Hyukoh
  • N.Flying
  • South Club

Best Dance Performance

  • “IDOL” – BTS
  • “Woman” – BoA
  • “Black On Black” – NCT
  • “The Greatest Showman” – HOYA (Dancing High)

Best Music Project

  • “POP/STARS” – K/DA (League of Legends ft. (G)I-DLE)
  • “Written In The Stars” – Wendy & John Legend
  • “Kiss & Make Up” – Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK
  • “Beautiful” – Monsta X & Gallant

Style Icon

  • Sunmi
  • Kai (EXO)
  • BLACKPINK
  • RM (BTS)

Best EU Concert

  • BTS: “Love Yourself” World Tour
  • VIXX’s Ravi: First European Tour
  • Dreamcatcher: “Fly High” Fanmeeting in London
  • Monsta X: “THE CONNECT” World Tour
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Best Korean Drama

  • Are You Human Too?
  • I’m Not A Robot
  • What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?
  • A Korean Odyssey

Best Korean Movie

  • A Barefoot Dream
  • Among With The Gods 2
  • Miss Baek
  • Psychokinesis

Best Drama Soundtrack

  • Kim Chungha – It’s You (Where Stars Land)
  • Kihyun (Monsta X) x SeolA (WSJN) – Love Virus (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim)
  • VIXX – Is It Love? (Are You Human Too?)
  • DK (Seventeen) – Missed Connections (The Great Seducer)

Best Korean Television Show

  • Produce 48
  • Idol Room
  • Dancing High
  • Busted!

There you have it! All 18 categories of this year’s UKPAwards and as always, it is down to you to pick your winner. Voting begins now for all categories and will remain open until 11:59PM (GMT) on the 20th January 2019. Any votes made after that time will not count.

The full list of winners will be revealed in our special awards report on the 27th January 2018.

As previous to last year, we will also be presenting the Shining Light award which is held in honour of the late Kim Jonghyun. This award is given to those in the K-Pop industry who strive to make a difference and be a voice of their fans and community. This year’s recipient has been revealed as solo artist, Holland for raising awareness of the LGBT+ community in K-Pop. You can find out more about this year’s recipient in our special Shining Light showcase.

Submit your votes here and make sure to follow our social media on both Twitter and Facebook to show your support through the hashtag; #UKPAwards.

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