It is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After an intense voting period, we can now present the winners of the UnitedKpop Awards 2018! Chosen by UKP readers, these awards let us know who you consider the ‘ones to watch’ in 2019.


Best Song: BTS – “IDOL”

Nominees: “Thanks” – Seventeen, “What is LOVE” – TWICE, “Love Scenario” – iKON

Best Album: BTS – “Love Yourself: Answer”

Nominees: “Return” – iKON, “New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love” – TVXQ, “I Am NOT” – Stray Kids

Best Music Video: SHINee – “Good Evening”

Nominees: “DDU-DU DDU-DU” – BLACKPINK, “What Is LOVE?” – TWICE, “IDOL” – BTS

Rookie of the Year: Stray Kids

Nominees: (G)I-DLE, LOONA, Kim Donghan

Best Male Group: BTS

Nominees: NCT, Seventeen, Monsta X

Best Female Group: BLACKPINK

Nominees: Twice, Red Velvet, Momoland

Best Solo Artist: Sunmi

Nominees: BoA, Holland, Lay

Best Indie Artist: Holland

Nominees: James Lee, Jane Jang, Paul Kim

Best Hip-Hop Artist: Jay Park

Nominees: Jessi, DRP, Ravi

Best Instrumental Group: DAY6

Nominees: Hyukoh, N.Flying, South Club

Best Dance Performance: NCT – “Black On Back”

Nominees: “IDOL” – BTS, “Woman” – BoA, “The Greatest Showman” – HOYA (Dancing High)

Best Music Project: K/DA (League of Legends) – “POP/STARS”

Nominees: “Written In The Stars” – Wendy & John Legend, “Kiss & Make Up” – Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK, “Beautiful” – Monsta X & Gallant

Style Icon: RM

Nominees: Sunmi, Kai (EXO), BLACKPINK

Best European Concert: BTS – “Love Yourself” World Tour

Nominees: VIXX’s Ravi: First European Tour, Dreamcatcher: “Fly High” Fanmeeting in London, Monsta X: “THE CONNECT” World Tour

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Best K-Drama: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

Nominees: Are You Human Too?, I’m Not A Robot, A Korean Odyssey

Best K-Movie: Among With The Gods 2

Nominees: A Barefoot Dream, Miss Baek, Psychokinesis

Best K-Drama Soundtrack: VIXX – “Is It Love?” (Are You Human Too?)

Nominees: Kim Chungha – It’s You (Where Stars Land), Kihyun (Monsta X) x SeolA (WSJN) – Love Virus (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim), DK (Seventeen) – Missed Connections (The Great Seducer)

Best Korean Television Show: Idol Room

Nominees: Produce 48, Dancing High, Busted!

Shining Light Award: Holland

We are proud to present our Shining Light award – created in honour of the late Kim Jonghyun – to Holland for his continuous work in highlighting LGBTQ+ Awareness among the Kpop industry and fan communities. For more information about his amazing contribution to the community, check out our special UKPAwards article dedicated to the Shining Light Award.


On behalf of the UnitedKpop team, we would like to congratulate all the artists and nominees featured in the 2018 awards. We would also thank the fans for taking part in one of the biggest UKP Awards to date. 2018 has certainly been a stellar year for K-Culture and we cannot wait for the year ahead. We hope you enjoy your Lunar New Year and have a wonderful 2019 full of prosperity, happiness and of course, Kpop!

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