The awards ceremony, in its first iteration this year, aims to recognize Korean entertainers who rose to international fame across Asia this year.
A panel of judges will decide the final winners, but fans have already voted online to determine the finalists for three of the awards’ categories.
|The 2016 Asia Artist Awards are set to take place at Kyung Hee University’s Grand Peace Palace on Wednesday. (Asia Artist Awards)|
Boy band EXO earned 40 percent of votes to emerge as the top candidate for the most popular musician category. Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation’s Im Yoona and EXO’s Byun Baek-hyun took first place in the actress and actor categories, respectively.
Big name actors, including Park Bo-gum, Park Hae-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol, Namgoong Min, Suzy and more, from this year’s biggest hit TV dramas are set to attend the event. K-pop groups Black Pink, Mamamoo, VIXX, Twice, EXO, Block B and others are also expected to appear.
The Asia Artist Awards will be held at Kyung Hee University’s Grand Peace Palace on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The event will air live in Korea, China and Japan.
By Kim Yu-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)