The annual award show has been decorating the most prominent artists in Korea since 1986. Since 2006, it has been holding separate ceremonies for best album and best song categories.
Exo’s third studio album “Ex’Act” landed the boy band its fourth consecutive grand prize in the album category. The accolade wrapped up another impressive year for the K-pop juggernaut, after winning artist of the year at November’s Melon Music Awards and album of the year at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards last month.
|Exo (Sm Entertainment)|
“Just being here is an honor, yet we received such a great prize,” said Exo’s leader Suho at the award ceremony, held Saturday at Kintex in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province.
Exo is the first group or artist to win a grand prize four years in a row, the previous record holder being singer Kim Gun-mo with three consecutive wins.
Twice shrugged off any notion of a sophomore jinx by winning the grand prize for best song with its smash hit “Cheer Up.” It marked another successful year for the group, as it had already won song of the year at the Melon Music Awards and MAMA 2016.
|Twice (JYP Entertainment)|
Twice offered its gratitude for receiving the award when “practically still rookies,” having debuted in October 2015. The multinational group’s Japanese and Taiwanese members also delivered acceptance speech in their respective languages.
It became the first girl group since Girls’ Generation in 2011 to receive top honors.
In the best album category, NCT 127 and I.O.I won the best new artist awards, while SHINee won the popularity award. CeCi asia icon awards went to Exo and Red Velvet, and Bang Shi Hyuk was named the best music producer of the year.
Boyband BTS got the global K-pop artist award.
The main prizes, which are given to the most influential groups in K-pop scene each year, went to EXO, BTS, SHINee, VIXX, Infinite, GOT7, Taemin, Seventeen and Monsta X.
For the best song category, Kim Jae-joong received the Asia popularity award, while CN Blue was named the best K-Pop band. The honor of best OST went to Gummy, the best R&B/Soul artist was Crush, and the best male and female performances went to Sechskies and Sistar, respectively.
The best new artist went to Black Pink and Bolbbalgan4.
The main prizes went to Twice, GFriend, Lee Hi, Urban Zakapa, Mamamoo, Zico, Suzy x Baekhyun, Taeyeon, Lim Chang-jung.
By Yoon Min-sik