Singer Lim Young-woong and girl group Ive headlined this year's Melon Music Awards, each taking home multiple trophies including the awards' most-coveted grand prizes.
The 2022 MMA took place at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Saturday night. This year's awards show marked the event's return to its home venue three years since it last held an offline ceremony there in December 2019 before the outbreak of the pandemic.
Over the 4 1/2-hour ceremony, celebratory performances by a star-studded line-up of K-pop musicians entertained the crowd in between as the winners were announced.
The top winner of this year's MMA was the sensational trot singer Lim Young-woong, who took home five awards in total. Lim's wins included two grand prizes, the artist of the year and the album of the year. He won the album of the year with his first full-length record "Im Hero," which dropped in May.
"I'm rejoiced and feel lucky to be honored with such significant prize with my first full-length studio album. This is not a trophy I'm taking alone but with everyone I have worked with. I'm grateful for my fans who have always rooted for me on my new challenges," Lim said on the stage as he received the prizes.
The singer also won the best male solo and the fan-voted Netizen Popularity Award and was named among MMA's Top 10 artists of the year.
Super rookie band Ive was the runner-up, taking home four trophies in total, including two grand prizes -- the new artist of the year and the best song award for "Love Dive," which topped Melon's monthly chart in June and has remained in the Top 100 main chart since its release in April.
Most of the six members of Ive burst into tears as they received their prizes, and wiping off the tears from face, the act's leader An Yu-jin said, "We're honored to receive the song of the year and the new artist of the year at once among the many prizes we were given today. So many people have worked hard to make 'Love Dive,' and we're very grateful to everyone. We could win this award because we had all the members."
Ive was also named as the best female group and among the Top 10.
Sharing the new artist of the year with Ive was New Jeans, a fresh-out rookie that officially debuted in August with its mega-hit album "New Jeans."
"You can win the new artist award only once in your lifetime, and we're honored to have received it. We're grateful to all our fans," NewJeans' Minji said.
BTS, absent on Saturday night, bagged four trophies in total, including the record of the year with LP "Proof" dropped in June. "Proof" is an anthology album dropped in June in celebration of the act's ninth anniversary. The septet also won the best male group award and the fan-voted KakaoBank Everyone's Star special award.
2022 has been a breakout year for girl group (G) I-dle, and MMA honored the group with three trophies, including the Top 10 award and the best music video award, the latter for megahit "Tomboy."
But the highlight of the night for the quintet was when its leader Jeon So-yeon nabbed herself the best songwriter award. So-yeon has been in charge of producing the act's albums and songs since their debut, including the act's latest two "Tomboy" and "I Love" dropped this year.
"This award was given to me because I met these precious voices of (G) I-dle as a songwriter. I'm really thankful," Jeon So-yeon said as she received her prize with her bandmates on the stage.
IU won three prizes, including performance of the year with her concert "The Golden Hour." Held in October, "The Golden Hour" marked the singer's debut concert at the Olympic Main Stadium as the first female soloist to hold a standalone gig at the 60,000-seat venue. IU also claimed the best female soloist title and a spot on the Top 10 artists.
Rapper Big Naughty nabbed the best music style award, while winning the best collaboration with 10cm for their duet single "Just 10cm" and the best project music with the 12-piece project group WSG Wannabe.
Ballad duet MeloMance won the best OST song with "Love Maybe," which was featured in the hit drama series "Business Proposal."
American pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, who collaborated with Jungkook of BTS for the pop singer's single "Left and Right," was named the best pop artist award.
The Top 10 artists also included boy bands Seventeen and NCT Dream, ballad duet MeloMance and rapper Be'O.
Other winners also include Le Sserafim, for the best female performance and the hot trend special award, Tomorrow X Together, for the best male performance, Monsta X, for the global artist award, Stay C, for global rising artist, and Enhypen, for the 1theK Global Icon Award. The best performance director title went to musician RyuD, and the best session award was shared by guitarist Lee Shin-woo and bassist Choi In-seong.