The Korean Music Awards hosted their 19th ceremony, streamed on March 1st 2022. The awards cover a diverse range of genres in Korea’s industry, including categories for Hip-Hop and R&B.
Korean Music Awards 2022 logo
The nominee list was curated by the Korean Music Awards Selection Committee comprised of industry professionals and executives, music critics, radio show producers, academics and writers. The committee’s full list of nominees was released February 9th 2022, with a series of videos featuring the nominees for each genre.
The committee states that it nominates and awards artists based on musical achievement over the past year, and avoids making decisions purely based on sales. They make their selection regardless of how mainstream the artist(s) are, and their aim is to restore and promote musical diversity to the public.
Hip-Hop and R&B artists were also spotlighted in these awards nominations, both with their own sub-categories for Best Album and Best Song respectively.
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album Nominees
SKANDALOUZ - Los
Net,Trap,Launcher,Capture - unofficialboyy & HAIFHAIF
Fragment - Mild Beats
UNDERGOUNRD ROCKSTAR - CHANGMO
WINNER: 독립음악 (Independent Music) - CHOILB
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song Nominees
420 Flow (ft. lobonabeat) - BILL STAXX
Blue Lemonade (ft. Hwaji) - Los
Spring Rain (ft. Rakon) - SINCE
대박인생 (DAEBAK life) (ft. northfacegawd, Uneducated Kid) - Don Mills
WINNER: 태지 (TAIJI) - CHANGMO
Best R&B/Soul Album Nominees
Circle - Mind Combines
Precious - sogumm
Miniseries - SUMIN & Slom
it’s not your fault - Dvwn
A.M.P. - jerd
WINNER: DON’T DIE COLORS - THAMA
Best R&B/Soul Song Nominees
시간이 지나서 (Time Goes By) (ft. george) - hiko
Blessed (ft. Gsoul) - THAMA
MIMI - youra
H.S.K.T. (ft. Wonstein) - LeeHi
WINNER: 곤란한 노래 (THE GONLAN SONG) - SUMIN & Slom
Watch the full awards ceremony here.