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Soompi Awards Generate Nearly 100 Million Fan Votes In Record-Shattering 12th Year

2017/03/01 Source

Category Winners Include K-Drama's 'The Legend of the Blue Sea', 'Descendents of the Sun' and K-Pop's GOT7, EXO, BTS

Soompi, the leading source for Korean pop culture news and fandom and a division of global streaming service Viki, today announced the winners of its 12th Annual Soompi Awards, which generated a jaw-dropping 96 million online fan votes over four weeks, more than doubling last year's numbers and underscoring the continued growing popularity of Korean entertainment around the world. The awards are sponsored by Spottoon, a premium webtoon library.

Winners were determined through a combination of votes on Soompi, Twitter and LINE, as well as scores calculated from the Soompi K-Pop Music Chart. This year, a record number of votes were cast from 139 countries, up 144% compared to the previous year. On Twitter, #SOOMPIAWARDS was tweeted 14.2 million times, with four related hashtags trending worldwide and 16 hashtags trending in individual countries. 

Broadcast live on Soompi's Facebook page last night, fans tuned-in live to hear mega K-pop stars K.A.R.DMONSTA X and MADTOWN's Jota present this year's winners, accompanied by videos produced in collaboration with leading Korean production studio ZANYBROS. 

"I'm incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support for this year's Soompi Awards", said Susan Kang, founder of Soompi and Vice President of Fandom at Viki. "As the voice of global Korean and Asian entertainment fans for nearly 20 years, Soompi is proud to provide fans around the world with the platform to recognize and award their favorites; we will continue to partner with global media and agencies to bring the best content and experience to our audience".  

The recent Korean hit TV show "The Legend of the Blue Sea" won Drama of the Year, in addition to Actor of The Year (Lee Min-ho) and Spottoon Best Couple (Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho). Global hit K-drama "Descendants of the Sun" clinched the most awards in four categories: Actress of the Year (Song Hye-kyo), Breakout Actor (Kim Min-suk), Best Bromance (Jin Goo and Song Joong-ki) and Best Kiss. "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" also received three awards: Best Drama OST (For You - Chen x Baekhyun x Xiumin), Best Idol Actor (Baekhyun), and Best Adaptation.

In the K-pop categories, GOT7 received three awards while EXO and BTS received two awards each. GOT7 won FUSE Music Video of the Year and Best Choreography for their pop anthem "Hard Carry", as well as Best Fandom, receiving more than 20 million tweets in support. EXO won the coveted Artist of the Year award, along with Best Male Group, while BTS won Album of the Year for "Wings" and Song of the Year for their smash hit "Blood Sweat & Tears".

See below for the full Soompi Awards winner's list. To learn more about the global content available on Viki, please visit

12th Annual Soompi Awards Winners
K-Drama Drama of the Year "The Legend of the Blue Sea"
  Actor of the Year Lee Min-ho
  Actress of the Year Song Hye-kyo
  Spottoon Best Couple Jun Ji-hyun & Lee Min-ho
  Best Kiss "Descendants of the Sun"
  Second Lead Syndrome Jin Young ("Moonlight Drawn by Clouds")
  Best Bromance Jin Goo & Song Joong-ki
  Best Drama OST For You (Chen x Baekhyun x Xiumin)
  Best Variety Star Jota
  Best Variety Show "Running Man"
  Best Foreign Drama "My Amazing Boyfriend"
  Best Adaptation "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo"
  Best Web Series "Be Positive"
  Best Idol Actor Baekhyun
  Breakout Actor Kim Min-suk
K-Pop Artist of the Year EXO
  Album of the Year Wings (BTS)
  Song of the Year Blood, Sweat & Tears (BTS)
  Rookie of the Year BLACKPINK
  FUSE Music Video of the Year Hard Carry (GOT7)
  Best Fandom GOT7
  Best Male Group EXO
  Best Female Group TWICE
  Best Male Solo Taemin
  Best Female Solo Taeyeon
  Best Hip-Hop/R&B Artist Zico
  Breakout Artist Red Velvet
  Best Collaboration Dream (Suzy & Baekhyun)
  Best Choreography Hard Carry (GOT7)
  Best Stage Outfit Very Nice (Seventeen)

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