Yesterday, SHINee, Exo, and Busker Busker were presented with the 2013 MelOn Music Awards’ three Daesangs (Grand Prizes) for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.
The ceremony kicked off at 19:00 (GMT+9) on 14 November 2013 and went on for over three hours at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul. Kai, Suho, Baekhyun, and Chanyeol of Exo picked up the mike to direct the proceedings. A beautiful noona (older sister), the actress Lee Yu-bi, was also there to supervise them and make sure the boys didn’t mess up anything.
Exo received the Song of the Year Award for their immensely popular song “Growl.” Upon receiving the prize and being handed the mike for some comments, they said, “We are receiving three prizes today. This is truly an honor. We thank our family at SM Town, our teammates, and all our fans all over the world. We are really happy right now.” Tao gave a similar statement in Chinese, before he had to wipe away the tears streaming down his cheeks. Exo received the Song of the Year, Top 10 Artists, and Netizen Popularity Awards.
As Exo stepped down, Busker Busker stepped up.
Their drummer, Brad Moore, spoke in clumsy Korean, “I would like to express my thanks to (my bandmates) Jang Beom-jun and Kim Hyung-tae, and also my great love for my wife Dani. I would also like to thank (our agency) Chungchun Music and our fans.”
This is Busker Busker’s second year in a row receiving the Album of the Year Award.
SHINee received the Artist of the Year Award. Onew stepped forth as representative. He said, “I forgot what I was going to say. So, I’ll just say we will become a top-class team and singers worthy of receiving this Daesang.”
Key spoke next: “We thank you all for giving us this great prize for our two years of hard work. However, I’m more thankful to my teammates than anyone else. I don’t know if we’re deserving of this prize.”
All five members of SHINee stood red-eyed for a long time on-stage.
On another note, let’s take a look at the people who didn’t make the cut for the Daesangs. Busker Busker, Beast, IU, and G-Dragon were candidates for the Song of the Year Award. SHINee, IU, Exo, and G-Dragon were candidates for the Album of the Year Award. Sistar and G-Dragon were candidates for the Artist of the Year Award.
(I actually feel sorry for G-Dragon, by the way. He was a candidate for all three Daesangs but he failed to make it each time. Still, he did get a consolation prize in…)
The Top 10 Artists Award. Other recipients were Exo, Davichi, Dynamic Duo, Busker Busker, Beast, SHINee, Sistar, IU, and Ailee.
Below is a list of the awardees at the 2013 Melon Music Awards.
Daesang (Grand Prize):
Artist of the Year: SHINee
Song of the Year: Exo
Album of the Year: Busker Busker
Top 10 Artists Award: Ailee, Beast, Busker Busker, Davichi, Dynamic Duo, Exo, G-Dragon, IU, SHINee, Sistar
Newcomer Award: Bangtan Boys, Lim Kim
Global Star Awards: Psy
Music Style Awards
Rap/Hip Hop: Baechigi
R&B/Ballad: Heo Gak, K.Will
Rock: Cho Yong-pil
OST: Yoon Mi-rae
Pop: Bruno Mars
Songwriter Award: Shinsadong Tiger
Music Video Award: Beast
Netizen Popularity Award: Exo
Hot Trend Award: Crayon Pop and Rose Motel
MBC Music Star Award: f(x)
Performing Arts Award: Shin Seung-hoon