AMAs creates the first K-Pop category in a major U.S. music award show : NPR
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The American Music Awards created the Favorite K-Pop Artist category – the first category dedicated to the K-pop genre in a major US music awards show.
ABC announced the nominations on Thursday for the 2022 AMAs, dubbed the world’s largest fan-voted awards ceremony.
The nominees are BLACKPINK, BTS, SEVENTEEN, TOMORROW X TOGETHER and TWICE, selected based on their performance on the Billboard charts. Winners will be announced at the show on November 20.
BTS, SEVENTEEN, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER belong to the same entertainment group, Hybe Corporation. Hybe started as Big Hit Entertainment, BTS’s record label, and expanded to oversees seven record labels after the international success of BTS.
BTS won their first AMA in 2018 for Favorite Social Artist and became first Asian artist to win the AMA’s top honor, Artist of the Year, in 2021.
BLACKPINK and TWICE are also two of the most successful record labels in Korea. BLACKPINK’s record label, YG Entertainment, creating K-pop leaders BIGBANG and 2NE1; TWICE’s record label, JYP Entertainmentcreated Wonder Girls, the first Korean artist to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2008.
Other new AMA categories this year include Favorite Afrobeats Artist, Favorite Rock Song, and Favorite Rock Album.
Fans will be able to vote for their favorite K-pop artist starting November 1. Voting in all other categories opens on November 1. Billboard’s website and Twitter.