The 8th Korea Music Awards have announced their list of nominees for the awards to be held on February 23. Taeyang is in both categories for R&B – best album and best song.
Best R&B & Soul Album
Deez – Get Real
Boni – Nu One
Brown Eyed Soul – Brown Eyed Soul
진보 – Afterwork
Taeyang – Solar
Best R&B & Soul Song
Deez – Sugar
Boni – 너를 보내도
Brown Eyed Soul – Never Forget
진보 – U R
Taeyang – I Need A Girl
The full list of nominees are here http://bo-da.net/entry/998.
This is amazing! Both HOT and Solar have been nominated for KMAs (HOT won and so did LOAM for best R&B album and R&B song respectively.) It’s been a banner year for Korean R&B and the quality of the finalists makes even a nomination a huge honor. Two wins in a row for Taeyang are a very tiny, tiny possibility (especially with this year’s stellar line up) but as a dedicated fanmom with all my biases intact I’m definitely rooting for him.
For those not familiar with the KMAs, it is one of the few awards that does NOT use sales and popularity as the major award criteria. Nominees and winners are chosen by a distinguished panel of music industry members based on their evaluation of music quality. (This means that even non-mainstream and indie artists are considered by the panel. ) It’s one of the few awards Taeyang actually keeps in his bedroom (see Real Sound) so you can tell it really means a lot to him.
Congratulations Taeyang! We are really happy and proud for you!