Since we’ve gotten a few requests to do so, we’d like to highlight all the nominees for the R&B and Soul Category in the run up to the 8th Korean Music Awards on February 23. It’s one of the strongest R&B line-ups in years and any one of them would be a worthy winner. Feast your ears on these candidates up for Best Song. (Each of the candidates for best song are also on the list for best album. And the albums are equally good – I highly recommend R&B lovers check them out when you have the time.)
1. 진보 (Jinbo) – U R (Album: Afterwork)
The rest of the songs, including our boy, under the cut…
(Updated with the winners )
2. Brown Eyed Soul – Never Forget (Album: Brown Eyed Soul)
3. Boni – 너를 보내도 (Album : Nu One)
4. Deez – Sugar (Album: Get Real)
5. Taeyang – I Need A Girl (Album: Solar)
(A live because I’m sure you all know the studio version really well.)
I’d also like to clear up some misunderstandings about the KMA that have been circulating on various international k-pop sites. The KMA is different from other major awards in that a panel of 60 members of the music industry choose the candidates and winners based on the quality of their music contribution that year. They listen to all the songs and albums that have been released and judge based on the technical and artistic merit of the music itself and how it sounds compared to all the other music released in 2011. They try to look at the diversity of musical genres and do not look at sales and popularity – which is why a lot of non-mainstream and indie musicians make the list. (Because there is a lot of excellent music by relatively unknown musicians that don’t have the marketing clout of a big company or media exposure to drive sales.) It’s very similar to the awards process for the Oscars/US Film Academy Awards in which the winners have nothing to do with ticket sales. Without sales as a criteria, there is going to be a very different list than other awards. There is no discrimination for or against any one group – everyone, popular and unpopular, gets considered though not everyone makes the cut.
And as I mentioned before, its a huge honor for Taeyang to be on the list since it means his musical experiments are being validated against the landscape of the other musicians in his genre. He’s bringing something fresh to the music scene, even among those who are veteran musicians compared to himself. And he is growing even compared to what he achieved in 2008 – here’s hoping he keeps pushing boundaries with whatever he is doing next.
Update: Congratulations to Deez for winning Best R&B Soul Song and Jinbo for winning Best R&B Soul Album! Extremely well deserved! Congratulations to Taeyang for being the Netizen’s pick for Best Male Vocalist.