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Seoul Music Awards 2022: Airdate, how to vote and nominees of the K-pop event

Artists like TXT, Seventeen, Heize and NCT have been nominated for the 31st Seoul Music Awards
UPDATED JAN 21, 2022
Red Velvet, EXO, BTS and Heize are nominated for Seoul Music Awards 2022 (@redvelvet.smtown, @weareone.exo, @heizeheize/Instagram, @bts_bighit/Twitter)
Red Velvet, EXO, BTS and Heize are nominated for Seoul Music Awards 2022 (@redvelvet.smtown, @weareone.exo, @heizeheize/Instagram, @bts_bighit/Twitter)

With the year coming to an end, more and more award shows are dropping information of their lineup and nominees. The K-pop industry has begun its year-end award shows with the Asia Artist Awards 2021 taking place on December 2. At the same time, we have the 31st Seoul Music Awards releasing preliminary information about their award show. The SMA 2022 will be the 31st edition having been launched in 1990.

Last year's 30th Seoul Music Awards was glamorous as ever despite the pandemic as it was hosted at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena by comedian Shin Dong-yup, Super Junior’s Heechul, and Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung. BTS won the grand prize (daesang) while we had bonsang (main prize) winners like Ateez, IZ*ONE, NCT 127 and Monsta X. We also saw some legendary performances by the likes of Stray Kids, ITZY and collaborative stages with members of different groups. Well, here’s everything we know about the Seoul Music Awards 2022.

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The 31st edition will be held in January 2022 (Seoul Music Awards)


The 31st Seoul Music Awards will be held on January 23, 2022 at 6 pm KST (4 am ET).

Where to watch

The K-pop award show will be broadcast on KBS’ channel as well as the U+ Idol Live app. The red carpet and the award show will also be broadcast by HelloLive TV.



Kim Sung-joo, AOA's Seolhyun and Boom will be the MCs of 2022 Seoul Music Awards.

Award presenters

Park Sun Zoo
g.o.d's Danny Ahn
Won Jin-a
Chae Jong-hyeop
Park Ji-hyun
Moon Ye-won
Han Ji-hyun
Kang Hoon
Kim Ho-young
Kang Ah-rang
Baseball players Kang Baek-ho and Kim Hye-seong



Omega X
Kang Daniel
Red Velvet's Wendy
Lim Young-woong
Lee Mujin
NCT Dream
NCT 127
The Boyz
Jung Dong-ha
Lang Lee


K-pop nominations

Main Award (Bonsang)
AB6IX - ‘Mo’ Complete: Have A Dream’
AKMU - ‘Next Episode’
aespa - ‘Next Level’
Astro - ‘Switch On’
Ateez - ‘Zero: Fever Part.3’
EXO’s Baekhyun - ‘Bambi’
Jang Beom June - ‘Jang Beom June Single’
Big Mama - ‘One Day More’
Brave Girls - ‘Summer Queen’
BTS - ‘Butter’
Cravity - ‘Season 3, Hideout: Be Our Voice’
EXO’s D.O - ‘Empathy’
Davichi - ‘Just hug me’
Enhypen - ‘Border: Carnival’
Epik High - ‘Rain Song’
EXO - ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’
Golden Child - ‘Game Changer’
GyeongseoYeji/Jeon Gunho - ‘If You Lovingly Call My Name’
Heize - ‘Happen’
ITZY - ‘Crazy in Love’
IU - ‘Lilac’
Jeon Somi - ‘Dumb Dumb’
Red Velvet’s Joy - ‘Hello’
Jung Dong Ha - ‘I Still Love You; 
Kang Daniel - ‘Yellow’
Kassy - ‘I will light your way’
Lee Mujin - ‘Traffic Light’
Blackpink’s Lisa - ‘Lalisa’
MeloMance - ‘Go Back’
Monsta X - ‘One Of A Kind’
MSG Wannabe - ‘MSG Wannabe 1st Album’
NCT 127 - ‘Sticker’
NCT Dream - ‘Hot Sauce’
NU’EST - ‘Romanticize
Oh My Girl - ‘Dear Oh My Girl’
ONF - ‘Popping’
Red Velvet - ‘Queendom’
Blackpink’s Rose - ‘R’
Seventeen - ‘Your Choice’
SHINee - ‘Don’t Call Me’
STAYC - ‘Stereotype’
Stray Kids - ‘NOEASY’
Super Junior - ‘The Renaissance’
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon - ‘Weekend’
The Boyz - ‘Thrill-ing’
TXT - ‘Chaos Chapter: Freeze’
Treasure - ‘The First Step: Treasure Effect’
TWICE - ‘Taste of Love’
Lim Young Woong - ‘My Starry Love’


Rookie award
Epex - ‘Bipolar Pt.1’
IVE - ‘Eleven’
Jo YuRi - ‘Glassy’
Kwon Eunbi - ‘Open’
Lee Mujin - ‘Traffic Light’
LIGHTSUM - ‘Vanilla’
Mirae - ‘Killa - Mirae’
Omega X - ‘Vamos’
Purple Kiss - ‘Can We Talk Again’
T1419 - ‘Before Sunrise Part.1’
TRI.BE - ‘TR.IBE Da Loca’


K-wave Special Award
All of the main award and rookie award nominees are also nominated for the K-wave Special Award.

Jang Minho - ‘That’s Life’
Jeong Dong Won - ‘My Favorite’
Jin Hae Seong - ‘Stella Amor (S.A)'
Kang Hye Yeon - ‘Sunday Hyeyeon’
Kim Heejae - ‘Follow Me’
Lee Chan Won - ‘Gift’
Astro’s MJ - ‘Happy Virus’
Second Aunt KimDaVi - ‘UP!’
Yang Ji-eun - ‘Taste of life’
Lim Young Woong - ‘My Starry Love’
Youngtak - ‘Comforter’


2AM - ‘Ballad 21 F/W
Car the garden - ‘Closely Far Away’
Hwang Chiyeul - ‘Be My Reason’
GyeongseoYeji/Jeon Gunho - ‘If You Lovingly Call My Name’
Heize - ‘Happen’
Lee So Jung - ‘If you were still here’ 
MeloMance - ‘Go Back’
Paul Kim - ‘Love Letter’
Sin Ye Young - ‘Not even a call’ 
Red Velvet’s Wendy - ‘Like Water’
Baek Yerin - ‘Love, Yerin’


Ash Island - ‘Melody’
BE’O - ‘Bipolar’
BewhY - ‘032 Funk’
Epik High - ‘Rain Song’ ft Colde
Giriboy - ‘avante’
Homies - ‘Siren Remix’
Hyuna - ‘I’m Not Cool’
Jessi - ‘Cold Blooded’
Joosiq - ‘Think About You’
Mommy Son - ‘My Sadness’ remastered
OVAN - ‘I Am Yours’


10cm - ‘Borrow your night’ of ‘Romance 101’
Jang Beom June - ‘I Like You’ of ‘Hospital Playlist’ season 2
Lee Hae Ri - ‘Love is always thirsty’ of ‘Nth Romance’
Heize - ‘On Rainy Days’ of ‘Blue Birthday’
Huh Gak - ‘Confession’ of ‘Romance 101’
K.Will - ‘Back In Time’ of ‘The Moon during the Day’
Lee Mujin - ‘Rain and You’ of ‘Hospital Playlist’ season 2
LeeHi - ‘Dear you’ of ‘Romance 101’
Sandeul - ‘The Image of You’ of ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’
Yang Yoseop/Jeong Eunji - ‘Love Day’ of ‘Romance 101’
Lim Young Woong - ‘Love Always Run Away’ of ‘Young Lady and Gentleman’
Younha - ‘Thirtieth Midnight’ of ‘Romance 101’


Categories whose nominees are yet to be announced are:
Grand Prize (Daesang)
Best Album
Best Song
Dance Performance Award
Band Award
Popularity Award
Discover of the Year Award

How to vote

Fans can collect voting ‘ruby chamsims’ on Idol Champ app and start voting on the 31st SMA Global Vote app. The K-wave award is based 100% on voting while voting for the Main Bonsang award is only 30% of the winning criteria.