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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF Friday, December 21, 2018

'KPMA' submits official apology toward fans after controversy around 'Popularity Award' results

On December 21, the 'Korea Popular Music Awards' released an official statement of apology followings fans' angry criticism toward the results of the 'Popularity Award'. 

The winner of the 'Popularity Award' at the 1st 'Korea Popular Music Awards' ceremony, which took place back on December 20, was determined through paid online voting via the Olleh TV mobile app. According to the mobile app's voting results on the morning of December 20, it was clear that Wanna One's fan votes surpassed EXO's fan votes by over 20,000. 

However, during the award ceremony later that evening, two artists were named as the winners of the 'Popularity Award' - both Wanna One and EXO. Considering that the results relied 100% on paid fan voting, Wanna One fans found this outcome infuriating, and flooded the 'KPMA' with comments like "This is crazy", "You took all our money", "If you'd announced that there would be two winners in advance, we wouldn't have poured our money into this", "This is a clear case of deceiving and cheating fans" and more. 

As a result, the 'KPMA' wrote as a statement of apology, 

"Regarding the joint awarding of the '2018 KPMA' 'Popularity Award', we would like to bow our heads in sincere apology. In addition to our sincere apology regarding the 'Popularity Award' controversy, we would like to reveal our official stance. 
This award was based 100% on fan voting, and the award went to the 1st place winner Wanna One (1,517,900 votes) as well as to the 2nd place winner EXO (1,496,101 votes). Because the fans were so invested in this award, the 1st and 2nd place rankings switched back and forth several times even up until the last minute of voting, so much that is was impossible to estimate the final winner.
As a result, the 'KPMA'decided to award this award to both sides including the runner-up group EXO, under the meaning that we would have a 'celebration of everyone'. The fact that we did not notify fans in advance regarding this decision and did not explain ourselves clearly is entirely the fault of the 'KPMA'.

Thus, we would like to once again apologize sincerely to all those who suffered discomfort through this event, including Wanna One fans, EXO fans, and more. 

We will do our best to ensure that such an event never happens again, and we will give our greatest efforts so that this event can grow into a prestigious event anyone can accept."

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Kosmo_Lap Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Are the fans really this dumb?

THis is just a money-making award show.

The organizers are getting millions.

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SharCx Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

imagine being so stupid you pay hundreds to thousands on voting.

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KPOPTrashTalker Friday, December 21, 2018 16
Friday, December 21, 2018

What is the value of a DAESANG these days? Sincerely. In MAMA BTS won the award for best artist of the year, but did not win the best male group. And why the hell TWICE took SOTY with What is Love being that EVERYONE knows that the song of the year was Love Scenario. Not to mention that last year SIGNAL (!!!!!!!!) won the SOTY. These awards are no longer of any value. They are prizes bought and only given to those who attend the awards. This is by no means a fair way to organize an award. For SOTY for example, it is taken into consideration how much the album sold ... Who cares for sales if the prize is about the music. The truth is that the awards are made to please everyone. If it's to please everyone does not award, make a solidarity event ...

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JokerVulinh Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

I'm a person who does not like the Love Scenario song. TWICE songs are always song of the year because it is very popular with people of all ages. I wonder if you look at the digital charts and think that the song with the highest score will be the song of the year, which is totally wrong.

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MaeilKpop Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Don't look down on Signal, people were initially put off by it because it was a different style for Twice but once they got used to it the song became very popular and got a lot of music show wins. Compare it to Gfriend's Fingertip which got 0 wins despite the amazing success of their previous songs.

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UnicornCuppycake Friday, December 21, 2018 5
Friday, December 21, 2018

I heard LS didn't get it because the artist has to attend to get the awards. If the artist doesn't go they don't get it.

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Nina14red Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Despite this being the 1st for this award show, they seemed to have fallen in line with how other Korean award shows operate. Giving out awards for multiple winners in the same category diminishes its value for those who really earned it. It seems like all of these shows are afraid of the backlash of fans from groups who don't take home awards and give out consolation prizes just for being nominated.

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Armyinthehouse Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

It doesn't matter thr groups, this is such a clear scam... Glad that I never put money into any of this things.

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Ninjapotato Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

this award show is a scam. Cmon kpop fans... If you pay to vote = red flag scam.

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mywish Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

What happen to their music award this day? Please don't make same mistake. It also make the music award lost their credibility

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changminbaby Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

the final winner is the real winner so it doesnt matter if its switched back or not, im just saying this make it look like the award show is biased.. Giving out awards for multiple winners make the award lose it own value especially if its destined to only one person from the start

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ThsDee Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

When you say 'celebration of everyone' you're just saying war

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Mkm Friday, December 21, 2018 2
Friday, December 21, 2018

they just wanted to give exo an award, but since exo didn't do anything this year they don't know which award to give them so they divided the Popularity Award to give it to them...... ridiculous.


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UnicornCuppycake 27 days ago 1
27 days ago

What do you mean exo didn't do anything this year? They had a comeback.

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Mkm 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

ya at the end of the year after awards nominations were closed, which basically the worst timing to have a comeback..

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johwa 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

..NOT a fan of any show that bases it's winners on "fan" voting.....!!

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SongKaixi Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

They should all be happy there isn't an electoral college system to screw things up.

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johwa 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Ha! ha! ha!......took the words right out of mah mouth....!!!

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aloemist Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

I feel the reason both WANNABLE and EXOL are mad is because it devalues the award given. OF COURSE fans are gonna pour thousands of thousands of money if they have it, and this award you have to PAY for votes( which is so stupid in my opinion, its a popularity award, not a daesang, the award show initially robbed both fandoms) but I saw this in a Korean community where on the cue sheet, it already said EXO got the popularity award. The KPMA did state that at the last minute, the votes betwteen both groups kept switching on who was going to win, but on the cue sheet it says EXO? maybe when they were making the cue sheet it was EXO. But if the votes were so similar to the point where it was hard to tell, they should of just written both groups. Im not a WANNABLE nor EXOL, but if I were, I would personally feel so robbed, since I poured my money on votes so that MY BOYS MY GROUP can win one more award. Honestly I get why fans would even spend money on an award, its to make their group happy! Whats wrong here is that KPMA robbed both fandoms of their money since there was techinically supposed to be 1 winner. I didn't watch the show since my faves didn't come on, but on articles I saw that W1 got 1st and EXO got 2nd??? correct me if Im wrong, but that's just... why give 1st and 2nd if you are going to give the award to both groups? Just announce both groups.... anyway, Im attaching the photo of the cue sheet

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aloemist Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Also, because of this, both WANNABLES and EXOLS made "KPMA POPULARITY AWARD CONTROVERSY" go on the search bars of Korean sites. However, KPMA erased the "POPULARITY AWARD CONTROVERY" part, so it made it seem as the WHOLE award show was catching people's interest....

the "인기상논란" is "POPULARITY AWARD CONTROVERSY"


I got my sources from https://pann.nate.com/talk/344549085. First of all, PANN is where mostly kind of immature (?) fans of KPOP groups go and talk. They have a lot of evidence for things like this, but also some people make up stupid "attitude controversy" or dating rumours, so if anyone wanted to check out the site, its not 100% trustable.. I just found this, and I think this is evidence enough. The comment section of the original link is mostly of people saying this award show should be cancelled, and how no one is going to attend next year... etc.

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jokbal_is_yum Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Too late, KPMA - you've damaged yourself beyond all hope with netizens.

/s >___>

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Lindsy Friday, December 21, 2018 2
Friday, December 21, 2018

Well, while there is SM artists, there will be cheating. No wonder the mighty always gets what it wants.

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Musicflute Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

What do u mean by sm payed for it if that would be the case then mma or mana awards should have been given to every sm artist idk why haters are given with such lame reason to blame sm or exo for it as if it's true like such big company has this much time to go a new award show and pay for their artists it's thinking of such sick dumb people.

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Lindsy Saturday, December 22, 2018 0
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Well if you think that thinking like this is sick, in reality THE BIG SM AND YG are doing it. So how much of a sick and psycho they would be, imagine! But we are not dumb enough to realize their treason by the way. In order to sell their super flop songs as well as artists they will stoop any level of lowness. Wasn't it a producer of SM who few days back called Mic Drop collaboration a trash just to show how much afraid and in-secured these mightys are publicly? Even then you are bold enough to call others dumb. No wonder you are as ass hat fan of SM Town's shit.

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BBFOR5VER Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Loool these stupid award shows ain't even legit

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Rachet Friday, December 21, 2018 6
Friday, December 21, 2018

I feel bad for Wannables. That’s just unfair for Wanna One. I would like to say that SM bought the award, but that’s something JYPE would do not SM. Well at least their statement is very informing and nicely worded. Or maybe it’s just I’ve been reading to many statements made by Cube.

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_Sooyeon_P Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

It's probably to many statements made by Cube. SM won't really pay for the awards since he would want his artists to do their bests. Like Nct's Jaemin, Jeno, etc. collab with RV Yeri. Or Boa it would'n't be SM if he paid for the awards. Exo rose to fame when SM was financially unstable so yep. I think that's it.


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cpttsubasa Friday, December 21, 2018 2
Friday, December 21, 2018

You feel bad for idiots, who are dumb enough to pay real money for votes? Nope, these imbeciles deserve to suffer till their stupidity is cured. You should not pity such failures, you should ask them to become decent humans.

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Mkm Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

"something JYPE would do not SM",, am sorry but its the other way around, its known for years now that sm would do something like that, and if jyp would buy awards why didn't we see awards given to got7 or day6?


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Rachet 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

Maybe because JYP clearly has favorites...

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Diamond_White Friday, December 21, 2018 4
Friday, December 21, 2018

Maybe SM got involved.. I mean Exo loosing to Onna One is a big slap on SM's face... SM either win the award or don't show up at all.. They never accept defeat..

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Musicflute Friday, December 21, 2018 3
Friday, December 21, 2018

What do u mean that sm bought award for EXO I mean like seriously . SM have lots of other works to do then just bribing people for such a small award ceremony and moreover exo was 1st in kpma app used by international fans idk why those organisers gave such lame excuse igniting more controversy I mean who thinks about runnerup for popularity award like this. They were doing voting through two mediums one was kpma app where EXO was 1st while other was some korean app where wanna one was 1st so I thought this was the reason but they gave such excuse so idiot like runnerup up kinda thing.

But one thing is sure that korean award shows are really ridiculous mostly for using fans money.

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Mkm Friday, December 21, 2018 2
Friday, December 21, 2018

well maybe they didn't buy the award but was given to them so exo wouldn't lose face for not winning any award...

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Stopudelulu Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

lame excuse. Smflop must hv bribed them as usual

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kizaru_hijin Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

and here is racist ryenlux, aka holdthisLnoobs, aka bigblueagain, aka wang_sejung, aka Bangeryun94 with his new hater account and showing his true personality, while desperately trying to act like a fake army...while he hates bts even more because theyre koreans who got so famous.

he showed many times how much he hates south korea, who are according to him, warmongerers...thats how disgusting this racist scum is...

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holdthisLnoobs Friday, December 21, 2018 5
Friday, December 21, 2018

Public Service Announcement: kizaru_hijin fingers it's bum and sniffs it for fun.

Try not to acknowledge it's existence.


Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a fantastic day and if not I hope it gets better! Now I'm sure you've all seen that idiot kizaru_hijin roaming about, right? Yep, you got it, that's a delulu right there, the absolute worst kind. It's racist, hostile, deranged and probably looks like a blobfish in real life. Very, very ugly.


"How can we stop this rat face delulu, noobs!?" You may be wondering and I'll tell you how, It's simple! All you have to do is just I G N O R E that lying dumb fuck and go about your day 😄 Let me handle that warthog.


OR whenever the weirdo who you JUST KNOW has black dirt under their fingernails comments or replies, just copy and paste my blobfish paragraph in response 😏 It'll be fuming, eager to furiously type up a reply with it's teeth clenched and tears streaming down it's cheeks 😂

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RyenLux Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

Lmao... this whole time shitzaru is accusing people of making new accounts to give themselves upvotes, when he's the one who has multiple accounts so he could bully people by giving them downvotes. Only a loser like him would be that desperate. *smh

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holdthisLnoobs Friday, December 21, 2018 0
Friday, December 21, 2018

Ahhahah

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kizaru_hijin Friday, December 21, 2018 2
Friday, December 21, 2018

and here is south korea hating racist bigblueagain, aka ryenlux, aka stopudelulu, aka wang_sejung, aka bangeryun94, showing his true personality once again, while just being so desperate and hopes that he can make me look bad with some pathetic lies and childish insults and hopes that others will ignore me and the truth about his accounts...

and thats exactly the same thing he did a few years ago with his bigblueagain, when he didnt know what to say, he went to different articles and started mentioning my name just like here in hope to find support for once in his sad life...

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Ravelt Friday, December 21, 2018 3
Friday, December 21, 2018

they should apologize for stealing red velvet's daesang as well

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Lindsy Friday, December 21, 2018 2
Friday, December 21, 2018

Red velvet and Daesang! you must be joking right with track like really bad boy and what was the earlier track oh it was bad boy down or something. Next is what...Bad boy wants good girl, next will be bad boy are the real boy...and the saga of epic loosing lyrics continues.

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Musicflute Friday, December 21, 2018 1
Friday, December 21, 2018

Yeah whatever what do u mean red velvet tracks thus year are way better than many other artists and bad boy is considered one of the best song of 2018 even best by music critics all around world internationally it's hit and power up was hit in Korea so stop saying bullshit bad boy should have been given soty award.

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Lindsy Saturday, December 22, 2018 0
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Yeah, like i said, FUCK OFF***

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