One thing showing KPop's not too bright future is that this year the Songwriting Award for Melon went to, out of all people, a 24 years old who never wrote a song for anyone else (she did write lyrics for a rookie who will be quickly buried a few days ago), and didn't start writing songs till 5 years ago. Hitman Bang (BTS's boss) won last year so it was awkward to give it to him again, but giving it to IU was a strange choice since she is the youngest recipient. The song system of recent KPop is that 1) Big companies get songs from a lot of foreign composers. So there are more than one composer in many cases. For example Ko Ko Bop had these people as composers : Kaelyn Behr, Tay Jasper, Shaylen Carroll, MZMC whose name we may never hear again. 2) in many cases, the companies send a person to work with the foreign composer/team, to make the song more palatable to KPop. So the candidates would be Locoberry, who wrote the song for Aille's famous OST; Yoon Jongshin ; or the BTS members who wrote songs for themselves. The composer for the Baek Jiyoung/Hyunbin OST "That woman/That man) did win for that OST back in 2011 so Locoberry would have qualified too. However, Melon decided to be cheap, and gave the award to IU who was already there. It would have been awkward to give the award to the BTS members since Hitman Bang already won last year for their songs. Whether it was a good choice or not, given that Melon could not find a suitable candidate other than IU (the other two, other than BTS members who would not have won for reasons described above, were also for domestic consumption!) shows what's wrong with KPop, and why good songs are not made nowdays. Was there any KPop composer under the sun who could outdo a singer who contributed absolutely nothing to KPop's advance to the world? If that was the case then it is a cause to despair about the future of KPop.