The 2019 M2 X Genie Music Awards (MGMAs) took place in South Korea on Thursday (Aug. 1), and the night recognized some of the biggest names in the industry as top artists of the year.
Genie Music is one of the largest streaming services in South Korea, and the awards show is based around digital elements. Artists were recognized for their performance between July 1, 2018, and June 19, 2019, based on chart data from Genie Music, view counts of music videos and social media buzz, including fan voting specifically for the MGMAs.
The night’s top awards were spread between BTS, TWICE and soloist Paul Kim. Kim took home the top music award for his song “Me After You,” while BTS won the M2 top video and top artist awards, and TWICE was recognized as the best-selling artist.
Both TWICE and BTS also took home other awards throughout the night, while their respective labelmates ITZY and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT) were named the best new artists of the year. Kim was also named the male solo artist of the year.
Mamamoo, Pentagon, WJSN, Chung Ha, Kim Jae Hwan, Day6, Lia Kim, Yoon Jong-shin and AB6IX also were recognized in various categories.
This is the awards show’s second year, though it was previously known solely as the Genie Music Awards during the 2018 awards season. It previously aired on MBC, but this year aired on Mnet’s secondary channel M2, ushering in the name change.
Vocal Artist: MAMAMOO for “Gogobebe”
Female New Artist: ITZY
Male New Artist: TXT
Performance Creator: Lia Kim
M2 Hot Star Award: PENTAGON, WJSN
Performing Artist Female: IZ*ONE for “Violetta”
Performing Artist Male: BTS for “Boy with Luv”
Innovator: Yoon Jong-shin
Global Popularity Award: BTS
Male Solo Artist: Paul Kim
Female Solo Artist: Chungha
Band: DAY6 for “Time of Our Life”
Genie Music Next Generation Star: Kim Jae Hwan, AB6IX
Genie Music Popularity Award: BTS
Innovator: Yoon Jong Shin
M2 Most Popular Artist: IZ*ONE
Female Group: TWICE
Male Group: BTS
Top Music: Paul Kim for “Me After You”
Best Selling Artist: TWICE
M2 Top Video: BTS
Top Artist: BTS