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The 2014 Eatyourkimchi Awards!

January 1, 2015

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Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 2014 Eatyourkimchi Awards, in which we announce the best and brightest in Kpop for the year of 2014. We conducted voting on both the Eatyourkimchi App and on the poll we put up on our site, balanced the two out, and picked the winners of each category. In some cases, the votes on the app were significantly higher than those on the poll, and so the app votes won, while in others the poll crushed the app in votes, and so we’ve announced those. For the categories we’re announcing here in the blog post, you’ll see no better example of that than in

The Best Vocal Performance in Kpop in 2014

On the app, Akdong Musician won, and Ailee came in second, but on the Android poll, Ailee completely dominated, while Akdong Musician was nowhere to be found. And so we’re announcing Ailee as the winner of the best vocal performance of the year. Congrats Ailee!

The Best Korean Hip Hop of 2014

In a completely unsurprising turn of events, Epik High won for this category. No other nominee was even close. Like, whoa. Total blowout! Gary & Jung-in were a distant second, while even more distant was GAEKO.

The Best Kpop Rookie Group of 2014

Speaking of blowouts, Got7 is your choice for the best Kpop Rookie Group of 2014, and that’s rather surprising for us as well. I’d have thought Winner would have won it, but they only got 3rd place, while Red Velvet took 2nd. I definitely heard a lot more Winner than the other two combined, and still hear them played around Korea to this day, while Got7 I didn’t hear that much of. Buuuut Jackson is all over the internets these days, it seems, so I think maybe that’s what tipped the scales in their favour.

The Best Live Performance of 2014

Now, this is a category that we’re not all too well versed in, because we just watch music videos when it comes to Kpop. We don’t watch interviews or show appearances or live shows or anything like that. So this is something we’ve learned from! The best kpop performance of the year, according to your votes, was 2NE1 “MTBD”. YEAH!

So that’s it for this year’s EYKAs! Thank you for participating in the voting and for watching our silly video. If you’d like a couple more chuckles, we have some bloopers as well, including more stories from Zany Bros, who are a really cool group of…bros :D Check em out!

I found it hilarious that we’re not the only award show that doesn’t give our awards to the winners. Hell, if MNET can’t afford to give their winners their trophies, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we can’t, either. The Golden Spudgy cost a lot more to make than we expected!

Also, some of you might be wondering why we didn’t have Kevin, Amber, and Eric in the studio this time around, while we got them in for the nominations. Well, that’s what’s tough about the Kpop world: scheduling. When we were speaking with BTS’s manager as well, they were really interested in doing something together, but BTS were out of the country, so we couldn’t do anything. Thankfully, though, they sent us a video, and maybe we can do something together in 2015, if we’re both in the country at the same time :D

For the winners that were in Korea, though, we couldn’t film our scenes with them because we weren’t in the studio for a lot of the month, which brings us to our next point: we want to apologize for putting these up a lot later than expected, and for not fully filming every announcement as well. Over the past couple of months we’ve been trying to deal with a medical situation, which resulted in a bad reaction to a prescription from a negligent doctor, and we’re still not fully over it. We’re having difficulty recuperating, and though we are slowly getting better, we didn’t want to postpone this video any longer and wait till we’re fully recovered. I’m sorry that we couldn’t go full out.

We’re taking January off of our regularly scheduled videos, and we’re hoping that in February we’ll be fully recovered. Maybe we’ll do a video and talk about it more once we’re 100%, but for now we’re still not ready. This Christmas was really rough. Sorry everyone. We’ll hopefully still post small videos up from time to time, but not our regular 6 video a week schedule, though Speaker’s Corner will continue to go up undisturbed, I think!

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  1. YESSS IM SO PROUD OF BTS!! I’m so happy they won!! I’m so surprised they won over EXO and other groups too but they totally deserve it!! OMG YES can you please do something with them for 2015?? :D I knew they’d send in a video if they couldn’t be there in the studio (they’re so busy..) they always do (idk if its them or their manager whos so enthusiastic but they are~) They’re fun people I think you’ll enjoy working with them :) though they’re very childish sometimes haha especially V (the one who said “eat your kimchi” cutely ^^)
    CLs MTBD won yay!! It was an amazing performance she deserved it! (i might be biased haha)

    Guys I’m so thankful you do these every year and I’ve been watching since the first awards. I really appreciate your contacting the artists and everything!! I’m sad to hear you’ve been having problems I hope everything gets better. I was very sick this time last year and we were having family problems too so I know your feels. Fighting!

    2 years ago
  2. WOW! This was my first EYK awards because I recently join like a few months ago. I don’t know much about kpop but I already have bias. I was fangirling trough out this whole video. What a great way to start 2015! The Zany Bros appearance has enlighten my kpop knowledge, so I very thankful to the EYK crew & Zany Bros. After reading the blog post I can appreciate you guys even more for everything you do. Thank you!! And take all the time you need to recuperate.

    2 years ago
  3. Have a happy new year EYK crew! I have been following you since last year, and although I was a bit disappointed with the lack of KMMs recently, I still support you guys and think you are amazing people! Get better soon!

    2 years ago
  4. To put a fun spin on things, maybe January could be Soo Zee and Leigh’s takeover month. They could film some fun blogs or talk about the music that they like. They could show us their favourite places in Korea and talk about what living in Korea is like from their perspectives. Maybe they could even do their own Kpop Music Monday!

    2 years ago
    • That’d be great, but we gave Leigh and Soo Zee the month off as well. They’ve been busting ass all year, and they deserve a vacation. I’m pretty sure they’re going on a joint trip :D

      2 years ago
      • You mean Leigh will actually get a chance to eat first, instead of waiting until everyone else is done?

        2 years ago
  5. Happy New Years EYK Crew! it was another great year of watching your videos and now that its 2015 I can’t wait for the new videos. On that note, it was sad to hear that you guys are sick. After all those trips in 2014, I’m glad that you guys are taking a break. I will be waiting patiently for the new videos. I hope you feel better soon. I sincerely wish a full recovery and good luck with the new year. I hope you guys accomplish a lot than what you did last year

    2 years ago
  6. Thanks for taking time to post this! I hope you can recover quickly! D: I know how it feels to get hit by negligent medical treatment. It is not a fun thing at all. Please stay warm this winter and thank you again for being here even with having not fully recovered! Happy New Year!

    2 years ago
  7. No Taeyang? I mean, seriously, guys, 2014 was Taeyang’s year. Is there now an anti-Bigbang movement in EYK? :(

    2 years ago
    • Taeyang hardly rules the world of K-Pop…and Bigbang have been invisible anyway, with certain exceptions.

      2 years ago
  8. Taemin ;___;

    2 years ago
  9. I loved the silliness of this video! The cardboard cut outs and superimposed lips amused the the most!

    That’s terrible to hear about your health problems! Feel better guys and we’ll be here when you’re back to 100%!

    2 years ago
  10. Your health and well-being is much more important than putting videos out, in my opinion. It’s more than enough that you guys filmed this the best to your ability. I sincerely hope that you guys feel better soon. We can all wait, your health and personal needs come first. Good luck you guys, and get well soon. C:

    2 years ago
  11. Read the blog post but watching the vids will have to wait. At my brother’s place on a computer w/ no sound. Reigning in the New Year with bro while our plumbing is being fixed at our trailer so I’ll have to wait for the epicness of your vids. :) Hope you get to feeling better.

    2 years ago
  12. You got sick because of the “Super diiickmaaaan” (read in Simon´s voice), didn´t you? You got greedy and went for the too-big-for-my-mouth size dick……man. You sould´ve started with small and build your way up, sk tsk tsk. Anyway, I hope you can recover fast so we can have you guys back. Still, take the time you need, we´ll wait for you :) And cool EYKAs this year, a little sad for Zany Bros though XD

    2 years ago
  13. The EYKA this year felt a little short and not as enthusiastic as before. The quality I am used to seeing you guys do was not here, which is understandable because of you having to compromise this with personal issues. That being said, I am glad you guys are taking time off to recover, because being healthy –> more energy –> greater enthusiasm –> happier videos. That’s what I enjoy best about EYK, seeing you guys make videos that you enjoy; whether silly, random, or serious; which makes viewers like me enjoy watching as well.

    2 years ago
  14. I hope that you guys feel better! I would rather you rest and then make a strong come back then feel like you were just slugging through. I love you guys and you brighten my day with your videos!

    2 years ago
  15. So sorry you guys aren’t feeling well. :( when you are finally up to doing videos again, can you do a best of 2014 kpop video? Or maybe even just a blog post. A lot of people want to hear your opinions about all the great videos that were missed last year! Hope you get better soon!

    2 years ago
  16. I’m super glad that you guys are taking some time off to recover and relax– I mean, while we do want to see more videos soon, it’s more important that you guys are feeling better and are well again! Thank you for even putting this up for us! ^^

    2 years ago
  17. Sorry to hear you guys were sick on Christmas, but I’m glad you are taking a month to recover + hopefully relax a bit. I liked that the awards were simple + to the point this year – it doesn’t matter to me if the artists directly respond to receiving it. Plus the interview with Zany was interesting (and hilarious when they found out they couldn’t keep the award). Wishing the entire EYK staff has a great 2015!

    2 years ago
  18. Yay EYKAs!!! Thanks for putting in all the effort to put this up even when you’re not doing too well. Hoping for a speedy recovery! Being in bad health is so tough and draining. *nasty hugs*

    I loved the inclusion of the Zany Bros team, it’s so interesting to hear about the behind the scenes (can’t abbreviate that as bts anymore gah!!!) aspect, like the new camera they used for Overdose and all that. It would be really awesome if maybe you could do a full interview with them at some point! Greedy fangirl is greedy hehe^^;

    2 years ago
  19. Well…….that was……disappointing. Not as disappointing as a chart with the winners in it, but close. The audio was all over the place, the winner acceptances were extra lame (except BTS) and the extra award, while deserved, felt like a cheat since there was no competition (either here or anywhere for it), why not make it honourary? Zany Bros deserve their own video attention, not to be lumped into this one. I don’t know guys, you could have filmed this while sick and it would have sucked just as much and been on time. Maybe snot would have made it funnier even. I hope that this is not the way the videos will go this year.

    Cyber_3 – Happy New Year! Even if this videos was clickbait, you guise are alright in my book.

    2 years ago
    • Thanks for the super kind comment. I’ll be sure next time I’m lying in the hospital to slap on some makeup, put on a happy smile, and whip out my camera to film a better video for you.

      2 years ago
  20. D: Did I wake up too late to put a word in that counts? Y.Y
    I just think that, and it’s been mentioned before, that internet voters can be… strange and biased toward more known groups.
    The EYKAs are getting bigger, and while I love the scripts and guests and do much about them, I honestly no longer give a *BROHOHO* about the results.
    I’m thinking perhaps EYK should do a year-end epic party instead? With guests doing fun skits, singing, competing, interacting, eating?, and DANCE BATTLING!
    You know you miss those dance battles.
    I actually really want this to happen.

    2 years ago
  21. Rest up, get well and Happy New Year!!

    2 years ago
  22. Wishing you both a speedy and full recovery. Thank you for being such troopers, we’ll miss you. All the love and best wishes.
    PS: Scientific fact: cuddling with pets helps your health. xxx

    2 years ago
  23. YAY~~ f(x)!!

    oooh ooh!! I think about who makes the mv’s!! (Well, some) My favourite video’s are always made by DigiPedi (http://digipedi.com/)!! THEY NEED TO GET A ‘DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR’ AWARD!!!

    WHHHAAATTT??? No Taemin?? I BEG TO DIFFER TOO!!

    I liked Epik High’s release this year….but i preferred Gaeko’s and i voted for him! ah well!

    that Hitchhiker ending ahahhahaha!!!!

    2 years ago
  24. Haha, Awesome award!;D Funny video!! Happy with the winners,,
    Get well soon, and take your time. ~
    Enjoy 2015 plus Happy new year!! C;
    Oh, we also wish all of you guys great (good) health,,

    2 years ago
  25. Are you guys ok? :/
    Get well soon!
    And happy new year :)

    2 years ago
  26. Whuaaat, Taemin won nothing? Did I hear right? I feel like I’m in a shock right now… But good for Eric, he is awesome too!~

    I didn’t come to me as a surprise that GOT7 is the best rookie group. Anywhere they are, they seem so funny and yeah, Jackson is everywhere. XD

    Thank you for this great video again. ^^
    Get well soon! <3

    2 years ago
  27. Don’t worry about that guys. I hope you will be well soon. It’s been a long time since I last saw a video of you but now I’m back, Baby !! And as usually I laughed a lot watching you. Thank you !!

    Py the way Happy New Year everyone :) !!!

    2 years ago
  28. I hope that you guise get to feeling a lot better really soon. Take all the time you need to recover, your health is far more important.
    With that being said Thank You for the effort in the first place y’all put into making this years EYKAs. On a slightly different note- in relation to the video, I heard a snippet of that spazzkid song in passing and thought ‘Hey! Was that Neon Bunny I heard? Naaah’ Holy mother of hovercats it was! Ah you guise found THEE destined use for the neon bunny SCORE! Haha.

    2 years ago
  29. I hope you guys are well now, especially in the cold weather(not sure it would make any different), what’s more important is your health ok.

    So that Amber was FAKE?!! I thought she was real T.T Too bad BTS was out of the country, if they’re not, you guys would do a skit or something…(btw you guys talked to bts’ manager right? what’s his name, cause I have a crush on one of bts’ manager…)

    2 years ago
  30. Hope you get better soon! Don’t worry about the videos! :)

    Simon your beard game is on point in this episode!

    2 years ago
  31. Couldn’t agree more with the turnout :) Stay safe and rest up in January!

    Alpaca Amber will tide me over until February :3

    Merry New Yearmaskwanzukkah!

    2 years ago
  32. The power of the Golden Spudgy is simply too overwhelming and must be handled with great caution. It’s better he stays in the capable hands of the EYK crew. Obviously.

    I hope you get well soon. Stay warm, rest up, and take good care of each other!

    2 years ago
  33. I hope you are well soon, you rest up and don’t stress, risking your health isn’t worth it.. Everyone will understand and/or deal with it. :]

    2 years ago
  34. Happy new years. And it’s understandable that it became “rough”, your schedule was pretty packed. Rest up and recover! Get well soon. ^^

    2 years ago
  35. Happy new year everybody and get well <3

    2 years ago
  36. Gotta be on top of your mustache game, Simon. I feel like you’re sending mixed signals. Are you happy to see me? Are you not? What’s going on?

    I’m actually a bit surprised (in a good way) that Ailee won best vocals. I figured Akdong was a shoo-in on sheer popularity alone, and more so when I listened to Magazine, which was the only album she’s put out I’ve not been impressed with (“Don’t Touch Me” notwithstanding).

    2 years ago
    • Ah! My moustache is so frustrating! My right side never stays up! It looks great when I first wax it, but then after a bit it droops. Not the left side, though. I don’t know why, either!

      2 years ago
      • The human body tries its best to be frustrating like that. My hair is always the same!!

        2 years ago
      • A lot of persistence, beard oil and even then, no guarantees.

        2 years ago
  37. I’m so happy that BTS won and I hope you can get to do something together with them this year! I’m sorry that you have ben sick :( Feel btter soon! And an extra thank you for putting all of this together despite how busy you are, and with medical issues on top of it :)

    2 years ago
  38. Please take care! It’s okay, we’ll be patiently waiting for you ;) (slightly disappointed that Boyfriend didn’t win anything… sigh)

    2 years ago
  39. Happy New Year! Hope you get better soon!
    This was a great video btw – and I love how creative you got with the acceptance speeches – hahahaha they were golden!
    Wishing you all the best in the new year xx

    2 years ago
  40. I wish you all the best in the world and hope that you recover soon <333 (not for the videos' sake, please take all the rest you need :x <3 but for your own of course)

    2 years ago