Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. We did our first Eatyourkimchi Awards last year when we just moved into the studio, and now that our one year anniversary is coming up, and the end of the year is coming up as well, it’s about time to open up our polls for the 2013 Awards!

We’ve got loads of different categories. Best Vocals. Best Rookies. Best Aegyo. Best Male Group. Best Hip Hop. And more. There are lots of categories to vote on, lots of different artists to support. Or, if you’re not fully up to date with Kpop as religiously as others, you can at least peruse through the nominees and see what was big for the year.

2013 was an exceptionally fruitful year, with tons of bands making heaps of videos, so, surely, with only ten nominees per category, there will be some bands and videos that got slighted. Sorry if your choices didn’t make it! Our mod team along with a group of dedicated Epic Nasties compiled the videos for the list, and it wasn’t an absolutely peaceful voting in/voting out process, but everyone tried to be as fair as possible, so I hope people won’t be too upset if their choices didn’t make it in. We can’t fit in everyone! Thank you to the people that helped put this together :D

We’re going to be announcing the nominees of all of the categories over the next few days. Get to voting over at the 2013 EYKA Page. Voting closes December 6th, 11:59PM, Korean Time. Then we’ll start filming and putting everything together, and we’ll publish the 2013 EYKAs on December 23rd. Booya!

The Nominee videos will be released bit by bit from today onwards. For now, here’s the first nomination video: Best Hip Hop of 2013.


Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of the nominees, because we won’t be making blog posts for all of them. That’d be insane!

  1. Kind of confused, I thought nominees for Best boy group couldn’t have debuted in 2012? Cuz I remember reading through the thread discussing the nominees…

  2. Definitely agree, I was drawn to eyk for the KMMs, I used to vote like a mad person, but I don’t do it much anymore. I wish it would go back to how it was in the beginning. The awards also tend to make me mad over the nominees, I know it’s not S&M’s fault, but it’s so competitive. Still, I love eyk.

    on another note, U-kiss will always be best boy group in my heart…

  3. Love all the videos this year is hard to choose between so many excellent kpop idols…but i made my votes!

  4. That awkward moment when Crayon Pop is nominated for best female group when they just won Rookie of the year in MAMA…..
    Buuut it is true that they actually dbuted in 2012 sooooo bad MAMA bad….. XD

  5. Best plot goes to Tasty’s “Day n Night” even though it came out like 2 seconds ago :p lol

  6. And third gets paper cutouts of Leigh and SooZee’s faces.

  7. I’m really rooting for some underdogs here and there, but for some categories, I know they won’t come even close to the top 3 :(

    However, since there’s no specific page with comment for each category, I’ll talk a bit about “best plot” category :
    For me, the best plot in a MV is “It’s my fault” from Speed. Actually, they also did another MV that was the prequel or the sequel to this MV, I’m not quite sure. Anyway, here is why it’s the best. First, there’s actually a real plot with a start and an ending, a storyline, climax and stuff. Other MV have plot, but their plot is half plot, half concept, meaning there’s not that much of a real storyline in it. Then, and most of all, the story is about a part of Korea recent history (1985 or 1986). It was done in a way, if you didn’t already knew about Gwangju rebellion, you would want to learn what happened and why. Finally, the story (and the history behind it) deeply moved me.

    I know Jin’s Gone or T-ARA N4 is going to win. T-ARA had a great song (though I prefer the dance MV), Gone has a great plot (though I don’t care much about both the song and MV, I can recognize it might move some and I also love the actress who’s so good even though she still young – she played in The Moon Embracing The Sun and was great in that too), but I really think, for all the reason I’ve said earlier, that Speed should get more aknoledgement.

    After watching this MV, I actually got really really interested in Korean history. I’ve just finished reading about the prehistoric through the Japanese occupation and I’m starting Korea War tomorrow. I can say I’ve cried reading history now…

  8. Cute? 0_0

    Edit: lol It’s so freaking obvious when we all like comments that compliment us.

  9. Huhuhu huhuhuhu huhuhu~♪
    LOL at that humming song. :D

    I’m trying to study for a test next week but this song is much easier to memorize. :P

  10. The Vocal nominees is too difficult to chose!!!!!!

  11. I actually agree, especially with the first part!
    S&M used to warn ppl that they won’t do KMM before but they don’t do it regularly (the warnings I mean) now -__-

    I also miss How To Dance Kpop Style (ㅠ.ㅠ)
    I love the Best Potential KMM category cos it actually results in a real KMM [I’ve became a Nasty because of KMM and I regularly watch only TL;DRs & WTFs and DICKS now, the rest of stuff is good but not really what makes me love EYK], the other categories are good only for information purposes for ME cos they contain quite interesting vids that I might have missed during the year~^^

  12. Hey guise you should’ve made a best scandal and best rapper of the year, just for the fun of it.

    • well best hip-hop is sorta like best rapper….

      • Hmm yeah, just saw the video of the nominees, thought it was focused in a particular song.

        • well all the nominees in that category are considered phenomenal rappers in the khip-hop community so even if it is focused on that one particular song, they are all still really good rappers. There are sooooooo many that are missing though because there are only 10 spots so unfortunately some were left off. :(

          EDIT: ok, phenomenal may have been an overstatement, but they’re all considered really good. :D

  13. The best solo playlist has a PROBLEM!
    instead of Jay Park there’s Lee Hyori MV, and PSY and Junsu are not working at all!

  14. Yay~ I loved these last time! I can’t wait! ^^

  15. Hi guys! Do you think you could update this post to include links to the playlists for the other categories. Even though most people follow you on all the other social medias not everyone does or doesn’t check them regularly. Plus it would be nice to have them all housed in one place. If it’s possible, just a suggesting :)

  16. I liked that video only because :
    1) I realized it is suppose to be before Hyde and go up to the point when they turn into Hyde
    2) It was done backwards
    3) they sang / lip-sang backwards the entire song

    That’s how I saw it. I liked the song more than the video…And if we talk about VIXX, I’d rather they put Hyde or the voodoo MV.

  17. When I saw the most bizzare video category, I had to think of VIXX’s voodoo (doll) MV…

  18. Besides searching for them on Youtube, how do I see all of the nomination videos? Is there a place on this site to see them?

  19. No Best Engrish Award? Why giuse? :'(

  20. It’s Epik Nasties :-p. I’ll let them know you think they are cute and awesome.

  21. TOP for Most Bizarre Video, Best Artsy Video, Best Potential KMM, and for Best Plot xD TOP 2013! (TOP is running for office now????)

  22. Again? It just felt like you had last years ones! >~< (time flies in the EYK fandom~)

  23. Oh guys <3
    And I was rewatching last year's awards last night :'D I'll vote this time, last time I was new to all this. Love you guys.

  24. I thought GR8U was their worst video to date imo. They looked like they felt awkward as hell which in turn made me feel awkward while watching it.

  25. I’m not sure why someone would down vote this since it wasn’t said disrespectfully. But I kind of agree with the first part. Why not just take down the charts for the weeks you know there won’t be a KMM? I’m not personallydisappointed, since my involvement ends with one or two clicks, but I do feel for the people who spent so much effort voting.

    • This isn’t how I see down votes, but of course it’s different for each person. Personally I see them as someone disliking a post for what’s been said in it, not necessarily simply disagreeing with it. There are plenty of posts I disagree with, but don’t down vote. For example I’ll down vote a post that is simply bashing someone/something but I won’t down vote a post that makes a suggestion that I simply don’t care for. But again, it’s all personal opinion.

    • I wouldn’t take the down-votes as a bad thing. I’m sure that some people use it to simply say that they disagree with your opinion, not necessarily that they didn’t approve of what you said. (though I admit it could also be uber-sensative fans.) I didn’t vote up or down because I don’t really know how to feel about the lack of KMMs lately. I miss them, a lot, but it also seems like Simon and Martina are enjoying these other things more, which makes them fun to watch.

      As for voting, I gave up voting for KMM a long time ago. There was too much negativity in the comment area and I found myself becoming disappointed when my bias wasn’t chosen. I found that I enjoyed it more when I just sat back and watched to see whichever band they chose. To be really honest, I wish they’d take down the polls entirely and just pick whichever video they wanted to talk about, since those tend to be the best.

      So, yeah, idk about the lack of KMMs. It’s different. I don’t know if it’s good different, bad different, or just different different (this made sense before I typed it)

      • I like the polls because I scan them for artists I may not have heard or seen before. I don’t even bother voting anymore.

        And you’re last comment makes perfect sense. I came to EYK for the KMMs and stayed for everything else. I love how S&M (thank you guys for all the work you put into this site!) give their commentary on life as expats, but I don’t know how I feel about the lack of KMMs either.

      • This is exactly how KMMs are for me as well. The /only/ times I’ve ever been dissapointed is when VIXX is in the top three and S&M decide to not do a KMM that week. Otherwise I tend to not care what MV is chosen because I watch more for Simon and Martina themselves than the actual video being reviewed.

    • Simon and Martina do take constructive criticism but unfortunately not everyone who reads the comments are like that. I ( as well as most other people on disqus) get downvoted regularly for saying the most innocuous of things. Alas, we can’t block the ability to downvote. Ah well.

      Also in response to your original comment. I find that there are others who also agree with you on that however it really depends on how Simon and Martina feel about it. Trust me they have a lot of critics and if they were to try to make everyone happy they would go crazy. So if they don’t want to do it, you can’t force them.

      EYK has changed over the last 5-6 years and not everyone is going to or has to like it. You can always suggest things to make it better but it really up to S&M to do what they feel is best. It is therefore up to you as commenters and viewers to decide how you will respond to their new decisions and directions. And of course you might have to grow a thick skin because not everyone will agree with how you feel.


      • oh, I figured you understood. That comment was for everyone/anyone reading who may have felt similarly. Sometimes my comments are not always directed at a specific person. Especially since I am a moderator and see so many different opinions. Sometimes my comments become a catch all for general issues.

        This is why we had contemplated having a FAQ page or forum, so discussions like this can occur. And to prove my point, see how that comment got downvoted? Now I have no idea why it was downvoted and it doesn’t really bother me outside of the fact that perhaps if the person had responded to me and asked a question perhaps we could be having a conversation about whatever issue they have with what I said or the way I said it.

        But alas, I have no idea what it was about my comment that they didn’t agree with and therefore I cannot correct it if it is something that needed correction.

        Also, tone is very subjective when in a written form. I am not trying to be preachy or accusative. I actually was agreeing a lot with what you said, but I find that others (who may lurk on the site) sometimes need an explanation for things.

        Ah well.



  26. This will be the best birthday present evarr!! =3

  27. Aaaaagh! How am I going to choose between Verbal Jint, Dynamic Duo, and Swings?! I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS!

  28. Will you guys upload kpop music monday for this week?

  29. It’s that time of the year again !

    Really like this award part you made ^-^.
    Hm…So far , don’t know who will get my vote in the hip-hop category…
    Can’t wait for the other categories. This will be fun !

  30. I only watched MAMA’s for the live performances/Big Bang’s concert.
    What can you offer us? Spudgy’s rendition of EYK’s greatest hits?

  31. squeeeeeee EYKAs! finally!

    I hope I can vote for Jaejoong somewhere, there is no best album category, WWW is probably one of my top 3 favourite kpop albums of all times, and I want 2NE1’s Missing You for best song, I’ve never loved a song from a group I’m not even a fan of so much

  32. Am I the only one who now wants to become a K-pop idol just so I can be in with a chance of winning my own Spudgy trophy?

  33. I remember last years, back when I was a kpop newbie.
    the memories~

  34. The name of the award show… awkward… But I see what you did there.

  35. Could there be a OFF EYKA? With categories like “Best Soo Zee Doppelganger”, “Best Leigh Cut-Out Appearance”, “Best Memers Video Bombing” or “Best Use of Kimchi in a MV”. Both in Kpop MV (but closely related to a EYK aspect) and in EYK original videos, like a meta-award of some sort.

  36. Is Simon drinking milk out of the wine glass??????? LOL
    I’m excited fot the new EYKA!!!!! Can’t believe it’s already been one year….. T.T

  37. Made the odds be ever in CNBlue’s favor…I mean OUR favor…yeah…our favor 9u9

  38. Vocals is honestly going to be the hardest category for me to vote for. I’m a sucker for amazing vocalists and I could easily vote for almost all of them, if not all of them. Decisions, decisions, decisions. AH! I’m so torn.

  39. No best Engrish?!

    Race is not exciting.

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