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. what is kimchi music awards about?? an award like MAMA or what? can you explain cause i’m new…. and one more thing,the voting session has ended right? how will we know the winners? Is it will be air in astro or you will just show it here?? please don’t get mad and answer my questions cause i am new…XD

  2. Can I ask how does the twitter vote counts? because I have my account on private.. do I have to unprivate it to make it count? thanks!

  3. Hey K.will fans~! To help motivate you guys, If K.will wins one of the two categories he’s been placed in,I will give out two of his latest albums! I will randomly select, so please vote hard and comment in his nominee mv comment section(cuz thats where Ill select.) Fighting!

  4. I miss not having you guys do a short video for each category =( Took like 95% of the fun out of it for me xD

  5. 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…

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

  7. 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

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

  9. 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…

  10. i vote for Block B because i love their music and them but most because Kim Yukwon (U-Kwon) is My Favorite Member in Block B and My Favorite Singer and Dancer . I look up to him very much ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!!! i believe in Block B very much and U-Kwon from Block B i hope they win very much <3 !

  11. i vote for Block B because i love the very much and Kim Yukwon (U-Kwon) is My Favorite Member in Block B and My Favorite Singer and Dancer . I look up to him very much ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!!!

  12. oh yeah, I already told people in Xia’s Chinese fanclub this news. All of us will vote for Xia~ Xia, we love you ~(≧▽≦)/~ You are the best vocal!!!

  13. 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

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

  15. My favorite list of nominees so far is the Most Bizarre Video category. I watched the entire playlist and loved it! Although I have to say TOP should be the winner in my opinion while I was laughing at the bizarreness of the other videos I simply had my mouth wide open just watching Doom Dada. It’s too bizarre for words xD and I’ve watched it several times since it came out and still no words xD

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

  17. 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!

  18. I wanna become a kpop artist just to receive a golden Spudgy statue…

  19. So last year, I had just gotten into Kpop, and so I didn’t know a lot of the artists/videos that were a part of the EYK awards. So I was really excited for this years because I would have a better understanding of the artists, and such. And HOLY CRAP it is SO much harder this year to vote. >.<

  20. So if winners get a golden Spudy, do runner ups get a silver Meemers?

  21. Oh! TOP for Most Bizarre Video? That’s not even fair. There were apes! The man himself was dressed as an ape! And there was a creepy big headed baby. A big headed baby I tell you!

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

  23. 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 :)

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

  25. 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?

  26. you have to include Heo Young Saeng for best KMM potential..and maybe best solo? heh :3

    i was so devastated when you chose lee hi over him~

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

  28. Vixx hyde for potential KMM! ;D

  29. I hope you’re making Golden Spudgy’s for all the winners :D if I were them, a Golden Spudgy is something I would proudly display in my trophy case xD

  30. I love our Epic Nasties, they’re so cute and so awesome ^^

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

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

  33. 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.

  34. the humming at the end made me shiver- sounds like a horror movie, you know, right before something bad happens to the kids… :))

  35. I wonder if S&M were able to actually make spudgy awards this year to send to the winners? Or if there is still the lone Spudgy award at the studio. I know that those would probably be the best awards to get. I mean, who wouldn’t want a golden spudgy to display in their awards case.

  36. So does this mean no KMM again? Whether you guys like it or not, it’s the biggest draw to EYK and it keeps not happening. It’s very frustrating to the people who spend time voting. I mostly gave up a while ago, but I know people who still care about it. If you’re not going to do KMM, maybe you should warn people in advance on the voting page? Obviously this is one you would have known about beforehand.

    I kinda wish you guys would just bring back How to Dance Kpop Style (without voting because that just screwed it up) instead of a super-involved awards show that clogs up my subscription box. It was fun and silly and one of the reasons why I started loving your videos 3 years ago. Simple, silly, fun videos about something I like made by people I could relate to. That being said, it’s your website/blog/youtube channel, so you can do what you want with it.

    • 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…

    • 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~^^

    • 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.

      • I don’t always look at the down votes as someone writing disrespectfully. Some people might give a down vote simply because they disagree with the suggestion but don’t want to post. I see the votes as 10 people saying “yeah, S&M, do KMM every week” and 3 people saying “Nah, KMM isn’t that important to me.”

        • 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 fully expected for my comment to be down-voted, since I’m saying something critical. I do hope that it’s taken as constructive criticism by Simon and Martina, though. I do respect all the work they do and that they’re doing their best to balance pleasing their fans and not killing themselves.

        • 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.

        • I’m not hurt by a few down-votes on a comment. I’ve been active in online communities for about 20 years so it takes a helluva lot more than that to affect me. LOL Thank you for your concern though. ^^ (And your last comment made sense after you typed it too, so no worries!)

        • 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.


        • Of course I understand that they can’t possibly make everyone happy, particularly as their audience has grown. Even trying would make anyone go insane. And I thought I expressed in my original comment my understanding that Simon and Martina’s show and totally up to them on what to do with it. If not, then consider it expressed now.

        • 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.



  37. I can’t wait! I remember the 2012 Awards~ It doesn’t feel like one year has passed!

  38. What is the song you’re humming when you hold up the Spudgy award? It’s some sort of PBS Masterpiece song, isn’t it? I’ve definitely heard it before!!

  39. Personally, I think that G.R.8.U. by VIXX should AT LEAST be nominated for best video. I mean, c’mon! The video was creative and it’s got to be one of the best songs of the year! Anyone else with me?

    • 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.

      • Voodoo does seem like it’d be awesome for Mordney’s Choice award.

        • Shush

          Nobody understands what that category is yet!

        • …… But what else would it be??? I don’t believe there were quite enough groups / artists using the vampire concept this year for it to be that…..

          And shush yourself I have KIND OF been trying not to be ‘exposed’

        • Yeah but if you read there are multiple comments about the dark concept and how there should be a category for it, and there are also multiple comments asking what Mordney category could possibly be. You’re kinda spoiling it, and now I’m having to spoil it in explaining why you’re spoiling it…

    • 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.

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