It’s that time of year again! Time for our year end Kpop Recap. We’ve been doing this every year since 2008 with our “How To Dance Kpop Style” videos. We used to chose our personal favourite songs of the year, but last year we opened it up to public voting, and it resulted in Big Bang’s “Tonight” winning Dance of the Year, for a video that didn’t have a dance. Lame! So, this year, we decided to change things up a bit so that we can explore different categories rather than just focusing on dancing only. Think of the 2012 EatYourKimchi Awards (2012 EYKAs) like a giant Kpop Music Monday! It won’t just be a boring listing of winners, we’ll joke around as we usually do WHILE wearing fancy evening wear and giving out awards! Ooohhh so classy!

We’d still like to give you the chance to voice your opinions, so each category will have 10 choices that you can vote on. The winner of each category will go onto the final 2012 EYK Awards ceremony.

How to vote!

Head on over to the 2012 Eat Your Kimchi Awards page and pick the best videos from the many different categories. You’ll notice that you can only vote on three categories for now. That’s because we’re going to release the nominees for different categories over the span of a week, just to keep it fresh, instead of overloading you with too much to vote for at once. Here’s the order we’ll be releasing the nominees. Check back on this page from time to time as we’ll be uploading new videos for each category.

Day 1

Vote for the Best Dance of 2012


Vote for the Nastiest Dance of 2012


Vote for the Best Potential KMM of 2012


Day 2

Vote for the Best Solo Performance of 2012


Vote for the Best Rookie Group of 2012


Day 3

Vote for the Best Artsy Fartsy Music Video of 2012


Vote for the Most Bizarre Video of 2012


Vote for the Best Plot of 2012


Day 4

Vote for the Best Aegyo of 2012


Vote for the Best Outfits of 2012


Vote for Best Spudgy Look-a-like


Day 5

Vote for Best Use of Mr.Brohoho’s Shop in 2012


Vote for Best Gun Usage of 2012


Vote for the Best Engrish of 2012

Day 6

Vote for the Best Female Group of 2012

Best Male Group

Day 7
Best Overall Video

Let us know what you think of the categories in the comment section below! This has been a really really long work in progress, we’ve been thinking about since last year’s Big Bang failure. (You know I love Big Bang, but they didn’t deserve best dance…hahahaha). Each category was very carefully thought out to make sure one band didn’t overlap into too many categories. We wouldn’t want one band taking four categories with the same song, that would be super lame. Also, for those of you who want us to screw the votes and just do what we want to do, don’t worry! We’re planning on talking about our own personal faves of the year as well, but who knows, perhaps our favs will overlap with the winners! We’ll just have to wait and see.

Lastly, thanks to all the Epik Nasties who helped out in the selection process. While we were away, they helped out so so much by carefully voting and debating about who should be in the top 10 categories. We’d be ripping out our hair now if it wasn’t for them.

  1. puwahahahaha!! i’m thinking about the idol’s face when he receive the EYKA statuette for the nastiest dance!!!! xD wondering what kind of thank you video he shoud send O_o… xD

  2. Is there anywhere to view the list of groups and song titles from the 2012 EYK Award nominations now that the voting is closed? It would be awesome if there were still links to all of the videos, even with voting closed!

  3. Where is the Best Male Group voting poll?

  4. Who would be the contenders for a ‘made Disqus their little bitch’ award? Bilasa, UKISS, and Epik High…anyone else?

  5. When voting stops will you block the winners so that it will be a surprise at who wins?

  6. Are you going to host this? If so, where?

  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpVdPnMZM0&feature=youtu.be

    This should win awards! very clever parody of gangnam style dedicated to organ donation created by WCSU marketing club

  8. For the Engrish category (talking to Simon here), you said you would only judge the actual lyrics not the pronunciation of the singer. Well, in Boyfriend’s ”Janus” the actual lyrics are ”you’re not a bad girl”, the singers are making it sound different.
    Also, you made a typo in the ”Best Usage of Guns” category: you wrote ”usgage”. Probably not the first one to tell you that, sorry if I’m pissing you off.

    Overall though, you did a helluva job. Love the concept. But it would be even more awesome if you contacted the winning artists and gave them some sort of prize.
    Anyhow, keep up the good work *thumbs up from a fellow Canadian*

  9. Woaaahhh. Your awards are now featured on each kpop groups wiki page…. EPIC :D

  10. For those of you who want to complain about the EYKAs in style, let me give you a form where you can just copy and paste and insert the words you need into your own post.

    form 1 – not nominated.

    Why wasn’t <name of bias> nominated for the <category> category! <bias name’s song> is a far better candidate then the other 10 that you chose for the <category>.It doesn’t matter that <name of bias> was nominated for <number of categories>, <name of bias> deserves to win <category> and all the others you created.

    form 2 – not winning.

    I’m a <name of fan group>, but I’m not being biased. <name of bias> should be winning the <name of category>. Why don’t the rest of you see <reason #1> and <reason #2> make this video better than the others in the category. <name of bias> doesn’t deserve to be <current standing>.

    form 3 – hen house

    <name of female group/solo artist> should be getting more votes! <name of fan group> only knows how to vote for <name of fan group’s bias> and can’t see <name of female group/solo artist>’s talent is better than <name of fan group’s bias>.

    I personally will be using form 3 ad nauseum from here on out..;)

  11. Ooh I know you all are thinking right now “I wonder who NANAandLIZZYfanatic wants to win in each category?!”
    Nasty Dance – I voted SISTAR as they are my fav nasty dance, although they are def not the nastiest.
    BPKMMOrange Caramel’s Lipstick, c’mon now, S&M have said at least four times now that this is possibly their fav song and vid of the year and it would be an amazing review.
    Best DanceSHINee’s Sherlock, I LOVE PSY’s dance but this dance is just amazing and entertaining.
    Best SoloAilee, I don’t think I need to explain myself.
    Best Rookie NU’EST, this is actually tough as there are quite a few rookies I like songs by but none of them really have a couple songs I “love”.
    Most Bizarre – Either Son Dam Bi or Girl’s Day, SDB’s is more creepy, G’sD is more hilarious.
    Best PlotUV, This vid is just too retarded for me to not be voting for it! lol
    Artsy FartsyJohn Park’s Falling
    Best OutfitsNU’EST, I like shiny…
    Best AegyoORANGE CARAMEL!, this is their domain, all others get out! (Goo Hara can stay if she likes)
    BSLALHelloVenus’s Lime
    EngrishDancing King!, B1A4 is 2nd though.
    GunMBLAQ, that is if I’m being rational, otherwise I’m voting After School
    BROHOHOKJK This was my pick for plot until this was announced, also…. RUNNING MAN FTW!!!
    Best Male SHINee, since I’ve gotten into K-Pop (imma Gangnam Style baby, sorry) SHINee is the male group I’ve gotten into the most and Sherlock the song and dance were freakin amazazing! Big Bang would be my 2nd option.
    Best FemaleSISTAR, unless we are including OC along w/ AS then I vote for AS.
    Best VideoPSY’S GANGNAM STYLE!I mean seriously, I think less of all of you for not voting this video when you all clearly know it should win.

    These aren’t the only people I’m voting for but if I chose the winners myself these would be it.

  12. I REALLY really wanted to see Simon 1) explain what EXO was doing in their pants during History and 2) Do Hyuna Ice Cream… I really hope one wins and I hope Simon does a special skit!

  13. did you know that eyka is listed on each nominee’s wikipedia page under “awards and nominations”?

  14. [Rant Alert]

    EYKA Pet Peeve #1: “I’m not biased, but So-And-So DESERVES to win the most”

    Every. Single. Nominee. “DESERVES” to win.

    It’s ok to be biased, I won’t judge you. Go ahead and be biased, that’s what polls are for, no?

    We knew people would end up voting for their favourite groups anyway, which is why we tried to choose the nominees as objectively as possible. That way, whoever wins the category will still be a suitable candidate (or, even if it’s the least suitable candidate out of the 10, at least it’s better than BB winning Best Dance with a dance-less video lol)

    It just upsets me when people claim that they’re not biased, and that their group must be in first place purely because it deserves to win the most, over all the other nominees.

    Does it deserve to win? Yes. Does it deserve it more than everyone else? No.

    EYKA Pet Peeve #2: Hardly anyone checks out all the nominees before they vote.

    Well, fair enough, there’s 170 nominations after all. Checking out all the videos released this year and choosing from them objectively was the job of the nomination team (the Epik Nasties + S&M), and voters have all the right to just vote for the groups/videos they’re already familiar with.

    However, since a lot of effort was put into choosing these nominees, it would be really nice if people could go back and watch all the other videos that they haven’t seen, after they make their initial votes. Show some support to the less popular groups? Like this person did: http://saobservations.com/2012/12/06/most-artistically-creative-kpop-music-video-of-2012/

    In fact, to make it easier for you guys, here’s ALL 17 Categories in PLAYLIST MODE!!!

    EYKA Pet Peeve #3: All the Y U NO include So-And-So complaints

    We’ve all seen them. I actually don’t mind these too much, because although most of them were left out of the top 10 with strong reasoning, we did actually miss some good candidates. For example, Myname’s Hello and Goodbye would have been a pretty good Gun Usage candidate.

    What does annoy me though, is when people complain about:
    – Not including a group in a particular category when it already has nominations in a few other categories. Some groups weren’t nominated at all, so just be grateful yo!! the next person who asks why fantastic baby isn’t in best dance will be shot

    – Not including a video from 2011, or way before that. Troublemaker is from 2011. Cleansing Cream is from 2011. Balloons is from 2006. It’s called EYK Awards 2012 for a reason!

    EYKA Pet Peeve #4: Mods who make rants about their pet peeves

    Mods should just shut up and do their jobs, seriously. Why be a wet blanket and spoil everybody’s fun?

    – Most fans just enjoy voting for and promoting their biases, and may not have time to go through all 170 nominees, so might as well let them enjoy themselves.

    – All complaints about videos and groups that weren’t included should be taken with a grain of salt and given extra consideration next year. After all no list is perfect, and we should be open to this valuable input.

    - A large proportion of Nasties actually leave comments appreciating the current nominations, check out as many unknown nominees as they can, and try their best to leave objective votes and input. We should appreciate them and focus our thoughts on them instead of the less pleasant voters. For example, this person is my favourite Nasty right now: http://saobservations.com/2012/12/08/may-the-best-aegyo-win/

    Anyway, I just wanted to get that off my chest. Overall, I’m really REALLY happy with how the awards are going, and that people are discovering new videos, reminding themselves of old favourites, and just having fun!! *~(^o^)/~*

    [End Rant]

    • I also find so and so deserves to win a funny argument. Along with so and so worked the hardest. Poor argument in my books as it’s hardly a secret that Kpop artists are overworked and have almost no vacation days.

      I’ll admit I’m one of those people that didn’t rewatch or even watch for the first time 98% of those music videos (although I had seen most once upon a time).

      So, why did you not include Clazzi’s “Love and Hate” for Best Solo Performance, Best Artsy Fartsy Video and/or Best Bizarre Video? ^_______________________________^

    • My rant wouldn’t have been as… pleasant.

    • Bwahahahahaahaha! I see that my penchant for shooting has rubbed off on you!

      I have to say that these EYKAs are going much better than I expected. I am so proud of all the Nasties, but those ones who say I know so-and-so are probably not going to win but I’m just glad they were nominated and those that take the time to at least check out the people that they haven’t heard of (even if they still end up voting for their bias) hold a special spot in my heart.

      No matter who wins in the different categories, I’ll be happy because they all deserve it! Except BAP in aegyo! Not that they don’t deserve it, but more that I refuse to see them as aegyo since I don’t really like aegyo. I’m gonna always see them as bad a$$ warriors! Forever and ever! *pouts*

      • I think you just said I hold a special place in your heart. awwwwww.

      • You guys are apparently more chill than I am lol, for the most part I’m not too fond of how things have went.

        • yeah but you have always been more concerned with the who the winner should be then us. I’m not even voting half the time cause I’m happy with whoever wins because all the nominees totally fit in that category.

        • Mainly what is ticking me off is the blowouts going on.

        • So….does that mean most artists seem to have no. 1 locked up and there’s no need to wait until the 20th?? ;)

        • I’ve voted twice so far. LOL I think even my dad has voted more than me xD (he voted Epik High for Best Male, Sistar for Best Aegyo, and KJK for Brohoho)

        • Wait didn’t ur dad rly like NU’EST’s outfits?

        • SISTAR for Best Aegyo? lol

        • I voted when each category was announced and maybe a couple of times after that. Mostly for the underdogs though.

        • Heh, there’s a lot of things that I wish we could change for example MORE FEMALE WINNERS but nothing we can do about it now.

          So might as well accept it so it won’t ruin our mood too much, this is supposed to be enjoyable after all :)

          If it makes you feel better, S&M clearly said sooo many times that your favourite video was also their favourite song/video of the year (OC’s Lipstick :D)

        • It’s not enjoyable, I had more fun arguing nominations than seeing what is doing down right now…

          Yeah and yet it’s not on Best Vid lol, well anyway I knew they liked it 1st time they brought it up but I think we’re at four times now. Hopefully they review some of the vids they wished won each category. But there isn’t time for that so nvrm.

      • Heh. At first I was like ‘Why the heck is BAP winning Aegyo’ but now I just find it really funny.

        Think of what the award ceremonies will be like. “Introducing BAP, winner of Best Rookie and Best Aegyo!!”

        And from hereon BAP shall be known as ‘That really Aegyo rookie group’ BWAHAHAHAHA xD

        • S&M killed me when they said it was the most bipolar transformation. It’s so disturbing how well BAP do aegyo. It’s sickening it deserved a vote from me.

          I have voting philosophy. For some categories I can’t help but give a vote for my bias, but I give a vote and shares to the videos I think should win. Some are one in the same. Some I know my bias’s isn’t the best in the category and don’t even give them a vote.

        • Speaking of BAP and aegyo, I just rewatched Stop It and kept thinking, “How can Bang Yong Guk be that adorably cute? He’s always so fierce.” Then I went and rewatched Power’s KMM, HA! To quote, Simon/Martina with Simon’s voice: “They debuted as rugged and badass and they’re sticking that way. Good because if they ever try to pull off a cute and playful Bilasa kind of video, I think I might vomit. I don’t think it’s possible for Bang Yong Guk to be cute. See how angry he always looks? Give him a bunny and he’ll eat it before he pets it.”

        • I almost feel as if we should have had a “Most Fierce and Bad A$$ Warrior” category and B1A4 should be winning it. It feels like the world has all gone topsy turvey!

        • Agreed. At first I was disappointed about how the female groups weren’t getting much support, but now I find it completely laughable. I also loved S&M’s pleas to have the nasties try to vote objectively and not just their biases. Hahahahahahah/

        • I think the Babys decided to troll all of us hard. Actually, I’m finding it a bit amusing too. *pouts* I’m still gonna think of them as puffy bunny warriors *stomps foot*. :D

  15. In most of the categories I’m voting for more than just one video, but the best overall video is the first one where I want to vote for all of them. Maybe I’ll vote some of them more and some of them less. Or maybe I should concentrate on those less popular. They are sooo gooood…

  16. This is who I voted:
    1. Best Dance: PSY
    2. Nastiest Dance: Roh Ji Hoon
    3. Best Potential KMM: Nu’est
    4. Best Solo Performance: Junsu/Xiah
    5. Best Rookie: BAP
    6. Best Artsie Fartsie Video: Hot Potato
    7. Best Bizarre Video: Miryo
    8. Best Plot: UV
    9. Best Aegyo: Orange Caramel
    10. Best Costumes: Epik High
    11. Best Spudgy Look-A-Like: Big Bang
    12. Best Use of Mr. Brohoho’s Shop: T-ara
    13. Best Gun Usage: M-Blaq
    14. Best Engrish: Super Junior
    15. Best Female Group: T-ara
    16. Best Male Group: Originally just Epik High but I couldn’t resist so I also voted for Big Bang in the end.
    17. Best Video: Sunny Hill

  17. I think it’d have been a better idea to not show AT ALL the current ratings, just announce the big winners when you have the awards! A total vote count for each vote category would have sufficed, just to see that, yes, your vote was recorded. At the end of the voting period you can release charts with how the things looked at the end of each day and you’re sorted. Also make the videos appear in random order on every page refresh…and VOILA! you don’t get people getting crazy coz X is only in 2nd position. I guess with sharing to other social networking sites it’d be kinda impossible to do that, but that way they’ll be encouraged to share your site even more >.> so…
    I like all the nominations so far and I love that you disabled comments for this vote! :)

  18. 2ne1 had another song called Be Mine. wait, you guys didnt know? :O

  19. -gigglesnorted at the part where Spudgy mentioned Lime being named Lime, but has blue hair-

  20. 4Minute’s Volume up should have been nominated for ” Nastiest Dance” also :3 Anyway, all the categories are great :PP I can’t wait to see who wins, EYKAs are amazing! <3

  21. I really wish it was possible for the celebrities to do a video acceptance speech. Is it possible to notify them of the award before you guys film the video? hahaha

  22. Please.. save Christmas vote for Big Bang for best Male!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Yey, a category a male can’t win. Best Female!

  24. I think I just thought of an awesome category that S&M could do… BEST LINE EVAR award (whether the line be english, korean, or spanish). Lines such as Soy un dorito, Don’t take it in the butt, and I lost my pants…I think this could be and awesome category.

  25. I have to agree with your opinion on BB. Even I was like “WTF just happened?? @_@”

    Anyway, finally award nominees that actually make sense! -.-

  26. Question: At the beginning of the Engrish video you say it isn’t the Engrish that stems from pronunciation but from fail lyric writing skills. Based off of that, I don’t quite get the inclusion of Block B’s Nanrina…at least with the line used there. Simon says in this video, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know but I’m hard.” But the actual lyrics are, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know but I’m hot, hot. (so hot)”….And that line makes perfect sense to me.
    So in this case you are using pronunciation. Not sure if this happens in any of the other nominees as well because I don’t know them all.

    • It’s because of their pronunciation… not necessarily the English lyrics, but the way they say it in Engrish (hell even the word itself is making fun of the way some ppl can’t say English. why does the “L” sound like and “R”). Like Block B is supposed to say “hot”.. but the pronunciation is so bad, it sounds like “hard”

      • As you said, “It’s because of their pronunciation” and that is why I’m confused. At the beginning of the video listing the nominees, Simon says they aren’t talking about pronunciation, but lyrics that are completely out of the blue, ‘what is this person trying to say to me’ lyrics. That line in Nanrina makes sense, it isn’t confusing, the meaning is understood. The only issue with it is Ukwon saying ‘hot’ like ‘hawt’, which comes off sounding like ‘hard’. And even then the line makes sense…it becomes quite a bit more perverted, yes, but it still makes sense.
        More or less my confusion lies in the fact that they say they aren’t basing their choices on pronunciation and yet for this one, and Boyfriend and Teen Top as well based on other comments, the Engrish is stemming from the pronunciation.

    • Happened to Boyfriend as well. The “real” lyric to their song is “you’re not a bad girl” (not batgirl as Simon seems to say it).

  27. aegyo n engrish category is so funny!!! *holding my laughter in my uni library”

  28. Would have loved to have seen Xia Junsu’s Tarantallegra in the best dance category. True, there were many awesome videos out there, but Xiah’s is my favorite combination of awesome choreography + sexiness. And I was pleasantly surprised (like you) that he had a great, diversely ethnic group of back-up dancers with curves and what-not!

    • There were certain categories that were similar enough that we made it a rule not to overlap the nominees. Best Dance and Nastiest Dance were two of those categories. Tarantallegra is a great dance as well as a nasty/sexy dance, but we could only put it in one of those categories. In light of Junsu’s “rub my bananas, een-tox-i-kay-shun” character on EYK and considering that his dance had more sexy/nasty elements to it than our other Best Dance nominees, we chose to put him in Nastiest Dance. I hope this explanation helps :)

  29. Why Mordney doesn’t show up, even in the backor outside making a joke? I miss him (so the U-kiss boys).

  30. Seriously. I don’t now who choose. There are so many good Engrish in this awards XDDDD

    It’s hard to pick just one of them.

  31. I won’t be voting here….I’ll be voting at the FIRST AND ORIGINAL internet Kpop awards show!!! Good luck with your “idea” that just suddenly grew this year. What a co-inky-dink! NOT!!!

  32. For those of you guys saying U-KISS should be on there, think about it, their videos this year don’t fit in any of the categories right now except for best nasty dance, but the other dances are wayy nastier hahaha..don’t get me wrong, I’m a KissMe, but I can see why they weren’t nominated…well, here’s hoping for best male group and overall video!

  33. Mr.Brohoho’s room will always look better with U-kiss!
    but i seriously never noticed all dose groups had brick rooms, it’s creepy

  34. Voted Super Junior for Engrish, but only for “Don’t take it in the butt!”

  35. LOL. u guys should have beautiful target for best engrish.

  36. Ahhh, now all my favorite lists have been posted. Loved watching all of the nomination videos but the aegyo video was a little difficult to understand.

  37. Oh wow, the Best Engrish category. Almost spat tea all over my laptop!

  38. Love to look at the voting lists. All those categories and in only 2 lists do we have a girl band higher than 3. And the only reason the Aegyo list has a group at 3 is because there are only 2 boy bands in the list. HAHAHAHAHAHA

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