The APAN Star Awards have taken a shift towards music this year.
Honouring the best stars and celebrities, APAN primarily focused on actors, actresses and managers “at the core of the K-drama wave” in the past seven years. This year, however, the awards ceremony has adopted categories in music for the hottest acts of 2020 K-pop.
UPDATE [26/11]: The winners of the top 10 artists have been announced to be Kang Daniel, The Boyz, MONSTA X, BTS, SEVENTEEN, IZ*ONE, Lim Young Woong, GOT7, NCT 127, and TWICE.
Special awards for Best Global Icon have been given to NCT U, and Best Performance to Kang Daniel, while Best MV went to BLACKPINK, and Best All-Rounder to GOT7's JB.
On 6 November, the 2020 APAN Music Awards have revealed their shortlisted nominees. They were namely AB6IX, ASTRO, ATEEZ, BLACKPINK, The Boyz, BTS, GFRIEND, (G)I-DLE, GOT7, Ha Sung Woon, Lim Young Woong, ITZY, IU, IZ*ONE, Jessi, Kang Daniel, Kim Jae Hwan, Lee Chan Won, LOONA, MAMAMOO, MONSTA X, NCT 127, NU'EST, Oh My Girl, PENTAGON, SEVENTEEN, SF9, Stray Kids, TWICE, and TXT.
In late October when voting first began, artists and fans alike had taken to social media to garner votes and support. GOT7, Red Velvet, BTS, Stray Kids, and BLACKPINK were among those nominated across various categories.
[투표안내] 2020 APAN Music Awards— GOT7 (@GOT7Official) October 27, 2020
2020.10.27 ~ 2020.11.27 16:00 (KST)
✅ 남자 인기상 그룹 부문 - GOT7(갓세븐)
✅ ios - https://t.co/8bKNFMRHmj
✅ android - https://t.co/BjvmmIUNVP#GOT7 #갓세븐 @GOT7Official#IGOT7 #아가새#GOT7_DYE#APAN #APAN2020
SEVENTEEN, NCT, and BTS were leading in fan votes for Best Group for Man, and BLACKPINK, Secret Number, and Red Velvet for Best Group for Women.
Kang Daniel, MINO, and Ha Sung Woon also held the most votes for Best Solo for Man, as well as Hwa Sa, Whee In, and IU for Best Solo for Woman.
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To vote, fans must download the IDOLCHAMP app on iOS or Android. First-time users of the app will then have to sign up for an account before voting under the “Vote” section, wherein fans can vote for the APAN Music Awards (Global), APAN Star Awards, and APAN Music Awards (Entertainment).
📍: More Information about the 2020 APAN Music Awards:— Stray Kids Charts ♕ (@skz_charts) October 26, 2020
- The name of the award is “APAN Best Group for MAN”.
- It is based 100% on votes.
- It will start 10/27 at 6PM KST and end 11/27 at 6PM KST.
- You can vote 30 times a day with Ruby Hearts only.#StrayKids #스트레이키즈 https://t.co/N0BSWVLPnx pic.twitter.com/nxCOzSAOMY
Though the annual awards event had been scheduled for 28 November, at the Kyunghee University Grand Peace Palace, the event has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus situation.
More details will be announced later.
Watch this space for updates.