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BTS, EXO, Lee Min Ho, 'Legend Of The Blue Sea' Receive Top Honors From 12th Annual Soompi Awards

by RG Ferrer / Mar 02, 2017 06:17 AM EST
BTS arrive for the 4th Gaon Chart K-POP Awards at the Olympic Park on January 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Some of South Korea's talented celebrities including a few highly-rated TV productions were named the winners during the 12th Annual Soompi Awards. On the Kpop side, the boy bands BTS and EXO brought home some of the major awards, while on the drama side, Lee Min Ho and his mermaid drama "Legend of the Blue Sea" were declared champions in specific categories.

The 12th Annual Soompi Awards recently handed out trophies to several South Korean stars and hit dramas. In a month-long online voting process participated by global fans from around 139 countries, avid Kpop and Krama lovers chose the winners in several award categories, according to Soompi.

EXO nabbed two honors from the Soompi Awards, namely Best Male Group and Artist of the Year. The seven-member group BTS received Song of the Year and Album of the Year for their "Blood Sweat and Tears" and "Wings," respectively. For the Best Female Group, fans chose TWICE while BLACKPINK was named Rookie of the Year.

Other Kpop winners included Taeyeon and Taemin who brought home the Best Female and Male Solo awards, respectively. Zico was awarded Best Hip-hop/R&B Artist, while GOT7 nabbed the Best Choreography and FUSE Music Video Award for "Hard Carry."

Meanwhile, the fantasy series "Legend of the Blue Sea" was chosen as the Drama of the Year, besting other series such as "Doctors," "Love in the Moonlight," "Reply 1988," "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim," "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo," "Signal," "W-Two Worlds," "Uncontrollably Fond," "Descendants of the Sun" and others. Lee Min Ho was also named Actor of the Year, while the actor and Jun Ji Hyun was declared Spotton's Best Couple in a drama series.

The global hit "Descendants of the Sun" was identified as the drama with the Best Kiss scene, while its lead star Song Hye Kyo nabbed the Soompi Awards' Actress of the Year. The onscreen chemistry between the drama's two male actors Song Joong Ki and Jin Goo was even chosen by fans as the Best Bromance.

Meanwhile, Lee Min Ho also made it to the list of South Korean stars with high brand reputation levels for the month of February. The "Legend of the Blue Sea" nabbed a spot on the said index's top 10 list, according to data from the Korea Business Reputation Research Institute, as cited by Korea Herald.

At first place is the "Goblin" actor Gong Yoo, followed by his co-star Kim Go Eun and "Strong Woman Do Bong Soon" actress Park Bo Young. Other celebrities on the list included Song Joong Ki, singer Taeyeon, Hyun Bin, as well as Big Bang leader G-Dragon.

Lee Min Ho's mermaid drama "Legend of the Blue Sea" received double-digit TV ratings during its two-month broadcast. The said drama completed its 20-episode run on Jan. 25.

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