While the 13th Annual Soompi Awards (#SoompiAwards) was being held, K-Pop and K-Drama fans stayed close to all the action on Twitter as the microblogging site officially supported the annual event hosted by Soompi, the longest-running K-pop site that covers covering K-Pop news, music, and fashion.
In the Twitter Best Fandom award category, fans Tweeted their love for their favorite K-Pop group with the #TwitterBestFandom and #Team hashtags, generating nearly 42 million tweets worldwide over two 24-hour voting periods. The number of unique voters on Twitter increased by 17 percent over the previous year, making 2018 the most popular Soompi Awards voting season on the site.
#TeamGOT7 emerged the winner of the #TwitterBestFandom Award with nearly 40 percent of the total number of voting tweets and successfully defended their Best Fandom title for the third year running. Further cementing their status as a heavyweight in the Hallyu wave, GOT7 was also crowned “Best Male Group” and “Latin America Popularity Award” at this year’s Soompi Awards.
Ranked by the number of Twitter votes, #TeamGOT7 is followed by #TeamBTS, TeamEXO, #TeamSuperJunior, and #TeamMonstaX. Meanwhile, the top countries ranked by number of unique voters are Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, and USA. They are closely followed by Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and Turkey.
#SoompiAwards, #TwitterBestFandom and many of the Twitter Best Fandom team hashtags also trended worldwide, proving once again that Twitter is the best place to join in live conversations on the latest K-entertainment events. In fact, the #SoompiAwards hashtag was used in nearly 14 million conversations on Twitter globally.
Meanwhile, global phenomenon BTS set a new record this year when it won in six categories as a group. The boy band earned the title of Artist of the Year, and received the Album of the Year award for You Never Walk Alone, Song of the Year for “DNA,” Best Collaboration for their “MIC Drop” remix with Desiigner and Steve Aoki, Best Choreography for “DNA,” and Fuse Music Video of the Year for “Spring Day.”
BTS member V (Kim Taehyung) also received the Best Idol Actor award for his performance in Hwarang.
The Soompi Awards is the largest international award program that recognizes the best in Korean television and music each year. The winners of the 13th Annual Soompi Awards were recently announced, with the results based on the combination of music chart scores and over 163 million votes by readers from more than 190 countries.
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