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NCT Dream’s Daesang at Genie Music Awards is flooded with controversial opinions 

Korean netizens are raising suspicions about Genie Music Awards’ decision to award NCT Dream with 2 grand prizes. 

On the evening of October 8th, the 2022 Genie Music Awards (hereinafter referred to as GMA) was official held with the attendance of various famous names in the Korean entertainment industry, including PSY, Taeyeon, NCT Dream, Red Velvet, IVE, (G)I-DLE, The Boyz, and more. However, after the results were announced, many netizens started to criticize the prize’s award criteria. 

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The 2022 Genie Music Awards was attended by a lot of famous artists.

In particular, controversial opinions arose after the 2022 GMA awarded NCT Dream with 2 Daesangs of the night, “The Top Album” and “The Top Artist”. While some believe that these prizes were well-deserved, many netizens believe otherwise, and pointed their fingers towards the criteria previously revealed by GMA. 

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NCT Dream’s 2 Daesangs became a controversial topic 

In particular, according to the criteria previously announced by the GMA, NCT Dream’s score fell a little behind the group’s competitor.

Most netizens are focused on the fact that the GMA doesn’t integrate physical sales in its criteria, leading to NCT Dream’s outstanding achievement in this regard not being counted. In addition, 60% of the total points were supposed to be based on digital sales, where NCT Dream fell behind an extremely strong contestant. 

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Trot artist Lim Young Woong is the artist with the highest digital sales among candidates for the Daesang “The Top Album”
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Lim Young Woong also achieved better results on the music streaming platform Genie. 

However, NCT Dream received the award instead of Im Young Woong, causing a lot of people to suspect. While some pointed out that the group may have won due to having higher judge evaluations, most netizens believe that GMA ignored Lim Young Woong since the singer did not attend their awards ceremony.

Below are some comments from netizens:

  • I would have understood if physical album sales were included in the criteria, but it is only based on digital rankings and judges’ evaluation. Did GMA ignore artists who didn’t attend? 
  • I love NCT Dream but GMA’s criteria really doesn’t make sense
  • Digital accounts for 60% and judges account for 40%… What’s wrong with the judges? Did they give minus points?
  • Don’t (G)I-DLE, IVE, and Lim Young Woong also have higher digitals? I’m curious about the judge’s scores..
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NCT Dream is receiving backlash from Korean netizens over GMA’s Daesangs

Source: k14

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