Many people find it difficult to understand when some lower score groups are still named in the Bonsang category, while G-Friend did not receive a prize that belongs to them.
At the awards ceremony “Seoul Music Awards 2019” which took place in the evening of January 15, a total of 12 groups were named in the Bonsang category, including MONSTA X, MOMOLAND, NCT 127, iKON, Wanna One, NU’EST W, BTS, Red Velvet, MAMAMOO, SEVENTEEN, TWICE and EXO. For many people, the list above is very reasonable because the names in it had many activities in the past year. However, some others were extremely angry with this result because of an unanswered question: Why did G-Friend miss Bonsang?
According to the award criteria of “Seoul Music Awards”, the category Bonsang decided from 40% of digital music + album, 30% of the votes of the audience and 30% of the judges. After the award ceremony ended, except for 30% of the judges’ points are still in secret, netizens have found the transcript of the remaining 2 criteria. Based on this transcript, G-Friend can easily be found at the top of the poll and second overall, just lower than BTS.
This fact makes many people wonder how big the 30% score is, how influential it is for a group that ranks second at the remaining 70% like G-Friend to not get Bonsang. Many groups that had lower redemption points than G-Friend still won the Bonsang category of “Seoul Music Awards 2019”.
Many fans even set a hypothesis to prove the fact that, with 70% of the accumulated points, nothing could make G-Friend slip Bonsang regardless of the judges’ scores. This person assumed that G-Friend did not receive any points at all while all 12 Bonsang winning groups receive maximum points from the judges. And even in this worst scenario, G-Friend‘s score is still enough to get them into the top 12 Bonsang.
The online community and G-Friend fans are now angry and trending the hashtag # 서가 대 _ 본상 _ 해명 해 (Interpretation: SMA, explanation of Bonsang results), asking the SMA organizers to have a clear response about this issue. Many people still lamented that this is a sad reality of a group from a small company as they usually suffer from unfair treatment from organizers of year-end awards ceremonies.
Some comments from Korean netizen on online forums:
-Groups who had lower scores than Gfriend won so this is meaningless
-I’m a Gfriend fan and I’m crying. They were #1 in votes and #2 overall ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ I’ve held it in all this time they’ve been looked down upon but this is just not right… ;;;
-This is the sad part of coming from a small agency..
-That’s why I’m mad;;ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ since their agency is small, even if posts like these are up, it will just go in a blind ear
-Oh my… what the heck? If you remove the jury’s votes, Gfriend were 2nd? It’s too much that they didn’t get anything
-Why did NCT even receive a Bonsang?????? Did they even promote this year??? They really had no presence
-“It is almost certain that G-Friend would receive Bonsang at SMA but in the end they were not called. MAMA is the same; they were not even nominated for” Best Performance “… I am a fan of a male group but I also support G-Friend too, witnessing this makes me really sad “