MelOn Music Awards 2023 Unveils Winners and Memorable Stage Performances

The MelOn Music Awards 2023 unfolded with an array of stellar performances and a wave of prestigious wins, marking a significant event in the K-pop realm. Hosted on December 12, this edition dazzled with star-studded appearances and memorable acts, showcasing the best in music from the year gone by. Here’s a rundown of the top performers and the list of winners for those who missed out on the excitement!

A standout moment at the 15th MMA was the enthralling 10-minute performance by NewJeans. The rookie girl group treated fans to an electrifying rendition of six of their popular tracks, delivering a nostalgic throwback with hits like ‘Super Shy’, ‘New Jeans’, and ‘ETA’. Not to be outdone, the iconic second-generation boy band SHINee captivated the audience with a medley featuring ‘Sherlock’, ‘View’, ‘Dream Girl’, and ‘Everybody’.

The MMA stage witnessed Aespa’s rendition of their latest track ‘Drama’, while RIIZE’s explosive act, commencing with Wonbin’s electric guitar opening, transitioned into a fiery performance of ‘Get a Guitar’. Rapper Lee Young-ji stole the spotlight with her commanding presence during her performances of BSS’ ‘Fighting’ and the viral sensation ‘Smoke’, a track also presented by Dynamic Duo at the 2023 MAMA Awards.

In a mirror of their success at the 2023 MAMA Awards, NewJeans clinched two prestigious Daesangs: Artist of the Year and Best Song of the Year, following their meteoric rise in global acclaim. IVE secured Album of the Year for their debut album ‘I’ve IVE’, while NCT Dream bagged Record of the Year.

Individual accolades saw BTS’ Jungkook and Lee Young-ji honored as the Best Solo Artists (Male and Female), respectively. SHINee received the Stage of the Year award, while RIIZE and ZEROBASEONE shared the New Artist of the Year title. Noteworthy international recognitions included Charlie Puth bagging the Best Pop Artist award and singer-songwriter imase winning the J-pop Favourite Artist award.

Here’s the comprehensive list of winners from the MelOn Music Awards 2023:


Artist of the Year: NewJeans
Album of the Year: IVE – ‘I’ve IVE’
Record of the Year: NCT DREAM
Best Song of the Year: NewJeans – ‘Ditto’
Other Awards:

New Artist of the Year: RIIZE, ZEROBASEONE
Top 10 Artists (Selection): aespa, BTS, (G)I-DLE, IVE, Jungkook (BTS), LE SSERAFIM, Lim Young Woong, NCT DREAM, NewJeans, SEVENTEEN
The MelOn Music Awards 2023 witnessed an exhilarating celebration of talent and marked a significant milestone in the K-pop universe, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the world of music.