Although I didn’t watch August 23′s broadcast of Mnet’s 20′s Choice awards (a wannabe VMA’s, really), looking over the full winners list, my first reaction is: “What were they smoking?”
Some choices made sense. I get why Jang Geuk-seok, shakin’ his thang above as the event’s MC, was awarded Hot Movie Star (Male) because he’s had a great year coming off the drama Hong Gil Dong and recent movie Baby and I. And Hot Sports Star is a topical choice, going to the recent gold-medalist female weight lifter Jang Mi-ran, while the annoyingly catchy, ubiquitous earworms “One More Time” and “So Hot” (by Jewelry and Wonder Girls, respectively) are no-brainers.
But even the fact that they’ve got a “Hot Schoolgirl” category (winner So-hee), or “Hot Comment” (I think they meant catchprase) are kind of, pardon my French, retarded. And don’t even ask me what “Hot Sweet Music” means.
Furthermore, I get that “American beef” was a hot topic this year, but to highlight it at an awards show as the “winner” of Hot Issuemaker seems a little crass. Or just stupid.
Check out the full list beyond the jump, along with pics of the show in all its tacky glory.
Hot Movie Star Jang Geun-seok hosts:
Hot Movie and Drama Stars Kim Min-hee, Kim Min-jung, Lee Beom-soo:
Kim Min-hee is also having a good year (and hoping things get even better with her upcoming drama Love Marriage). She wins the counterpart to Jang’s award with Hot Movie Star (Female), beating out Kim Yoon-jin, Kim Jung-eun, Sohn Ye-jin, and Jung Ryeo-won.
Kim Min-jung (New Heart) wins for Hot Drama Star (Female), while Lee Beom-soo (On Air), winner of Hot Drama Star (Male), sings onstage.
Hot Global Star Park Yong-ha, Hot Fashionista Ryu Seung-beom:
I know On Air was popular, but I don’t know how Park Yong-ha beat out DBSK, Song Seung-heon, Rain, AND Lee Jun-ki. Wow. I can see Rain on the downtrend and Song Seung-heon not yet in his full comeback glory, but DBSK or Lee Jun-ki shoulda had it in the bag, imo.
Hot Trend Musician winners Big Bang:
Big Bang also performed the song “Oh My Friend” with ska-punk-rockers No Brain. Tae Yang: “Sharing a stage with No Brain, whom I’ve always liked and respected, makes me a bit nervous but I think it’ll be fun and exciting. Even the rehearsals have been a lot of fun.”
Hot Style Icon and Hot Performance Musician Hyori:
…and sharing a stage with pop diva Uhm Jung-hwa:
I’ll give Hyori Style Icon (beating out Kang Dong-won and Kim Hye-soo), but how does she get away with being called a “musician,” performance or no? She was presented with her award by Patty Kim, who praised her assets, saying, “There’s nobody with a body to match Lee Hyori’s.” High praise indeed for a musician, eh?
Hot Younger Male Yoo Seung-ho; Jun Jin; Hot CF Stars Lee Kwang-soo and Hong In-young ; presenters Kim Ji-seok and Chae Min-seo:
Yoo Seung-ho impressed as the Legend cutie, and he’s only going to climb higher as he ages. As for Jun Jin, I have no idea what Hot Character means. Guesses?
Hot Sitcom Star Baek Sung-hyun, presenters Eom Ki-joon with Park Min-young:
Sitcom Star winner Baek Sung-hyun (Ggakduki, aka Radish Kimchi) beat out Coffee Prince‘s Kim Dong-wook, Kimchi Cheese Smile‘s Eom Ki-joon, Three Dads One Mom‘s Yoon Sang-hyun (the deceased dad), and singer-actor Lee Jung.
Performers Seo In-young, Mighty Mouth performing “Energy,” and Jewelry:
Hot New Stars Shinee; also, the Wonder Girls:
Girls Generation perform with Kim Gun-mo, in a juxtaposition of trendsetters both old and new:
Yoo Gun presents with Gwi Yeo-ni; Park Shi-hoo and Yoon Se-ah present for Hot Movie Star; Choi Yeo-jin:
Full Winners List:
Hot Younger Male: Yoo Seung-ho
Hot Movie Star, Female: Kim Min-hee
Hot Movie Star, Male: Jang Geun-seok
Hot Drama Star, Male: Lee Beom-soo
Hot Drama Star, Female: Kim Min-jung
Hot Couple: Crown J & Seo In-young
Hot Online Song: “One More Time” (Jewelry)
Hot Sports Star: Jang Mi-ran
Hot Global Star: Park Yong-ha
Hot CF Star: Lee Kwang-soo, Hong In-young
Hot Fashionista: Ryu Seung-beom
Hot Club Music: “So Hot” (Wonder Girls)
Hot Style Icon: Lee Hyori
Hot Performance Musician: Lee Hyori
Hot Trend Musician: Big Bang
Hot New Star: Shinee
Hot Schoolgirl: So-hee of Wonder Girls
Hot Character Star: Jun Jin
Hot Sitcom Star: Baek Sung-hyun
Hot Sweet Music: “Kissing You” (Girls Generation)
Hot Cable Show: Infinity Girls on MBC Everyone
Hot Comment: Crown J’s “A~”
Hot Comeback Star: No Moo-hyun, ex-president
Hot Variety Star: Yoo Jae-seok
Hot Issuemaker: American beef
Hot Radio DJ: Kang In & Tae Yeon “Good Friends”