Photo: Main page of the official site of the TEN Asia K-Pop Global TOP TEN Awards

The TEN Asia K-Pop Global TOP TEN Awards, the awards event where K-pop fans from 10 Asian countries submit online and mobile votes for their favorite idols, will be happening from today (Oct. 1) and going on for approximately one month. 

K-pop fans from Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia sent in their votes to select the best K-pop idol last year for the TOP TEN awards, which was the first time that the event was held. This year’s event is being put on to celebrate the publication of TEN STAR magazine’s 100th issue. 

The 30 nominees were chosen among the stars that had been featured in TEN STAR over the years. Selection for the final nominees was based on a combination of the artists’ chart rankings and album sales. Aggregate data from January to July from IDOLCHAMP, the idol rankings site operated by MBC PLUS and NEOWIZ, was used for the selection process. 

Nominees include last year’s overall winner, Super Junior, and the groups who came in on top in certain countries, such as BTS, GOT7, BTOB, INFINITE, and GFRIEND. Groups who unfortunately did not take home any awards last year, such as EXO, BLACKPINK, NU’EST, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, and VIXX, are back this year to take another crack at the crown. Other idol groups such as Apink, CLC, ASTRO, DAY6, NCT 127, LOONA, Stray Kids, MXM, PENTAGON, WJSN (Cosmic Girls), SF9, and NCT DREAM, as well as solo artists such as Kang Daniel, Ha Sung Woon, Park Ji Hoon, Kim Jae Hwan, Yoon Jisung, and Hwang Chi Yeul round out the list of nominees. We expect the competition among K-pop fans to vote for their favorite artists to be quite intense. 

Voting for the preliminary round will take place over two weeks and end on October 14.  Each country’s IP address will be identified, and the top idol from each country will be selected. Voting for the finals will take place from October 16 to 29, and the nominees for the finals will come from the winners of the preliminary round. The final winner will be announced on October 30.

The artist who comes in first place in the finals will be awarded with the highest honor, the Global Popularity Award. Artists who come in first in the preliminary round will get a popularity award for the country they took the top spot in. One group or artist may win multiple awards if they come in first place in multiple countries.

K-pop fans from any of the previously mentioned 10 countries are eligible to vote once a day via the official website. Voting is free of charge to anyone who signs up to become a member of the official site of the TOP TEN awards (www.tenasia.musicawards.co.kr).