Singer Kang Daniel has been voted by K-pop fans from 10 Asian countries as the winner of the Global Popularity Award (grand prize) for the TEN Asia K-Pop Global TOP TEN Awards.
The K-Pop Global TOP TEN Awards is an awards event where K-pop fans from Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia submit online and mobile votes for their favorite idols. A preliminary round was held from October 1 to 14 to decide on the most popular artist in each country, and for two weeks starting on October 16, fans submitted votes during the final round to decide on the most popular artist in all of Asia. A total of 3,312,854 votes were submitted during the preliminary and final rounds, which is approximately three times more than the number of votes submitted last year during the first year of the event. A total of 1,837,923 votes were submitted during the preliminary round alone, verifying the event’s influence.
Winner of the Global Popularity Award Kang Daniel came in first place during the final round by pulling in a total of 822,787 votes. Kang took the lead immediately when voting for the final round first opened on the 16th, and he held on to his spot at the top until the very end. He maintained approximately a 10 percent gap in votes between himself and the runner-up throughout the final round, and even widened the gap to approximately 20 percent toward the very end.
After coming in first place among Korean voters in the preliminary round, Kang earned the most votes once again among K-pop fans in Korea, demonstrating the unwavering love of his fans. He also earned the most votes during the final round among voters from Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia – countries he held fan meets in over the past few months.
The idol star has been going around Asia and gathering new fans since August, starting with a show in Singapore and then moving on to fan meets in Bangkok, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. The Global Popularity Award is a direct result of the fruits of his fan meet tour. Kang’s Korean fans made sure to keep enthusiastically voting for their favorite idol even while he was abroad, and they played a major role in his winning the grand prize. There’s no doubt his domestic fans will be on hand during his Korean fan meet in November to congratulate and welcome back Kang, who is now standing tall and proud as an Asian superstar.
The awards ceremony for the K-Pop Global TOP TEN Awards will be held online. The trophies will be delivered to the winners according to their schedules, and the awarding of the trophies and acceptance speeches will be revealed on the event’s official website and mobile platform.
List of Winners for the TEN Asia K-Pop Global TOP TEN Awards:
▲Global Popularity Award (grand prize) = Kang Daniel
▲Popularity Awards (by country) = Kang Daniel (Korea), Super Junior (China), Ha Sung Woon (Japan, Hong Kong), INFINITE (Taiwan), NU’EST (Vietnam, Malaysia) Stray Kids (Indonesia), GOT7 (Thailand), ASTRO (The Philippines)