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2015 in Review: Day 16 – Other Recognition

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[The 2015 in Review Series]

1. Prelude (Best Album Art)
2. R&B and Soul
3. Rock and Alternative
4. Rap and Hip-hop
5. Dance and Electronic
6. Pop and Ballad
7. Folk and Country
8. Jazz and Blues
9. Crossover and Other
10. Best Collaborative Work
11. Rookie Artist of the Year
12. Artist of the Year
13. Song of the Year
14. Album of the Year
15. Staff Picks
16. Other Recognition
17. Concluding Remarks

And now to have a little fun: today, we look at the somewhat more… special categories that we couldn’t make room for elsewhere in the series. Some of them are run-of-the-mill, others are weirder, and still others are practically cherry-picked.

Hellokpop writer CL contributed to this article, and her picks are marked below. Without further ado…

Best 15 Seconds That Isn’t Supported By the Rest of the Song: Amber’s verse in F(x) – Cash Me Out

Best Choreography: BTS – Dope (Writer CL)

Best Mixtape: BeWhy – Time Travel (runner-up: Rap Monster – RM) (Writer CL)

Best Music Video: Primary – Mannequin (Featuring Beenzino, Suran) (Runner-up: Sunggyu – Kontrol) (Writer CL)

Best Rap Song to Miss the Cut Because Only the Music Video Came Out Before December 1: CL – Hello Bitches

Best Remake of a Remake: Lalasweet – Cynthia

Best Sequel to a 2006 Song: Buzz – 사랑은 가슴이 시킨다 (The Heart Makes One Love) Part 3

Best Social Media Plug in an Album Title: Genius Nochang – My New Instagram: Mesurechiffon

Best Summer Jam: MaseWonder – Summer Night (Featuring PLZY)

Best Translated Title: Rama – 퇴계, 율곡, 사임당 & 세종 (Benjamin, Yukichi & Mao)

Best Use of Lo-Fi: The Morning Glory – 전기 올랐어요 (Electric Shock)

Best Use of Seemingly Unrelated Titles: Nunco (for “변신로봇대백과” (“Encyclopedia of Transforming Robots”) and “새벽의 분리수거” (“Waste Sorting in the Morning”)

Furthest Stretched Pun in a Title: Kixs – Beautiful/비율 A+ (Featuring San E)

Longest Time Spent Walking Down Beautiful Australian Streets in a Music Video: Park Boram – 미안해요 (Sorry)

Inspiring Backstory: The Cross – 항해 (Voyage)

Interinked MVs That Created Tons of Fan Theories: BTS – I Need U, Run, and HwaYangYeonHwa Prologue (Writer CL)

Kitschiest Dedication to a Theme: Lizzy – 쉬운 여자 아니에요 (Not An Easy Girl) (Featuring Jung Hyung-don)

Oh, It’s Been A While: Chae Yeon – 안봐도 비디오 (I Can Picture It) (Featuring Huh In-chang); Click-B – Reborn; Jinusean – 한번 더 말해줘 (Tell Me One More Time) (Featuring Jang Han-na); Kim Hyun-jung – Attention; Take – 어느 봄날에 (One Spring Day)

Most Bewildering: Park Jiwon – Electronic Bacon

Most Blatant Innuendo by Mainstream Group: Brown Eyed Girls – 웜홀 (Warm Hole)

Most Earworm of a Song: Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb (Writer CL)

Most Evocative of Alice In Wonderland in Direct Manner: IU – Chat-Shire

Most Evocative of Alice in Wonderland in Indirect Manner: Asteroid186 – 살금살금 (Carefully) (Featuring Kim So-young)

Most Freeform Pair of Featured Performances in the Same Song: Don Mills and YDG in San E’s “Feeling Good Now”

Most Misleading Melody: Jang Won-gi – 소울치킨 (Soul Chicken) (Featuring Yoo Se-yoon)

Most Reminiscent of the Year 2005: MC Sniper – U.F.L. (Featuring Bido Seungwoo)

Most Ridiculous Title: Huckleberry Finn – 사랑하는 친구들아 안녕 나는 너희들이 모르는 사이에 잠시 지옥에 다녀왔어 (Hello My Beloved Friends I Went To Hell And Back Quickly While You Didn’t Know). Strong competition from EE’s 겅덩송 ((g)(u)(n)(g)(d)(u)(n)(g)(s)(o)(n)(g)).

Most Satisfying Ending: Shinhwa – 표적 (Target)

Most Scenic Music Video: Taeyeon – I, although Kim Tae-woo’s 널 닮으리 (Resemblance) is up there.

Only Album To Name All Tracks Using the Same Word: 9 And The Numbers – 빙글빙글 (Round and Round)

Probably Contributed to the Largest Number of New Relationships: GOT7 – 고백송 (Confession Song)

Silliest Sounding Korean Title: Kyuhyun – 밀리언조각 (A Million Pieces)

Thematically Consistent Track Titles: Ga-In – Hawwah

This Album Just Keeps On Going: Kiana – Igloo (22 tracks, including skits!)

Unexpectedly Romantic: 1130 – 천문학자 (The Astronomer)

Sources: header image from Bugs Music.

Editing by Timea

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