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ASIAN TALENT SHONE BRIGHTLY AT THE 2023 ASIA ARTIST AWARDS

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The Philippines’ first AAA was a dazzling display of performances and heartfelt moments
on December 14, 2023, the Asia Artist Awards (AAA) was held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan,
Philippines, marking the first time it was held in the country.

Photo from StarNews Korea

This star-studded event, often called the Asian GRAMMYs and Oscars, showcased a dazzling array of talent from across Asia, including Filipino artists and Hallyu icons.

On AAA day, Filo stans paid tribute to their favorites in different ways, such as dressing in outfits inspired
by them, and bringing lightsticks, photocards, and other merchandise to the venue. The good vibes continued during the main show, where fans chanted the artists’ names. Cheered fanchants during songs made for an extra memorable night as well.

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The winners expressed deep appreciation for their fans’ love and support. They also promised to continue working hard to earn their fans’ appreciation. NewJeans, Le Sserafim, ZEROBASEONE,
BOYNEXTDOOR, and many more idols visited the Philippines for the first time and expressed their luck
in receiving so much love. Some expressed their anticipation in holding their first concert in the
Philippines as they received so much love and support from the fans during the awards ceremony.

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EXO’s Suho, also known as Kim Jun Myeon, reflected on their year of happiness and challenges. Upon
winning the AAA Best Emotive award, he told EXO-Ls, “From now, I’ll continuously stay stable like how I
was till now so I can move your emotions. I’ll continuously act and sing well and live well so I won’t be an
embarrassing idol.”

Filipino actress Melai Cantiveros—who starred in PULP Studios’ first offering Ma’am Chief—drew laughs
with her quips when she accepted her Best Actor Award. She joked, “If someone (questions) why I have
(an) award, don’t worry. I question too. I just receive an award all my life from my mother and father when
they are angry with me.

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Tonight, my heart is kuan. I think it’s because God moves in mysterious ways.” Actors Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, among other Filipino artists, bagged the AAA Fabulous Award. Daniel thanked his fans and ended with a peace sign, while Kathryn expressed her gratitude for those supporting Filipino-made series and movies. Other Filipino acts like Ben&Ben, and SB19 also won awards, as did Filipino-Argentinian Chanty and her group Lapillus.

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Jung Sung Il, who rose to prominence as Ha Do Yeong in The Glory, won his first-ever award, the AAA
Scene Stealer. He remarked, “I think the reason why I received an award so late is because there are so
many amazing artists.”

Lee Dong Hwi, known for starring in Reply 1988 and Extreme Job, won the AAA Best Actor trophy. He
shared his connection with the Philippines, saying, “First of all, the Philippines is like a hometown for me.
We shot the casino drama Big Bet for around two months here in the Philippines. I am very grateful to all
heartwarming Filipinos. If not because of you, there’s no casino K-drama.”

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SEVENTEEN’s BSS subunit members thanked their collaborator Lee Young Ji as they won the AAA
Grand Prize for Album of the Year. BSS said “If not for her, we wouldn’t be able to receive this award.”
Seungkwan also went down from the stage to give her the trophy.

ZEROBASEONE dedicated their AAA Best Musician award to their member Ricky, who was unable to
make it to the event. Meanwhile, Stray Kids promised their fans to stay tuned for their “new version” in
2024 when they accepted the AAA Grand Prize for Stage of the Year.


The night was filled with Korean artists saying Tagalog phrases like “kumusta ka,” “salamat,” and “mahal
ko kayo.” Halfway through the show, MC and soloist Kang Daniel turned to the crowd and asked,
“Nasisiyahan ba kayo?” showcasing the Koreans’ love for their Filipino fans. In a surprising turn, ATBO’s
Won Bin gave his acceptance speech in Tagalog, revealing he grew up in the Philippines before
addressing their fans in Tagalog.

The AAA promised a night of more than many massive hit songs performed over six hours, and the artists delivered with dance breaks, theatricality, audience interactions, pyro, graphics, and idol skills. The show was kicked off by WHIB with a “Bang!” followed by SB19 with a medley. &TEAM joined them with a collaborative stage to the P-Pop group’s top hit “GENTO.” AKMU, ATBO, DINDIN, HORI7ON, KARD,
KINGDOM, Kim Jaejoong, LUN8, Paul Blanco, STAYC, and Yaochen followed with exciting performances
of their own.

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Ash Island, Dreamcatcher, NMIXX, and TEMPEST brought high-energy stages, as did top Japanese girl
group Sakurazaka46. Kep1er, Kwon Eun Bi, and ONEUS gave theatrical and sultry performances.
&TEAM, BOYNEXTDOOR, Kang Daniel, Lim Young Woong, and ZEROBASEONE charmed audiences
with their stages. ITZY and THE BOYZ gave edgy, memorable performances, complete with props and
pyro.

NewJeans and LE SSERAFIM got everyone dancing and singing along with their hits. Stray Kids turned
up the heat. SEVENTEEN’s BSS closed the awards show with a 12-minute performance that had
everything from high energy, stage presence, synchronization, theatricality, and true artistry. Lee Youngji
even joined them onstage.

Photo from StarNews Korea


The 2023 Asia Artist Awards, a celebration of Asian talent and a testament to the unifying power of music and entertainment, was more than just an award ceremony. Showcasing the best of Asian entertainment, it fostered a deeper connection between artists and fans, making it a memorable night indeed.

The event was made possible through the efforts of StarNews, TONZ Entertainment, and PULP Live World, the Philippines’ trailblazer in live Hallyu events.

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List of Winners:


● AAA Focus Award
○ HORI7ON
○ LUN8
○ Younghoon (The Boyz)
○ Ahn Dong-gu


● AAA Icon Award
○ Tempest
○ NMIXX
○ Kep1er
○ Cha Joo-young


● AAA Potential Award
○ Lapillus
○ ATBO
○ Yoo Seon-ho
○ Paul Blanco


● AAA Best Creator Award
○ 3RACHA


● AAA Popularity Award
○ Lim Young-woong
○ Sakurazaka46
○ Lee Jun-ho
○ Kim Se-jeong


● AAA Hot Trend Award
○ SB19
○ NewJeans
○ Lee Jun-ho
○ Ahn Hyo-seop
○ Lim Young-woong


● AAA New Wave Award
○ Yaochen
○ Kingdom
○ Ash Island
○ Jaechan


● AAA Emotive Award
○ ONEUS
○ BOYNEXTDOOR
○ &TEAM
○ Suho


● AAA Rookie of the Year
○ ZEROBASEONE
○ Moon Sang-min
○ Lee Eun-saem


● AAA Asia Celebrity Award
○ NewJeans
○ LE SSERAFIM
○ Jang Won-young
○ Kim Seon-ho
○ Kentaro Sakaguchi


● AAA Emotive Award
○ ONEUS
○ BOYNEXTDOOR
○ &TEAM
○ Suho


● AAA Best Choice Award
○ Lee Young-ji
○ KANG DANIEL
○ BOYNEXTDOOR
○ &TEAM
○ NewJeans
○ NMIXX
○ Ben&Ben
○ Dreamcatcher
○ Lim Young-woong
○ DinDin
○ Kim Jae-joong


● AAA Best Acting Performance Award
○ Kim Young-dae
○ Lee Jun-young
○ Moon Ga-young
○ Suho


● AAA Fabulous Award
○ Kathryn Bernardo
○ Daniel Padilla
○ NewJeans
○ Stray Kids
○ Lim Young-woong


● AAA Best Musician Award
○ ZEROBASEONE
○ Sakurazaka46
○ KARD
○ STAYC
○ Kwon Eun-bi


● AAA Scene Stealer Award
● Jung Sung-il


● AAA Best Actor Award
○ Kim Se-jeong
○ Ahn Hyo-seop
○ Lee Dong-hwi
○ Melai Cantiveros-Francisco
○ Lee Jun-hyuk


● AAA Top of K-pop Record Award
○ Kim Jae-joong


● AAA Best Performance Award
○ LE SSERAFIM


● AAA Best Artist Award (Singer)
○ SB19
○ LE SSERAFIM
○ AKMU
○ ITZY
○ IVE
○ The Boyz


● AAA Best Artist Award (Actor)
○ Kentaro Sakaguchi
○ Kim Seon-ho
○ Kim Ji-hoon


● AAA Grand Prize: Fandom of the Year
○ Lim Young-woong


● AAA Grand Prize: Performance of the Year
○ BSS (SEVENTEEN)


● AAA Grand Prize: Stage of the Year
○ Stray Kids


● AAA Grand Prize: Song of the Year
○ NewJeans – “Ditto”


● AAA Grand Prize: Album of the Year
○ SEVENTEEN – FML


● AAA Grand Prize: Singer of the Year
○ NewJeans


● AAA Grand Prize: Actor of the Year
○ Lee Jun-ho

*Cover Photo/Thumbnail Photo from StarNews Korea

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