2013 had a ton of great music and while I wasn’t able to cover all of it, I did listen to a good amount of the releases last year. But even with all the music that I did listen to, I missed some of the nominees that are listed.

Here are my predictions of who I think will win, but in some cases, who I think should win. At the same time, I’m really horrible at predicting winners as shown by last year’s predictions.

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Album of the Year

Among the nominees, I heard Sunwoo Jung-A, Jang Pil Soon, and Yi Sung Yol. I think all three albums are really good. I didn’t hear the releases of the other nominees though.

Who I think will win: Yi Sung Yol

Who I think should win: Jang Pil Soon

Song of the Year

It’s easy to argue that Crayon Pop had the viral song of the year due to the aggressive nature that they promoted the song and the fact that it’s really damn catchy.

Who I think will win: Crayon Pop

Who I think should win: Crayon Pop

Artist of the Year

I will always be a supporter of Yellow Monsters and anything they do. I’ve been able to see 4 or 5 live shows by them and have always been amazed by their dedication to making music. That said, I’m not really sure who the Artist of the Year should be.

Who I think will win: Yi Sung Yol

Who I think should win: Yellow Monsters

Rookie of the Year

Among the rookies, I heard music from Rock’N’Roll Radio and Lim Kim. I think that Rock’N’Roll Radio are deserving of the press they are getting as their full-length is excellent. Lim Kim, I find some songs interesting and other songs are kind of boring.

Zion.T did seem to be prolific last year, but I didn’t actually hear anything he released.

Who I think will win: Zion.T

Who I think should win: Rock’N’Roll Radio

Best Rock Album

This is actually really difficult. I’ve heard the majority of the albums on the list and I think they’re all amazing. I will remove Yellow Monsters from the list this time because their third album is good, but a continuation of their style.

Who I think will win: Kim Tae Chun

Who I think should win: Vassline or Asian Chairshot

Best Rock Song

Simply put, Yellow Monsters’ “Red Flag” is one of the best songs I heard in 2013. But the style of Asian Chairshot might edge it out, which isn’t bad at all. But I’ll likely be wrong with both.

Who I think will win: Yellow Monsters

Who I think should win: Asian Chairshot

Best Modern Rock Album

I think I only haven’t heard Yoon Young Bae‘s album among the nominees. Honestly any of the albums is good enough to win. It’s a difficult decision among these albums.

Who I think will win: Jaurim

Who I think should win: Vidulgi OoyoO

Best Modern Rock Song

With tow nominations, Yoon Young Bae has an edge, but I think Rock’N’Roll Radio or Jaurim have good chances to win.

Who I think will win: Yoon Young Bae

Who I think should win: Rock’N’Roll Radio

Best Pop Album

I’d favorite either Fromm‘s Arrival or Han Hee Jung‘s 날마다 타인, but next to Lim Kim I don’t think they will win. Kim Mok In‘s album was also very good though.

Who I think will win: Lim Kim

Who I think should win: Fromm

Best Pop Song

I didn’t hear most of nominees in the category so I can’t say who I think will win.

Best Dance & Electronic Album

It’s always weird to see pop next to electronic artists. I can say that f(x)‘s Pink Tape was really good. I do have a preference towards Glen Check‘s Youth! too.

Who I think will win: SHINee or f(x)

Who I think should win: f(x) or Glen Check

Best Dance & Electronic Song

Two words: Crayon Pop

Who I think will win: Crayon Pop

Who I think should win: Crayon Pop

Best Rap & Hip-Hop Album

I didn’t listen to a lot of rap or hip-hop this year, so I honestly don’t know who will or should be the winner.

Best Rap & Hip-hop Song

Like the best album category, I really have no clue who could win the award.

Best R&B and Soul Album

For some reason, 2013 was the year I didn’t listen to R&B and rap as much as I thought.

Best R&B and Soul Song

I can’t make a good argument.

Best Jazz Album

Jazz is one of those genres that I’ve never explored.

Best Crossover Album

I only listened to Coreyah and Yiruma though I’m very curious about the other nominees now.

Who I think will win: Yiruma

Who I think should win: Coreyah

Best Jazz and Crossover Performance

Sadly, I’ve never heard of any of these artists.

There are genres that I’m not familiar with and haven’t dived into. There are so many different releases across different genres that it’s not surprising that I’ve missed certain genres. The awards take place on February 28, where I’ll likely find out that I’m wrong again for another year.

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