Our picks for the best music videos of the year run the gamut from Charli XCX’s testosterone-filled dreamscape of ‘Boys’ featuring Joe Jonas, Charlie Puth and Khalid, to Taylor Swift channeling snakes and sipping tea in her scathing masterpiece of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – complete with a dose of good ol’ K-pop theatrics in between.

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘MV of the Year’:

Spring Day’ – BTS

Picture-perfect scenery set to the sounds of BTS’ ‘Spring Day’ hit close to our hearts, largely due to the subtle symbolism of the boys leaving their youth behind while taking a train to the unknown. We can’t help but to be proud of how far they’ve come!

‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN

There’s something about watching all 13 members of SEVENTEEN whip out their best moves in unison that gets us into
 a tizzy. From the vast desert to sky-high on a rooftop, the boys sure know how to nail a choreography that has since spawned countless dance covers worthy of the original.

‘Boys’ – Charli XCX

When you’ve got the likes of Joe Jones, Charlie Puth and Cameron Dallas flirting with the screen for a music video, it’s hard not to include it in our list of faves. Conceptualised and directed by Charli XCX herself, the tongue-in-cheek video caused quite the positive stir with fans and critics alike.

‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug

Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello firmly establishes herself as a solo
star in her mini-movie for ‘Havana’. The Cuban-born diva acts, sings, and dances her way throughout the unique storyline, showcasing her artistic vision that puts her ahead of her peers.

Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

What’s better than one Taylor Swift? How about multiple Taylors spanning her entire career? Never have we witnessed a music video with such self-awareness, with the Slytherin queen knowing just how to one up her own previous visuals in her most revealing clip yet.

‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa

There were three rules to live by this year to get over your ex, all thanks
to Brit newcomer Dua Lipa. Emoting girl power with pastel colours, the music video for ‘New Rules’ was a declaration of independence and stressed the importance of friendships instead. Feminism done right!

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

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2017 was a big year for music, with new earworms dropping from your favourite artistes all year round. From Taylor Swift’s phenomenal music comeback with ‘Look What You Made Me To’ to the ever-so-addictive Latin smash ‘Despacito’ that ruled the airwaves, these are undeniably the hottest tracks of the year.

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘Song of the Year’:

‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

 Country Tay no more, the pop behemoth staged her musical comeback in the most savage way possible with ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – all twisted melodies and unapologetic lyrics as she presented the ultimate revenge track of the year. We’re lovin’ dark Taylor!

DNA’ – BTS

Leave it to BTS to whistle all the way 
to the American Music Awards, where they impressed the star-studded crowd with their explosive performance of ‘DNA’. Even Jared Leto, Ansel Elgort and our resident cover boy Shawn Mendes fell into their charms, and honestly, who could blame ’em?

‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran

Before ‘Despacito’ took over the charts, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ was all the rage. To date, the dancehall-flavoured ditty still stands as the biggest- selling song of 2017 as well as the most-streamed track of all time. Way to go, Ed!

‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

Dominating the Billboard Hot 100 for 
16 weeks straight, it’s hard to go a day without hearing this inescapable earworm though the airwaves. Not sure about you, but we’re definitely guilty of pretending we sing fluent Spanish every time it comes on…

‘Gashina’ – Sunmi

Sunmi sure knows how to inspire a dance craze! Making her hotly-anticipated comeback with ‘Gashina’, her signature gun-point move has since caught on among fellow idols, with everyone from EXO to Wanna One to TWICE parodying the choreography.

‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

Who can resist jamming along to
‘Ko Ko Bop?’ The slickly-produced bop was such a hit, that 
it led to a flurry of parodies and even the #KoKoBopChallenge going viral on the Internet. Even Starbucks Korea jumped onto the bandwagon, with the coffee chain’s Twitter account tweeting out lyrics to promote their new offerings.

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

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They may be amazing artistes in their own right, but when teamed up with fellow superstars in the name of music, you get some of the greatest hits we’ve never expected – BTS and The Chainsmokers, anybody?

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘Best Collaboration’:

18002738255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)

1-800-273-8255

The best collaboration this year didn’t come from music juggernauts, but from three artistes on the rise. Rapper Logic teamed up with Alessia Cara and Khalid for the inspirational track, which is titled after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US.

‘Best of Me(BTS, The Chainsmokers)

BTS-and-Chainsmokers

East meets West in the best way on this BTS track assisted by The Chainsmokers. While the musical partnership has resulted in mixed reactions from fans, it’s hard to resist the track’s glossy production and electronic influences. Sign us up for more crossover hits!

‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)

Despacito

Nobody expected a Latin song to take charge of the music scene all summer long, but attribute the trend to none other than Justin Bieber – his appearance on the remix propelled the already-popular single to #1 practically worldwide!

‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)

Swish Swish

Keep calm ’cos honey, Katy Perry will stick around, as proven by 
her sassy kiss-off single ‘Swish Swish’. Say
 what you will about her Witness album, but Katy stays winning with this EDM-tinged diss track that features Nicki Minaj swooping in for a spitfire verse. Katy: 1, Haters: 0.

‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)

Wolves

Selena Gomez has had a tumultuous year, but her music career is strictly on the ascent. Her latest collab with DJ Marshmello is a hauntingly catchy hit about a dark love gone wrong, revealing that the lyrics are deeply personal to her turbulent experiences.

‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Palette

Fans were in for a 
surprise when news of a collaboration between these two top-notch artistes came out, and boy were they a match made in musical heaven. Serving as a follow-up to her 2015 single ‘Twenty-Three’, IU’s latest coming-of-age tune features a rap verse by G-Dragon himself.

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

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Not all chart-topping hits come from your favourite pop stars – there’s also a handful of alternative bands like Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, LANY and Epik High, as well as unconventional female musicians like Halsey and Bolbbalgan4, that have found mainstream success and staked their rightful claim among the pop elites.

Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘Best Alternative Act’:

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragon’s latest album is titled Evolve, and that’s exactly what they did. Pulling away from their folk-rock roots, the band mesmerised with heavier sounds on tracks like ‘Believer’, ‘Thunder’ and ‘Whatever It Takes’. Expect them to tear the roof off yet again when the Las Vegas rockers bring their live set to Singapore on 7 January!

Coldplay

Coldplay

You’d have to still be regretting if you missed out on attending either one of the two shows Coldplay had at the National Stadium earlier this year. Whether it’s jumping along to The Chainsmokers- assisted ‘Something Just Like This’ or swaying in unison to ‘Fix You’, there aren’t many other acts that come close to the Coldplay spectacle.

LANY

Lany

We had the privilege of interviewing these super chill lads when they were in town back in August, and boy did they leave an impression. The three-piece wasn’t just amicable in person – they also knew how to put on a stellar live show performing hits like ‘Good Girls’ and ‘Super Far’.

Halsey

Halsey

Many were skeptical of Halsey’s staying power following her 2015 debut, but she has proven to be no one-hit wonder with the theatrical follow- up hopeless fountain kingdom. With a much buzzed-about world tour on her hands, Halsey’s clearly living her best life.

Epik High

Epik High

Fresh off their ninth studio album We’ve Done Something Wonderful, veteran hip-hop trio Epik High is still going strong. Bolstered by dual singles ‘Home Is Far Away’ with HYUKOH’s Oh Hyuk and ‘Love Story’ alongside IU, their latest collection of songs truly lives up to its album name.

Bolbbalgan4

Bolbbalgan4

Indie female duo Bolbbalgan4 are carving their own niche out of alternative-leaning sounds off their latest EP Red Diary Page.1. Having scored double number ones on the Gaon Music Chart with ‘We Loved’ and ‘Some’, there’s no doubt their ascent is only just beginning.

Full list of TMA 2017 nominees (vote here!)

Local Act of the Year
Gentle Bones
Jasmine Sokko
Sam Rui
Sezairi
Tabitha Nauser
The Sam Willows

Asian Act of the Year
Darren Espanto (Philippines)
G.E.M. (Hong Kong)
Joker Xue (China)
ONE OK ROCK (Japan)
Slot Machine (Thailand)
Yuna (Malaysia)

Best Breakout Act
Camila Cabello
Dua Lipa
Rich Chigga
KARD
NU’EST W
Wanna One

Best Alternative Act
Coldplay
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
LANY
Bolbbalgan4
Epik High

Best Female Artiste
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift
IU
Sunmi
Taeyeon

Best Male Artiste
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Shawn Mendes
G-Dragon
Zico

Album of the Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Divide – Ed Sheeran
Melodrama – Lorde
Reputation – Taylor Swift
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato

K-pop Album of the Year
1X1=1 (To Be One) – Wanna One
Holiday Night – Girls’ Generation
Kwon Ji Yong – G-Dragon
Love Yourself: Her – BTS
Palette – IU
The War – EXO

K-pop Group of the Year
Blackpink
BTS
EXO
Red Velvet
SEVENTEEN
TWICE

Best Collaboration
‘1-800-273-8255’ (Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid)
‘Despacito’ (Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber)
‘Swish Swish’ (Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj)
‘Wolves’ (Selena Gomez, Marshmello)
‘Best of Me’ (BTS, The Chainsmokers)
‘Palette’ (IU, G-Dragon)

Song of the Year
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘DNA’ – BTS
‘Gashina’ – Sunmi
‘Ko Ko Bop’ – EXO

MV of the Year
‘Boys’ – Charli XCX
‘Havana’ – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift
‘New Rules’ – Dua Lipa
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ – SEVENTEEN
‘Spring Day’ – BTS

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It’s become a norm for majority of the K-pop acts to lipsync due to the intense choreography involved, but not BTS. While the seven-member supergroup has always been known for their impeccable stage performances, it’s inevitable that naysayers would doubt their vocal capabilities. But haters gonna hate, ’cause Suga just proved everyone wrong during their ‘Mic Drop’ stage at the 2017 SBS Gayo Daejun.

Kicking off with J-Hope’s killer opening rap line, Suga then swopped in for a spitfire rap verse. Just when the crowd was getting all hyped up, Mr. Badass casually paused midway on his “If you’re so jealous and it hurts then find a lawsuit and sue it” part – in a bold move to show the audience they ain’t lipsyncing, before the rest of the group proceeded to slay ’em vocals. Talk about a mic drop!

ARMYs couldn’t be more proud:




Watch the full performance below (Suga appears on 1:01).

BTS Suga Mic Drop SBS Gayo Daejun
Credit: nochuie on Tumblr

Suga did that, y’all.

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