You read that right. The Asia Artist Awards, one of South Korea’s biggest awards ceremonies, is being held in the Philippines for the first time ever! Here’s what we know, who’s coming, and how you can watch!
Have you ever watched a Korean awards show and wondered what it would be like if the Philippines was chosen as a host nation? Well, wonder no more because one is finally coming to the Philippines. The Asia Artist Awards, organized by Korean newspaper Money Today and media brands StarNews and MTN, celebrates the best of the best in music, film, and television. And on August 30, StarNews dropped the, well, news that the ceremony will be held in the Philippine Arena on December 14!
The first edition of AAA were held in Seoul in 2016 while subsequent ceremonies have been held in South Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. This year, its 8th iteration will land in the Philippines for the first time, and undoubtedly to the shock and joy of countless Hallyu fans all over the nation. The event will be hosted by the AAA organizing committee, TONZ Entertainment, and PULP Live World.
The 2023 Asia Artist Awards will be hosted by Star News @starnewskorea and co-hosted by the AAA Organizing Committee, TONZ Entertainment, and PULP Live World @pulpliveworld on December 14 at the Philippine Arena.— Philippine Concerts (@philconcerts) August 30, 2023
“The 2023 AAA is heralding a bigger-scale festival this year.” pic.twitter.com/jCrWHXzG87
Happee Sy-Go confirmed the development by reposting the news on her X (formerly Twitter) page and sharing with Manila Bulletin that PULP is “very honored to have been chosen as the Philippine partner to host this year’s Asian Artist Awards.”
The Awards sees a mix of Korean idol groups, artists, actors take the stage to accept awards, host, or perform. Last year, the star-studded attendees included NewJeans, SEVENTEEN, TREASURE, IVE, Han Sohee, Bona, Lee Jae Wook, and so much more. Other most-awarded artists include BTS, SEVENTEEN, Lim Young-woong, TWICE, and Kang Daniel. International artists have also won awards, such as MAX and Anne-Marie winning the Best Pop Artist Award in 2020.
Social media is already buzzing with anticipation for this year’s awards as it’s a massive moment in K-pop culture that is sure to have incredible performances, fun interactions, friendly competition, and a grand celebration of Asian culture—and it’s going to happen right here in the Philippines!
To kick things off, the first lineup for AAA was announced on September 2 by Starnews. So get ready to see world-renowned girl groups LE SSERAFIM, NMIXX, and NewJeans, as well as 5th generation boy groups BOYNEXTDOOR, and ZEROBASEONE at the Philippine Arena this December!
뉴진스·르세라핌·보이넥스트도어·엔믹스·제로베이스원, ＇2023 AAA IN PHILIPPINES＇ 참석[공식] #뉴진스 #르세라핌 #보이넥스트도어 #엔믹스 #제로베이스원 #NewJeans #LESSERAFIM #BOYNEXTDOOR #NMIXX #ZEROBASEONE #AAA #AsiaArtistAwards2023 #AAA2023 #StarnewsKorea https://t.co/Z8eKknuBON— 스타뉴스 코리아 ｜Starnews Korea (@starnewskorea) September 2, 2023
Next up, the hosts of the awards! Wonder no more who’s going to take the red carpet interviewer gigs as IVE’s Jang Wonyoung, Kang Daniel, and ZEROBASEONE’s Sung Hanbin are here to host the grand event!
IVE’s Jang Wonyoung, Kang Daniel, and ZEROBASEONE’s Sung Hanbin will be the MC at the 2023 Asia Artist Awards in the Philippines on December 14 at the Philippine Arena.#AAA2023 @pulpliveworld @happeehour @Vernon_Go— Philippine Concerts (@philconcerts) September 6, 2023
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K-Drama enthusiasts—get ready! The next wave of attendees have confirmed they’re walking the carpet in the Philippine Arena: actors Kim Seon Ho (Start-Up, Home Town Cha-Cha-Cha), Ahn Hyo Seop (Business Proposal, Dr. Romantic), Kim Se Jeong (Business Proposal, The Uncanny Counter), and Moon Ga Young (True Beauty, The Interest of Love)! And to add, more attendees include artists Lee Dong-hwi, Lee Jun-hyuk, Cha Joo-young, and Lee Eun-sam.
Lee Dong-hwi, Lee Jun-hyuk, Cha Joo-young, and Lee Eun-sam will attend the '2023 Asia Artist Awards' on Dec. 14th at the Philippine Arena.https://t.co/efhqu4rOt3@pulpliveworld @happeehour @Vernon_Go @starnewskorea #AAA2023 #AAAinPhilippines2023 pic.twitter.com/kvGiUGrZkV— Philippine Concerts (@philconcerts) September 13, 2023
You won’t believe who else is coming. K-Pop groups ITZY, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, soloist Kwon Eunbi, and Japanese boyband &TEAM have confirmed their attendance at AAA 2023!
The second musical lineup revealed groups Dreamcatcher, KARD, STAYC, Kep1er, TEMPEST, Lapillus, as well as soloists and rappers Kim Jae Joong, Dindin, Lee Youngji, Ash Island, and YAOCHEN will be in attendance!
Kim Jae Joong, Dindin, Lee Youngji, Dreamcatcher, KARD, Ash Island, YAOCHEN, STAYC, Kep1er, TEMPEST, and Lapillus are confirmed to attend the 2023 AAA IN THE PHILIPPINES!— Philippine Concerts (@philconcerts) September 14, 2023
📰 https://t.co/ePaPwVLmNg#AAA2023 @pulpliveworld @happeehour @Vernon_Go @starnewskorea pic.twitter.com/W3wpcKh6tp
Next up! The star-studded lineup includes SEVENTEEN’s sub-unit BSS (BooSeokSoon), ONEUS, KINGDOM, ATBO, LUN8, Filipino groups SB19 and HORI7ON, EXO’s Suho, and chart-topper Lim Young Woong! And if that’s not enough, local big names joining them will be Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Melai Cantiveros.
Ticket selling starts November 12! Stay tuned for more news about the Awards, and get ready for a great December.
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