K-pop star Samuel Kim was named the “Most Searched Korean New Singer” at the 2017 Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards show in Hong Kong on Wednesday (6 December).
The 15-year-old American singer rose to the top of search rankings after he appeared as a contestant on the Korean talent reality show, “Produce 101 Season 2”.
In his acceptance speech, Kim gave a shout out to his fans (known as Garnets) and said he was honoured to receive a trophy in Hong Kong, his first time receiving an award overseas and his first as a solo artiste.
He also attempted to speak some Cantonese, telling his fans “I love you”, and performed his songs “Sixteen” and “Candy”.
The young K-pop sensation also shared a toast with senior Oath executives, but his glass was filled with apple juice instead of champagne. Oath is the parent company of Yahoo, and also owns other brands such as Engadget, Techcrunch and HuffPost.
Kim, whose full name is Samuel Kim Arredondo, was born and raised in Los Angeles to a Korean mother and a half-Hispanic father. He was last in Hong Kong for a solo showcase on August, and recently released an album, “EYE CANDY”, in November.
The annual Buzz Awards is in its 15th year, and rewards the “buzziest” and most appealing icons in the Asia-Pacific region, based on search results from Yahoo’s search engine.
This year, the awards show took place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and featured appearances from popular Hong Kong celebrities such as Hacken Lee, Kara Wai, Chrissie Chau, Gillian Chung of Twins, Natalie Tong, and Malaysian actress Lin Min Chen.
Here is a list of winners:
Top Searched Song of the year | 失魂記 by Hacken Lee
Top Buzz Local Male Singer | Hacken Lee
Top Buzz HK Male Artist | Hacken Lee
Top Buzz Song | 長相廝守 – ToNick
Top Buzz MV | 琢磨 – Angela Hui
Top Buzz Song | 較早前錄影 – Deep Ng
Top Buzz Song | 帶著骨灰去旅行 – Ken Hung
Rising Star | Owen Cheung
Netizens’ Favourite Song | 忘記我自己 – Hana
Top Buzz New Singer | Cherry Ngan, Sophy Wong, Jennifer Yu
Top Buzz Song | 難得一遇 – Phil Lam
Top Buzz Male Singer-songwriter | Phil Lam
Top Buzz Song | 3AM – AGA
Top Buzz Female Singer-songwriter | AGA
Netizen’s Favourite Song | 死亡之吻 – Kelvin Kwan
Netizen’s Favourite Song | 小碎步 – Sherman Chung
Top Buzz Song | 根 – Alfred Hui
Top Buzz Song | 傷心到變形 – James Ng
Top Buzz Duet Song | 原來只因深愛著 – JW / James Ng
Top Buzz Song | 安全感 – JW
Top Buzz Lcoal Group | Dear Jane
Top Buzz Original Song | 也許我不會活多一歲 – Dear Jane
Top Buzz Lcoal Group | C AllStar
Top Buzz MV | 一刻戀上 – C AllStar
Top Buzz Lcoal Group | Supper Moment
Top Buzz Original Song | 說再見了吧 – Supper Moment
Netizen’s Favourite Female Singer | Janice Vidal
Top Buzz Song | 天敵 – Janice Vidal
Netizen’s Favourite Male Singer | Jason Chan
Top Buzz Song | 霸氣情歌 – Jason Chan
Top Buzz Local Movie | 29+1
Most Appealing HK Female Artist | Chrissie Chau
Top Buzz Overseas Movie | Beauty & the Beast (absent)
Top Buzz Internet Drama | OCTB
Top Buzz Internet Drama Main Cast | Justin Cheung
Rising Star | Elaine Yiu
Rising Star | Tracy Chu (absent)
King of Image Search in HK | Benjamin Yuen
Queen of Image Search in HK | Kelly Cheung (absent)
Top Buzz MV | 到此一遊 – Herbert Wu
Top Buzz TV Drama Female Character| Ali Lee
Top Buzz TV Drama Male Character | Kenneth Ma
Top Buzz TV Drama | Legal Mavericks
Top Buzz TV Actor | Vincent Wong
Top Buzz TV Drama Theme Song | 陪著你走 – Vincent Wong / Kayee Tam
Top Buzz TV Actress | Natalie Tong
Top Buzz TV Drama Theme Song | 地盡頭 – Fred Cheng
Queen of Image Search in TW | MinChen Lin
Top Buzz Spokesperson | Gillian Chung
Most Appealing HK Groups | TWINS
Top Buzz Local Female Singer | Joey Yung (Received by EEG executive)
Top Buzz Local Actress | Kara Wai
Most Searched Korean New Singer | Samuel Kim
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