K-Pop Fandom, Up Close and Personal: Mariko reports from the 'Korean Grammy Awards'

I have a confession to make: until this past Tuesday, I had never been to a K-Pop concert before. Of course, my iPod is filled with K-Pop (my favorites right now are Girl's Generation and F.T. Island), but I had never seen anyone in person.

So when Viki received tickets to attend the Golden Disk Awards (Korea's version of the Grammys, held this year in Malaysia), the first thing we did was give them away to our community members in Malaysia. And because I was going to be in the area myself, I took the opportunity to escort them! :) 



From the moment I stepped foot into the venue, the energy of the fans was amazing! At the red carpet, everyone was yelling and screaming and from the moment the concert started, I don't remember a moment that wasn't filled with fans singing along to every song. The energy didn't drop for a single moment during the 4-hour event. It was incredible to see that even the long lines and brutal heat weren't going to dampen anyone's spirits.

Imagine so many amazing K-Pop stars sharing a stage. The night included performances from 4minute, B2ST, CNBLUE, F.T. Island, Trouble Maker, BTOB, B1A4, INFINITE, KARA, EXO-K and EXO-M, Juniel, and finished with fantastic sets from SHINee and Super Junior! It was clear that the idols could feel the energy rise up from the audience as they took to the stage. They were giving it everything they had.

SHINee speaks to the crowd after an electrifying performance
The Trouble Maker dance performance was sexy and full of energy, EXO-K and EXO-M performed together, and I loved how seamlessly and professionally KARA continued their performance after the stage lights went off on them, mid song! And the final two performances, by Super Junior and SHINee, truly blew the roof off the (outdoor) stage.

But to me, the stars of the event were the fans. I was awed, inspired and humbled, by their passion and love, and felt so incredibly fortunate and thankful to be part of such an amazing experience. K-Pop fans are awesome!!