November 28, 2016
By Thanussha Priyah
Seoul, South Korea – Known as ‘The Streamy Awards’ of Asia, WebTVAsia Awards 2016 honoured this year’s biggest digital content creators and visionaries with a stellar lineup of Asia’s most well-known stars in Seoul, South Korea at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX). The Awards theme, ‘Celebrate Asia’ saw Japanese comedian, Piko Taro, who became a global viral sensation with his dance hit “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen,” headlined the event together with Korea’s megastar K-pop group, SNSD (Girls Generation).
The Awards, organised by WebTVAsia, a digital media entertainment company that is active in 12 countries across Asia, were attended by celebrities who command a combined attention of 250 million fans on their social media. This year, among the 150 nominees selected from the 12 countries, Piko Taro and Thai super creator Bie The Ska took home the two biggest awards: Piko Taro for ‘Freaking Awesome Video of the Year’ and Bie The Ska ‘Channel of the Year’. Three highly promising starlets to look out for in Asia, S. White (Taiwan drummer), Jannine Weigel (Thai teen singer) and Michiyo Ho (Malaysian online pop artiste) shared the “Breakout Creator of the Year” title.
K-Tigers from Korea literally kicked off the Awards show with a high-energy taekwondo dance performance. This was followed by Korean rising star girl group, Momoland who performed, “JJan! Koong! Kwang!” their hit song. Japan’s comedy pop band Radio Fish then vowed the audience with their 45-million YouTube hit, “Perfect Human”. In between the performances, the awards for the ‘Most Popular Channel’ and ‘Most Popular Video’ were presented to the winners from Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.