aespa and NCT Win Big at Circle Chart Music Awards 2022, but One Name is Missing During Their Acceptance Speeches

Even with the joyous wins of SM artists, netizens noticed the absence of a familiar name in their acceptance speeches.

On the afternoon of the 18th, aespa and NCT won the Digital Song of the Year Award (July) and the Physical Album of the Year Award (1st Quarter) respectively at the “Circle Chart Music Awards 2022” held at KSPO Dome (Gymnastics Stadium) in Bangi-dong, Seoul.

aespa, who was named the Digital Song of the Year Award winner for July, said, “We want to thank everyone who has supported and liked us a lot. Thank you for loving our ‘Girls’ album so much last year.”

They continued, “No matter what activities we do in the future, please give us a lot of attention as we come back with great music. Thank you to our company colleagues and our sisters and brothers, and please continue to support us.

aespa added, “We are grateful to our fans who support us more than anyone else. Please expect us to come back with great songs this year. Please also look forward to our concert next week.

Representing NCT, who was named the Physical Album of the Year Award winner for the 1st Quarter, member Doyoung, who took the stage, said, “I am really grateful to receive this award. I would like to thank our fans who support us and the NCT members who could not attend because of their schedules“.

He continued, “NCT was able to receive this great award thanks to the fans who support us and our sisters and brothers who are always there for us. We will work hard without being shaken by anything as long as we have our sisters and brothers.” He pledged, “NCT will become even cooler and bigger this year. Please look forward to NCT of the Year.

It is notable that there was no mention of Lee Soo Man, the former general producer of SM, who appeared as a regular at every award ceremony where SM-affiliated artists won awards.

SM artists have never missed the chance to mention “Thank you, Teacher Lee Soo Man” in their acceptance speeches for big and small awards.

However, amid the current conflicts within SM’s management, with Lee Soo Man sold his shares to HYBE and allegations of overseas tax evasion through subsidiaries, his name was missing from the acceptance speeches of SM-affiliated artists, which was a meaningful trend.



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