Singer and actor Kim received Asia’s Buzz Male Popular Artist award and two trophies for Top Buzz Korean Artist in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Yahoo Buzz Awards, established in 2004, is an annual event that gives awards to Asian pop stars based on the “buzz,” or number of searches they received on the Internet portal site.
This year’s awards were decided by Internet users from Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia between Nov. 8 and Dec. 1.
Kim has now won back-to back titles at the annual event. In 2009, the 24-year-old star won Asia’s Best Male Star award after gaining wide popularity throughout Asia for his role in the hit television drama series, “Boys Over Flowers.”
This year he gained more fame after joining Keyeast, the agency of “hallyu” star Bae Yong-joon, who himself is a major shareholder.
The SS501 boy band leader recently starred in the KBS drama “Naughty Kiss.” The drama is set to air across Asia next year.
In November, he appeared at the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games to sing the Games’ official song. He also took part in a charity event with Bae at the Tokyo Dome last week, attracting more than 4,500 Japanese fans.
Kim is now working on his new album, which is due to be released next year, according to the agency.
Meanwhile, at the Yahoo Awards, actor Jang Geun-suk won titles in Asia’s Buzz Star and Male Buzz Star categories, while actress Moon Geun-young won the Female Buzz Star title. But neither attended Friday’s ceremony.
Jang garnered 7.93 million votes to beat Kim, who received 4.59 million votes, for his titles. Moon received 45,240 votes, while pop group Girls Generation came second with 36,307 votes.
Oh Kyu-wook of Korean Herald