The Fact Music Awards are always the talk of the town due to their star-studded lineups and captivating performances. However, it’s also the most unexpected moments and unsung heroes that leave the most significant mark. This year, amid all the buzz of the latest K-Pop trends, Lim Young Woong and his distinct fanbase were the focus of all fans watching the prestigious awards show.
Different from the stereotypical fan bases of young K-Pop idols, Lim’s primary supporters are not teenagers or young adults. Instead, he has garnered an immense following among middle-aged Korean women, affectionately known as “ahjummas.” And at this year’s TMAs, they were out in full force.
Every time Lim Young Woong graced the stage, which happened multiple times due to his numerous award wins, the camera would inevitably pan to a section overflowing with cheering ahjummas. Holding banners, signs, and their unwavering enthusiasm, they were an undeniable presence at the event. Their energy and zest caught the eye of viewers and fellow attendees, making them one of the unforgettable highlights of the night.
guys i was kidding about the ahjumma army BUT ITS TRUE??? 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/TsputwxxSY
— 🥰SHAY☁️ (@roundbuttocks) October 10, 2023
lim young woong showing up after skz literallt gave me the biggest flinch of my life those ahjummas traumatized me for LIFE
— naz 𓆩♡𓆪 | fan acc (@dramaticweasel) October 10, 2023
K-Pop fans, with their characteristic humor and creativity, quickly took to social media platforms to share their amusement. Memes, jokes, and admiration for Lim and his ahjumma fanbase flooded Twitter, Instagram, and various K-Pop community sites.
Damn these are the ahjummas we are fighting every time till death 😭 pic.twitter.com/HgxZeK6sf4
— Milky 樂 ★| 🐺 (@NovRain21) October 10, 2023
LIM YOUNG WOONG'S FANS WITH THEIR LIGHTSTICKS 😭
he bringin those ahjummas/halmonis out of their houses today 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/eXBxazbcpq
— 보고있어도 보고싶어요? (@soshirevelae) October 10, 2023
While many fans playfully expressed interest in recruiting these hardworking ahjummas to support their favorite idols and groups, others expressed genuine amazement at their dedication. After all, Lim’s numerous awards that evening could, in large part, be attributed to the tireless efforts of these ahjumma fans who voted and cheered for him relentlessly.
who’s the trsr member that can most likely grab the ahjummas attention? he better be warming up his cheeks for endless cutie smiling rn. we gotta grab every opportunity possible !
— shan (@parkbeaus) October 10, 2023
Petition for I.N to release a solo album full of ballads and trot songs so we can get ahjummas on our side
— ᵖᵘᵈᵈⁱⁿᵍ ≽^•⩊•^≼ (@singtomeidol) October 10, 2023
Wait I hope ahjummas will love seventeen stage and will stream the comeback
— vernon 버논 (@hippie_vernon) October 10, 2023
Perhaps the most heartwarming take from the night was from a group of younger K-Pop fans who saw themselves in these ahjummas. They proclaimed their intent to support their beloved groups and idols into their own “ahjumma” years.
The ahjummas are cute 😭
This is me 15 years+ from now ig and still stanning skz 😂 pic.twitter.com/WecIi8f1GM
— anything for skz (semi ia) (@YourStayNoona) October 10, 2023
Lim Young Woong’s unique fanbase brings to light a vital message: Passion for music and artists isn’t confined to a specific age group. While K-Pop’s global appeal has primarily been associated with younger fans, the ahjummas show that age is no barrier to being a dedicated fan. Their presence challenges stereotypes and brings a refreshing narrative to the ever-evolving K-Pop fandom landscape.
Ahjummas screaming better than most fans there hxbshsbsbs
— Tori🍂🌼 (@hrtcoups) October 10, 2023
In an evening that celebrated musical excellence, Lim Young Woong’s ahjumma fans showcased the sheer depth of fandom loyalty, proving that love for an artist isn’t defined by age. Their vibrant presence at the TMAs was a delightful reminder of the diverse and rich tapestry that makes up the world of K-Pop. As the award season progresses, one can’t help but wonder if more such unique fanbases will emerge, further enriching the narrative of music fandom.