Seoul Music Awards

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Seoul Music Awards
Awarded for Excellence in music
Country South Korea
Presented by Sports Seoul
First awarded 1990
Television/radio coverage
Network KBS N (2013–present)

The Seoul Music Awards (Hangul서울가요대상; RRSeoul Gayo Daesang) is an awards show founded in 1990 that is presented annually by Sports Seoul for outstanding achievements in the music industry in South Korea.[1]

The winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year, combined with 30 percent mobile votes[2], 40 percent digital downloads and album sales, and 30 percent judges' scores.[3]


There are eight awards which are not restricted by genre, and three awards which are each in trot, hip hop, R&B.

  • Daesang Award (Grand Prize), or Artist of the Year, is awarded to the best artist among up to 12 artists by calculating album and digital sales with online vote and a final judgement by the judges of the award ceremony.
  • Bonsang Awards (Main Prize) is awarded to up to 12 artists by calculating album and digital sales with online vote and a final judgement by the judges of the award ceremony.
  • Record of the Year, or Best Album is awarded to the best full-length album.
  • Record of the Year in Digital Release is awarded to the best single in digital release.
  • New Artist Awards are awarded to new performers, usually three in each year.
  • Performance Award is awarded to best live performer of the year.
  • Trot Award is awarded to the performer of trot music.
  • Hip Hop/Rap Award is awarded to the performer of hip hop music/Rapping music.
  • R&B/Ballad Award is awarded to the performer of the R&B/ballad music.
  • OST Award is awarded to the performer of the original soundtrack (OST) from drama/movie/TV program.
  • Popularity Awards are awarded to performers who gained popularity during the year, usually two in each year, the winners chosen by online voting. The nominee pool comes from the nominees for the Bonsang and the Newcomer awards.
  • Hallyu Special Award is awarded to the performer who gained popularity around the world during the year.


Edition Date of ceremony Venue Location Hosts Ref
17th 31 January 2008 Kangwon Land High1 Hotel Conference Hall Gangwon [4]
18th 12 February 2009 Taebaek Gowon Auditorium Taebaek [5]
19th 3 February 2010 Olympic Fencing Gymnasium Seoul [6]
20th 20 January 2011 Kyung Hee University
21st 19 January 2012 Olympic Gymnastics Arena [7]
22nd 31 January 2013 SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium
23rd 23 January 2014 Jamsil Arena [8]
24th 22 January 2015 Olympic Gymnastics Arena Eunhyuk (Super Junior), Eunji (Apink), Seo Kyung-suk [9]
25th 14 January 2016 Jun Hyun-moo, Honey Lee, Hani (EXID)
26th 19 January 2017 Jamsil Arena Heechul (Super Junior), Tak Jae-hoon, Jeon So-mi (I.O.I) [10]
27th 25 January 2018 Gocheok Sky Dome Heechul (Super Junior), Shin Dong-yup, Kim So-hyun

Daesang Award (Grand Prize)

# Year Winners
27th 2018 BTS
26th 2017 Exo
25th 2016 Exo
24th 2015 Exo
23rd 2014 Exo
22nd 2013 Psy
21st 2012 Super Junior
20th 2011 Girls' Generation
19th 2010 Girls' Generation
18th 2009 Wonder Girls
17th 2008 Big Bang
16th 2006 TVXQ
15th 2004 Shinhwa
14th 2003 Lee Hyori
13th 2002 BoA
12th 2001 Kim Gun-mo
11th 2000 Jo Sungmo
10th 1999 Jo Sungmo / Fin.K.L
9th 1998 H.O.T. / Sechs Kies
8th 1997 H.O.T.
7th 1996 Clon
6th 1995 Roo'ra
5th 1994 Kim Gun-mo
4th 1993 Seo Taiji and Boys
3rd 1992 Seo Taiji and Boys
2nd 1991 Tae Jin-ah
1st 1990 Byeon Jin-seob

Bonsang Awards (Main Prize)

Edition Year Winners
27th 2018 Red Velvet BTS Got7 Exo BtoB Black Pink NU'EST W Bolbbalgan4 Seventeen Twice Wanna One Super Junior
26th 2017 Red Velvet BTS Got7 Exo VIXX Zico GFriend Taeyeon Seventeen Twice Sechs Kies Mamamoo
25th 2016 Red Velvet BTS Taeyeon Exo VIXX Shinee EXID Zion.T Sistar Yoon Mi-rae Big Bang Apink
24th 2015 Super Junior BTS B1A4 Exo VIXX Girl's Day Infinite Girls' Generation-TTS Sistar Beast AOA Apink
23rd 2014 B.A.P Cho Yong-pil B1A4 Exo VIXX Shinee Infinite Girls' Generation Sistar Beast 4Minute Apink
22nd 2013 Super Junior Big Bang Secret 2NE1 Huh Gak SHINee miss A Psy Sistar Epik High Lee Seung-gi f(x)
21st 2012 Super Junior FT Island Secret 4Minute IU Kara miss A Girls' Generation Sistar Beast Lee Seung-gi T-ara
20th 2011 2AM FT Island Secret 4Minute IU Shinee miss A Girls' Generation Son Dam-bi Beast
19th 2010 Super Junior 2PM Brown Eyed Girls Davichi Kara Shinee Baek Ji-young Girls' Generation Son Dam-bi Kim Tae-woo
18th 2009 Kim Jong-kook Big Bang Brown Eyed Girls Wonder Girls Jang Yun-jeong SG Wannabe Baek Ji-young SS501 Son Dam-bi TVXQ
17th 2008 Super Junior Big Bang Epik High Eru Jang Yun-jeong SG Wannabe Baek Ji-young SeeYa MC the Max V.O.S
16th 2006 Shin Seung-hun Son Hoyoung MC Mong Park Jung-ah Jang Yun-jeong SG Wannabe Baek Ji-young Turtles Vibe TVXQ
15th 2004 Cho PD Lee Seung-chul Lee Soo-young Koyote Kim Jong-kook Shin Seung-hun Rain Park Hyo-shin Shinhwa TVXQ
14th 2003 Baby V.O.X Fly to the Sky Jewelry Koyote Lee Hyori Rain Shinhwa Wax Wheesung Yoon Do Hyun Band
13th 2002 BoA Cool Koyote Jang Na-ra Lee Soo-young Park Hyo-shin Shinhwa Sung Si-kyung Yoon Do Hyun Band Wax
12th 2001 g.o.d Fin.K.L Kangta Uhm Jung-hwa Lee Jung-hyun Im Chang-jung Park Ji-yoon Shin Seung-hun Steve Seungjun Yoo Kim Gun-mo Tae Jin-ah Wax
11th 2000 g.o.d Fin.K.L Jo Sungmo Uhm Jung-hwa Shin Seung-hun Park Ji-yoon Steve Seungjun Yoo Lee Jung-hyun Im Chang-jung Tae Jin-ah
10th 1999 H.O.T Sechs Kies Fin.K.L Jo Sungmo Uhm Jung-hwa Song Dae-kwan Kim Gun-mo Clon Im Chang-jung Baby V.O.X Country Kko Kko
9th 1998 H.O.T Sechs Kies S.E.S. Fin.K.L Kim Kyung-ho Uhm Jung-hwa Kim Gun-mo Song Dae-kwan Turbo Kim Jong-hwan
8th 1997 H.O.T Sechs Kies UP DJ Doc Uhm Jung-hwa Im Chang-jung Kim Kyung-ho Park Jin-young Turbo Jinusean
7th 1996 Kim Won-jun Kim Jung-min Park Mi-kyung Insooni R.ef Hoon Kim Gun-mo Clon Turbo Green Area
6th 1995 Noise Seo Taiji and Boys Park Mi-kyung Park Jin-young R.ef Solid Kim Gun-mo DJ Doc Shin Hyo-beom
5th 1994 Seol Woon-do Lim Ju-ri Choi Yoo-na Shin Seong-woo Shin Seung-hun Boohwal Kim Gun-mo Roo'ra Two Two
4th 1993 Kim Won-jun Seo Taiji and Boys Choi Yoo-na Lee Mu-song Shin Seung-hun Kim Jeong-soo Kim Gun-mo Shin Hyo-beom Kim So-hee
3rd 1992 Kang Susie Kim Kook-hwan Min Hae-kyung Yang Soo-kyung Shin Seung-hun Lee Seung-hwan Lee Sang-woo
2nd 1991 Kang Susie Kim Ji-ae Kim Wan-sun Noh Sa-yeon Tae Jin-ah Kim Jeong-soo Lee Sang-woo
1st 1990 Na-mi Kim Ji-ae Min Hae-kyung Byun Ji-sub Joo Hyun-mi Hyun Chul

Record of the Year (Album)

Edition Year Winner Title Song Album Note
27th 2018 IU "Palette" Palette 4th album
26th 2017 BTS "Blood Sweat & Tears" Wings 2nd album
25th 2016 BoA "Kiss My Lips" Kiss My Lips 8th album
24th 2015 Beast "12:30" Time 7th mini album
23rd 2014 Cho Yong-pil "Bounce" Hello 19th album
22nd 2013 G-Dragon "Crayon" One of A Kind 1st mini album
21st 2012 IU "You & I" Last Fantasy 2nd album
20th 2011 Psy "Right Now" PsyFive 5th album
19th 2010 Drunken Tiger "Feel gHood Muzik" Feel gHood Muzik : The 8th Wonder 8th album
18th 2009 Big Bang "Sunset Glow" Remember 2nd album
17th 2008 Epik High "Fan" Remapping the Human Soul 4th album

Record of the Year in Digital Release

Edition Year Winner Title song
27th 2018 Yoon Jong-shin "Like It"
26th 2017 Twice "Cheer Up"
25th 2016 Big Bang "Bang Bang Bang"
24th 2015 Soyou & Junggigo "Some"
23rd 2014 Exo "Growl"
22nd 2013 Sistar "Alone"
21st 2012 T-ara "Roly Poly"
20th 2011 IU "Good Day"
19th 2010 Girls' Generation "Gee"
18th 2009 Wonder Girls "Nobody"
17th 2008 Big Bang "Lies"

New Artist Award

Edition Year Winners
27th 2018 Pristin Chung-ha Wanna One
26th 2017 Black Pink NCT127 I.O.I
25th 2016 Seventeen GFriend iKon
24th 2015 Got7 Eddy Kim Red Velvet
23rd 2014 BTS Lim Kim Crayon Pop
22nd 2013 Exo Ailee B.A.P Lee Hi
21st 2012 B1A4 Apink Boyfriend
20th 2011 The Boss Sistar CNBLUE
19th 2010 Beast T-ara After School
18th 2009 Davichi Mighty Mouth Shinee
17th 2008 F.T. Island Girls' Generation Wonder Girls
16th 2006 Super Junior See Ya Brown Eyed Girls
15th 2004 TVXQ Lee Seung-gi SG Wannabe
14th 2003 Maya Se7en Big Mama
13th 2002 Rizi Rain Wheesung
12th 2001 Brown Eyes Sung Si-kyung Jadu Morning Bond To-ya
11th 2000 Park Hwayobi
10th 1999 Lee Jung-hyun Koyote Sharp Chae Jung-an
9th 1998 NRG Jo Sungmo Kim Hyun-jung Yoo Ri
8th 1997 Lee Ji-hoon Yangpa
7th 1996 Young Turks Club
6th 1995 Sung Jin-woo Yook Gak-soo
5th 1994 Go Bon-seung
4th 1993 Choi Yeon-je
3rd 1992 Lee Deok-jin Seo Taiji and Boys
2nd 1991 Shim Shin Shin Seung-hun
1st 1990 Kim Min-woo Shin Hae-chul

Performance Award

Edition Year Winners
25th 2016 Hyukoh
24th 2015 Im Chang-jung
23rd 2014 Lee Seung Chul
22nd 2013 Kim Jang-hoon
20th 2011 Bobby Kim
19th 2010 Psy
18th 2009 Kim Jang-hoon

Genre-specific awards

Trot Award

Edition Year Winners
26th 2017 Tae Jin-ah
25th 2016 Hong Jin-young
20th 2011 Jang Yun-jeong
19th 2010 Park Hyun-bin, Park Sang-chul
18th 2009 Park Hyun-bin
17th 2008

R&B/Ballad Award

Edition Year Winners
27th 2018 Suran
26th 2017 Baek A-yeon
25th 2016 BtoB
24th 2015 K.Will
23rd 2014
22nd 2013
21st 2012 4Men
20th 2011 2AM
19th 2010 Bobby Kim

Hip-Hop/Rap Award

Edition Year Winners
26th 2017 MOBB
25th 2016 San E
24th 2015 San E & Raina
23rd 2014 Dynamic Duo
22nd 2013 Double K
21st 2012 Clover
20th 2011 Supreme Team
19th 2010 Drunken Tiger
15th 2004 Bobby Kim
14th 2003 Cho Yong-pil
13th 2002 YG Family
12th 2001 Drunken Tiger

OST Award

Edition Year Winners
27th 2018 Ailee (TvN Goblin OST)
26th 2017 Gummy (KBS2 Descendants of the Sun OST)
25th 2016 Jang Jae In (MBC Kill Me, Heal Me OST)
24th 2015 Lyn (SBS My Love from the Star OST)
23rd 2014 The One (SBS That Winter, the Wind Blows OST)
22nd 2013 Lee Jong-hyun (SBS A Gentleman's Dignity OST)
21st 2012 Baek Ji-young (SBS Secret Garden OST)
16th 2006 Sweet Sorrow (SBS Alone in Love OST)
15th 2004 SBS Lovers in Paris OST
14th 2003 SBS Punch OST
13th 2002 Kang Seong
12th 2001 Kim Tae-jeong

Popularity Award

The nominees for the Popularity Award come from the pool of artists that were nominated for Bonsang and Newcomer awards.[11]

Edition Year Winners
27th 2018 Taemin
26th 2017 Shinee
25th 2016 Kim Junsu
24th 2015 Taemin
23rd 2014 Shinee, B1A4
22nd 2013 Lee Seung-gi, Shinee
21st 2012 Lee Seung-gi, Girls' Generation
20th 2011 Girls' Generation, Shinee
19th 2010 2PM, Super Junior
18th 2009 Big Bang, TVXQ
17th 2008 Super Junior
16th 2006 TVXQ, Super Junior
15th 2004 Shinhwa, TVXQ
12th 2001 Click-B
11th 2000 Baby V.O.X., SKY, Click-B

Hallyu Special Award

Edition Year Winners
27th 2018 Exo
26th 2017 Astro
25th 2016 Exo
24th 2015 Infinite
23rd 2014 Shinee
22nd 2013 Super Junior
21st 2012 Kara
20th 2011 Girls' Generation
19th 2010 Super Junior
18th 2009 SS501
17th 2008 Paran
16th 2006 Kangta
15th 2004 Park Yong-ha, Baby V.O.X.
14th 2003 S
13th 2002 Baby V.O.X.
12th 2001 Kim Hyun-jung

Other awards

Edition Year Award Winners
27th 2018 Band Award Iamnot
Tik Tok Male Dance Performance Award NCT 127
Tik Tok Female Dance Performance Award Mamamoo
Discovery of the Year Award Monsta X
Judges' Awards Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Producer Award Bang Si-hyuk
Fandom School Award Exo
26th 2017 Music Video Award BTS
Male Dance Performance Award BTS
Female Dance Performance Award Twice
Band Award Jang Ki-ha & The Faces
EPK Discovery Award WJSN & Han Dong-geun
Fandom School Award Exo
Global Collaboration Award Silentó & Punch
25th 2016 Male Dance Performance Award Monsta X
Female Dance Performance Award Ailee
24th 2015 iQiyi Popularity Award Exo
Dance Performance Award Hyuna
18th 2009 YTN Star Award Baek Ji-young
18th 2009 High1 Music Award Big Bang
17th 2008 Girls' Generation

Most wins

Rank Artist Count
1st Exo 16
2nd Super Junior 13
3rd Girls' Generation 12
4th Shinee 11
5th Big Bang 10
6th BTS 9
7th TVXQ 8
8th Sistar 7
9th Beast 6

See also


Seoul Music Awards listings
  • Complete list of winners (archive, up to 22nd edition in 2013) (in Korean)
  • 23rd edition list of winners as reported by Yahoo News
Other references
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  5. ^ sookyoung (13 February 2009). "[Highlights] 18th High1 Seoul Music Awards". KBites. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
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External links

  • Official website (in Korean)
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