Circle Chart Music Awards

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Circle Chart Music Awards
Current: 12th Circle Chart Music Awards
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Official logo
Awarded forCommercial performance of songs and albums
CountrySouth Korea
Presented byKorea Music Content Association
First awardedFebruary 22, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-02-22)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Circle Chart Music Awards (Korean써클차트 뮤직 어워드), formerly known as the Gaon Chart Music Awards, are a major music awards ceremony that is presented annually in South Korea by the Korea Music Content Association primarily based on the commercial performance of the songs and albums based on the national music record chart Circle Chart.

Since 2017, the awarding ceremony has been broadcast live worldwide via Mnet and V Live. In addition to the Gaon Chart being rebranded to the Circle Chart on July 7, 2022, it was announced the Gaon Chart Music Awards would be renamed to the Circle Chart Music Awards.[1]

Host venues[edit]

Edition Year Date Host City Venue Host Ref.
1st 2011 February 22, 2012 Seoul, South Korea Blue Square Samsung Card Hall Taeyeon and Joo Young-hoon
2nd 2012 February 13, 2013 Olympic Hall Gain and Joo Young-hoon
3rd 2013 February 12, 2014 Olympic Gymnastics Arena Yuri and Oh Sang-jin
4th 2014 January 28, 2015 Leeteuk and Hyeri
5th 2015 February 17, 2016 Olympic Hall Leeteuk and Yura
6th 2016 February 22, 2017 Jamsil Arena Leeteuk and Solar
7th 2017 February 14, 2018 Leeteuk and Dahyun
8th 2018 January 23, 2019 Kim Jong-kook and Nancy
9th 2019 January 8, 2020 Leeteuk and Lia
10th 2020 January 13, 2021 CJ E&M Center Leeteuk, Lia, Jaejae and Joo Young-hoon
11th 2021 January 27, 2022 Jamsil Arena Jaejae, Doyoung and Sieun
12th 2022 February 18, 2023 KSPO Dome Doyoung and Miyeon [2]


Artist of the Year – Physical[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
1st 2011 TVXQ Beast Super Junior Girls' Generation
2nd 2012 BigBang Girls' Generation-TTS Super Junior TVXQ
3rd 2013 Girls' Generation Cho Yong-pil Exo
4th 2014 TVXQ Exo Super Junior
5th 2015 Exo Super Junior Exo
6th 2016 Got7 Exo BTS
7th 2017 BTS Seventeen BTS Wanna One
8th 2018 Wanna One BTS Exo
9th 2019 Seventeen BTS Seventeen Exo
10th 2020 BTS Baekhyun Seventeen BTS
11th 2021 Iz*One NCT Dream BTS NCT 127
12th 2022 NCT Seventeen BTS Stray Kids [2]

Artist of the Year – Digital Music[edit]

Current format

List of winners (2019–present)
Edition Year Winners Ref.
December January February March April May June July August September October November
9th 2019 Ben MC the Max Hwasa Taeyeon Bolbbalgan4 Davichi Jang Hye-jin & Yoon Min-soo Ben Sunmi AKMU MC Mong IU
10th 2020 Red Velvet Zico BTS MC the Max Oh My Girl IU Blackpink Zico BTS Chungha & Christopher Blackpink BTS
11th 2021 Taeyeon IU Shinee IU Kang Daniel BTS Brave Girls BTS Red Velvet Coldplay & BTS IU Twice
12th 2022 Ive Kep1er Taeyeon (G)I-dle Ive Le Sserafim BTS Aespa Blackpink Le Sserafim Itzy [2]

Previous format

List of winners (2011–2018)
Edition Year Winners Ref.
January February March April May June July August September October November December
1st 2011 IU K.Will BigBang 2NE1 Secret T-ara Leessang Davichi Lee Seung-gi Wonder Girls IU Secret
2nd 2012 T-ara BigBang Busker Busker Girls' Generation-TTS Wonder Girls 2NE1 Psy Jung Eun-ji & Seo In-guk Gain Lee Hi Lee Seung-gi
3rd 2013 Girls' Generation Sistar19 Davichi Psy 4Minute Sistar Dynamic Duo San E Soyou & Mad Clown IU Miss A Seo In-guk & Zia
4th 2014 Girl's Day Soyou & Junggigo 2NE1 AKMU G.o.d Taeyang San E & Raina Park Bo-ram Sistar Kim Dong-ryool MC Mong Apink
5th 2015 Mad Clown Naul MC Mong Miss A BigBang iKon Taeyeon Zico Psy
6th 2016 GFriend Mamamoo Jang Beom-june Twice Urban Zakapa Sistar Wonder Girls Blackpink Im Chang-jung Twice Blackpink BigBang
7th 2017 AKMU Twice IU Psy G-Dragon Exo Sunmi Sechs Kies Epik High Wanna One Twice
8th 2018 iKon Roy Kim BigBang Twice Bolbbalgan4 Blackpink Twice Red Velvet Im Chang-jung IU Jennie N/A

New Artist of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
Male Group Female Group Male Solo Female Solo
1st 2011 B1A4 Apink Huh Gak Kim Bo kyung
2nd 2012 B.A.P Hello Venus John Park Ailee
3rd 2013 BTS Ladies' Code Jung Joon-young Lim Kim
4th 2014 Winner Mamamoo
5th 2015 iKon GFriend
6th 2016 NCT 127 Blackpink
7th 2017 Wanna One Woo Won-jae
8th 2018 Stray Kids (G)I-dle & Iz*One Haon
9th 2019 TXT Itzy
10th 2020 Enhypen Aespa
11th 2021 Lee Mu-jin & Lee Chan-won
12th 2022 NewJeans & Ive [2]

Discovery of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winners (Category) Ref.
Hip-Hop Indie R&B Ballad Trot Group
1st 2011 The Koxx Noel Girl's Day
2nd 2012 Double K 3rd Line Butterfly
3rd 2013 Rose Motel
4th 2014 Epik High
5th 2015 Song Min-ho Hyukoh Zion.T Lee Ae Ran
6th 2016 BewhY Bolbbalgan4 Dean Han Dong-geun
7th 2017 Changmo MeloMance Heize Hwang Chi-yeul
8th 2018 Punch Ben
9th 2019 Kassy N.Flying
10th 2020 Young Tak
11th 2021 Homies STAYC
12th 2022 Be'O [2]

Music Steady Seller of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Song Ref.
3rd 2013 Girl's Day "Expectation"
4th 2014 Soyou & Junggigo "Some"
5th 2015 Naul "You in The Same Time"
6th 2016 MC the Max "No Matter Where"
7th 2017 IU "Through the Night"
8th 2018 iKon "Love Scenario"
9th 2019 Paul Kim "Me After You"
10th 2020 IU "Blueming"
11th 2021 BTS "Dynamite"

Retail Album of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Album Ref.
9th 2019 BTS Map of the Soul: Persona
10th 2020 Map of the Soul: 7
11th 2021 Butter
12th 2022 Proof [2]

Top Kit Seller of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Album Ref.
9th 2019 Exo Obsession
10th 2020 NCT NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1
11th 2021 NCT Dream Hot Sauce
12th 2022 NCT Universe [2]

Popular Singer of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Song Ref.
3rd 2013 Roy Kim & Jung Joon-young "Becoming Dust"
4th 2014 Im Chang-jung "A Glass of Soju"
5th 2015 So Chan Whee "Tears"
6th 2016 MC the Max "No Matter Where"
7th 2017 Yoon Jong-shin "Like It"
8th 2018 Jang Deok Cheol "Good Old Days"
9th 2019 Lim Jae Hyun "If There Was Practice in Love"
10th 2020 Hwang in-wook "Phocha"
11th 2021 Standing Egg "Old Song"

International Song of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Song Ref.
1st 2011 Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera "Moves like Jagger" [3]
2nd 2012 Maroon 5 "Payphone"
3rd 2013 DJ Gollum "The Bad Touch"
4th 2014 Maroon 5 "Maps"
5th 2015 Adele "Hello"
6th 2016 Maroon 5 "Don't Wanna Know"
7th 2017 Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"
8th 2018 Camila Cabello "Havana"
9th 2019 Anne-Marie "2002"
11th 2021 Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon "Peaches"
12th 2022 The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber "Stay" [2]

Composer/Lyricist of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
Composer Lyricist
1st 2011 Yoon Il-sang Kim Eana
2nd 2012 Teddy Kim Eana
3rd 2013 Duble Sidekick Kim Eana
4th 2014 Min Yeon-jae Kim Do-hoon
5th 2015 Black Eyed Pilseung Kim Eana
6th 2016 Black Eyed Pilseung Jo Yoon-kyung
7th 2017 Pdogg IU
8th 2018 Teddy Seo Ji-eum
9th 2019 Black Eyed Pilseung Min Yeon-jae
10th 2020 Pop Time IU
11th 2021 Ryan S. Jhun IU
12th 2022 Ryan S. Jhun Seo Ji-eum [2]

Performers of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
Chorus Musical Instrument
1st 2011 Kim Hyun-a Kang Soo-ho
2nd 2012 Kim Hyo-soo Shin Hyun-kwon
3rd 2013 Gil Eun-kyung Tommy Kim
4th 2014 Kang Tae-woo Jang-hyeok
5th 2015 Lee Tae-yoon Kang Sung-ho
6th 2016 Kim Ryeong Lee Seong-yeol & Choi Tae-wan
7th 2017 Kang Tae-woo Lee Seung-yeob
8th 2018 Jun Jae Hee Kim Mi-jung & Shin Sang-won
9th 2019 Joo Chan Yang Choi Hun
10th 2020 KREEZE Jung Jae-pil (Young)
11th 2021 Kim Yeon Seo Jung Jae-pil (Young)
12th 2022 Bae Soo-jung Choi In-sung [2]

Style of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
Choreographer Stylist
1st 2011 Prepix Seo Soo-kyung
2nd 2012 Lee Ju-sun Song Jeong-ok
3rd 2013 Yama & Hot Chicks Jung Bo-yoon
4th 2014 Choreography Team DQ Park Seo-hyun, Choi Ji-hyang
5th 2015 Yama & Hot Chicks Ji Eunie
6th 2016 Son Sung Deuk Choi Hee Sun
7th 2017 Lia Kim Kim Ye-jin, Choi Kyung-won
8th 2018 Son Sung Deuk Ji Eunie
9th 2019 Choi Ri An Choi Hee Sun
10th 2020 Son Sung Deuk Kim Bal-ko & Park Min-hee
11th 2021 Son Sung Deuk Kim Wook
12th 2022 Kim Eun-ju & Kim Young-hoo Park Min-hee [2]

Record Production of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Record Ref.
7th 2017 Fave Entertainment IU – "Through the Night"
8th 2018 iKon iKon – "Love Scenario"
9th 2019 MNH Entertainment Chungha – "Gotta Go"
10th 2020 Ambition Musik Changmo – "Meteor"
11th 2021 EDAM Entertainment IU – "Lilac"
12th 2022 Cube Entertainment, (G)I-dle (G)I-dle – I Never Die [2]

Social Hot Star of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
9th 2019 BTS
10th 2020 Blackpink
11th 2021 BTS
12th 2022 BTS [2]

Hot Performance of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
3rd 2013 Apink
4th 2014 AOA
5th 2015 Red Velvet
6th 2016 Seventeen
7th 2017 NU'EST W
8th 2018 Seventeen
9th 2019 NCT Dream
10th 2020 Iz*One
Stray Kids
11th 2021 Oh My Girl
The Boyz
12th 2022 Enhypen [2]

World K-pop Star[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
3rd 2013 2NE1
4th 2014 Kara
5th 2015 BTS
6th 2016 Shinee
7th 2017 Got7
8th 2018 Seventeen
9th 2019 Monsta X
10th 2020 NCT
11th 2021 Stray Kids
12th 2022 Tomorrow X Together [2]

World K-Pop Rookie[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
3rd 2013 B.A.P
4th 2014 BTS
5th 2015 Seventeen AOA
7th 2017 Blackpink
8th 2018 The Boyz Momoland
9th 2019 Stray Kids (G)I-dle
10th 2020 Ateez Itzy
11th 2021 Enhypen Aespa
12th 2022 STAYC [2]

International Rising Star of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
6th 2016 Charlie Puth
7th 2017 Shawn Mendes
9th 2019 Billie Eilish
10th 2020 Tones and I
11th 2021 Kid Laroi
12th 2022 Gayle [2]

Mubeat Choice Award[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
Male Female
10th 2020 Lim Young-woong Blackpink
11th 2021 BTS Lisa
12th 2022 Lim Young-woong Blackpink [2]

Discontinued awards[edit]

K-pop Contribution Award / Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
1st 2011 Lee Soo-man
2nd 2012 Hong Seung-sung
3rd 2013 Cho Yong-pil
4th 2014 Shin Hae-chul
6th 2016 Sechs Kies
7th 2017 Yoon Jong-shin
8th 2018 BTS
10th 2020 Lee Soo-man

Mobile Vote Popularity Award[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
3rd 2013 Exo
4th 2014 Exo
5th 2015 Exo
6th 2016 Sehun
7th 2017 Taeyeon
Wanna One

Special Awards[edit]

Edition Year Awards Winner Ref.
1st 2011 Oricon Special Award Girls' Generation
2nd 2012 Hallyu Special Award CNBLUE
4th 2014 Weibo Kpop Star Award Super Junior
5th 2015 Weibo Kpop Star Award Sehun
Most Influential Group of Asia Big Bang
6th 2016 V Live Global Popularity Award BTS

Hot Trend Award[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
2nd 2012 Apink
3rd 2013 Crayon Pop
4th 2014 Block B EXID
5th 2015 B.A.P Baek A Yeon

Producer of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winner Ref.
1st 2011 Kim Kwang-soo (Core Contents Media)
2nd 2012 Yang Hyun-suk (YG Entertainment)
3rd 2013 Yang Hyun-suk (YG Entertainment)
4th 2014 Kim Shi-dae (Starship Entertainment)
5th 2015 Yang Hyun-suk (YG Entertainment)
6th 2016 Bang Si-hyuk (Big Hit Entertainment)

New Media Platform[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
1st 2011 YouTube
3rd 2013 Bugs!
4th 2014 Kakao Music

Music Distribution[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
Online Offline
2nd 2012 LOEN Entertainment KMP Holdings
3rd 2013 CJ E&M Music
4th 2014 Universal Music

Sound Engineer of the Year[edit]

Edition Year Winners Ref.
1st 2011 Ko Seung-wook
2nd 2012 Jeon Hoon
3rd 2013 Jo Joon-sung

Most awards[edit]

The following artists (arranged in alphanumeric order) has received three or more awards.

Artist of the Year – Physical[edit]

Awards Artist
10 BTS
5 Seventeen
Super Junior

Artist of the Year – Digital[edit]

Awards Artist
11 IU
9 BigBang
7 Blackpink

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Tae-soo (July 7, 2022). 가온차트, 써클차트로 개편…국내·해외 판매량 구분해 공개 [Gaon chart reorganized into Circle Chart...Domestic and overseas sales disclosed separately] (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. Archived from the original on July 7, 2022. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Park, Dong-sun (February 18, 2023). "'작지만 꽉 찬 K팝스탠다드' 2022 써클차트 어워즈...'BTS·임영웅 다관왕→도영 소신발언'" ['Small but full K-pop standard' 2022 Circle Chart Awards... 'BTS, Lim Young-woong's multi-crown → Do-young's conviction'] (in Korean). ET News. Archived from the original on February 19, 2023. Retrieved February 19, 2023 – via Naver.
  3. ^ "가온차트 뮤직 어워드 − Gaon Chart Music Awards − History". Gaon (Korea Music Content Industry Association). Archived from the original (Select "2011" to uncover the awards presented that year) on November 1, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2020.

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