In January 2015
|Born||January 13, 1987|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
2004–2015 (Military service)2017–
|Revised Romanization||I Seunggi|
Lee Seung-gi (Hangul: 이승기; Hanja: 李昇基; born January 13, 1987) is a South Korean singer, actor, host and entertainer. Known as the "Ballad Prince", Lee has had numerous hit songs such as "Because You're My Woman", "Will You Marry Me", and "Return". He has garnered further recognition as an actor with leading roles in popular dramas such as Brilliant Legacy (2009), My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), and Gu Family Book (2013). He was a member of the first season of weekend variety show 1 Night 2 Days from November 2007 to February 2012, and the host of talk show Strong Heart from October 2009 to April 2012.
Lee's success as a singer, actor and host earned him the title "Triple Threat" entertainer. He was first included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2010 placing 7th, subsequently ranking 4th in 2011 and 6th in 2012 and 2015.
- 1 Education
- 2 Career
- 3 In the media
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Discography
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Lee graduated from Dongguk University obtaining his degree in International Trade and Commerce on February 20, 2009 and received a Special Achievement Award during graduation. He then continued his studies obtaining two master's degrees, Trade Theory as well as Finance and Cultural Contents at Dongguk Graduate Shool.
2004–present: As singer
Scouted by singer Lee Sun-hee, Lee trained for 2 years before debuting on June 5, 2004 at the age of 17. "Because You're My Girl", his debut song from his first album The Dream of a Moth, became a popular ballad which created a "liking older women" syndrome in South Korea. With this song, he won the "Best Newcomer" award in various music awards ceremonies in 2004 such as the M.net KM Music Festival and Seoul Music Awards. In 2007, he also won the "Best Male Solo Artist" award at the M.net KM Music Festival with his song "White Lie" from his third album Story of Separation.
Lee released a digital single "Will You Marry Me" in 2009, which became a hit in South Korea. With this single, he received the "Digital Single Bonsang" award in the 24th Golden Disk Awards. In 2010, he recorded a duet version of his 2007 song "Smile Boy" with South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna, which became the official 2010 FIFA World Cup commercial song in South Korea. He also received the "Digital Single Bonsang" award for the second consecutive time at the 25th Golden Disk Awards with his song "Love Taught Me To Drink".
On March 6, 2012, Lee officially debuted in Japan by releasing his first Japanese album Time for Love (also translated as Alone in Love, Generation of Love, and Era of Love) and a single of the same title which was ranked number one on Oricon Daily Chart. He held a concert at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, on June 1, 2012, three months after his debut.
On November 22, 2012, Lee released a mini-album (#5.5), Forest. The title song "Return" (also translated as "Looking Back") became number one on music charts such as Instiz, Gaon Chart, and Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 for weeks. It was number one for the month of December on Gaon Chart. It also set a record for being number one for six consecutive weeks on Billboard's Korea K-Pop Hot 100.
On June 10, 2015, Lee made his music comeback with his sixth album And... after a hiatus of two years and seven months. The album's title track "And Goodbye" reached number one on the real-time music charts.
On January 21, 2016 according to his agency Hook Entertainment Lee will be enlisting on February 1. As a gift to fans, Lee also released a new track on January 21 at noon, "I Am Going to the Military". The single hit number one on all 8 major charts as soon as it was released.
2006–present: As actor
He was then cast as the male lead in SBS's weekend drama Brilliant Legacy in 2009, co-starring Han Hyo-joo and Moon Chae-won. The drama maintained its top spot in viewer ratings for ten consecutive weeks and ended on July 26, 2009 with its final episode attaining a viewer rating of 47.1%. The huge success boosted Lee's popularity as an actor both locally and internationally. With this drama, he received the "Excellence in Acting" award, the "Top 10 Stars" award and the "Best Couple" award with Han Hyo-joo at the 2009 SBS Drama Awards.
He then starred in SBS's fantasy drama My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox in 2010, which earned him his second "Excellence in Acting" award at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards as well as "Top 10 Stars" award and the "Best Couple" award with his co-star Shin Min-a.
In 2014, Lee with starred in SBS's police drama You're All Surrounded. The same year, his agency confirmed that Lee will be making his film debut with Love Forecast (also known as Today's Love).
On July 20, 2015, Lee was cast historical film Marital Harmony with Shim Eun-kyung, which began filming on September 9. The movie is the second installment in a planned trilogy by Jupiter Films after the box-office hit The Face Reader in 2013.
2007–present: As host and entertainer
Lee was a permanent member of the first season of 1 Night 2 Days, a segment of KBS's weekend variety show Happy Sunday, from November 2007 to February 2012. In 2008, he received the "Best Popularity" award in the KBS Entertainment Awards due to his popularity with audience in 1 Night 2 Days. He also earned the "Top Excellence Host" award in the 2010 KBS Entertainment Awards and the "Daesang" award with the other cast members of the first season at the 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards.
Lee took on a hosting role in SBS's Tuesday night talk show Strong Heart in October 2009, with Kang Ho-dong. It was recognized as the "Best Program" at the 2009 SBS Entertainment Awards and Lee was awarded the "Netizens' Popularity" award. Lee was again recognized for his role in the talk show and received the "Top Excellence Host" award for two consecutive years at the 2010 and 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards. In March 2012, Lee announced his departure from Strong Heart in order to focus on his singing career. He recorded his last episode on March 15, which was broadcast on April 3.
In the media
Lee is known for his clean and positive image and as one of the most likable commercial models and celebrity endorsers in South Korea. He endorses a wide variety of products and services and consistently ranks high in the monthly endorser survey of the Korea Advertisers Association.
On June 23, 2012, Lee was one of the torchbearers in the 2012 London Summer Olympics Torch Relay chosen by Samsung. He carried the torch from Rochdale Stratford Avenue to Manchester Road. On October 30, 2012, the National Election Commission of South Korea appointed Lee as the Honorary Online Ambassador of the nation's campaign for a fair and clean presidential election.
In January 2014 it was revealed that Lee had been dating Yoona from the girl group Girls' Generation since September 2013. On August 13, 2015, their two agencies confirmed that they ended their relationship due to their busy schedules but remain friends.
On February 1, 2016, Lee began his 21 months of mandatory military service as active duty soldier, entering Nonsan Army Recruit Training Center in Chungcheongnam-do. After training there for five weeks he was dispatched to his assigned role following the completion ceremony. He is set to be discharged on October 31, 2017.
|Album #||Album Information||Track listing|
The Dream of a Moth
|2||Crazy For You|
Story of Separation
|3.5||아직 못 다한 이야기
|Album #||Album Information||Track listing|
|1||남자가 여자를 사랑할 때
When A Man Loves A Woman
|2||남자가 여자를 사랑할 때 Vol.2
When A Man Loves A Woman Vol.2
|Album #||Album Information||Track listing|
Time for Love
- Love – The 1st Concert / Released on April 6, 2007
- Hope Concert in Seoul 2010 (Japan Version) / Released on October 28, 2011
- Hope Concert in Seoul 2010 (Korean Version) / Released on December 15, 2011
- Hope Concert in Seoul 2011 (Korean Version)
- Japan First Concert in JAPAN 2012
- Hope Concert in Seoul 2012 (Korean Version)
- Japan Second Concert in JAPAN 2013
- Hope Concert in Seoul 2013 (Korean Version)
- Lee Seung-gi – The Best / Released on April 18, 2012
|July 21, 2004||Confession (고해) (Remake song)|
|May 19, 2008||Let's Go on a Vacation (여행을 떠나요) (Remake song)|
|June 18, 2009||Will You Marry Me (결혼해 줄래) (feat. Bizniz)|
|December 22, 2009||Like The Beginning, Just Like Then (처음처럼 그때처럼) (feat. Kang Min-kyung from Davichi)|
|June 1, 2010||Smile Boy (Rock ver.) (with Kim Yuna)|
|June 18, 2010||Smile Boy (Rock ver.) (with Kim Yuna)|
|August 4, 2010||Losing My Mind (정신이 나갔었나봐)|
|September 16, 2010||From Now on I Love You (지금부터 사랑해)|
|October 14, 2011||Time for Love (연애시대) (feat. Ra.D, narr. Han Hyo-joo)|
|May 26, 2013||Last Word (마지막 그 한마디)|
|January 21, 2016||I'm Going to the Military (나 군대 간다)|
|March 3, 2016||Meet Someone Like Me (그런 사람)|
|2004||Because You're My Girl (내 여자라니까)||Kim Sa-rang|
|2006||Words That Are Hard To Say (하기 힘든 말)||Nam Sang-mi|
|2006||Shape of Your Lips (입모양)|
|2006||Please (제발), Desire And Hope (원하고 원망하죠), Addio (아디오), Tears (눈물)||Park Min-ji|
|2007||White Lie (착한 거짓말), Why... Are You Leaving (왜...가니)||Wang Ji-hye|
|2008||I'll Give You All (다 줄꺼야)|
|2008||Let's Go on a Vacation (여행을 떠나요)||1 Night 2 Days|
|2009||Let's Break Up (우리 헤어지자)||Lee Se-na|
|2010||Smile Boy (Rock ver.)||Kim Yuna|
|2010||Losing My Mind (정신이 나갔었나봐)||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox|
|2010||From Now on I Love You (지금부터 사랑해)||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox|
|2011||Aren't We Friends (친구잖아)|
|2012||Time for Love (恋愛時代)||Park Shin-hye|
|2012||Aren't We Friends (チングジャナ -友達だから-)||Park Shin-hye, Joo Sang-wook|
|2012||Return (되돌리다)||Park Gun-tae, Kim Yoo-jung|
|2012||An Invitation For Me (나에게 초대)|
|2013||Last Word (마지막 그 한마디)||Gu Family Book|
|2015||And Goodbye (그리고 안녕)|
|2016||Meet Someone Like Me (그런 사람)|
|2004||Because You're My Girl||
|2006||Words That Are Hard To Say|
|2008||I'll Give You All|
|2009||Let's Break Up|
|2011||Aren't We Friends||
|2015||Love Forecast||Kang Joon-soo|
|2017||Marital Harmony||Seo Do-Yoon|
|2004–2005||MBC||Nonstop 5||Lee Seung-gi|
|2006||KBS||The Infamous Chil Sisters||Hwang Tae-ja|
|2009||SBS||Brilliant Legacy||Sun Woo-hwan|
|2010||SBS||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox||Cha Dae-woong|
|2011||MBC||The Greatest Love||Lee Seung-gi (Himself)||Cameo – Episode 9|
|2012||MBC||The King 2 Hearts||Lee Jae-ha|
|2013||MBC||Gu Family Book||Choi Kang-chi|
|2014||SBS||You're All Surrounded||Eun Dae-gu/Kim Ji-yong|
|2015||KBS2||The Producers||Lee Seung-gi (Himself)||Cameo – Episode 6|
|2004||SBS||Good Sunday – X-Man||Fixed Guest|
|2006||KBS||Happy Sunday – Heroine 6||Fixed Guest|
|2006||SBS||Love Letter||Guest (Season 2 and 3)|
|2007–2012||KBS||Happy Sunday – 1 Night 2 Days||MC with Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Eun Ji-won, Kim C, MC Mong, Kim Jong-min, Uhm Tae-woong|
|2009–2012||SBS||Strong Heart||MC with Kang Ho-dong (2009–2011), Solo MC (2011–2012)|
|2009–2010||KBS||Happy Together||Guest ep 117 and 136|
|2011||KBS||Gag Concert||Guest at "Emergency Measures Committee" segment (Christmas Special)|
|2012||SBS||Good Sunday – Running Man||Guest with Park Shin-hye (episodes 120 & 121)|
|2012||KBS||Gag Concert||Guest at "Discovery of Life" segment with Shin Bo Ra (November 21)|
|2013||tvN||Sisters Over Flowers||Cast member|
|2013||SBS||Good Sunday – Running Man||Guest with Bora and Han Hye-jin (episodes 174)|
|2013||MBC||Insects, Great Instinct||Narration|
|2014||SBS||Healing Camp||Guest with Lee Sun-hee and Baek Ji-young (episode 134 & 135)|
|2015||SBS||Good Sunday – Running Man||Guest with Moon Chae-won and Lee Seo-jin (episode 228 & 229)|
|2014||tvN||Three Meals a Day||Guest (episode 9 & 10)|
|2015||KBS||I Am Korea||Guest Student Teacher (episode 8), MC (anniversary concert)|
|2015||tvN||New Journey to the West||As Xuanzang with Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Eun Ji-won|
Awards and nominations
|2004||M.net KM Music Festival||Best New Male Artist||Because You're My Girl||Won|
|15th Seoul Music Awards||Best Newcomer||Won|
|SBS Music Awards||Won|
|MBC Best 10 Singers Music Festival||Won|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Special Singer Award||Won|
|2006||M.net KM Music Festival||Best Ballad Performance||Song – Words That Are Hard To Say||Won|
|SBS Music Awards||Bonsang Award||Won|
|Korea Best Dresser Awards||Singer Award||Won|
|2007||M.net KM Music Festival||Best Male Artist||Song – White Lie||Won|
|2008||Korea Entertainment Arts Awards||Best Male Singer (Ballad)||Won|
|2009||Korea Advertiser Awards||Model of the Year||Won|
|Golden Disk Awards||Digital Single Bonsang Award||Song – Will You Marry Me||Won|
|2010||Korea Advertiser Awards||Model of the Year||Won|
|Golden Disk Awards||Digital Single Bonsang Award||Song – Love Taught Me To Drink||Won|
|Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism||Hallyu Merit Award||Won|
|2011||Savings' Day||President Citation||Won|
|8th Asia Song Festival||Korea's Representative Best Singer of Asia Award||Won|
|2012||21st Seoul Music Awards||Popularity Award||Song – Aren't We Friends||Won|
|1st Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards||Singer of the Year Award (#1 in October 2011)||Song – Time for Love||Won|
|2013||22nd Seoul Music Awards||Popularity Award||Song – Return||Won|
|2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards||Singer of the Year Award (#1 in December 2012)||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Vocal Performance – Male||Won|
|5th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award||Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Commendation||Won|
Film and television
|2008||KBS Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award||1 Night 2 Days||Won|
|2009||M.net 20's Choice Awards||Hot Male Drama Star||Brilliant Legacy||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence in Acting (Special Planning Drama)||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Top 10 Stars Award||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV category)||Won|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|Seoul International Drama Awards||Netizens' Popularity Award (Korea)||Won|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence MC Award (Show/Entertainment Division)||Variety show – 1 Night 2 Days||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Netizens' Popularity Award||Strong Heart||Won|
|Top Excellence MC Award||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Couple with Shin Min-a||My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox||Won|
|Top 10 Stars Award||Won|
|Excellence in Acting (Drama Special)||Won|
|MelOn Music Awards||Top 10 Artists Award||Song – Losing My Mind||Won|
|Special OST My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Award||Won|
|2011||KBS Entertainment Awards||Grand Award (with 1 Night 2 Days team)||1 Night 2 Days||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Netizens' Popularity Award||Strong Heart||Won|
|Top Excellence MC Award (Talk Show Division)||Won|
|2012||6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Actor||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Ha Ji-won)||Nominated|
|2013||7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star – Male||Gu Family Book||Nominated|
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, actor||Nominated|
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Suzy)||Won|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards||Outstanding Leading Actor||Won|
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, actor||You're All Surrounded||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Go Ara)||Nominated|
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- "‘멜론 뮤직어워드’ 톱10 수상한 이승기, 행복한 미소~" (in Korean) Nate News. December 15, 2010
- "‘여친구’ 이승기, 멜론뮤직어워드 OST상 2관왕 '연말에 결실'" (in Korean) Nate News. December 15, 2010
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