Seoul Music Awards

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Seoul Music Awards
Awarded for Excellence in music
Sponsored by Kangwon Land Inc.
Country South Korea
Presented by Sports Seoul
First awarded 1990
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network KBS N (2013)

The Seoul Music Awards (Hangul서울가요대상; RRSeoul Gayo Daesang) (also known as High1 Seoul Music Awards due to sponsorship rights) 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 20 percent mobile votes, 10 percent Sports Seoul’s popularity poll, 40 percent digital downloads and album sales, and 30 percent judges' scores.[2]


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.

Past events[edit]

Edition Date of ceremony Venue Location Ref.
17th 31 January 2008 Kangwon Land High1 Hotel Conference Hall Gangwon [3]
18th 12 February 2009 Taebaek Gowon Auditorium Taebaek [4]
19th 3 February 2010 Olympic Fencing Gymnasium Seoul [5]
20th 20 January 2011 Kyung Hee University
21st 19 January 2012 Olympic Gymnastics Arena [6]
22nd 31 January 2013 SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium
23rd 23 January 2014 Jamsil Arena [7]
24th 22 January 2015 Olympic Gymnastics Arena [8]
25th 14 January 2016

Daesang Award (Grand Prize)[edit]

# Year Winners
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 BIGBANG
16th 2006 TVXQ
15th 2004 Shinhwa
14th 2003 Lee Hyori
13rd 2002 BoA
12nd 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)[edit]

Note: Order is listed as they were announced by the Seoul Music Committee.

Edition Year Winners
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
25th 2016 EXID Red Velvet Taeyeon VIXX Zion.T Yoon Mi-rae Bangtan Boys EXO Apink SISTAR BIGBANG SHINee
24th 2015 VIXX Girl's Day B1A4 AOA EXO Apink Bangtan Boys Infinite SISTAR BEAST Girls' Generation-TTS Super Junior
23rd 2014 B.A.P Apink B1A4 EXO VIXX Cho Yong-pil SISTAR 4Minute Infinite BEAST SHINee Girls' Generation
22nd 2013 Secret Epik High f(x) 2NE1 Huh Gak SHINee miss A PSY SISTAR BIGBANG Lee Seung-gi Super Junior
21st 2012 Super Junior FT Island Secret 4Minute BEAST KARA IU miss A SISTAR Girls' Generation Lee Seung-gi T-ara
20th 2011 2AM 4Minute BEAST FT Island Girls' Generation IU miss A Secret SHINee Son Dam-bi
19th 2010 Super Junior 2PM Brown Eyed Girls Davichi Girls' Generation KARA Kim Tae-woo SHINee Son Dam-bi Baek Ji-young
18th 2009 Baek Ji-young BIGBANG Brown Eyed Girls TVXQ Jang Yun-jeong Kim Jong-kook SG Wannabe Son Dam-bi SS501 Wonder Girls
17th 2008 Super Junior BIGBANG Epik High Eru Jang Yun-jeong MC the Max SG Wannabe SeeYa Baek Ji-young V.O.S
16th 2006 Baek Ji-young Son Hoyoung MC Mong Park Jung-ah Jang Yun-jeong SG Wannabe Shin Seung-hun 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 Fin.K.L g.o.d Kangta Kim Gun-mo Lee Jung-hyun Im Chang-jung Park Ji-yoon Shin Seung-hun Steve Seungjun Yoo Uhm Jung-hwa Tae Jin-ah Wax
11th 2000 g.o.d Fin.K.L Jo Sungmo Shin Seung-hun Uhm Jung-hwa Park Ji-yoon Steve Seungjun Yoo Lee Jung-hyun Im Chang-jung Tae Jin-ah
10th 1999 H.O.T Fin.K.L Jo Sungmo Baby V.O.X Song Dae-kwan Kim Gun-mo Sechs Kies Clon Im Chang-jung Uhm Jung-hwa Country Kko Kko
9th 1998 H.O.T S.E.S. Kim Kyung-ho Uhm Jung-hwa Song Dae-kwan Kim Gun-mo Sechs Kies Turbo Kim Jong-hwan
8th 1997 H.O.T UP DJ Doc Uhm Jung-hwa Im Chang-jung Kim Kyung-ho Park Jin-young Turbo Jinusean

Record of the Year (Album)[edit]

Edition Year Winner Title Song Album Note
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" Psy Five 5th album
19th 2010 Drunken Tiger "Feel gHood Muzik" Feel gHood Muzik : The 8th Wonder 8th album
18th 2009 BIGBANG "Sunset Glow" Remember 2nd album
17th 2008 Epik High "Fan" Remapping the Human Soul 4th album

Record of the Year in Digital Release[edit]

Edition Year Winner Title song
25th 2016 BIGBANG "Bang Bang Bang"
24th 2015 Soyou & Jung Gigo "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 BIGBANG "Lies"

New Artist Award[edit]

Edition Year Winners
25th 2016 SEVENTEEN GFriend iKON
24th 2015 GOT7 Eddy Kim Red Velvet
23rd 2014 Bangtan Boys 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 FT 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 S♯arp 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[edit]

Edition Year Winners
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[edit]

Trot Award[edit]

Edition Year Winners
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 Park Hyun-bin

R&B/Ballad Award[edit]

Edition Year Winners
25th 2016 San E BTOB
24th 2015 K.Will
23rd 2014 K.Will
22nd 2013 K.Will
21st 2012 4MEN
20th 2011 2AM
19th 2010 Bobby Kim

Hip-Hop/Rap Award[edit]

Edition Year Winners
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[edit]

Edition Year Winners
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

High1/Mobile Popularity Award[edit]

The nominees for the Popularity Award come from the pool of artists that were nominated for Bonsang and Newcomer awards.[9]

Edition Year Winners
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 BIGBANG, 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[edit]

Edition Year Winners
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[edit]

Edition Year Award Winners
25th 2016 Male Dance Performance Award Monsta X
25th 2016 Female Dance Performance Award Ailee
24th 2015 iQiyi Popularity Award EXO
24th 2015 Dance Performance Award Hyuna
18th 2009 YTN Star Award Baek Ji-young
18th 2009 High1 Music Award BIGBANG
17th 2008 High1 Music Award Girls' Generation

Most winners[edit]

Rank Artist Count
1st Girls' Generation 14
2nd Super Junior 12
3rd BIGBANG 10
4th TVXQ 8
5th SISTAR 7
6th Beast 6

See also[edit]


Seoul Music Awards listings
Other references
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  2. ^ Park, HyunMin (20 January 2012). "Super Junior Wins Another Grand Prize at the Seoul Music Awards". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  3. ^ krnloop (31 January 2008). "17th Seoul Music Awards". krnloop Korean pop music news source. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ sookyoung (13 February 2009). "[Highlights] 18th High1 Seoul Music Awards". KBites. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Kun-ouc, Park (4 February 2010). "Girls' Generation scores triple win at Seoul Music Awards". 10 Asia. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Kim, Violet "12 reasons to visit Korea in 2012" CNN Go. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03
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  8. ^ Lee, Min Ji (23 January 2015). "SM Sweeps ′Seoul Music Awards′ Taking Rookie and Daesang Awards". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
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