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YEAR-END KOREAN AWARD SEASON 101 Pt. 1

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

Pip pip! Buckle up everyone, as the Year-End Korean Award Season is right around the corner! Have you voted for the boys already? Or have you lost track of how many awards shows you should pay attention to? Worry not, we, ARMY Magazine, are here to give you an ultimate guide to winter award shows in Korea, which will—most likely—be attended by BTS, along with how to cast your votes.


2019 V Live Awards V Heartbeat

Date: November 16, 2019

Time: 7PM KST

Venue: Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul


V Heartbeat is the first ever award show held by Naver's V Live. V Heartbeat's line up not only consisted of Korean popular groups like GOT7, Mamamoo, Tomorrow by Together, ITZY, and Stray Kids, but also foreign artists such as Anne Marie (UK), Afgan (Indonesia), Noo Phước Thịnh (Vietnam) and indie artists Jannabi and Nell.

The winners of the categories are picked by V Live, but fans can support their favorite groups in getting Global Artist Top 12 and Global Rookie Top 5 categories by giving hearts, liking and commenting on the artist's platform and live streams. Fans can also cast one vote per day (3 times for V Heartbeat Fanship subscribers!) for The Most Loved Artist category. Although BTS didn't manage to present or perform at the award ceremony, they successfully brought 2 awards home: Global Artist Top 12 and The Most Loved Artist. Congratulations!


Melon Music Awards

Date: November 30, 2019

Time: 6PM KST

Venue: Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul


Melon Music Awards is a major award show in Korea and is organized by Kakao M. BTS joined the line up together with their label dongsaeng, Tomorrow X Together, N.Flying, Chungha, Heize, Mamamoo, Jannabi, AB6IX and many others. The award category has its own calculation to choose the winner, by combining digital sales, online voting by fans, and judge’s scores. Unfortunately, only Korean citizens are allowed to vote, but don’t worry! International fans can still support BTS by streaming the show on the Youtube Channel 1thek.


After last year’s epic performance from BTS (how can we forget the 3J dance break and that huge Barongsai during “IDOL”?), many people expected something just as crazy from this year’s stage. BTS sure knows how to satisfy the audience, with solo dance stages for each member and the energetic performance of “Dionysus”, leaving the audience in awe. They wrapped up the night by snatching all the Daesangs: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, becoming the first K-Pop group in history to do so, and not to mention, snagging 4 other awards as well: Top Artist of the Year, Netizen’s Favorite Artist, Kakao Hot Star and Best Male Dance.

BTS at MMA 2019 (source: @BTS_official Twitter)

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Date: December 4, 2019

Time: 6PM KST

Venue: Nagoya Dome, Japan


Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA, stands next to the MMA’s as being one of the biggest South Korean music awards ceremonies. MAMA is presented by CJ E&M and first aired in 1999. Originally, MAMA was called Mnet Music Video Festival, but was renamed the Mnet Asian Music Awards to spread Hallyu influence across Asia, and the show has been held outside of South Korea since then (except in 2018, MAMA was held in 3 countries: South Korea, Hongkong and Japan). This year’s MAMA was held in Japan with a refreshing list of performing artists: BTS, GOT7, Seventeen, Tomorrow by Together, ITZY, ATEEZ, Twice, Chung Ha, Mamamoo, J.Y. Park and many more.

Good news for us ARMY—who are widely known to take fan voting very seriously—each year we can vote for the boys both on official MAMA website and on Twitter for “Worldwide Fans’ Choice TOP 10” category. For voting on the website, log in with social media such as KakaoTalk, Line, Twitter, Facebook, Weibo, WeChat, Naver, Instagram and Google account with a maximum one vote per day.


With hard work, ARMY helped BTS achieve a new milestone when they became the first K-Pop group in history to sweep all the Daesangs for both the MMAs and the MAMAs. Way to go ARMY! The boys won Album of the Year (which featured Jimmy Fallon as the presenter!), Worldwide Icon of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year, along with Best Music Video, Best Male Group, Worldwide Fans’ Choice TOP 10, Qoo10 Favorite Male Artist and Best Male Dance Performance.

BTS at MAMA 2019 (source: @BTS_official Twitter)

2019 SBS Gayo Daejeon (SBS Awards Festival)

Date: December 25, 2019

Time: tba

Venue: Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul


BTS has been confirmed as the first line up for SBS Gayo Daejeon, along with ASTRO, AOA, Apink, Stray Kidz, Nu’est, Twice, GOT7, Red Velvet, Seventeen and many more. SBS Gayo Daejeon is a festival hosted by the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), one of the major South Korean TV and radio network companies. SBS Gayo Daejeon was originally part of the SBS Awards Festival to celebrate the accomplishments in TV programs. Although the music awards ceremony was discontinued after 2014, they were originally given from 1997 to 2006.

BTS at SBS Gayo Daejeon 2018 (source: @BTS_official Twitter)

2019 KBS Gayo Daechukje (KBS Song Festival)

Date: December 27, 2019

Time: 7.50 PM KST

Venue: KINTEX, Ilsan


KBS Song Festival, also known as KBS Gayo Daechukje, is a major music festival held by one of the major national public broadcasters, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). It first aired in 1965 as an awards show, but KBS decided to change it to a music-only festival and forwent presenting awards in 2006. The line up for the show is: BTS, Seventeen, GOT7, Monsta X, Nu’est, Twice, Red Velvet and ITZY. Last year, BTS’ Jin served as the host alongside EXO’s Chanyeol and Twice’s Dahyun. Could he reappear as one of the MCs this year too?


2019 MBC Gayo Daejejeon

Date: December 31, 2019

Time: 8.45 PM KST

Venue: MBC Dream Center, Ilsan


MBC Gayo Daejejeon is an annual music show hosted by the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). The event was originally a singing contest, first held in 1966 and called MBC Ten Singers Match. They changed the name to MBC Gayo Daejejeon in 2005 and discontinued the awards ceremony after it was boycotted by several artists. MBC hasn’t announced the line-up for the show yet, but we are hoping that BTS will also take part in the show and give us another powerful performance, as they did last year with Mic Drop!


The 34th Golden Disc Awards

Date: January 4-5, 2020

Time: tba

Venue: Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul


Golden Disc Awards is one of the most prestigious annual awards shows in South Korea that honors the outstanding achievement of the musical acts from the previous year. As one of the most distinguished music awards, the GDA will exclude online votes from fans for all categories except the Popularity Award. The first day is for the best digital releases, while the second day is dedicated to the best physical album releases of 2019.


9th Gaon Chart Music Awards 2019

Date: January 8, 2020

Time: tba

Venue: Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Seoul


Gaon Chart Music Awards just announced the first line up for the show! As we all remember, Gaon Chart is one of the major national music record charts produced by Korea Music Content Industry Association. The winner of the award is decided based on their positions on the Gaon Chart coupled with their album and song sales data for a whole year.


So, ARMY, hype yourself up and get ready for an intense voting and streaming season! We are just getting started!


Written by: Avi

Edited by: LJ

Design By: Leslie


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