A Complete Guide to 2017/2018 Winter K-pop Awards in Korea

Here we bring you the list of 2017 year-end & 2018 upcoming K-pop music awards and events in Korea!

The awards season is approaching so get ready, K-pop and K-drama fans!

Filled with the annual award ceremonies and other mega K-pop awards events, such as Seoul Music Awards, Korea’s awards season is something you definitely can’t miss as a fan of K-pop or K-drama.

For those who wish to attend, see below for the dates and schedule of the upcoming events!

[NOTICE] Some of the dates of these events are tentative and are subject to change without notice.

1. 2017 SBS Gayo Daejeon (SAF Music Awards) 

The SBS Awards Festival (SAF) celebrates all the accomplishments in the TV programs hosted by the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) throughout the year. As a part of the SBS Awards Festival, SBS Gayo Daejeon features the best artists of the year in the K-pop industry.

• Date: December 25, 2017 (Mon)
• Time: 6:00 pm KST
• Location: Gocheok Sky Dome near Guil Station (Subway Line 1)
• Hosts: IU & You Hee-yeol
• Line-up: EXO, BTS, TWICE, Wanna One, Red Velvet, GFriend, Heize, BLACKPINK, Sunmi, Bolbbalgan4,  WINNER, and BTOB.

Trazy’s ticket sale for SBS Gayo Daejeon has ended. You can apply for the tickets via SBS mobile application from Dec 11 to Dec 17. The tickets will be randomly assigned to the applicants on Dec 18 through the push notification through the app.

SBS Entertainment Awards will take place on Dec. 30 and the SBS Drama Awards on Dec. 31.

2. 2017 KBS Gayo Daechukje (KBS Song Festival)

2016 KBS Gayo Daechukje

The KBS Song Festival, also known as “Gayo Daechukje,” is another major year-end K-pop event held every last Friday of December by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). The hottest K-pop stars will receive awards for their outstanding success over the past year. Plus, there will be lots of memorable performances by the K-pop icons.

• Date: December 29, 2017 (Fri)
• Time: TBD
• Location: Yeouido KBS Hall near National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9)
• Line-up: TBD

The tickets for 2016 KBS Gayo Daechukje were applied via the KBS official website which hasn’t been updated for 2017 KBS Gayo Daechukje. Please check the KBS website regularly for any updates.

KBS Drama Awards will take place on Dec. 31. KBS Entertainment Awards is cancelled this year.

3. 2017 MBC Gayo Daejejeon

2014 MBC Gayo Daejejeon

MBC Gayo Daejejeon is one of the best annual year-end music shows that always features a star-studded line-up!

• Date: December 31, 2017 (Sun)
• Time: TBD
• Location: MBC Dream Center in Ilsan near Jeongbalsan Station (Subway Line 3)
• Line-up: EXO, BTS, Wanna One, and more to be added.

The tickets for 2016 MBC Gayo Daejejeon were applied via the MBC official website which hasn’t been updated for 2017 MBC Gayo Daejejeon. Please check the MBC website regularly for any updates.

MBC Entertainment Awards will take place on Dec. 29 and the MBC Drama Awards on Dec. 30.

4. The 27th Seoul Music Awards 2018

Also known as the High1 Seoul Music Awards, the Seoul Music Awards presents awards to artists who had outstanding achievements in the music industry. Winners are selected among the singers who released albums from January to December of the previous year.

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High 1 Seoul Music Awards Ground Zone Ticket

• Date: January 25, 2018 (Thurs)
• Time: 7:00 pm KST
• Location: Gocheok Sky Dome near Guil Station (Subway Line 1)
• Line-up: BTS, Wanna One, NU’EST W and more to be added.

5. The 32nd Golden Disc Awards 2018

Presented annually by the Music Industry Association of Korea, the Golden Disk Awards recognizes the most outstanding musical achievements throughout the year. The upcoming 32nd edition looks like one of the most closely fought yet as there are so many outstanding nominees!

• Date:
 | Digital Awards: 
January 10, 2018 (Wednesday)
 | Album Awards:
 January 11, 2018 (Thursday)
• Time:
 5:00 pm KST
• Location: 
Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Ilsan near Daehwa Station (Subway Line 3)
• Hosts: Lee Seung-gi & Lee Sung-kyung
• Line-up:

Ticketing information for the 32nd Golden Disc Awards hasn’t been announced yet. For any updates, please check the Golden Disc Awards official website regularly.

The award ceremony will be broadcast live on JTBC and JTBC2.

6.  Gaon Chart K-pop Music Awards

The 6th Gaon Chart Music Awards in 2016

Gaon Chart K-pop Music Awards is an annual music award ceremony held by Gaon Chart, the national music record chart in South Korea.  The awards are granted based on sales of songs and albums in the previous year.

• Date: February 14, 2018 (Wed)
• Time: TBD
• Location: Jamsil Arena near Sports Complex Station (Subway Line 2, 9)
• Line-up: TBD

Apart from those listed, there will be more shows and award ceremonies to be added such as Korea Cable TV Awards.

Interested in other K-pop events?
| BIGBANG 2017 Concert Ticket (Dec 30 & 31, 2017)
SBS MTV The Show Ticket

Stay tuned for more info on K-pop award ceremonies! Don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, for K-pop concert tickets and experiences in Korea.

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Zennith News


  1. oh I thought there will be a drama award on the 30th of December …so there is no awards on that day ? I mean any drama awards ?

  2. I know this is way too early, but do you have any idea when is the earliest date u will know about this year’s year-end festivals? I need to plan and buy the plane ticket at least one month before the festivals start. Thanks!

    1. Hello Misha! Unfortunately, the dates for the year-end festivals and events are usually released few weeks before the actual dates. This goes the same for the ticket sales. We will try our best to update the information as soon as the dates are released! Thank you. 🙂

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