Here’s a complete list of major annual Korean music festivals and year-end award ceremonies that were held in Korea last year for K-Pop fans! Please note that every festival and award show had to be performed via online streaming due to COVID-19 in 2020. Let’s hope that we can enjoy the shows on site this year!
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1. The 26th Dream Concert CONNECT:D
Date: July 25th~26th, 2020
The Dream Concert is one of the biggest annual K-pop festivals in South Korea and Asia, which features some of the most in-demand K-pop stars of the year! It’s indeed one of the hottest Hallyu concerts in Asia and boasts a stellar line-up every year. 2020 Dream Concert was live-streamed on YouTube and Naver V LIVE+ for two days.
- July 25th: EXO-SC, Red Velvet, Red Velvet Irene & Seulgi, OH MY GIRL, ASTRO, Golden Child, Kim Jae Hwan, AB6IX, CIX, Cravity, South Club (MC: Lee Teuk, Kim Yohan, Kim Doyeon)
- July 26th: MAMAMOO, ITZY, Ha Sung Woon, Lovelyz, WJSN, Weki Meki, Jeong Sewoon, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, ONEUS, Rocket Punch (MC: Eunhyuk, Cha Eunwoo, Lia)
2. SBS Super ON:TACT
Date: September 27th~October 18th, 2020
SBS Super Concert is one of the most anticipated annual K-pop festivals. With a star-studded lineup that just gets bigger and better over the years, who knows what awaits at this year’s festivities? In 2020, SBS Super Concert was streamed online on Naver VLIVE, therefore the name was changed into Super On:Tact. It was performed on four different days, September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, and October 18th.
- September 27th: ITZY, Stray Kids, MONSTA X
- October 4th: TOMORROW X TOGETHER, IZ*ONE, Seventeen
- October 11th: AB6IX, ATEEZ, MAMAMOO
- October 18th: Treasure, Cravity, (G)I-DLE, THE BOYZ
3. The 11th INK Incheon K-pop Concert
Date: October 10th, 2020
Incheon K-pop Concert (INK), hosted by Incheon City and the Incheon Tourism Organization, is one of the leading K-pop concerts that brings high-flying K-pop artists and K-pop fans all over the world together. This concert was also online live-streamed on YouTube in 2020 because of Coronavirus.
- MC: NCT Jaemin, ITZY Chaeryeong
- Artist: Baekhyun, Taemin, GFRIEND, ITZY, ASTRO, WEKI MEKI, THE BOYZ, AB6IX, Lee Eun Sang, ELRIS, & more
4. Asia Song Festival (Gyeongju)
Date: October 5th~10th, 2020
Asia Song Festival (ASF), or A-Song-Fe, is an annual Asian pop music festival. The festival praises and celebrates the achievements of pop artists from Asian countries. The venue took place in Gyeongju in 2020 and it was online streamed for free on YouTube. The festival period was from October 5th to 10th and you can see not only the stages of world-famous K-pop & Asian stars but also busking stages with the background of Gyeongju’s cultural heritage.
- MC: NCT Doyoung, CLC YeeEun
- Artist: Kang Daniel, Red Velvet Irene & Seulgi, Yooa, MOMOLAND, ATEEZ, iKON, THE BOYZ, GFRIEND, AB6IX, Everglow, AKB48, & more
1. Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards
Date: August 13th, 2020
Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards is an award ceremony hosted by Soribada, a Korean music platform. It was held at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium and online live-streamed on TikTok and U+ Idol Live.
- Artist: TWICE, Red Velvet, MAMAMOO, Oh My Gil, NCT Dream, Kang Daniel, GFRIEND, ASTRO, VICTON, AB6IX, IZ*ONE, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, Kim Jae Hwan, Ha Sung Woon, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ITZY, WJSN, LOONA, & more
2. Asia Artist Awards (AAA)
Date: November 28th, 2020
Asia Artist Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of Asian artists in the TV, film, and music industry. It was held as the On-tact awards in 2020, hosted by Starnews, and it was online streamed via LIVEX.CO.KR.
- Artist: TWICE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, IZ*ONE, ITZY, Super Junior, GOT7, MONSTA X, NCT, Pentagon, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, Kang Daniel, AB6IX, & more
- Actor & Actress: Lee Jung Jae, Kim Min Jae, Lee Joon Gi, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Seon Ho, Kim Hye Yoon, Seo Ye Ji, Han So Hee, & more
3. Melon Music Award (MMA)
Date: December 2nd~5th, 2020
The Melon Music Awards is another major music awards show that takes place annually in South Korea. Based on digital sales and online votes collected from the online music store MelOn, the winners are selected. It was broadcasted every day from December 2nd to 5th on Kakao TV.
- Artist: BTS, IZ*ONE, THE BOYZ, MONSTA X, Oh My Girl, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Simon Dominic, Lim Young Woong, Young Tak, & more
Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA, is one of the biggest music awards that is broadcast on 4 continents, including Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. Every year, MAMA presents a spectacular concept and theme of stages and shows.
- Artist: BTS, TWICE, GOT7, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, Taemin, NCT, IZ*ONE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, Oh My Girl, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, BOA, Jessi, & more
5. The Fact Music Awards
Date: December 12th, 2020
The Fact Music Awards (TMA) is a new awards ceremony that debuted in April 2019 and it features fans and K-pop artists together. Because of COVID-19, the ‘Online Untact’ Awards Ceremony was open instead by using cutting-edge technology. It was live-streamed on V LIVE.
- Artist: BTS, TWICE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, Stray Kids, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, Super Junior, SEVENTEEN, NU’EST, GOT7, MONSTA X, Kang Daniel, Jessi, THE BOYZ, IZ*ONE, & more
6. KBS Gayo Daechukje
Date: December 18th, 2020
One of the popular annual year-end events, KBS Gayo Daechukje, also known as the KBS Music Festival, is held by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). The best artists are selected by viewers’ text-message vote.
- MC: Cha Eun Woo, Shin Ye Eun, U-KNOW
- Artist: BTS, GOT7, SEVENTEEN, NCT, TWICE, ASTRO, Taemin, IZ*ONE, NU’EST, MONSTA X, THE BOYZ, Park Jin Young, Sunmi, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, (G)I-DLE, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, ITZY, Jessi, Stray Kids, Aespa, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Paul Kim, & more
7. SBS Gayo Daejeon
Date: December 25th, 2020
Hosted by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), SBS Gayo Daejeon is a major annual end-of-the-year music award show and it was held in Daegu last year. It’s well-known for amazing lineups and outstanding performances.
- MC: Kim Hee Chul, Boom, Lee Na Eun
- Artist: BTS, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, GOT7, MONSTA X, MAMAMOO, Jessi, NU’EST, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, IZ*ONE, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, ATEEZ, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, April, MOMOLAND, Aespa, & more
MBC Gayo Daejejeon is one of the best year-end music award ceremonies. The MBC, one of the 3 major broadcast corporations in South Korea hosts the show on new year’s eve every year.
- MC: Yoona, Jang Sung Kyu, Kim Seon Ho
- Artist: Rain, Park Jin Young, Uhm Jung Hwa, GOT7, TWICE, MONSTA X, NCT, MAMAMOO, Henry, Jessi, Paul Kim, Kang Seung Yoon, Oh My Girl, ITZY, (G)I-DLE, IZ*ONE, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, LOONA, Aespa & more
9. The 35th Golden Disc Awards with CURPROX
Date: January 9th~10th, 2021
The Golden Disk Awards annually celebrates the outstanding achievements of K-pop music by giving awards to the artists who have contributed in the music industry. It was broadcasted on JTBC and globally online live-streamed on U+ Idol Live (Korea), GYAO (Japan), Hami Video (Taiwan), QQ Music (China), Go to Pops (Vietnam & Thailand), and Livecon.TV (North & Latin America) for two days.
- MC: Lee Seung Gi, Park So Dam
- Artist: IU, ITZY, MONSTA X, MAMAMOO, OH MY GIRL, NU’EST, THE BOYZ, Jessi, Changmo, Lim Young Woong, LOONA, Lee Seung Gi, & more
10. The 10th Gaon Chart Music Awards
Date: January 13th, 2021
The Gaon Chart Music Awards is one of the major music awards shows in South Korea. Every year, Gaon Chart, the national music record chart, gives awards to the winners based on data for sales of songs and albums from the previous year. Because of the pandemic, only awards were given to the artist without any performances. It was broadcasted on Mnet and live-streamed online on Mubeat and Amazer, which are global K-pop apps.
11. The 30th High1 Seoul Music Awards
Date: January 31st, 2021
Started in 1990, Seoul Music Awards is one of the biggest K-pop events in South Korea. This music award features the best artist and singers every year. The winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year, through mobile votes, the popularity poo, digital downloads, album sales, and judges’ scores. It was broadcasted on KBS Drama, KBS Joy, KBS W, and U+ Idol Live.
- Artist: TWICE, IZ*ONE, ITZY, Lim Young Woong, Kang Daniel, Treasure, THE BOYZ, Aespa, NU’EST, (G)I-DLE, Oh My Girl, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, Stray Kids, & more
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- Dream Concert Official Website
- SBS Super Concert Official Website
- Incheon K-pop Concert Official Website
- Asia Song Festival Official Website
- Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards Official Website
- Asia Artist Awards Official Website
- Melon Music Award Official Website
- Mnet Asian Music Awards Official Website
- The Fact Music Awards Official Website
- KBS Gayo Daechukje Official Website
- SBS Gayo Daejeon Official Website
- MBC Gayo Daejejeon Official Website
- Golden Disc Awards Official Website
- Gaon Chart Music Awards Official Website
- High1 Seoul Music Awards Official Website