A Complete Guide to 2018/2019 Winter K-pop Awards in Korea

Here we bring you the list of 2018 year-end & 2019 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. 2018 MBC Plus x Genie Music Awards (MGA)



MBC Plus and Genie Music will be holding the MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards (hereafter MGA) for the first time this year. The ceremony will feature impactful performances from top K-pop artists as well as collaborations with foreign artists.

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• 2018 MBC Plus x Genie Music Awards (MGA) Ticket

• Date: November 6, 2018 (Tue)
• Time: 7:00pm ~ 10:00pm
• Location: Incheon Namdong Gymnastics Stadium
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: BTS, Wanna One, TWICE, and more to be announced

2. 2018 Asia Artist Awards Ticket (AAA)



Asia Artist Awards is one of the most prestigious entertainment awards in Korea. The annual ceremony features special stages of K-pop icons and recognizes great achievements in Korean TV drama and movie scenes as well.

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• 2018 Asia Artist Awards Ticket + Bus Transfer

• Date: November 28, 2018 (Wed)
• Time: To be announced
• Location: Incheon Namdong Gymnastics Stadium
• Hosts: Leeteuk (Super Junior) and Lee Sung-kyung
• K-pop Artists Line-up: BTS, iKON, Wanna One, NU’EST W, IU, TWICE, Seventeen, Zico and more
• K-drama/movie Artists Line-up: Lee Byung Hun, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Myung-Soo (L), Jinyoung, Jin Joo Hyung and more

3. 2018 Kpop Popular Music Awards (KPMA)



A new music awards festival which will feature not only the hottest K-pop stars but also some of the legendary stars who have led the Korean music industry.

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Korea Popular Music Awards Ticket

• Date: December 20, 2018 (Thu)
• Time: 7:00 pm ~
• Location: Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX)
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

4. 2018 SBS Gayo Daejeon (SBS Music Awards) 



The SBS Awards Festival (SBS) 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.

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2018 SBS Gayo Daejeon Ticket

• Date: December 25, 2018 (Tue)
• Time: To be announced
• Location: Gocheok Sky Dome near Guil Station (Subway Line 1)
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

5. The 33rd Golden Disc Awards 2019



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:  January 5~6, 2019 (Sat ~ Sun)
• Time: Entry 3:30 pm ~ / Performance 5:00 ~ 8:00 pm
• Location: Gocheok Sky Dome
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

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2019 Golden Disc Awards Ticket

6. 2019 Seoul Music Awards



Also known as the 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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 Seoul Music Awards Ground Zone Ticket

• Date: January 15, 2019 (Tue)
• Time: 7:00 pm
• Location: Gocheok Sky Dome
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

7. Gaon Chart K-pop Music Awards

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.

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Gaon Chart Awards Ticket

• Date: To be announced
• Time: To be announced
• Location: To be announced
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

8. 2018 KBS Gayo Daechukje (KBS Song Festival)



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: To be announced
• Time: To be announced
• Location: To be announced
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

HOW TO GET TICKETS
The tickets are applied via the KBS official website in December. Winners of the tickets will be randomly selected. The winner announcement will be delivered via SMS.

9. 2018 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: To be announced
• Time: To be announced
• Location: To be announced
• Hosts: To be announced
• Line-up: To be announced

HOW TO GET TICKETS
You can apply for the ticket on the official MBC website in early December.

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

Interested in other K-pop events? Check out below!

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.

Photo Credits
MBC Offical Blog
Zennith News

27 thoughts on “A Complete Guide to 2018/2019 Winter K-pop Awards in Korea

  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. 🙂

  3. Will you be updating this list as the tickets application periods are announced? Also, is the website usually easy to navigate when they ARE announced (specifically for KBS Song Festival)? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ruby, we are updating this post as new information is released. Unfortunately, those websites of broadcasters are mainly in Korean. If you read Korean, it will be easy to navigate.

  4. Just booked my tickets through trazy for the seoul music awards during my upcoming trip. I received my confirmation email, but was wondering how and when I would receive the ticket.

    1. Hi Lj,
      We do not have plans to provide booking service for the event mentioned at the moment. We would recommend you to contact at ‘inquiry@trazy.com’ a month before the concert date for more exact information 🙂

  5. what do I have to do if I want to have SBS Gayo Daejeon (SBS Music Awards) or The 33rd Golden Disc Awards ticket? Do you have any tips? I want to go in 2019/2020

    1. Hi Xuan Tran! We are sorry but we do not have a plan to sell the tickets of the mentioned event at the moment. We will open the deal as long as we get to contract with the event organizer. We recommend you to check our website regularly. Thank you.

  6. what do I have to do if I want to have SBS Gayo Daejeon (SBS Music Awards) or The 33rd Golden Disc Awards ticket? Do you have any tips? I want to go in 2019/2020

    Thank you

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