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. 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, VIXX, JBJ, Wanna One, WINNER, MXM, BLACKPINK, Super Junior, and more to be added.

2.  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.

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7th Gaon Chart Awards 2018 Ticket

• Date: February 14, 2018 (Wed)
• Time: 7:00 pm KST
• Location: Jamsil Arena near Sports Complex Station (Subway Line 2, 9)
• Hosts: Leeteuk (Super Junior) & Dahyun (TWICE)
• Line-up: TWICE, IU, Sunmi, Epik High, Wannan One, Seventeen, Changmo, Heize, Hwang Chi-yeul, MeloMance, NU’EST W, SECHSKIES, GOT7, and Lee Soo-hyun (AKMU).

3. 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.

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2017 SBS Gayo Daejeon Ticket  (Sold out)

• 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: Wanna One, Red Velvet, Heize, BLACKPINK, BTOB, GFriend, Sunmi, WINNER, Bolbbalgan4, TWICE, BTS, EXO, GOT7, NCT 127, Uhm Jung-hwa and Lee Juck.

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

4. 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: 8:30 pm KST
• Location: Yeouido KBS Hall near National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9)
• Line-up: BTS, Seventeen, EXO, Wanna One, Red Velvet, Mamamoo, GFriend, TWICE, Hwang Chi-yeul, Hyuna, and Taemin. 

The tickets are applied via the KBS official website from Dec 20 to Dec 22. Winners of the tickets will be randomly selected. The winner announcement will be delivered via SMS.

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

5. 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: 8:35 pm KST
• Location: MBC Dream Center in Ilsan near Jeongbalsan Station (Subway Line 3)
• Hosts: Yoona, Suho, Cha Eun-woo
• Line-up: Apink, B.A.P, BTOB, EXID, EXO, GOT7, NCT 127, PRISTIN, Teen Top, TWICE, VIXX, Wanna One, WINNER, Zion.T, No Brain, Lovelyz, Red Velvet, Mamamoo, Monsta X, BTS, Bolbbalgan4, Sunmi, Seventeen, Seenroot, Astro, Urban Zakapa, GFriend, Cosmic Girls,      SECHSKIES, Hyuna and Hwang Chi-yeul.

You can apply for the ticket on the official MBC website from Dec 19.

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

6. 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:
Yoon Jong Shin, IU, TWICE, Wanna One, EXO, BTS, GOT7, Seventeen, Hwang Chi-yeul, NU’EST W, AKMU, WINNER, and Hyukoh.

Ticketing opens on Dec 15 at Hana Ticket.

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

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

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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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  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.

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