On February 22nd, the 6th annual Gaon Chart Music Awards were held at the Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium in Seoul.The awards show created in 2010, by the Korea Music Content Industry Association aims to create Billboard–like tracking systems for musical releases that are based on sales and streaming. The annual show brought out some of the biggest names in Korean entertainment and awarded some of the best selling artists in the country. The show was hosted by Super Junior’s Leetuk and MAMAMOO’s Solar.
The awards ceremony this year gave out 12 awards for the digital music sector and 4 for the offline music section. The Gaon Chart compiles more than 97% of an average, 20 million, monthly users of paid music service. It lists pop music rankings from 1st to 100th place on a weekly basis. This chart is the only one in Korea that is a comprehensive chart of sales volume.
Boy groups dominated the album sales, while girl groups and ballad singers topped the charts for digital sales and streaming.
Check out the full list of winners below:
Album Artist of the Year:
1st Quarter- GOT7
2nd and 3rd Quarter- EXO
4th Quarter- BTS
Digital Artist of the Year:
March- Jang Beom Jun
May- Urban Zakapa
July- Wonder Girls
September- Lim Chang Jung
Rookie of the Year– NCT 127, BLACKPINK
V LIVE Global Popularity Award– BTS
Hallyu World Star– SHINee (accepted by Onew)
Hot Performance of the Year: INFINITE, SEVENTEEN
Artist Fan Choice (Idol)- EXO’s Sehun
Artist Fan Choice (Group)– EXO
Choreography of the Year: Song Seong Deuk
Stylist of the Year: Choi Hui Seon
Discovery of the Year (R&B)– Dean
Discovery of the Year (Hiphop)– BeWhy
Discovery of the Year (Ballad)– Han Dong Geun
Discovery of the Year (Indie)– Bolbbalgan Puberty
K-pop Contribution of the Year and Long-run Song of the Year– MC the MAX
Producer of the Year– Bang Shi Hyuk
Composer of the Year– Black Eyed Pilseung
Lyricist of the Year– Jo Yun Gyeong
Performer of the Year (Chorus)– Kim Ryeong
Performer of the Year (Musical Instrument)– Lee Seongyeol and Choi Taewan
International Rising Star of the Year– Charlie Puth
International Pop Song of the Year– Maroon 5
Congrats to all the winners of the night!
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Written and edited by: Gigi
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