The 6th Gaon Chart Music Awards was held on February 22 to celebrate the best and brightest of last year’s K-pop scene!
The award ceremony was held at the Jamshil Indoor Gymnasium in Seoul, and was hosted by Super Junior’s Lee Teuk and MAMAMOO’s Solar.
Boy bands dominated in album sales while girl groups were on top for digital music. EXO won a total of four awards, grabbing the Artist of the Year award for quarterly album sales in the second and third quarter, as well as the Artist of Fan Choice award for both the individual and group categories. Their songwriter Jo Yoon Kyung also took home Song Writer of the Year.
BLACKPINK and TWICE both won the Artist of the Year Award for monthly song sales for two months, with BLACKPINK winning in August and November while TWICE took April and October. BLACKPINK also took home the Rookie of the Year award while TWICE’s stylistChoi Hui Seon won the Style of the Year award.
BTS’s wins were not just for the group, but also for the team behind them. The group won two awards, Artist of the Year for quarterly album sales in the fourth quarter and the V LIVE Global Popularity award. They were joined by Big Hit Entertainment’s Bang Shi Hyuk winning Producer of the Year and Son Seung Deuk winning the Style of the Year award for choreography.
Check out the full list of winners below!
Artist of the Year (Album – Quarterly)
First Quarter: GOT7
Second Quarter: EXO
Third Quarter: EXO
Fourth Quarter: BTS
Artist of the Year (Song – Monthly)
March: Jang Bum Joon
May: Urban Zakapa
July: Wonder Girls
September: Lim Chang Jung
Rookie of the Year – Album: NCT 127
Rookie of the Year – Song: BLACKPINK
Style of the Year – Choreography: Son Seung Deuk (BTS)
Style of the Year – Stylist: Choi Hui Seon (TWICE)
Discovery of the Year – R&B: Dean
Discovery of the Year – Hip hop: BewhY
Discovery of the Year – Indie: Bolbbalgan4
Discovery of the Year – Ballad: Han Dong Geun
V LIVE Global Popularity: BTS
Song of the Year – International Pop: Maroon 5
International Rising Star of the Year : Charlie Puth
Popular Singer of the year: MC the Max
Long-Run Song of the Year: MC the Max
Producer of the Year: Bang Shi Hyuk
K-pop Contribution of the Year: SECHSKIES
Song Writer of the Year: Jo Yoon Kyung (EXO)
Composer of the Year: Black Eyed Pilseung
World Hallyu Star: SHINee
Hot Performance of the Year: INFINITE, SEVENTEEN
Artist of Fan Choice – Individual: Sehun (EXO)
Artist of Fan Choice – Group: EXO
Performer of the Year – Chorus: Kim Ryeong
Performer of the Year – Musical Instrument: Lee Seong Yeol, Choi Tae Wan
Congrats to all the winners!
Check out all the performances here!