BTS Wins Disc Daesang For 5th Year In A Row + IU Wins Digital Daesang For 2nd Year In A Row At 36th Golden Disc Awards

On January 8, the 36th Golden Disc Awards were held at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.

In previous years, the Golden Disc Awards split the Album Division and the Digital Song Division across two days. This year, the entire ceremony was held on one day. There was no audience present and performances were pre-recorded.

The nominees for the 36th Golden Disc Awards were songs and albums released between November 2020 and mid-November 2021. Songs and albums that were not eligible last year due to overlap between their sales count period and the closing period for the awards were considered in this year’s judging. Nominees for major categories were based on quantitative measures like streaming counts and album sales.

The final winners were chosen 60 percent based on sales counted until mid-December 2021 and 40 percent based on scoring by the judge panel, which consists of 50 industry specialists including music journalists, music program producing directors, music critics, music distribution representatives, and the ceremony’s executive committee.

BTS won the Disc Daesang (Album of the Year) for the fifth year in a row with their 2020 album “BE.” Last year, BTS made history by being the first artist ever to win five total Daesangs at the Golden Disc Awards. They have now extended that record with six.

In BTS’s video speech to accept the award, RM said, “Our sincere congratulations to the 36th Golden Disc Awards for kicking off 2022 as the year’s first awards ceremony. We have won the Disc Daesang at the 36th Golden Disc Awards for our album ‘BE.’ We won the Disc Daesang at last year’s Golden Disc Awards too, and we are deeply moved at the fact that we have received so much love again. ‘BE’ was an album that we made to give comfort to those suffering due to COVID-19, including ourselves. As so many people have related to the album, we have instead received a lot of comfort from them. Thank you to the Golden Disc Awards representatives for giving us such a big award. We will share this honor with ARMY, who are always supporting us.”

Suga said, “Thank you to everyone who has loved ‘BE,’ including the title track ‘Life Goes On.’ In 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, a lot of people felt frustrated and had a hard time. In order to bring a smile to their faces, let loose and dance, and get over this difficult period together, we released the songs ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance’ in 2021. We believe that these two songs transmitted this message from our hearts to many people. Through your love, we have realized anew the transcendence and strength of music.”

Jimin said, “Our songs contained the message of wanting to see each other again as soon as possible after the pandemic is over. We have gained a lot of strength from those who covered our songs and participated in dance challenges around the world. The driving force for BTS enjoying ourselves on stage is everyone’s support. We would be grateful if you kept supporting us in 2022.”

V did a short acrostic poem with the word “Daesang,” saying “Daesang feels considerably [sang-dang-hi] good.” He continued, “Thank you for giving us such a big award again this year. We will become a BTS that does not settle.”

Jin said, “Thanks to ARMY, we have found another reason to smile wide. We would like for people to never lose their smiles when they see us. We will always work hard in hopes that people can get strength through our music even through difficult and painful times.”

Jungkook said, “It is a great honor to receive such a big award like the Disc Daesang again. We will take strength from everyone’s love and support. We will not stop here but will become a BTS who climbs higher and jumps further.”

J-Hope said, “Ah, a Daesang, it’s a great honor. Jungkook participating in directing the music video [for ‘Life Goes On’], all the members participating in the album production for ‘BE,’ and our new songs were all new challenges for BTS. In 2021, I think that we leveled up as a team, and I have become more sure myself of the reason why I make music. Once again, I say to ARMY, thank you.”

IU won the Digital Daesang (Digital Song of the Year) for the second year in a row with “Celebrity.” She also became the first artist in Golden Disc Awards history to win a total of three Digital Daesangs.

In her speech, she said, “About a year ago, I shared my thanks at receiving such a big award, but now that I’ve received it again this year, it feels like I’ve wrapped up the year well.” She then expressed her nervousness at giving the speech and having the three MCs standing right next to her. She continued, “In making one song, a surprising number of people are involved in some way. I hope that each and every of them hear this news and are as happy as I am. A lot of non-Korean people participated in the song as well, so thank you [in English].

“I have great fortune in meeting people, and I have many cool and amazing friends. It’s embarrassing to say ‘inspiration,’ but I have received such great inspiration from those amazing people and get their help in lots of ways. I wrote the song ‘Celebrity’ because I wanted to tell a friend who received so much love and hate for her uniqueness, ‘You’re not eccentric, but like a star.’ [The word for ‘eccentric’ in Korean is byeol-nan, and the word for ‘star’ is byeol.] But as I was writing, it also felt like I was writing about myself, and writing about everyone who has received both love and hate. I want to thank again that friend who inspired me. You were such an amazing friend, and I hope that you can continue to inspire me in the future.

“The last year was a very meaningful one for me. I worked hard to promote music with the idea of closing out my 20s. I thought this was the best way to express my sincere gratitude to the fans who have been with me for 10 years. It really feels like I’m ending my 20s well with all these people listening to me, loving me for so long, and giving me awards like this. I thought about this a lot at the end of the year, but over the past 10 years, there was a lot of trial-and-error, and moments when I didn’t achieve what I wanted. But whenever I fell over, it was because of me, and whenever I got up again, it was because of others. I ended the year with so much gratitude toward other people rather than myself. Thank you to the people around me for helping me get up when I’d fallen, and I want to give this honor back to Uaena [fandom], my family, EDAM Entertainment, and my team.”

She concluded, “In my 30s, which are about to begin, instead of competing with my past self, I’m going to live well as I am and how I will become. I’m still lacking in many ways, but I hope that everyone will continue to love and hate me. All of that is my driving force.”

Check out the full list of winners here and the performances here!

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