Winners Of 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards

On January 8, many artists and industry professionals came together to celebrate last year’s biggest achievements in Korean music at the 9th annual Gaon Chart Music Awards.

The ceremony was held at the Jamsil Arena in Seoul, hosted by Super Junior’s Leeteuk and ITZY’s Lia. Unlike other award shows, this one does not give out a daesang (grand prize), but rather honors the best of the year according to months and quarters, as well as top rookies, composers, lyricists, producers, performance directors, stylists etc.

Check out the full list of winners below!


New Artist of the Year

  • ITZY
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER
World K-Pop Rookie Award
  • Stray Kids
  • (G)I-DLE
Social Hot Star Award
  • BTS
Retail Album of the Year
  • BTS – Map of the Soul: Persona


Artist of the Year (Album)

1st quarter: SEVENTEEN
2nd quarter: BTS
3rd quarter: SEVENTEEN
4th quarter: EXO


Artist of the Year (Song)

December (2018): BEN – “180 Degree”
January: MC the Max – “After You’ve Gone”
February: Hwasa – “Twit”
March: Taeyeon – “Four Seasons”
April: BOL4 – “Bom”
May: Davichi – “Unspoken Words”
June: Jang Hyejin & Yoon Minsoo – “Drunk On Love”
July: BEN – “Thank You For Goodbye”
August: Sunmi – “LALALAY”
September: AKMU – “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love”
October: MC Mong – “Chanel” (feat. Park Bom)
November: IU – “Love Poem”

Performer of the Year
  • Joo Chan Yang
  • Choi Hun
Lyricist of the Year
  • Min Yeonjae
Composer of the Year
  • Black Eyed Pilseung
International Song of the Year
  • Anne-Marie – “2002”
  • Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
Discovery of the Year
  • N.Flying (Band)
  • Kassy (Ballad)
Hot Performance of the Year
  • NCT DREAM
  • Chungha
Style of the Year
  • Choi Ri An
  • Choi Heesun
Popular Singer of the Year
  • Im Jaehyun
Top Kit Seller of the Year
  • EXO
Long-Run Song of the Year
  • Paul Kim
World Hallyu Star
  • MONSTA X
Record Production of the Year
  • MNH Entertainment (Chungha’s “Gotta Go”)


Congratulations to all the winners!

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