20140215_seouleats_snsd_gaonchartkpopawardsAnother contender in this awards season spectacle is none other than the Gaon Chart K-pop awards. Based on chart performances, the Gaons teeter on the line between music awards and popularity contest. It can lead to some confusing results at times, but none that are too surprising if you’ve been keeping up with award shows and “All-Kill” reports. Before getting to this year’s winners, I pulled a few performances that, I think, earned a little attention (for good and bad reasons). It takes a certain something special to make a performance stand out when you’ve had a group perform their hit for weeks and weeks during promotion.


Lim Kim: Intro + “All Right”

I personally wasn’t too into the song when it first hit — and even now it doesn’t leave much of an impression on me — but I did enjoy the girl’s performance. While that enjoyment was mostly condensed into the intro, I can’t help but give credit where credit is due. Lim Kim seems to be quite the talented lady, so hopefully she’ll be given some more work to showcase her range.


Sistar: “Give It To Me”

I’ve always been in love with Sistar, so I was quite happy with their performance. The opening was a gentle reminder of the Soyu and Hyorin‘s vocal abilities, though the main beat was quickly brought back to help Dasom along. Bora was a treat, though she did seem to lack some of her usual vigor. The small dance break was…charming, though would of been made more entertaining if it was more dancing and less of striking poses to the beat.


Girls’ Day: “Expection”

Ah, the song that started it all. Much like SNSD‘S “Gee,” Girls’ Day’s management won’t let you forget the girls’ hit single. They’ve had two other singles since then, but, at least for this year’s award shows, they bring it back to “Expectation.” Even the girls looked tired of the song, but I’m giving them an honorable mention for dealing with the new brand of fame it’s giving them. Keep your heads up, ladies.


EXO: “Wolf” + “Growl”

Take them or leave them, EXO has a great stage presence. While I much preferred Growl to Wolf, I enjoyed their performances as a whole no matter how many times I ended up watching them (and it’s been quite a few times). They’ve grown in popularity this year and, luckily, so has the quality of their performances. The only negative is that they can be muffled by the screams of their fans a few times during the performances.


B.A.P: “One Shot”

It’s no surprise that I would include B.A.P. They’ve had quite the record when it comes to their performances, be it the slow “Coffee Shop” or “One Shot.” B.A.P. is one of the rare groups that, while you may not like them yourself, you can understand their popularity. They always give it their best with performing and are a treat to watch, even if it’s the millionth time seeing them.


This year’s winners are as follows:

20140215_seouleats_davichi_gaonchartkpopawardsSong/Artist of the Year

January: Girl’s Generation –  “I Got A Boy”

February: SISTAR19 –  “Gone Not Around Any Longer”

March: Davichi – “Turtle”

April: Psy – “Gentleman”

May: 4minute – “What’s Your Name”

June: Sistar –  “Give it to Me”

July: Dynamic Duo- “BAAAM”

August: San E- “Story of Someone I Know”

September: Soyu & Mad Clown – “Stupid in Love”

October: IU- “The Red Shoes”

November: Miss A – “Hush”

December: Seo In Guk and Zia – “Breaking Up Man and Woman” (“Loved You”)


Album of the Year

This is based quarterly; first quarter is (January – March); second is (April – June); third is (July – September); and fourth is (October – December). Here are the winners.

First quarter: Girls’ Generation – “I Got A Boy”

Second quarter: Cho Yong Pil – “Hello”

Third quarter & Fourth quarter: EXO – “XOXO”

20140215_seoulbeats_bts_gaonchartkpopawardsNew Artist of the Year

Male Group: BTS

Female Group: Ladies’ Code

Male Solo: Jung Joon-young

Female Solo: Kim Hye-rim (Lim Kim)


Discovery of the Year

Rose Motel



Hot Trend Award

Crayon Pop


20140215_seoulbeats_girlsday_gaonchartkpopawardsLong-run Song of the Year

 Girl’s Day –“Expectation”


International Song of the Year

DJ Gollum– “The Bad Touch”


World Hallyu Star Special Award



Mobile Vote Award/Popularity Award



Hot Performance of the Year

A Pink


20140215_seoulbeats_apink_gaonchartkpopawardsComposer/Lyricist of the Year

D0uble Sidekick / Kim Eana


Performers of the Year

Backup Vocal:

Gil Eunkyung


Tommy Kim


Style of the Year

Yama and hotchicks


Sound Engineer of the Year

 Jo Joon Sung


20140215_seouleats_2ne1_gaonchartkpopawardsProducer of the Year

 Yang Hyun-suk


New Media Platform



Music Distribution



So what did you think of this year’s Gaons? Do you agree with the winners? Any performances stick out to you?

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