11th Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022 Winners: Know Who Dominated the Award Night!

The Gaon Chart Music Award show is one of the major music award ceremonies held annually by the Korea Music Content Association. The very first Gaon Chart Music Awards was held in 2011 and this year, it marked the eleven milestones. The awards are presented based on the commercial performance of the tracks and albums recorded by South Korean music artists on the basis of the Gaon Music Chart, which is one of the most renowned music record charts in the country. The Gaon Chart Music Awards is known for celebrating some of the best Korean music that has ended up topping the charts of the Gaon Music Chart. This year as well, the music record chart has awarded music gems that had been released between the first day of December 2020 to the last day of November 2021.

This year, the global K-pop sensation, BTS, and the nation’s sweetheart, IU earned a total of eight nominations at the Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022 which is the highest number for the night! While IU bagged home five trophies in major categories, BTS won all eight and proved once again why they are unbeatable! Even last year, the K-pop artist that won the most number of awards, six if we are being precise, was BTS followed by Blackpink and IU who had received four and three awards respectively.


Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022: Venue

The 11th Gaon Chart Music Award show was held on January 27, 2022, at Jamsil Arena in Seoul, South Korea. For the last seven years, the award show has been conducted in Jamsil Arena except for the 10th Gaon Chart Music Awards (2021). Last year, the award ceremony couldn’t be conducted physically owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and was held via virtual live stream from the studio with Leeteuk, Jaejae, Lia, and Joo Young-hoon as the show’s MCs. Naturally, there wasn’t any on-site audience or live performances by any artist.

Gaon Chart Music Award Show Presenters:

This year, the award ceremony was supposed to be hosted by STAYC’s Sieun and Super Junior’s Eunhyuk. However, a few days before the event, Eunhyuk was tested positive for Covid-19 and had to be replaced by JaeJae and NCT’s Doyoung who joined Sieun as MCs. The entire award ceremony has been broadcasted live on Mnet for domestic viewers and V Live for international viewers. The awards were presented by several well-known personalities of the Korean entertainment industry including Tiffany Young, Jung Ji-so, Hani, Kim Jae-young, Go Eun-ah, Kangta who handed over the Artist of the Year Awards (both Digital and Physical).

Gaon Music Chart Awards
Gaon Music Chart Awards

Other presenters include Kim Hae-joon and Lee Eun-ji who handed over the awards for Music Steady Seller of the Year and Popular Singer of the Year; Shin Ji and Tei for Discovery of the Year under the Hip-hop and Hot Trend category; Noze for Style of the Year under Choreography and Stylist categories; Jiho and Oh My Girl’s Arin who presented the awards for Lyricist of the Year as well as Composer of the Year; Kim Min-seo and Lee Mu-jin for Performer of the Year (both Chorus and Music Instrument); and Yoon Sang for the Record Production of the Year and The Adult Contemporary Music of the Year. The names of the presenters of the Gaon Chart Music Award 2022 were announced on January 19, 2022.

Gaon Chart Music Award Show Performers:

This year the performance lineup had been exceptionally good with some of the most popular K-pop artists setting the stage on fire! The list of artists performing on the award night was revealed on January 11, 2022, and despite the lack of JYP and HYBE artists, fans were looking forward to watching the performances of idols of SM Entertainment. The night was officially opened with the powerful performance of Lee Mu-jin on tracks— ‘The Assignment Song’ and ‘Traffic Light’ followed by the performance of the boy group, STAYC on ‘Stereotype’ and ‘ASAP’. While the K-pop group Homies performed on ‘Siren,’ Brave Girls delivered an eye-catching show on their hit singles, ‘Chi Mat Ba Ram’ and + ‘Rollin’.

Not to mention the incredible performance of popular K-pop groups like Red Velvet who performed on Queendom, NCT Dream who performed on ‘Hot Sauce’ and Hello Future, and NCT 127 who concluded the ceremony with performances on ‘Favourite (Vampire)’ and ‘Sticker’. Standing Egg and Lim Young-woong were also a part of this glam-studded lineup who delivered incredible performances on ‘Old Song’ and ‘Love Always Run Away’ and ‘My Starry Love’ respectively along with SNSD’s Taeyeon, and SHINee’s Minho.

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Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022 Winners: Artist of the Year (Digital)

December 2020:

Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation earned the Artist of the Year for December 2020 for the track, ‘What Do I Call You’

January 2021

IU won the Artist of the Year for January 2021 for the debut single, ‘Celebrity’ from her latest album ‘Lilac’.


February 2021

Artist of the Year for February 2021 is SHINee for the title track of the album, ‘Don’t Call Me’.

March 2021

Another month and another win for IU who won the Artist of the Year award for March for the title track of ‘Lilac’.

April 2021

Kang Daniel’s song ‘Antidote’ from his fourth extended play, ‘Yellow’ won the award for Artist of the Year for the month of April.

May 2021

BTS’ second English language single, ‘Butter’ dominated the Gaon charts in May 2021 and ended up winning the award for the same.

June 2021

Artist of the Year award for June 2021 was earned by Brave Girls’ ‘Chi Mat Ba Ram’ from their fifth extended play, ‘Summer Queen’.

July 2021

With the single, ‘Permission to Dance,’ BTS won the Artist of the Year award for July.

August 2021

Red Velvet won the Artist of the Year award for August for the track ‘Queendom,’ recorded for their sixth EP going by the same name.

September 2021

This marks the third win of BTS under the Artist of the Year Digital category for ‘My Universe,’ which is a collaboration between BTS and Coldplay.

October 2021

IU’s new single ‘Strawberry Moon’ dominated the Gaon charts in October and earned the Artist of the Year award for the same.

November 2021

TWICE won the Artist of the Year award for the month of November with the lead single, ‘Scientist’ from their third full-length album, ‘Artist of the Year’.

Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022 Winners: Artist of the Year (Physical): Quarterly

First Quarter

Fourth-generation girl group IZ*ONE earned the Artist Of The Year award for their fourth and final EP, ‘One-reeler/Act IV’ for the first quarter.

Second Quarter

NCT Dream snagged the award for the second quarter with their first studio album, ‘Hot Sauce’.

Third Quarter

BTS won the Artist Of The Year award at the 11th Gaon Chart Music Awards for their digital single, ‘Butter’.

Fourth Quarter

NCT 127 dominated the Gaon music charts with their fourth overall studio album, ‘Sticker’ in the fourth quarter.

Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022
Gaon Chart Music Awards 2022

Retail Album of the Year: Butter by BTS

Top Kit Seller of the Year: NCT DREAM

Music Steady Seller of the Year: BTS for Dynamite

Popular Singer of the Year: ‘Old Song’ by Standing Egg

World Rookie of the Year: Aespa, ENHYPEN

Rookie of the Year:

Physical: Lee Chan Won for ‘…Gift’
Digital: Lee Mujin for ‘Scent of the Day’

Adult Contemporary Music of the Year: Lim Young Woong

World Hallyu Award: Stray Kids

Discovery of the Year (Hot Trend): ‘ASAP’ by STAYC

Record Production of the Year: LILAC by IU and EDAM Entertainment

Mubeat Global Choice Award: BTS, Lisa from Blackpink

International Song of the Year: ‘Peaches’ by Justin Bieber

International Rising Star of the Year: The Kid LAROI for ‘Stay’ featuring Justin Bieber

Lyricist of the Year: IU

Composer of the Year: Ryan Jhun

Social Hot Star of the Year: BTS

Discovery of the Year (Hip Hop): ’Siren’ by Homies

Performer of the Year:

Chorus Instrument: Kim Yeon Seo (Onew, Punch)

Musical Instrument: Young (Butter and Doom At Your Service Original soundtracks)

Style of the Year (Choreography): Son Sung Deuk

Style of the Year (Stylist): Kim Wook

Hot Performance of the Year: THE BOYZ, Oh My Girl

To date, South Korean boy group EXO has won the most number of Artist of the Year awards (physical) which is ten in number followed by BTS with nine awards and Super Junior with five. The highest number of Artist of the Year award under the digital category has been earned by IU ( eleven in number) closely followed by BIGBANG (nine), Twice (seven), BTS (six), and BLACKPINK (five).

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