List of Kpop groups that have been awarded the prestigious Korean Music Awards aka Korean Grammys (Updated)

  • For those unaware, Korean Music Awards (KMA) is the most reputed Korean award show where winners are chosen by an elite panel of judges consisting of music critics, radio show producers, academics and industry professionals. The awards began in 2004. KMA has 3 daesangs or grand prize categories namely - Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Musician of the Year. Apart from these there are genre awards spanning - pop, rock, dance and electronic, folk, hip hop, RnB and soul, jazz/crossover and a category for OSTs. Kpop idol groups rarely get a nomination much less a win, so here are the few Kpop groups who have been bestowed with the highest honour.


    Daesangs -

    • BTS - Musician of the Year Daesang(2018, 2019), SoTY Daesang (2019 -Fake Love, 2021 - Dynamite)
    • Big Bang - SoTY Daesang (2016 -Bae Bae)
    • Girls Generation - SoTY Daesang (2010 -Gee)


    Genre Awards -

    • Wonder Girls - Best Dance & Electronic Song (2008 - Tell Me), Best Pop Song (2017 - Why So Lonely)
    • Brown Eyed Girls - Best Dance & Electronic Song (2010 - Abracadabra), Best Dance & Electronic Album (2010)
    • Miss A - Best Dance & Electronic Song (2011 - Bad Girl Good Girl)
    • 2NE1 - Best Dance & Electronic Song (2012 - I Am the Best), Best Dance & Electronic Album (2011)
    • f(x) - Best Dance & Electronic Song (2013 - Electric Shock)
    • Exo - Best Dance & Electronic Song (2014 - Growl)
    • Big Bang - Best Pop Song (2016 - Loser)
    • Red Velvet - Best Pop Song (2018 - Red Flavor)
    • BTS - Best Pop Song (2019 - Fake Love), Best Pop Song (2021 - Dynamite)


    Some facts -

    • BTS has won the most daesangs across all Korean artists with 4 daesangs in their name.
    • BTS and Kiha & The Faces have won the most KMAs at 6 awards in all (excludes popularity - fan voted award)


    Note - Fan voted popularity awards have been excluded from the list above which is only based on judges vote. The entire list can be seen here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Music_Awards


    P.S. KMAs were held this year on 28th Feb, 6pm KST.

    BTS and OMG were the idol groups nominated for the 2021 KMAs. BTS won SoTY daesang and Best Pop Song award for Dynamite.

  • paradis

    Changed the title of the thread from “List of Kpop groups that have been awarded the prestigious Korean Music Award aka Korean Grammy” to “List of Kpop groups that have been awarded the prestigious Korean Music Awards aka Korean Grammys”.
  • Thank you for this quality thread! :borahae:

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  • Most Armys know what kma is but well done for educating akp paradis their faves not being recognised makes them unaware it’s understandable.



    Fake Love being awarded the soty kma is poetic justice. It is a masterpiece lyrically and sonically.

  • KMAs filled with music professors and failed musicians also known as "music critics" lol. No way is it anywhere near Grammys, Grammys are filled with actual successful and accomplished musicians.


    Kpop should be judged by successful musicians and other professionals, people like Teddy who's made 26 #1 hit songs in his career.

  • KMAs filled with music professors and failed musicians also known as "music critics" lol. No way is it anywhere near Grammys, Grammys are filled with actual successful and accomplished musicians.


    Kpop should be judged by successful musicians and other professionals, people like Teddy who's made 26 #1 hit songs in his career.

    And BTS would still dominate considering Pdogg and BH credits and success.

  • Most Armys know what kma is but well done for educating akp paradis their faves not being recognised makes them unaware it’s understandable.



    Fake Love being awarded the soty kma is poetic justice. It is a masterpiece lyrically and sonically.

    Its was one of the best decision by the KMAs. It was definitely the best 2018 song out of the bigger hits of that year. It fits nicely between Jannabi and Hyukoh.

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  • KMAs filled with music professors and failed musicians also known as "music critics" lol. No way is it anywhere near Grammys, Grammys are filled with actual successful and accomplished musicians.


    Kpop should be judged by successful musicians and other professionals, people like Teddy who's made 26 #1 hit songs in his career.

    Says the one who did not even know what KMAs was all about till a few weeks back and was crying about wanting an award show where judges votes mattered. Now when you found out that such a show - KMAs - actually exists and the results still haven't gone in the favour of your faves, the goalposts have changed and industry professionals, actual experts are "failed" musicians and professors, and only a jury comprising of Teddy will have merit. Listening to you talk one would think you know the entire composition of the jury personally.


    I mean you are so transparent it is hilarious.

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    Reminds me how your definition of national hit when talking about Dynamite, dismissively, all of last year was that only a song having 750mn digital points or more is a national hit, to now the top 10-15 songs of the year being a national hit:cryingr:

  • Lmao Armys with the receipts!!!


    Like I said I knew as a new army what kma was as Fake Love was awarded but most of these kpoppies don’t know cos their faves failed to get any kma recognition.



    Again OP well done for this public service :pepe-toast:

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