From Girls' Generation and BIGBANG to EXO and PSY, we take a look at the K-pop artists who have won the most Korean music show awards!
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19 Oct 2016 - 3:10 PM  UPDATED 24 Sep 2018 - 11:10 AM

Winning a Korean music show award is something that every K-pop group wants to achieve in their career, and for some of the industry's biggest groups, they've won enough

From Girls' Generation and BIGBANG to EXO and Psy, here are the 13 K-pop artists with the most Korean music show award trophies.

12. TVXQ! - 48 wins

  • Mirotic – 8 wins
  • Something – 7 wins
  • Keep Your Head Down – 7 wins
  • O – 6 wins
  • Hug – 5 wins
  • Rising Sun – 4 wins
  • Believe – 4 wins
  • The Way You Are – 4 wins
  • Before You Go – 2 wins
  • Tri-Angle – 1 win

While TVXQ! are known these days as a duo, the group initially reached their peak as a five-member group. With a total of 48 wins so far, the most recent in 2014, TVXQ! are still one of the most popular K-pop groups active today.

11. PSY - 51 wins

  • Gangnam Style - 20 wins
  • Gentleman - 8 wins
  • Bird - 7 wins
  • Daddy - 6 wins
  • Entertainer - 4 wins
  • End - 3 wins
  • Champion - 1 win
  • I Luv It - 2 wins

Sure a good portion of Psy's wins came from "Gangnam Style", but that only makes up just under half of his 49 wins!

10. Red Velvet - 53 wins

  • Power Up - 10 wins
  • Rookie - 9 wins
  • Russian Roulette - 6 wins
  • Ice Cream Cake - 6 wins
  • One of These Nights - 5 wins
  • Dumb Dumb - 5 wins
  • Red Flavor - 5 wins
  • Bad Boy - 5 wins
  • Peek-A-Boo - 2 wins

Red Velvet have become one of the most popular girl groups in K-pop, and their continued ability to chart high and collect the music show wins proves they've got many more years of music to come!

10. BTS - 53 wins

  • Fake Love - 12 wins
  • DNA - 10 wins
  • IDOL - 8 wins
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears - 6 wins
  • I Need U - 5 wins
  • Run - 5 wins
  • Spring Day - 4 wins
  • Fire - 3 wins

BTS' popularity has grown in Korea and internationally exponentially in recent times, as proven by their huge wins for "DNA" and "Fake Love". We can only imagine there's more wins to come!

9. g.o.d - 54 wins

  • Lies – 9 wins
  • Road – 7 wins
  • Friday Night – 6 wins
  • 2 Love – 5 wins
  • The Reason Why Opposites Attract – 5 wins
  • An Ordinary Day – 5 wins
  • Place Where You Need To Be – 5 wins
  • Sorrow – 5 wins
  • I Need You – 5 wins
  • Love and Memory – 2 wins
  • 0% – 1 win

One of the biggest "1st generation" K-pop groups, g.o.d were wildly popular back in their heyday and managed to claim 54 music show award wins. After disbanding for a number of years, g.o.d regrouped in 2014 for a comeback, though no additional awards have come (yet).

8. Super Junior - 57 wins

  • Mr. Simple – 11 wins
  • Sorry, Sorry – 10 wins
  • Mamacita – 9 wins
  • Sexy, Free & Single – 8 wins
  • Bonamana – 6 wins
  • U – 5 wins
  • No Other – 2 wins
  • It’s You – 2 wins
  • Don’t Don – 2 wins
  • Dancing Out – 2 wins

One of the biggest K-pop groups in Hallyu history, their 57 music show wins speak volumes about their popularity.

7. SHINee - 59 wins

  • Dream Girl – 10 wins
  • View – 9 wins
  • Sherlock – 8 wins
  • Everybody – 6 wins
  • Ring Ding Dong – 6 wins
  • 1 Of 1 - 4 wins
  • Lucifer – 4 wins
  • Juliette – 4 wins
  • Married to the Music – 2 wins
  • Hello – 2 wins
  • Love Like Oxygen – 2 wins
  • Good Evening - 1 win
  • I Want You - 1 win

SHINee is among the most influential K-pop groups in recent times. Their fans have stood by them through thick and thin, and their 2018 comebacks saw them level the award win tally with Beast/HIGHLIGHT at 59.

7. Beast/HIGHLIGHT - 59 wins

  • Good Luck – 10 wins
  • 12:30 – 8 wins
  • Plz Don't Be Sad - 8 wins
  • Fiction – 7 wins
  • Beautiful Night – 5 wins
  • YeY – 4 wins
  • Shadow – 3 wins
  • Gotta Go To Work – 2 wins
  • Breath – 2 wins
  • Calling You - 2 wins
  • Ribbon - 2 wins
  • No More – 1 win
  • Will You Be Okay? – 1 win
  • On Rainy Days – 1 win
  • Beautiful – 1 win
  • Can Be Better - 1 win
  • Shock – 1 win

Despite the initial odds against the group in the beginning, Beast managed to achieve considerable success  and 48 music show award wins over the course of their seven year career. They continued stacking up wins when they changed their name to HIGHLIGHT.

6. Shinhwa - 62 Wins

  • Sniper – 10 wins
  • This Love – 8 wins
  • Yo! – 7 wins
  • T.O.P – 6 wins
  • Brand New – 5 wins
  • Only One – 5 wins
  • Your Wedding – 4 wins
  • Perfect Man – 4 wins
  • Once in a Life Time – 3 wins 
  • Crazy – 2 wins
  • Hey, Come On – 2 wins
  • All Your Dreams – 2 wins
  • Touch - 2 wins
  • Venus – 1 win
  • I Pray 4 U – 1 win

Shinhwa have been around since 1998, but the group remain as popular as ever! With 60 wins and the group still going strong, we think Shinhwa still have a few more trophies left in them!

5. Cho Yong-pil - 80 wins

  • Do Not Find Oriole - 10 wins
  • Candlelight - 7 wins
  • Darling - 7 wins
  • Hate Hate Hate - 6 wins
  • Reunion in Memory - 6 wins
  • The Empty Sky - 5 wins
  • Yesterday, Today and - 5 wins
  • Tragic Love - 5 wins
  • I Like You - 5 wins
  • A Friend - 5 wins
  • Mind of Emotion - 5 wins
  • Bounce - 4 wins
  • Party of Tear - 3 wins
  • Speech Which Wind Conveys - 3 wins
  • Wherever You Stay - 1 win
  • Seoul, Seoul, Seoul - 1 win
  • Q - 1 win
  • Hello - 1 win

For those younger K-pop fans who may not recognise the name, Cho Yong-pil is one of the most influential figures in K-pop and has had a long and storied career since 1968. Needless to say, he has won his share of music show awards in his five or so decade-long career - 80 of them to be exact! 

4. TWICE - 83 wins

  • TT - 13 wins
  • Signal - 12 wins
  • What Is Love? - 12 wins
  • Cheer Up - 11 wins
  • Dance The Night Away - 10 wins
  • Knock Knock - 9 wins
  • Heart Shaker - 9 wins
  • Likey - 7 wins

In their short time together as a group, TWICE have amassed a spectacular number of wins and it looks like they're well on the way to becoming the top K-pop act for music show wins as their career only goes from strength to strength!

3. BIGBANG - 87 wins

  • Haru Haru – 12 wins
  • Loser – 10 wins
  • Tonight – 9 wins
  • FXXK It - 8 wins
  • Last Farewell – 8 wins
  • Blue – 7 wins
  • Sunset Glow – 7 wins
  • Lies – 6 wins
  • Let’s Not Fall In Love – 5 wins
  • Love Song – 5 wins
  • Bang Bang Bang – 4 wins
  • Sober – 3 wins
  • Fantastic Baby – 2 wins
  • Last Dance - 1 win

BIGBANG are amongst the most prolific music show award winners in K-pop history with 78 trophies. We bet there'll be more added to this when they all finish their military service and return as five!

2. Girls' Generation - 100 wins

  • Gee – 14 wins
  • Lion Heart – 14 wins
  • The Boys – 12 wins
  • Oh! – 10 wins
  • Mr. Mr. – 9 wins
  • I Got A Boy – 8 wins
  • Hoot – 8 wins
  • Party – 7 wins
  • Kissing You – 5 wins
  • Run Devil Run – 4 wins
  • Girls’ Generation – 4 wins
  • Tell Me Your Wish – 3 wins
  • Baby Baby – 1 win
  • Into The New World – 1 win

With a heap of all-time great K-pop songs - such as "Gee", "Genie", and "I Got A Boy" - under their belt, Girls' Generation are the top girl group when it comes to music show wins.

1. EXO - 106 wins

  • Call Me Baby – 18 wins
  • Growl – 14 wins
  • Ko Ko Bop - 11 wins
  • Love Me Right – 11 wins
  • Overdose – 10 wins
  • Miracles in December – 10 wins
  • Monster - 9 wins
  • Lotto - 7 wins
  • Power - 5 wins
  • Wolf – 4 wins
  • Sing for You – 3 wins
  • Universe - 3 wins
  • December, 2014 – 1 win

EXO have racked up an astonishing 106 music show award wins in their career so far, demonstrating their massive popularity. Their 2017 comeback put them over the top to currently take the top spot of most music show wins, and we can only imagine more will come!


 

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