BTS and IU cap off ‘unbelievable’ year: Exo, Wanna One and more were big winners at the 32nd Golden Disc Awards
A day after BTS took home a prize in the digital song category on the first day of the annual music awards held on Wednesday night at Kintex in Ilsan, Gyeonggi, the Korean heartthrobs scooped up the Album of the Year award for their record, “Love Yourself: Her,” despite fierce competition from boy band Exo, who has taken home the Album of the Year award every year since 2014. BTS’ second-level prize in the digital song category was shared with Blackpink, Heize, Bolbbalgan4, Akdong Musician, Twice, Winner, Big Bang, Yoon Jong-shin and Red Velvet.
“I really love you fans. I picked up a fortune cookie yesterday at the Golden Disc Awards ceremony. It said that darkness will clear up and light will enter in 2018. I think this grand prize has become our first light [of the year],” said BTS leader RM in the group’s acceptance speech.
BTS member Jimin said, “We are very grateful for having received Bonsang [second-level prize] in the digital song category and the grand prize for the Album of the Year. Last year, lots of unbelievable things happened to us, and I believe we could only achieve this much thanks to our agency, members, and most importantly, to our [fan club] ARMY, who has always loved and supported us.”
This year’s event marked BTS’ fourth consecutive year of winning an award at the major K-pop event. BTS, which found success in the United States last year, bagged their first Golden Disc Award in 2014, when they received the Rookie Artist award.
“We’re very happy to have received so many awards. We will continue to do our best in 2018,” said Exo, who was the most awarded group at the event, taking home four awards: Global Popular Artist, Most Popular Star of Genie Music, Ceci Asia Icon Award, and the Most Popular Star of Asia Award.
Wanna One, a male act formed from the second season of Mnet audition program “Produce 101,” was named Digital Song Rookie Artist while female act Twice took home three awards over the course of the two-day event, including the Ceci Asia Icon Award.
“‘Through the Night’ came out last March. Thank you to everyone who has loved it for the past four seasons. Ever since I received the demo, and while I wrote the lyrics, I’ve felt so lucky to have been given the song. I’m so grateful for the existence of ‘Through the Night,’” she said in her acceptance speech.
It was the first time a solo female artist has received the Grand Prize since 2007, when Ivy was honored for her song “If You’re Gonna Be Like This.”
In its 32nd year, Golden Disc Awards is an annual awards show organized to recognize outstanding achievements in the local music industry. Since the event started in 1986, it has grown to become one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in Korea. This year’s event was co-hosted by JTBC Plus and Ilgan Sports.
BY JIN MIN-JI [email@example.com]