K-pop idol EXO grabbed the top prize at the Seoul Music Awards, held on Thursday night. -- AFP/STARNEWS
The K-pop group won the biggest prize at the Seoul Music Awards.
K-pop sensation EXO won a top prize at the 23rd Seoul Music Awards on Thursday, outshining 12 competitors including SHINee, Cho Yong Pil and Girls’ Generation.
The idol group also earned awards for the main prize and Digital Song Of The Year at the ceremony held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul.
“EXO had a tense and difficult year in 2013, but we were happy that we could be with our fans,” said Suho, team leader of the idol group, expressing his gratitude to his fans and colleagues at SM Entertainment, the group’s agency.
Another popular K-pop boy band SHINee, which debuted in 2008, four years before EXO, lost the top prize, but won three awards for explosive popularity from fans and their special contribution to the Korean Wave.
Long-running star Cho Yong Pil, seen as EXO’s strongest rival in the competition, won the Record of the Year award for Hello, his 19th full-length album in 10 years, which was well received by fans of all ages.
EXO, a South Korean-Chinese boy band consisting of 12 members, have enjoyed growing popularity in South Korea and China since making their official debut in early 2012.
Their first full-length album EP Mama and repackaged album XOXO have sold more than 1.4 million copies worldwide, according to the Gaon chart.
The idol band earned numerous honours in 2013-2014, including Album of the Year at the Mnet Asia Music Awards, song of the year at the Melon Music Awards for their song Growl, and top prize at the Golden Disk Awards. — The Korea Herald/Asia News Network