The list of winners for this year’s Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards has been announced!
The government prizes recognize the work of artists in various fields who have contributed to the development of popular culture. On October 16, the winners of this year’s awards were revealed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It was previously announced that the members of BTS will be receiving Orders of Cultural Merit from the ministry, therefore becoming the first idol group members to be given the honor and the youngest recipients ever.
In total, 13 artists will receive an Order of Cultural Merit, seven will receive Presidential Commendations, eight will receive Prime Minister’s Commendations, and eight (including groups) will receive Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Commendations.
See the list below!
Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit (2nd Class)
Actor Lee Soon Jae, singer and producer Kim Min Ki, the late folk singer Jo Dong Jin.
Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit (3rd Class)
Actor Kim Young Ok, conductor and composer Kim Jung Taek, screenwriter Kim Ok Young.
Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (5th Class)
All seven members of BTS.
Prime Minister’s Commendation
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Commendation
Red Velvet, Guckkasten, actor Kim Tae Ri, comedian Park Na Rae, voice actor Lee Sun, lyricist Kim Ea Na, musical technical director Kim Mi Kyung, makeup artist Kang Dae Young.
The 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards will be held on October 24, with Shin Hyun Joon and Lee Ji Ae as this year’s MCs.
Congratulations to all the recipients!
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