26th Golden Disc Awards

The 26th Golden Disc Awards took place on January 11–12, 2012, at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan. It honored the best in South Korean music released from January 1, 2011, through November 30, 2011. The event was held outside South Korea for the first time in the ceremony's history since its founding in 1986, as well as the first time at the beginning of the following year instead of December. Leeteuk, Park Gyu-ri, Lee Hong-gi, and Bae Suzy served as the hosts for the event.

26th Golden Disc Awards
DateJanuary 11–12, 2012
LocationKyocera Dome, Osaka, Japan
CountrySouth Korea
Hosted by
Television/radio coverage


The winners of the digital music and album categories were determined by music sales (80%) and a panel of music experts (20%). The Rookie Artist of the Year award was based on album sales (80%), a panel of music experts (10%) and online votes (10%), while the Popularity Award was based on online votes (80%) and album sales (20%).

Winners and nomineesEdit

Super Junior – Album Bonsang, Album Daesang, Popularity Award and MSN Japan Award
Beast – Album Bonsang, MSN International Award and Ceci Asia Icon Award
Girls' Generation, Digital Bonsang and Digital Daesang
Kara, Album Bonsang and Best Hallyu Star Award

Main awardsEdit

Winners[1] and nominees[2] are listed in alphabetical order. Winners are listed first and emphasized in bold.

Digital Daesang
(Song of the Year)
Disc Daesang
(Album of the Year)
Digital Song Bonsang Album Bonsang
Rookie Artist of the Year Popularity Award

Special awardsEdit

Award Winner(s)
MSN International Award Beast
MSN Japan Award Super Junior
Best Asian Group Award CNBLUE
Best Hallyu Star Award Kara
Hallyu Icon Award
ViVi Dream Award CNBLUE
Best Rock Band Award F.T. Island
Cosmopolitan Artist Award
Ceci Asia Icon Award Beast
Producer Award Hong Seung-seong (Cube Entertainment)


The event was met with several controversies—including the venue, fairness, recorded broadcasts, and ticket sales.[3] Observers commented that they did not see how Japan was relevant to the awards when sales figures were calculated from South Korea only. Others pointed out that although the Mnet Asian Music Awards is also a South Korean ceremony that have been held abroad, it had various participants from several countries around the world, unlike the Golden Disc Awards where only Korean artists participate.[4]

Complaints were made about the high price of tickets into the show in contrast with the usual lottery system, as the award organizers opted for an indoor baseball stadium instead of a regular concert hall. This led to speculation that the event organizers were more interested in profits than the actual awards ceremony.[5][3] On top of this, it was broadcast through JTBC's Lunar New Year special instead of being broadcast live, which led to criticisms of the awards being a "JTBC promotional concert" in an attempt to boost the channel's ratings.[3]

The absence of several popular artists such as 2NE1, Big Bang, IU, and T-ara, with them not winning any awards also left controversy over fairness.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Golden Disc Awards – Winners History". Golden Disc Awards. Archived from the original on May 8, 2022. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "Korean 2011 Golden Disk Awards release nominations". Yahoo! Singapore. November 29, 2011. Archived from the original on May 26, 2022. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "[Ki-Z 이슈] '골든디스크', JTBC 홍보 콘서트로 전락하며 '권위' 상실" [[Ki-Z Issue] 'Golden Disc' loses 'authority' as it degenerates into JTBC promotional concert]. Kuki News (in Korean). Naver. January 14, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "골든디스크 'K팝 장사' 눈살" [Golden Disc's 'K-pop business' glance]. Herald Pop (in Korean). Naver. January 10, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Kamarudin, Syahida (January 12, 2012). "'2011 Golden Disc Awards' heavily criticised". Yahoo! Singapore. Retrieved May 8, 2022.