2NE1 to receive “2012 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards – Prime Minister’s Award”
The Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award is an annual award that serves to recognize the contributions of individuals/groups to the development of popular culture, the arts and the Korean wave.
There are 4 award categories: the Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Award, the Prime Minister Award, the President Award, and the most prestigious Cultural Medal.
Funded and organised by the Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism and the Korea Creative Content Agency, the awards were created with the motive of recognizing the driving forces of the Korean Wave and also to recognize the creative artists that are the pride of Korea.
The nominees of the 2012 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award that would have the honour of ‘climbing the podium’ include Korea’s representative rock band ‘Sanulrim‘ ‘s vocal Kim Chang Wan, luxury actor Han Suk Kyu, National MC Yoo Jae Seok, and girl group 2NE1, who’s at the forefront of K-pop. 30 pop-culture artists have been nominated.
These pop-culture artists have been nominated by professionals/experts. Honorary director of the Busan International Film Festival, Kim Dong Ho, heads the jury panel of experts, which makes the final nominations. The final nominees are then evaluated on their achievements in the field and their contributions to the industry, and the winners were finalized in early November at the final jury meeting.
The awardees for the 2012 awards were announced earlier this week.
2NE1 will receive the Prime Minister’s Award on November 19th along with the other awardees in their category: Yoo Jae Seok, Lee Eun Ha, Kim Hyung Seok, Jo Sung Woo, Ha Jeong Woo, Kim Dong Su and, Na Yun Seon. Previous recipients of this award include veteran singer Lee Sun Hee (2010) & SNSD (2011). 2NE1 and SNSD are the only girl groups to win the Prime Minister’s Award.
YG’s CEO Yang Hyun Suk and 2NE1′s seniors, Big Bang, has also previously been awarded the President’s Award in 2011 and the Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism award in 2010 respectively. This year, 2NE1′s label-mate PSY, is also being awarded the Cultural Medal award.
The awards comittee has praised 2NE1 as the image of talented musicians of powerful hip-hop & electronic music that are leading the Korean wave.
The awards ceremony will be held on November 19 (18.30 – 20.30) at the Olympic Hall. It will also include performances from several K-pop stars such as miss A. Those who are interested to attend can apply for tickets by sharing a link on various SNS channels. They will then conduct a ballot for entry into the event.
2NE1 is expected to attend this ceremony as well as perform, we look forward to celebrating this achievement with the girls in a few more days.