Winning a Daesang is definitely a huge accomplishment, especially if you are a girl group!
In the Korean-Pop Industry, Daesang or the Grand Prize means the highest form of award you can garner in an award ceremony. It is one of the highest honors that any Korean artist can receive in their entire career. These awards include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Worldwide Icon of the Year, among others, and are determined by physical and digital sales by the artists.
Being a girl group bagging these notable grand prizes against 'soloist digimons' and 'physical monster boy groups' is tough, so that is why it is a huge accomplishment for girl groups.
Here are the Top 10 Girl Groups with the Most Daesang Awards of All Time (as of April 2021):
- 10. Fin.K.L. - 1 Daesang
— Fin.K.L is a South Korean girl group formed by DSP Media all the way back in 1998, consisting of members Lee Hyori, Ock Joo-Hyun, Lee Jin, and Sung Yu-ri. They earned 1 daesang award in their prime alongside SES.
9. Miss A - 1 Daesang
— Miss A (Hangul: 미쓰에이) was a South Korean quarter girl group consisted of a quartet consisting of Fei, Jia, Min, and Suzy, formed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted in July 2010 with the single "Bad Girl Good Girl," which made them the only group to bagged a Song of the Year on Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) for their debut.
- 8. Wonder Girls - 2 Daesangs
— Wonder Girls (Korean: 원더걸스) was a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted in February 2007 with the single "Irony" and five members: Yeeun, Sunye, Sunmi, Hyuna, and Sohee. The group has garnered 2 prestigious grand prizes in their entire career as a team, including the Song of the Year from Mnet Asian Music Awards for Nobody.
- 7. Momoland - 2 Daesangs
- — Momoland (Korean: 모모랜드) is a South Korean girl group formed by MLD Entertainment (formerly known as Duble Kick Company) through the 2016 reality show Finding Momoland. The show's winners Hyebin, Yeonwoo, Jane, Nayun, JooE, Ahin, and Nancy, served as the original members, adding Taeha and Daisy afterwards. The group as a 9-member girl group line-up, won several Artist of the Year awards on Korea Brand Awards and Korea Cable TV Awards, prior to their worldwide hit-song, Bboom Bboom.
- 6. MAMAMOO - 2 Daesangs
— Mamamoo (Korean: 마마무), most often stylized as MAMAMOO, is a South Korean girl group formed by RBW (formerly WA Entertainment) in 2014. The quartet has won 2 daesangs already solely for their exemplary vocals, such as Performer of the Year on Korea PD Awards and Live Performance of the Year in Soribada Best K-Music Awards (SOBA).
- 5. GFRIEND - 3 Daesangs
— GFriend (Korean: 여자친구; RR: Yeoja Chingu) is a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015. The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. They made their debut with the EP Season of Glass on January 15, 2015. Establishing their career momentum at their rookie days and accumulating over a million digital downloads and physical copies, the group has won a total of 3 daesang awards throughout their career, including the Performer of the Year in Korea PD Awards and the Grand Prize for the Hallyu (K-pop Singer) Category of Korean Culture Entertainment Awards, before the most successful song, Rough.
- 4. Red Velvet - 4 Daesangs
— Red Velvet (Korean: 레드벨벳) five-membered girl group debuted in 2014 that is consisted of the members: Wendy, Seulgi, Joy, Irene, and Yeri under the management by SM Entertainment. The critically-acclaimed girl group has won several daesang awards, including the Song of the Year in Asia Artist Awards (AAA) for Umpah Umpah and Music of the Year in Soribada Best K-Music Awards.
- 3. 2NE1 - 6 Daesangs
— 2NE1 (Korean: 투애니원, IPA: [tʰu. ɛ.ni. wʌn]) was a South Korean girl group that consisted of Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy. The group was formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. The girl-crush pioneer girl group has already received a total of 6 prestigious daesang awards, including a Song of the Year in Mnet Asian Music Awards, with 681.5k album sales sold throughout their career.
- 2. Girls' Generation (SNSD) - 9 Daesangs
— Girls' Generation (Korean: 소녀시대; RR: Sonyeo Sidae), also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. Often hailed as the Nation's Girl Group by the Korean netizens, the group has accumulated a total of 9 daesangs in their prime years and have sold over 2.92 million album copies as a group. Notably speaking, SNSD is the only girl group to bagged a Disk Daesang (Grand Prize) on Golden Disk Awards.
- 1. TWICE - 16 Daesangs
— Twice (Korean: 트와이스; Japanese: トゥワイス), commonly stylized as TWICE, is a South Korean girl group formed in 2015 by JYP Entertainment. The group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. TWICE is the only group that bagged the Song of the Year of Mnet Asian Music Awards in three consecutive years. Overall, they’ve won an impressive 16 daesang awards and currently the best-selling girl group of all time with over 10 million physical album sales.