2NE1 is a Recipient of “2012 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards–Prime Minister’s Award

South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism and Korea Creative Content Agency(KOCCA) held its annual award show, ‘Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award‘ at Seoul’s Olympic Hall on November 19th. Three K-Pop artists won awards at the award show. SHINee won the Ministry of Culture Award, 2NE1 won the Prime Minister’s Award, and Psy received the highest honor with theCultural Medal Award. Actor Kim Soo Hyun also received the Ministry of Culture Award. However,2NE1 and Psy couldn’t attend due to scheduling conflicts. (cr: allkpop)
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 is 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 SeokLee Eun HaKim Hyung SeokJo Sung WooHa Jeong WooKim 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.
They have recently tweeted and posted the following introduction to the girls on their Facebook:
국무총리표창을 수상하게되는 2NE1을 소개합니다.^^ 2009년 Lollipop으로 데뷔하여 한국, 일본에서 큰사랑을 받고 있습니다. 파워풀한 힙합과 일렉트로닉 음악으로 실력파 뮤지션 2NE1 !!! twitpic.com/bc844r
Here’s an introduction of the awardee for the Prime Minister award, 2NE1.^^ After debuting in 2009 with Lollipop, they have received great love in both Korea and Japan. Talented musicians of powerful hip-hop & electronic music, 2NE1 !!!


Introducing the awardee for the Prime Minister Award, 2NE1.^^ After debuting in 2009 with Lollipop, 2NE1 received great love in both Korea and Japan!! They are the image of talented musicians of powerful hip-hop & electronic music that are leading the Korean wave and making valuable contributions to the development of popular culture~^^ Everyone please congratulate them!

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.Update: 2NE1 was not able to attend the award ceremony due to scheduling conflicts.
Nevertheless, congratulations to the girls on this amazing achievement!!
2NE1 is the B E S T! ♥

Source: Award’s website, Facebook and Twitter | KOCCA 1, 2
Translations by nyldeabcd@ygladies.com

Article by staff@ygladies.com
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