The year is coming to an end with a blast in the Korean music scene as the major television networks including KBS, MBC, and SBS are ushering in the new year with their own versions of year-end music shows. SBS led the way by holding its year-end music show, “2014 SBS Gayo Daejun” at COEX in Seoul on 21st Dec.

However, this time around, SBS announced that the music festival is no longer just a show filled with performances as the awards segment of the music programme has returned as part of 2014’s SBS Awards Festival after being abolished 8 years ago.

Lucky Boys and Song Ji-hyo


CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa, 2PM’s Nichkhun, WINNER’s Song Min-ho, B1A4’s Baro, and Infinite’s L formed a group called “Lucky Boys” to host the music show, alongside actress Song Ji-hyo. The boys kick started the show with their own rendition of a new song, “Celebrity”.


The music show saw some of the biggest K-Pop acts performing their biggest hit songs of the year with various special stages and collaborations.

Earlier on 10th Dec, it was reported that BIGBANG‘s Taeyang was expected to perform with Filipino-American singer-songwriter Jeff Bernat for SBS Gayo Daejun. Despite being relatively unknown in the international music scene, Jeff Bernat’s songs have earned him the title “Genius R&B Musician” in South Korea, China, and Japan. Thus, the singer was asked to do a joint performance with another R&B genius, Taeyang.

The 2 performed Jeff Bernat’s hit song “Call You Mine” at 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun:

However, the performance proved to be mediocre as the 2 were unable to harmonise and Taeyang seemed to have experienced technical difficulties during the performance. Taeyang later performed with BIGBANG’s leader G-Dragon for an energetic rendition of their song “Good Boy”.



Taeyang is not the only artiste that had a special collaboration stage as his label mates, the WINNER boys also collaborated with artistes from other entertainment companies for a special stage.

The group collaborated with GOT7, Red Velvet, and Lovelyz to form a special group called “Strong Babies” because all the groups debuted in 2014. Together, they performed a special remix of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”. However, another broadcast accident happened during their performance as the sound system was not working properly.

The award show was later saved by powerhouse vocalist Ailee, who did an amazing cover of Ariana Grande‘s “Problem”.

The singer previously performed the song with Girl’s Day at 2014 MAMA.

EXO emerged as the biggest winner of the night for snagging the “Best Male Group” award and the “Best Album” award for “Overdose”. Their award was completed with a live performance of “Overdose”


As Christmas is fast approaching, YG’s Akdong Musician led the Christmas performances by performing their own rendition of “Winter Wonderland”.

The duo later performed their latest single, “200%”.

To further entice the audiences with their performances, Orange Caramel once again surprised the crowd in Christmas tree-inspired outfits for their performance of a Christmas version of their song “Catallena“.

Orange Caramel

After making his first performance at 2014 MAMA, legendary singer Seo Taeji attended his first award ceremony at 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun after going on a long hiatus.

Despite his long hiatus, he was able to hype up the crowd with his special Christmas performance for the award show.

Other artistes who performed at 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun include Secret, VIXX, Block B, Teen Top, Sunmi, B1A4, Park Bo Ram, 15&, A Pink, AOA, Girl’s Day, KARA, SISTAR’s Soyu & Junggigo, INFINITE’s Sungkyu, San E x Raina, Epik High, Dynamic Duo, T-Ara, 4Minute, CNBLUE, SISTAR, 2NE1, APINK x BTOB, INFINITE, BEAST and 2PM.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

  • Best Rookie: WINNER
  • Global Star: 2PM
  • Best Band: CNBLUE
  • Best Solo Female: Ailee
  • Best Solo Male: Taeyang
  • Best Female Group: 2NE1
  • Best Male Group: EXO
  • Best Song: Soyu x Junggigo – “Some”
  • Best Album: EXO – “Overdose”

Despite the broadcast accidents, which performance was your favourite? What do you wish to see in the next SBS Gayo Daejun? Let us know in the comments box below!

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