Navigating the Glittering Lights: A Guide to 2023 KBS, MBC, and SBS Year-End Shows

As the year draws to a close, the Korean entertainment scene explodes with a dazzling array of year-end music shows. KBS, MBC, and SBS, the Big Three broadcasters, pull out all the stops to deliver spectacular evenings filled with music, laughter, and awards. To navigate this dazzling maze of performances, nominations, and airtimes, here’s your comprehensive guide to the 2023 year-end shows:

KBS Song Festival:

Date: December 30th, 2023 Time: 8:30 PM KST Highlights:

  • Global Festival: Instead of its traditional Song Festival, KBS is hosting a “2023 Music Bank Global Festival” with separate shows in Japan and Korea.
  • Japan Show (December 9th): Featuring performances by ITZY, Stray Kids, TREASURE, and more.
  • Korea Show (December 30th): Featuring performances by ENHYPEN, ATEEZ, NMIXX, and more.
  • Nominees: Daesang (Grand Prize) nominees include Kim Sook (comedian), Ryu Soo Young (actress), “2 Days & 1 Night” cast, Yeon Jung Hoon (actor), Park Jin Young (producer), Shin Dong Yup (host), Lee Chun Soo (actor), Jun Hyun Moo (host).

MBC Gayo Daejejeon:

Date: December 31st, 2023 Time: 8:30 PM KST Highlights:

  • Star-Studded Lineup: Expect performances by SHINee, Stray Kids, fromis_9, (G)I-DLE, ATEEZ, NCT 127, NCT DREAM, aespa, IVE, and many more.
  • Special Collaborations: Look forward to unique pairings like Stray Kids & NCT 127 and LE SSERAFIM & (G)I-DLE.
  • Host Trio: Hwang Minhyun, Girls’ Generation’s YoonA, and SHINee’s Minho promise charismatic hosting duties.

SBS Gayo Daejeon:

Date: December 25th, 2023 Time: 7:00 PM KST Highlights:

  • Christmas Theme: The show embraces the festive spirit with a “SWITCH ON” theme.
  • Special Stages: Get ready for exciting collaborations like Yeonjun (TXT) & ITZY’s Yuna and LE SSERAFIM & (G)I-DLE’s “I Am FEARLESS” stage.
  • MC Trio: SHINee’s Key, TXT’s Yeonjun, and IVE’s Ahn Yujin bring youthful energy to the hosting duties.

Beyond the Performances:

While the music takes center stage, each show also awards prizes to deserving artists throughout the year. Daesang, the highest honor, is the most coveted, recognizing outstanding achievements in music and entertainment.

Stay Tuned:

With top-tier performers, electrifying collaborations, and prestigious awards, the 2023 year-end shows promise unforgettable nights of entertainment. So, mark your calendars, grab your snacks, and prepare to be dazzled by the glittering spectacle of Korean music and awards season!

Remember, this is just a starting point. Feel free to delve deeper into each show by exploring their official websites, social media pages, and fan communities. The more you explore, the more you’ll be prepared to navigate the dazzling lights and electrifying performances of the 2023 year-end shows!

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