|Country of origin South Korea|
Original release 1965 (1965) – present
|Original language(s) Korean|
First episode date 1965
|Production company(s) Tongyang Broadcasting Company
Korean Broadcasting System
Original network Tongyang Broadcasting Company (1965-1980) KBS 1TV (1981-1994) KBS 2TV (1995-present)
Network Tongyang Broadcasting Company
Similar SBS Gayo Daejeon, MBC Gayo Daejejeon, Music Bank, Show! Music Core, M Countdown
KBS Song Festival (Hangul: KBS 가요대축제; RR: KBS Gayo Daechukje) is an annual end-of-the-year music show broadcast every December by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).
The program was first broadcast in 1965 by the Tongyang Broadcasting Company (TBC), where it was known as TBC Broadcast Music Awards (Hangul: TBC 방송가요대상). In 1981, the South Korean government merged TBC with Korean Broadcasting System (KBS).
Following the merger, the program's name was changed to KBS Music Awards (Hangul: KBS 가요대상; RR: KBS Gayo Daesang). It aired on KBS1 each year on 30 December until 1994, when the program moved to KBS2. Until 1986, there were separate awards for males and females, but in 1987 they were combined.
In 2005, the program's name was changed to KBS Song Festival (Hangul: KBS 가요대축제; RR: KBS Gayo Daechukje). Along with the name change, the format was also modified where individual artists received special awards. In 2009, another format change came about where viewers could select the top artists and their awards by way of public votes.
Since 2009, KBS discontinued the award-giving format of the show in favor of a music festival structure.