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China's Dragon TV And Kugou Music Awards Name South Korean Boy Band SHINee As Best Group In Asia

By March 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm
South Korean Boy Band SHINee named As Best Group in Asia. In this picture, 15-year old American girl Donica Streling meets with members of SHINee at SM Entertainment head office on June 20, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun | Getty Images Korea)

Chinese satellite TV station, Dragon TV named South Korean boy band SHINee as best group in Asia, according to the group's agency on Wednesday. SM Entertainment said SHINee was honored at the 23rd DongFang Music Awards ceremony on Monday held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai.

The five-member group concluded the event with "View" while member Taemin performed for the first time in China, his "Press Your Number" solo track earlier, Yonhap News reported.

With Lee Taemin, Choi Min Ho, Lee Jin Ki, Kim Jong Hyun and Kim Kibum as members, SM Entertainment's SHINee debuted on May 25, 2008 and from then on lead dance, fashion and music trends. Their first album Replay drew female fans of all ages, and hit singles "Love Like Oxygen" and "Amigo" followed.

They swept different music awards and won best new artist in 2008, as recorded on Visit Korea.

Their second mini album, Romeo on May 2009 was equally a success. The boy band is oftentimes at the top of competitions in TV music shows, thanks to their sparkling performances and trendy music. Even when they were new, the group already were known not only locally but in other Asian countries such as Thailand, Taiwan and China.

Dragon TV, the body that named SHINee boy band the best group in Asia, started in 1994 and is among China's reputable honors for artists in the music industry. The event on Monday was graced by some guests worth mentioning, such as, Chinese girl group SNH48, Chinese singer Zhou Bichang and G.E.M. of Hong Kong. SHINee was the sole group from South Korea during the awards and the agency quoted them saying: "It's an honor to have been invited to the ceremony and we're grateful for this meaningful award."

In a separate Chinese music awards, the Kugou Music Awards, likewise named SHINee as best group in Asia. The awards was organized by streaming website Kugou on Tuesday, and was attended by local pop stars like G.EM., Cyndi Wang, Zhang Jie and Kangta South Korean artist of the 90s boy band H.O.T. The latter was honored at the event for his role in promoting "hallyu," the term used for the Korean culture's popularity in Asia.

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