By Lee Hyo-won
Pop singers Rain and Girls’ Generation, and actress Jeon Do-yeon, among other high-profile stars have been chosen as grand prize winners of the 2nd Seoul Art and Culture Award.
The awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Seoul City, features 11 categories and recipients were revealed Monday ahead of the ceremony later this month, in Seoul.
Rain was chosen for the grand prize in the world star category while Girls’ Generation topped the pop singer awards and Jeon won the same top prize for movie actors. Among TV drama actors, Lee Beom-soo won the grand prize for his role in SBS’ “Giant” while musical star Chung Sung-hwa was noted for his work in “Hero.”
Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment will also receive the grand prize for pop music producers while filmmaker Ryu Seung-wan will receive a trophy for his crime drama, ``The Unjust.’’
The star-studded award ceremony will take place at the Gymnastic Stadium, Olympic Park at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. Girls’ Generation, Kim Duk-soo’s “samulnori” (traditional percussion) troupe, baritone Seo Jung-hak, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Police Agency theater troupe will give performances. The ceremony will be attended by specially invited guest including multicultural families and handicapped individuals.