IU, BTS, Red Velvet, NCT Dream & More Winners At “11th Gaon Chart Music Awards”

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A big round of applause to all the K-Pop acts who brought home precious accolades during the 11th Gaon Chart Music Awards!

The 11th Gaon Chart Music Awards has recently recognized some of the biggest and celebrated names in K-Pop in 2021, along with their superb music and significant contributions to the industry.

Hosted by STAYC’s Sieun, NCT’s Doyoung, and JaeJae, the awards ceremony aired on January 27 at 7 PM KST via Gaon Chart’s official YouTube channel, 1theK (Wonder K), Kakao TV, and Melon.

Making it more memorable and special for the artists, the event was held with a limited live audience. This allowed the attendees to deliver gratitude personally to their dearest fans, who have supported them not just in 2021, but in the past years.

The online gathering also focused on the artists’ backgrounds and essential contributions to the K-Pop industry in the past year.


Known for its extensive list of victors, the prestigious award giving body named 12 Artists of the Year for the Digital Division, corresponding to each month of 2021. These artists paved the way for K-Pop’s worldwide appreciation and acknowledgement.

11th Gaon Chart Music Awards

The winning artists and their lead tracks for the first half of the year were Taeyeon’s “What Do I Call You,” IU’s “Celebrity” and “LILAC,” SHINee’s “Don’t Call Me,” Kang Daniel’s “Antidote,” BTS’ “Butter,” and Brave Girls’ “Chi Mat Ba Ram.”

Moreover, the performers and their title tracks, who conquered the second half of 2021 were BTS’ “Permission to Dance,” Red Velvet’s “Queendom,” Coldplay x BTS’ “Universe,” IU’s “Strawberry Moon,” and TWICE’s “Scientist.”

Starting their year with another achievement, Stray Kids were also recognized for further spreading the Hallyu fever worldwide. They were able to bag the meaningful Hallyu Star of the Year Award.

Meanwhile, IZ*ONE, NCT Dream, BTS, and NCT 127 owned 2021 with their albums One-Reeler Act IV, Hot Sauce, Butter, and Sticker.

Check out the other groups and artists who shone the brightest in 2022 and who came home with accolades between their hands:

  • Rookie of the Year – Lee Mujin (Digital), Lee Chan Won (Physical Album)
  • Popular Singer of the Year – Standing Egg
  • Music Steady Seller of the Year – BTS
  • Top Kit Seller of the Year – NCT Dream
  • Discovery of the Year – Homies (HipHop), STAYC (Hot Trend)
  • Style of the Year – Son Sung Deuk (Choreographer), Kim Wook (Stylist)
  • MUBEAT Global Choice Award – BTS, BLACKPINK’s Lisa
  • Social Hot Star of the Year – BTS
  • Composer of the Year – Ryan S. Jhun
  • Lyricist of the Year – IU
  • Hot Performance of the Year – Oh My Girl, THE BOYZ
  • Performers of the Year – Jung Jae Pil (Musical Instrument), Kim Yeon Seo (Chorus Instrument)
  • World’s Rookie – ENHYPEN, aespa
  • Retail Album of the Year – BTS
  • International Song of the Year – Justin Bieber’s “Peaches”
  • International Rising Star of the Year – The Kid Laroi
  • Adult Contemporary Music of the Year – Lim Young Woong
  • Record Production of the Year – IU/EDAM Entertainment

Hats off to all the winners!

Source: 1theK

Photos from EDAM Entertainment, Big Hit Entertainment, and SM Entertainment

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