The 21st Korean Music Awards has announced the nominees for the ceremony. The awards feature a total of 55 selection committee members including popular music critics, media music journalists and editors, music broadcast PDs, and music content planners. The ceremony is set to have 26 categories across three fields.
This year, the most nominated artists are NewJeans, Beenzino, and Silica Gel. They are nominated in comprehensive categories such as artist, song, and album.
NewJeans is specifically nominated in five categories, including Best K-pop Song and Album, while Beenzino competes in Best Rap & Hip-Hop Song and Album, and Silica Gel aims for Best Modern Rock Song and Album.
Particular attention is drawn to whether NewJeans will clinch awards this year. In the 20th ceremony in 2023, NewJeans surpassed tough competition and won three awards, including Best New Artist, Best K-pop Song, and Best K-pop Album.
Additionally, the list of nominees includes FIFTY FIFTY, H1-KEY, Kiss of Life, among others.
Furthermore, BTS’s Jungkook has been nominated in four categories. Silica Gel and Kirara continue their streak as nominees for the third consecutive year. In the fiercely contested Best Folk Song category, Hwang Puha submits both “Fire” and “Inept,” while musician Vardan Ovsepian is nominated twice with albums “Lawless Heart” featuring Jeong Sori and “Liminal Silence” with Sunny Kim and Ben Monder.
In addition, Kang Taehwan is selected for the 21st Achievement Award. Known as one of the world’s top three free jazz saxophonists, he has received high praise outside Korea and continues his long-standing activity since the 1970s, even conducting masterclasses for future musicians.
The 21st Korean Music Awards ceremony is scheduled to be broadcast live on February 29th at 8 p.m. KST through the retail media platform PRIZM.