No matter how many times a K-Pop artist wins a music show award, whether it be their first or their hundredth, it’s always a big deal to both the artist and their fans! It’s a physical piece of evidence that proves their success, and there’s no surprise when the winners become emotional over receiving them.
Here are the 11 K-Pop artists who have won the most music show awards in 2021! The six music shows included on this list are The Show, Show Champion, M Countdown, Music Bank, Show! Music Core, and Inkigayo.
Over the whole year, ITZY won a total of 8 music show awards, bringing their total awards to 42! Five of those wins went to “Mafia in the Morning”, during the 18th and 19th weeks of the year, and three went to their more recent release, “LOCO”, which they won in the 40th and 41st weeks on various shows!
SEVENTEEN also won 8 awards this year, bringing their overall total to 46! Out of these 8 awards, half of them went to their first release of the year, “Ready To Love”, during the 25th and 26th weeks of the year. The other half went to their more recent “Rock With You”, won on various programs during the 43rd and 44th weeks.
9. Kang Daniel
Kang Daniel, one of two soloists on this list, won a total of 9 music show awards this year, bringing his total to 19! Four of these awards went to “Paranoia” during the 8th week of the year, while the other five awards went to “Antidote” during the 16th week.
Rookie girl group aespa has proven themselves as a group to look out for, with 9 music show wins in 2021! One of these went to their debut song, “Black Mamba”, during the second week of the year, while the other eight have gone to their recent and massive hit, “Savage”, from the 41st week all the way through the 48th week!
7. THE BOYZ
THE BOYZ is another fourth generation group that did incredibly well this year, winning 10 music show awards overall and bringing their total to 15! Half of these wins went to their earlier release in the year, “Thrill Ride”, during the 33rd week, while the other five went to “Maverick” during the 45th week.
6. Brave Girls
Brave Girls not only got their very first (and long overdue) music show win in 2021, but they received 10 in total! Seven of these wins went to their iconic hit “Rollin'” between the 10th and 18th weeks of the year, while the other three went to “Chi Mat Ba Ram” during weeks 25 and 26.
(G)I-DLE also received 10 music show awards this year — despite only having one comeback as a whole group — bringing their overall total to 28! All 10 awards went to “HWAA” between the third and fifth weeks of the year.
4. NCT 127
NCT 127 is one of two NCT subunits to make it on this list, winning 13 music show awards this year and bringing their total to 26! The majority of these wins — 10 in total — went to “Sticker” during the 38th, 39th, and 40th weeks of the year, while the remaining three went to “Favorite (Vampire)” during the 44th and 45th weeks.
3. NCT DREAM
NCT DREAM also earned 13 music show awards in 2021, bringing their overall total to 19! Seven of these awards were given to their earlier release, “Hot Sauce”, during the 20th, 21st, and 22nd weeks of the year, while the remaining six went to “Hello Future” during the 27th and 28th weeks.
IU is the other soloist to make it on this list for 2021, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone! She earned an incredible 27 music show awards this year, bringing her total to 92 (and making her the most-awarded soloist and fourth most-awarded artist in the industry). Ten of these awards went to “Celebrity”, nine went to “Lilac”, and eight went to her most recent single, “Strawberry Moon”!
And of course, making it to the very top of the list (though by only just a single award!) is BTS, with 28 total wins in 2021 and bringing their overall total to 152, keeping their title as the most-awarded artist in the industry. Three awards went to “Life Goes On”, and four went to “Dynamite”, despite these songs coming out in 2020! “Butter” received 13 awards, while “Permission To Dance” took the remaining eight.