The 2021 Awards Circuit has finally commenced starting this week! The Awards Circuit is an annual event in which not only me but you. Yes, you as my dear reader have the capability to be involved in the process of voting for these awards. The Award Circuit is organized by the International Asian Music Critics Association, represented by more than 25 members, which comprises of music industry professionals, critics, insiders and performers.

This post celebrates and announces the final dates of all confirmed and slated ceremonies in the 2021 Award Circuit.

WOW! Finally we are at the last leg of this year. We can now finally say thank you to 2021, a beautiful year that has blessed us with one of the best music of the decade. From pop, rock, rap, indie to classical music. The industry and the artists have stepped up their game and released some gems we will have to forever be thankful of.

Without further ado, we the IAMCA present to you the awards that shape our collective.


The 555 Awards

10/10 Music Awards


deforestedmusic Awards

Seoul Music Critics Association Awards

Online K-Pop Music Critics Association Awards

2021 Critics’ Circle


2021 Summer Music Awards

2021 Gayo Music Festival

2021 Golden Tunes

2021 MTV European Music Awards

2021 Melon Music Awards

2021 Independent Noise

  • Nominations: December 5, 2021
  • Ceremony: December 12, 2021

2021 Music Video Society Awards

  • Nominations: December 10, 2021
  • Ceremony: December 17, 2021


12th Korean Music Producers’ Guild Association Awards

12th Performers’ Society of Korea Awards

12th Composers Society Awards

  • Nominations: November 28, 2021
  • Ceremony: December 4, 2021

12th MIXMAST Awards

  • Nominations: November 28, 2021
  • Ceremony: December 5, 2021

12th Songwriters Society Awards

  • Nominations: December 5, 2021
  • Ceremony: December 11, 2021


  • Nominations: December 11, 2021
  • Peer Voting: December 11-16, 2021
  • Ceremony: December 18, 2021

Now, that was a ton of award shows. But I am not doing this without all of my friends at the IAMCA. They really have been monumental at making all of it possible. I would also like to thank everyone in the Korean music industry for being so responsive and entertaining to collaborate with. All winners and nominees will be tallied in a leaderboard post that we will be highlighting in each one of our blogs. I hope you look forward to the 2021 Awards Circuit!

See you tomorrow at 555 Reviews for their first ever award nominations post and the start of the Award Circuit!