The 2021 deforestedmusic Awards is part of the 2021 Awards Circuit Series by the International Asian Music Critics Association (IAMCA). The Awards Circuit Series was established to create a plethora of award shows organized by music critics to fully grasp the different songs and albums that have sparked interested and revolution in the world of music today.


For the first time in the history of the blogsphere, we music critics are having individual award shows. This year’s debut of the deforestedmusic Awards is one of the most exciting, thrilling and unpredictable one yet. In the past few days, we were greeted by the first of many critics award: The 555 Awards, 10/10 Music Awards, and just yesterday, the KPOPREVIEWED Awards.

The inaguration of this year’s individual critics awards is the start of the onslaught of numerous awards we have prepared for those of you who can’t get enough with more victory and song competitions. Tomorrow, nominees of the 12th Gayo Music Festival will be announced, and the first-ever Seoul Music Critics Award will finally give us a preview of what we need to look out for the INSIDERs in December.

This year’s eligibility period is from January 1, 2021 – October 27, 2021.

Without further ado, let me present this year’s nominees for the deforestedmusic Awards!

Album of the Year

  • CHAOS CHAPTER: FREEZE, THE (TOMORROW X TOGETHER)
  • HELLO Chapter Ø: Hello, Strange Dream (CIX)
  • Imaginary (MIYAVI)
  • Instinct, Pt. 1 (OnlyOneOf)
  • OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON, THE (GWSN)

Record of the Year

  • Bad Love (Key)
  • Beautiful Beautiful (ONF)
  • Butter (BTS)
  • My War (Shinsei Kamattechan)
  • Poison (Pink Fantasy)

Song of the Year

  • Beautiful Beautiful (ONF)
  • GHOST (DreamNote)
  • My War (Shinsei Kamattechan)
  • Stranger (Dimash Kudaibergen)
  • Warrior (MIYAVI)

Best New Artist

  • DPR IAN
  • KINGDOM
  • MIRAE
  • Purple Kiss
  • Rolling Quartz

Musician of the Year

  • Brave Girls
  • BTS
  • Golden Child
  • OnlyOneOf
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER

Producer of the Year

  • 13
  • Bang Shi-hyuk
  • Kenzie
  • Kim Do-hoon
  • MONOTREE

Best Indie Release

  • Antifreeze (Baek Yerin)
  • Baptism of Blues (Lee Gyeong-min)
  • Jayu (SE SO NEON)
  • Lucid Dream (Jue)
  • So Beautiful (DPR IAN)

Best Pop Release

  • Beautiful Beautiful (ONF)
  • Butter (BTS)
  • CHI MAT BA RAM (BRAVE GIRLS)
  • Dimples (Woosung)
  • LILAC (IU)

Best Electronic Release

  • Bad Love (KEY)
  • GHOST (DreamNote)
  • KILLA (MIRAE)
  • Mega Punch (N.O.M)
  • MOON RIDER (BDC)

Best Rock Release

  • 0X1=LOVESONG (TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Seori)
  • My War (Shinsei Kamattechan)
  • Poison (Pink Fantasy)
  • Rain to be (ONEWE)
  • Rock with you (SEVENTEEN)

Best Rap Release

  • Baptism of Blues (Lee Gyeong-min)
  • Blind (CIIPHER)
  • DAMAGE (JUST B)
  • LOCO (ITZY)
  • Trigger (VERIVERY)

Best R&B Release

  • Close Your Eyes (Bz-Boys)
  • libidO (OnlyOneOf)
  • MOONLIGHT (BDC)
  • Son of Beast (TO1)
  • WAITING (WOODZ)

Best Music Video

  • libidO (OnlyOneOf)
  • LOCO (ITZY)
  • Permission to Dance (BTS)
  • Scared (P1HARMONY)
  • WAITING (WOODZ)

Best Side Release

  • Attention, please! (ENHYPEN)
  • Fanfare (Golden Child)
  • night flight (OnlyOneOf)
  • The Realist (ONF)
  • Warrior (MIYAVI)

The winners of the 2021 deforestedmusic Awards will be announced here on deforestedmusic on November 4, 2021. Stay tuned for the Seoul Music Critics Awards nominees post tomorrow, and the 12th Gayo Music Festival nominees post here on the 30th!