The Korean National and Foreign Press Recording Arts Association (HANGENYE) has finally announced their nominations for the 12th Golden Tunes Awards or as I call it the Golden Tunes. Just shortly after we concluded the 12th Gayo Music Festival we are gathered here again to this momentous day! The Golden Tunes is composed of South Korean and foreign press whose focus is on the Korean music scene.

The HANGENYE members are from KBS, MBC, SBS, JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, YTN, SBS MTV, MBC M, Mnet, Newsen, Dispatch, JoyNews24, Soompi, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety, MYX, Music!ON, etc. This year’s eligibility period is from November 9, 2020 – October 29, 2021.

Let’s see what they got us on the table! See the nominations below.

Album of the Year

  • Atlantis – SHINee
  • Attaca – SEVENTEEN
  • Hello Future – NCT DREAM
  • LILAC – IU
  • THE CHAOS CHAPTER: FREEZE – TOMORROW X TOGETHER

Record of the Year

  • Beautiful Beautiful – ONF
  • Butter – BTS
  • CHI MAT BA RAM – Brave Girls
  • LILAC – IU
  • Next Level – aespa

Breakthrough of the Year

  • aespa
  • ENHYPEN
  • JUST B
  • MIRAE
  • Purple Kiss

Best Pop Song

  • Alcohol-Free – TWICE
  • Beautiful Beautiful – ONF
  • Butter – BTS
  • CHI MAT BA RAM – Brave Girls
  • LILAC – IU

Best Dance/Electronic Song

  • Bad Love – KEY
  • Tamed-Dashed – ENHYPEN
  • Hello Future – NCT DREAM
  • KILLA – MIRAE
  • Next Level – aespa

Best Rock Song

  • 0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) – TOMORROW X TOGETHER & Seori
  • Jayu – SE SO NEON
  • Rain to be – ONEWE
  • Rock with you – SEVENTEEN
  • Traffic Light – Lee Mujin

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song

  • DAMAGE – JUST B
  • FIRST – EVERGLOW
  • LOCO – ITZY
  • Scared – P1HARMONY
  • Thunderous – Stray Kids

Best Music Video

  • Alcohol-Free – TWICE
  • Butter – BTS
  • FIRST – EVERGLOW
  • LOCO – ITZY
  • Scared – P1HARMONY

Cho Yong-pil Achievement Award

Sumi Jo, GRAMMY-winning soprano

Well, that seems a wrap. Those are the nominees for the 2021 Golden Tunes. Who do you think will win? Comment down below and we’ll discuss!

We will see the winners on November 6, 2021; 10AM KST.