The 2021 Online K-POP Music Critics Association 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.


The 2021 Online K-POP Music Critics Association Awards will be held on November 9, officially ending the Association series of the Critics leg of the Award Circuit. The Online K-POP Music Critics Association is composed of more than 1,000 members from Rate Your Music, and Album of the Year enthusiast rating sites that allow people to critically assess albums and songs. We would like to thank publicly available data from RYM and AOTY that helped build the nominees and winners of this year’s award. This year’s eligibility period is from November 2, 2020 – October 29, 2021.

Without further ado, let me present this year’s nominees for the Online K-POP Music Critics Association Awards!

Album of the Year

  • 1/6 (SUNMI)
  • BAD LOVE (Key)
  • DIMENSION: DILEMMA (ENHYPEN)
  • Queendom (Red Velvet)
  • Moodswings In This Order (DPR IAN)
  • Taste of Love (TWICE)
  • timeabout, (YUKIKA)
  • UNNATURAL (WJSN)

Record of the Year

  • Abittipsy (YOUHA)
  • Addicted (PIXY)
  • Bad Love (Key)
  • EASY (WJSN THE BLACK)
  • The Feels (TWICE)
  • Loving You (YUKIKA)
  • Ring Ring (Rocket Punch)
  • Savage (aespa)

Song of the Year

  • Abittipsy (Youha)
  • Addicted (PIXY)
  • Bad Love (Key)
  • Beautiful Beautiful (ONF)
  • EASY (WJSN THE BLACK)
  • The Feels (TWICE)
  • Loving You (YUKIKA)
  • So Beautiful (DPR IAN)

Best New Artist

  • aespa
  • DPR IAN
  • ENHYPEN
  • JUST B
  • KINGDOM
  • PIXY
  • Purple Kiss
  • StayC

Best Pop Release

  • Abittipsy (Youha)
  • Bad Love (Key)
  • EASY (WJSN THE BLACK)
  • The Feels (TWICE)
  • Loving You (YUKIKA)

Best Rock Release

  • Odd Eye (DREAMCATCHER)
  • Poison (Pink Fantasy)
  • Right Through Me (DAY6)
  • So Beautiful (DPR IAN)
  • X (Chungha)

Best Rap Release

  • Addicted (PIXY)
  • BEAM BEAM (Soyeon)
  • Mixtape: OH (Stray Kids)
  • Savage (aespa)
  • Save (NCT 127)

The winners of the 2021 Online K-POP Music Critics Association Awards will be announced here on deforestedmusic on November 9, 2021. Stay tuned for the 2021 KPOPREVIEWED Awards post at KPOPREVIEWED tomorrow!