The Music Critics’ Circle is an annual industry award show started in 2010. This is the 12th edition of the Critics’ Cricle. The CC are voted by the various music critics from South Korea and all over the world specializing in Korean music and Asian music.

Notable participants include blogs like TheBiasList, KPOPREVIEWED, 10/10 Music, KBopped, 555 Reviews, Hallyureviews, Mozart Reviews, and more. K-Pop industry expert, kpop stuffs, and the members of the International Asian Music Critics Association. The nominations were determined via TrackScore and jury paneling from IZM.

This year’s eligibility period is from November 16, 2020 – November 5, 2021.

Let’s see what they got us on the table! This is the winners of the Music Critics’ Circle, the Critics’ Choice of K-Pop.

Best Album

The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE by TOMORROW X TOGETHER

Best Record

BAD LOVE by Key

Best Song

Beautiful Beautiful by ONF

Best New Artist

aespa

Best Alternative Album

Instinct, Pt. 1 by OnlyOneOf

Best Alternative Record

Best Pop Album

City of ONF by ONF

Best Pop Record

Best Electronic Album

BAD LOVE by Key

Best Electronic Record

Best R&B Album

CIX 4th EP Album 'HELLO' Chapter Ø. Hello, Strange Dream - Single by CIX |  Spotify
HELLO Chapter Ø: Hello, Strange Dream by CIX

Best R&B Record

Best Rock Album

The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE by TOMORROW X TOGETHER

Best Rock Record

Best Rap Album

DISHARMONY: BREAK OUT by P1HARMONY

Best Rap Record

Best Soundtrack Compilation

tvN Hospital Playlist 2 by Various Artists

Best Soundtrack Record

Way Back then by Jung Jae-il

Best Music Video

Beautiful Beautiful by SUNNY VISUAL

Best Duo/Group Performance

Best Solo Performance

Best Producer

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MONOTREE

Best Instrumental Composition

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Beautiful Beautiful by MONOTREE

Best Song Arrangement

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Beautiful Beautiful by MONOTREE

The Yoo Jae-ha Prize

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Yoo Jae-ha

Well, that seems a wrap. Those are the winners for the 2021 Critics Circle. Do you think they deserved it? Comment down below and we’ll discuss!

We will see the nominees for the first-ever South Korean music guild award, the Korean Music Producers’ Guild Awards, November 14, 2021; 10AM KST.