Sometimes we wonder, what do the actual music producers of the South Korean music think the best of the year is. Do they have the same criteria as the critics, or the media? Or do they have their own code of honor? Today, all shall be clarified as the music producers of Korea collaborate to pick the best of the year.


Welcome everyone, to the Award Circuit’s first ever guild award. To those of you that does not know what a guild is, it is an organization founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. The award show we are about to witness is the Korean Music Producers’ Guild Awards (KMPGA) comprising of all music producers, international or domestic that contribute in helping shape the music industry of South Korea.

The purpose of the KMPGA is to represent, protect, and promote the interests of producers and the producing team in music, entertainment, and new media. The 2021 KMPGA set its eligibility period from November 23, 2020 to November 12, 2021.

Without further ado, the KMPGA presents the nominees for the 12th edition of its award ceremony,

Outstanding Album Production

  • Attacca (SEVENTEEN)
    • Han Sung-soo, SEVENTEEN & BUMZU, producers
  • THE CHAOS CHAPTER: FREEZE (TOMORROW X TOGETHER)
    • Bang Shi-hyuk & Slow Rabbit, producers
  • DIMENSION: DILEMMA (ENHYPEN)
    • Bang Shi-hyuk & Wonderkid, producers
  • Favorite (NCT 127)
    • Lee Soo-man & Yoo Young-jin, producers
  • Instinct, Part 1 (OnlyOneOf)
    • Jaden Jeong, Haeil & SWEETCH, producers
  • LILAC (IU)
    • IU & Bae Jong-han, producers
  • Next Episode (AKMU)
    • AKMU, producers
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON (GWSN)
    • Nam Ji-woong & SWIN LEE, producers
  • Savage (aespa)
    • Lee Soo-man & Yoo Young-jin, producers
  • Taste of Love (TWICE)
    • Park Jin-young, producers

Outstanding Record Production

  • After We Ride (Brave Girls)
    • Brave Brothers, producer
  • Alcohol-Free (TWICE)
    • Park Jin-young, producer
  • Bad Love (Key)
    • Kenzie, producer
  • Beautiful Beautiful (ONF)
    • MONOTREE, producer
  • Butter (BTS)
    • Rob Grimaldi, Stephen Kirk & Ron Perry, producers
  • libidO (OnlyOneOf)
    • Shin Kyu-bin, Jung Wook-jin, BLUR, LVPS, Xydo & Haeil, producers
  • LILAC (IU)
    • Lee Ji-eun, Lim Suho, Woong Kim & N!ko, producers
  • RING X RING (Billlie)
    • Lee Min-soo, producer
  • Savage (aespa)
    • Yoo Young-jin, producer
  • Traffic Light (Lee Mujin)
    • Lee Mujin & Yoo Jong-ho, producers

Outstanding Debut Production

  • aespa
    • SM Entertainment
  • Billlie
    • MYSTIC STORY
  • BLITZERS
    • WUZO Entertainment
  • bugAboo
    • A TEAM / JG STAR Entertainment
  • DPR IAN
    • Dream Perfect Regime
  • JUST B
    • Kakao M / Bluedot Entertainment
  • KINGDOM
    • GF Entertainment
  • LIGHTSUM
    • CUBE Entertainment
  • MIRAE
    • DSP Media
  • Purple Kiss
    • RBW

Outstanding Pop Production

  • After We Ride (Brave Girls)
  • Beautiful Beautiful (ONF)
  • Butter (BTS)
  • Gallery (Park Jihoon)
  • LILAC (IU)

Outstanding Electronic Production

  • Atlantis (SHINee)
  • Bad Love (Key)
  • Drunk-Dazed (ENHYPEN)
  • Higher (A.C.E)
  • KILLA (MIRAE)

Outstanding R&B Production

  • Dumb Dumb (Jeon Somi)
  • Gambler (MONSTA X)
  • I Wouldn’t Look For You (Kim Jaehwan)
  • Lose (WONHO)
  • WAITING (WOODZ)

Outstanding Rap Production

  • Take Over (Do Hanse)
  • Face ID (EPIK HIGH, Giriboy, Sik-K & JUSTHIS)
  • FreezyVogue (FreezyBone, UUMilan)
  • What Type of X (JESSI)
  • 그물,덫,발사대기,포획 (HAIFHAIF, unofficialboyy & Yang Ho-won)

Outstanding Hip-Hop Production

  • Damage (JUST B)
  • Favorite (NCT 127)
  • Savage (aespa)
  • Scared (P1HARMONY)
  • Thunderous (Stray Kids)

Outstanding Rock Production

  • 0X1=LOVESONG (TOMORROW X TOGETHER & Seori)
  • I GOT U (LUCY)
  • Jayu (SE SO NEON)
  • Rain to be (ONEWE)
  • Rock with you (SEVENTEEN)

Outstanding Alternative Music Production

  • Jayu (SE SO NEON)
  • libidO (OnlyOneOf)
  • RING X RING (Billlie)
  • So Beautiful (DPR IAN)
  • There Is A Wolf (Lang Lee)

Outstanding International Music Production

  • Kiss Me More (Doja Cat, SZA)
  • Leave The Door Open (Silk Sonic)
  • My War (Shinsei Kamattechan)
  • Stop For Nothing (FANTASTICS by EXILE TRIBE)
  • Zitti e buoni (Maneskin)

Outstanding Album Track Production

  • Attention, please! (ENHYPEN)
  • Coin (IU)
  • Frost (TOMORROW X TOGETHER)
  • I Can’t Breathe (GWSN)
  • The Realist (ONF)