Welcome to the 2021 INSIDER Awards where all of the music industry peers vote and rank the best of Korean music in the year. To check out the nominees, go to the IAMCA’s official Fandom page.
Without further ado, let us present the winners of the 12th INSIDER Awards!
Artist of the Year
This is BTS’ sixth consecutive INSIDER for Artist of the Year, they have been nominated since 2015.
Album of the Year
THE CHAOS CHAPTER: FREEZE
TOMORROW X TOGETHER
This is the second INSIDER for Album of the Year of TOMORROW X TOGETHER, they have won previously for THE DREAM CHAPTER: MAGIC in 2019.
Seori, featured artist; Slow Rabbit, Bang Shi-hyuk, Aaron Hibell, Alex Hope, Ebenezer, EL CAPITXN, Kai Kamal Huening, Jacob Attwooll, Jacob Manson, Magnus, Ollipop & The Six, producers
Aaron Sterling, Alex Hope, EL CAPITXN, J.C. Powys, Juan Peña, Keith Parry, Michel Schulz, Richard Boardman, Slow Rabbit, Adam Hawkins, John Hanes, Yang Ga & YOUNG, engineers/mixers
January 8th, Aaron Hibell, Alex Hope, Andrew Migliore, Andy Love, Ashnikko, Choi Beomgyu, Conrad Sewell, danke, Ebenezer, EL CAPITXN, Frederick Cox, Gabriel Brandes, Gavin Jones, Gina Kushka, Bang Shi-hyuk, Kai Kamal Huening, Hwang In-chan, Jacob Attwooll, Jacob Manson, Cho Yoon-kyeong, Kim Bo-eun, Kim Seon-oh, Lee Seuran, LUTRA, Magnus, Matt Thomson, Max Lynedoch Graham, Melanie Joy Fontana, MOD SUN, Mood Melodies, Ollipop, Olly Murs, Pablo Bowman, Richard Boardman, Kim Namjoon, Ronnie Icon, Ryan Lawrie, salem ilese, Sarah Blanchard, Slow Rabbit, Song Jaekyung, Choi Soobin, Stella Jang, Kang Taehyun, Tristan Landymore, Will Simms & Choi Yeonjun, songwriters
Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
Record of the Year
This is the first INSIDER and second consecutive nomination for Record of the Year for ONF. ONF was previously nominated for New World, last year.
Hwang Hyun, producer
Kang Seon-yeong & Gu Jong-pil, engineers/mixers
Kwon Nam-woo, mastering engineer
Song of the Year
Hwang Hyun & WYATT (ONF)
This is the first INSIDER for Song of the Year for Hwang Hyun and WYATT.
Best New Artist
This is the first INSIDER of aespa. They become the second girl group to win Best New Artist after Red Velvet in 2015.
Best New Album
This is the second INSIDER and the ninth nomination of aespa.
Best New Song
This is the first INSIDER and sixth nomination of KINGDOM.
Best-selling Artist of the Year
This is BTS’ fifth consecutive INSIDER for Best-selling Artist of the Year.
Best-selling Album of the Year
This is the first INSIDER for NCT Dream. This is also Mark and Haechan’s second INSIDER and eleventh nomination, they previously won an INSIDER for Best New Album for NCT’s Regular-Irregular. This is Renjun, Jeno, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung’s first INSIDER and second nomination this year.
Best-selling Song of the Year
This is BTS’ fourth consecutive INSIDER for Best-selling Song of the Year. This is the third INSIDER of BTS this year.
Best Album Track
The Realist — ONF
The Realist becomes the inaugural winner of Best Album Track. This is ONF’s second INSIDER this year.
Best Pop Album
Game Changer — Golden Child
This is the second career INSIDER and sixth nomination of Golden Child. Last 2018, they won Best Pop Duo/Group Recording for It’s U.
Best Pop Solo Recording
LILAC — IU
This is IU’s ninth career INSIDER and first win for this category, which was established in 2017. She has 15 nominations this year.
Best Pop Duo/Group Recording
Beautiful Beautiful — IU
This is ONF’s third INSIDER this year. Beautiful Beautiful celebrates ONF’s first INSIDER and second nomination in this category.
Best Traditional Pop Album
HISTORY OF KINGDOM: Part II. CHIWOO — KINGDOM
This is the second INSIDER for KINGDOM.
Best Traditional Pop Recording
Right Now — Gaho
This is Gaho’s second INSIDER. He previously shared an INSIDER for Best Compilation Soundtrack for performing Start Over in JTBC’s Itaewon Class.
Best Traditional Pop Performance
Like Water — WENDY
This is WENDY’s first INSIDER as a soloist, and her third career INSIDER.
Best Electronic Album
BAD LOVE — KEY
This is KEY’s third career INSIDER. This is also his first win and fifth nomination as a soloist.
Best Electronic Recording
BAD LOVE — KEY
This is KEY’s second INSIDER this year, and fourth career INSIDER. Bad Love was also nominated for Record for the Year.
Best Rock Album
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Performance
Best Alternative Album
Best Alternative Recording
Best R&B Album
Best R&B Solo Recording
Best R&B Duo/Group Recording
The second part of the 12th INSIDER Awards will be posted tomorrow. Please anticipate the winners in the other fields!
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