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Nominees of the 2021 Melon Music Awards: BTS, TWICE, Aespa, EXO’s Baekhyun, BLACKPINK’s Rosé, and more

By Hannah Mallorca Published Nov 10, 2021 11:35 am

The nominees for the 2021 Melon Music Awards (MMA) are out. Artists who released music between Nov. 11, 2020, and Nov. 7, 2021, are eligible for this year’s awards. 

In a statement translated by Soompi, MMA 2021 announced that Top 10 awards will be based on streaming and downloads on Korean music platform Melon (80%) and fan votes (10%). Meanwhile, the Artist of the Year will be determined through download and streaming counts (60%), judges’ evaluations (20%), and fan votes (20%). The Album of the Year and Best Song of the Year will be based on the same criteria as well.

Meanwhile, the Netizen Popularity Award will be counted through download and streaming counts (40%) and fan votes (60%). The Record of the Year will be awarded based on the judges’ verdict and its overall performance on Melon. 

Fans can vote for their favorite artists at Melon’s official website

Check out the full list of MMA 2021 nominees below:

Artist of the Year and Top 10

  • 10cm
  • aespa
  • AKMU
  • ASH ISLAND
  • EXO’s Baekhyun 
  • Baek Yerin
  • Brave Girls
  • BTS
  • Heize
  • Homies
  • Huh Gak
  • Im Young-woong
  • IU
  • Red Velvet’s Joy
  • KyoungSeo
  • Lee Mu-jin
  • Lee Seung-gi
  • Lee Ye-joon
  • lIlBOI
  • Mido and Falasol (from Hospital Playlist)
  • Mirani, Munchman, Khundi Panda, and MUSHVENOM
  • MSG Wannabe (M.O.M)
  • NCT DREAM
  • Oh My Girl
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé
  • SHINee
  • STAYC
  • Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon 
  • TWICE
  • Highlight’s Yoseob and APink’s Eunji

Album of the Year

  • AKMU: Next Episode 
  • Baek Yerin: tellusboutyourself
  • Brave Girls: Summer Queen
  • BTS: BE
  • Heize: HAPPEN
  • IU: LILAC
  • Red Velvet’s Joy: Hello
  • NCT DREAM: Hot Sauce
  • Oh My Girl: Dear OHMYGIRL
  • SHINee: Don’t Call Me

Best Song of the Year

  • aespa: Next Level
  • BTS: Butter
  • Heize: HAPPEN
  • IU: Celebrity
  • KyoungSeo: Shiny Star
  • Lee Mujin: Traffic Light
  • Mirani, Munchman, Khundi Panda, and MUSHVENOM feat. JUSTHIS: VVS (prod. GroovyRoom)
  • Oh My Girl: Dun Dun Dance
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé: On The Ground
  • Song Ihan: I will be your Shining Star

New Artist of the Year

  • aespa
  • ENHYPEN
  • Jeon Gunho
  • KyoungSeo
  • Lee Mujin
  • STAYC

Best Male Group

  • BTS
  • Homies
  • NCT Dream
  • Seventeen
  • SHINee

Best Female Group

  • aespa
  • Brave Girls
  • Oh My Girl
  • StayC
  • Twice

Best Solo Male Artist

  • 10cm
  • Ash Island
  • Im Youngwoong
  • Lee Mujin
  • lIlBOI

Best Solo Female Artist

  • Heize
  • IU
  • KyoungSeo
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé
  • Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon

Netizen Popularity Award

  • aespa
  • Brave Girls
  • BTS
  • (G)I-DLE
  • IU
  • Oh My Girl
  • Red Velvet
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé
  • Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
  • Highlight’s Yoseob and APink’s Eunji