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Winners of the 2021 Melon Music Awards: IU, BTS, Aespa, and more

By Hannah Mallorca Published Dec 06, 2021 1:12 pm

The 2021 Melon Music Awards (MMA) wrapped up on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, where it was held virtually through 1theK’s YouTube channel. The artists who released music between Nov. 11, 2020, and Nov. 7, 2021, were eligible to receive an award. 

K-pop superstars BTS and singer-actress IU emerged as the biggest winners as they took home five awards respectively. Meanwhile, girl group Aespa took home the Grand Prize for Record of the Year. 

Scroll below to see the full list of winners as listed by Soompi:

Artist of the Year (Daesang)

  • WINNER - IU
  • 10cm
  • aespa
  • AKMU
  • ASH ISLAND
  • EXO’s Baekhyun
  • Baek Yerin
  • Brave Girls
  • BTS
  • Heize
  • Homies
  • Huh Gak
  • Im Young-woong
  • 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 (Daesang) 

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

Song of the Year (Daesang) 

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

Record of the Year (Daesang)

  • WINNER - Aespa

Top 10 Artists of the Year (Bonsang)

  • WINNER - IU
  • WINNER - Lim Young Woong
  • WINNER - BTS
  • WINNER - Heize
  • WINNER - IllBOI
  • WINNER - AKMU
  • WINNER - Lee Mujin
  • WINNER - ASH ISLAND
  • WINNER - NCT DREAM
  • WINNER - Aespa

New Artists of the Year 

  • WINNER (Male) - Lee Mujin
  • WINNER (Female) - Aespa
  • ENHYPEN
  • Jeon Gunho
  • KyoungSeo
  • STAYC

Best Male Group

  • WINNER - BTS
  • Homies
  • NCT Dream
  • Seventeen
  • SHINee

Best Female Group

  • WINNER - Aespa
  • Brave Girls
  • Oh My Girl
  • StayC
  • Twice

Best Solo Male Artist

  • WINNER - Lim Youngwoong
  • 10cm
  • Ash Island
  • Lee Mujin
  • lIlBOI

Best Solo Female Artist

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

Netizen Popularity Award

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

Other awards include the following as listed by Soompi:

Best Performance

  • WINNER - THE BOYZ

Best Songwriter

  • WINNER - IU

Best OST

  • WINNER - Rain and You by Lee Mujin (Hospital Playlist 2)

Best Project Music

  • WINNER - MSG Wannabe (M.O.M)

Music Video of the Year 

  • WINNER - Tomorrow X Together (TXT)

Best Music Style

  • WINNER - Siren Remix by Homies

Best Collaboration

  • WINNER - My Universe by BTS and Coldplay

Global Rising Artist

  • WINNER - ENHYPEN

1theK Original Contents

  • WINNER - STAYC

Best Performance Director

  • WINNER - Son Sungdeuk