Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The excitement is building high among music lovers as the 21st Korean Music Awards approaches, promising a night of glitz, glamour, and outstanding musical talent. With a star-studded lineup of nominees, this year’s ceremony is set to be a celebration like no other.

The Korean Music Awards 2024, renowned for its recognition of both mainstream and underground artists, unveiled its full list of nominees on January 26. According to the list of nominees released by the show's official website, global sensations BTS' Jungkook, rising K-pop stars group NewJeans, and many more have secured multiple nods for various categories. 

The ceremony which is scheduled for February 29 this year will be broadcast live on the PRIZM app. 

Let’s delve into the details of the artists who are going to make waves at this award show.

First and foremost, is the K-pop girl group NewJeans. Their infectious, melodies and dynamic performances have earned them at least five nominations across various categories. 

On the other side, BTS' Golden Maknae Jungkook shines brightly with nominations in four categories. 

While K-pop dominates the headlines, let’s not forget the Indie scene. A South Korean indie rock band titled Silica Gel and the girl group H1-KEY have also secured a place on the list. 

Let’s look at the full list of nominees for the 2024 Korean Music Awards below:

Musician of the Year nominees are:

* NewJeans
* Beenzino
* Jungkook
* Silica Gel
* Carina Nebula
* Wave to earth

Song of the Year nominees are: 

* "Tik Tak Tok" ft. So!YoON! – Silica Gel
* "Rose Blossom" – H1-KEY
* "Ditto" – NewJeans
* "Travel Again" ft. Cautious Clay – Beenzino
* "Seven" ft. Latto – Jungkook

Album of the Year, nominees are: 

* "COMEDY" – Yeoyu and Seolbin
* "Get Up" – NewJeans
* "Heart of the City" – Lee Jin-ah
* "Machine Boy" – Silica Gel
* "NOWITZKI" – Beenzino

Rookie of the Year, nominees are: 

* dongyi
* H1-KEY
* Moon Mi-hyang

As the countdown to the awards night begins, fans are eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars as winners. Whether one is a die-hard K-pop fan or an Indie music enthusiast, the Korean Music Awards promises an unforgettable evening celebrating the vibrant sounds of South Korea.