2021 China Year End Awards: K-pop rules as EXO’s Baekhyun, BTS and Blackpink win big

The winners of China Year End Awards also include IU, TXT and Red Velvet


                            2021 China Year End Awards: K-pop rules as EXO’s Baekhyun, BTS and Blackpink win big
EXO's Baekhyun, Blackpink's Lisa and BTS have won at the China Year End Awards (Twitter/@ChinaMusicData)
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With the year coming to an end, the award season all around the world is in full swing. And we have South Korea dominating almost all of them thanks to the Hallyu Wave. We have ‘Squid Game’ getting nominated for not one but three Golden Globes while BTS made history at MTV EMAs and the AMAs 2021. Blackpink had a big night at the Brazilian BreakTudo Awards while GOT7’s Jackson represented K-pop at GQ China’s year-end gala. And now we have the 2021 China Year End Awards being dominated by K-pop even in the general award categories.

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According to sources, “These awards are hosted by Chinese music platforms, but there is no physical ceremony or award, so they selected the winner based on pure sales from all Chinese platforms.” The five major Chinese music streaming platforms got together and announced the nominations of the Chinese award show on December 15. Well, on December 16, the winners were announced.

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The China Year End 2021 Awards is hosted by Chinese music streaming platforms (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

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The K-pop winners of 2021 China Year End Awards

ChinaMusicData collated the data from the Chinese platforms and shared the winners on Twitter. It included popular Chinese artists like Cai Xukun and Zhang Zhehan along with global pop stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. And K-pop had a big night at the 2021 China Year End Awards.

IU’s ‘Lilac’ made 370K digital sales in China in 2021 and won two awards:
Best Selling K-pop Solo Album
Best Selling Female K-pop Album

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IU wins with 'Lilac' (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

Red Velvet won two awards with ‘Queendom’ making 158K sales:
Best Selling Female Group (Albums)
Best Selling Female Group Album - ‘Queendom’

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Red Velvet has won two awards (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

EXO Baekhyun’s ‘Bambi’ won one award with 246K digital sales:
Best Selling Male K-pop Solo Album

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EXO won four awards with 493K sales for ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’:
Best Selling K-pop Artist (Albums)
Best Selling Male Group (Albums)
Best Selling Kpop Album - ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’
Best Selling Group Album - ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’

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EXO as well as their member Baekhyun win (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

BTS won 7 awards total and shared two with Megan Thee Stallion:
Best Selling Group Single - ‘Butter’ (453K digital sales)
Best Selling Male Group (Singles) - BTS made a total of 842K digital sales
Best Selling Male International Single - ‘Butter’
Best Selling Remix - ‘Butter Hotter Remix’ 
Best Selling Male K-pop Single - ‘Butter’
Best Selling Collaboration - ‘Butter’ remix ft Megan Thee Stallion
Best Selling Female Western Single - ‘Butter’ remix ft Megan Thee Stallion

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BTS get 7 wins (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

TXT is the only fourth-gen K-pop act to win an award with their lead single ‘0X1=LOVESONG’ ft pH-1, Woodie Gochild, Seori:
Best Selling Korean Collaboration

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TXT is the only fourth-gen act on the list (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

Blackpink’s Rosé won three awards with her solo debut ‘R’ making 1.724 million digital sales:
Best Selling K-pop Single 2021 - ‘R’
Best Selling K-pop Artist (Single) 
Best Selling International Single 2021 - ‘R’

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Lisa gets one award with her solo debut ‘Lalisa’ making 785K digital sales: 
Best Selling Thailand Artist (Singles)

Blackpink as a group won one award: 
Best Selling Live Album - ‘The Show (Live)’

Rosé, Lisa and Blackpink had a big night (@ChinaMusicData/Twitter)

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