Who Is 2NE1?

2NE1 was considered one of the most successful and popular girl groups in South Korea. The group’s name was initially announced as “21”, however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was quickly renamed “2NE1”. Formed by YG Entertainment in 2009, the group was composed of Bom, Dara, CL, and Minzy.

2NE1 was known for their unique and edgy style, therefore they garnered a strong reaction from fans around the world. Their first extended play, 2NE1 (2009), was received well and spawned the hits “Fire” and “I Don’t Care“, one of the biggest singles of 2009. It earned 2NE1 many awards and nominations.

But the fate of 2NE1, who have been on an indefinte hiatus since 2014, has been hanging precariously for quite some time after an extremely controversial ‘drug scandal’ was revealed to the public. As of May 2016, 2NE1’s exclusive contract with YG was over and seeing as Minzy was longer able to continue with the group, YG, along with the members, have decided to officially disband 2NE1 after many discussions.

2NE1 Music Awards in 2013


Known by many as the Korean version of the Spice Girls, the group has sold 27 million digital downloads to date, including the single “I Am The Best,” which moved 4.5 million units. “Missing You” was 2NE1’s most successful single release in 2013, achieving an all-kill immediately upon release. Also on March 14, 2NE1 released the English-language single “Take the World On”, which was a collaboration with American singer Will.I.Am. The song had previously been used in an Intel Ultrabook commercial.

China Music Awards

2NE1Most Popular International GroupNominated


Gaon Chart Music Awards

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2NE1World Hallyu Star Special AwardWon


Golden Disc Awards

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2NE1Popularity AwardNominated
MSN Southeast Asia AwardNominated
MSN International AwardNominated
“I Love You”Digital BonsangWon


Melon Music Awards

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2NE1Global Artist AwardNominated


Mnet Asian Music Awards

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2NE1Artist of the YearNominated
“Falling In Love”Best Female GroupNominated


MTV Iggy

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2NE12013 Song of the SummerWon


MYX Music Awards

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“I Love You”Favorite K-pop Video AwardNominated


SBS MTV Best of The Best

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SBS’s Inkigayo

July 21“Falling in Love”
December 1“Missing You”
December 8


MNET’s M Countdown

2013July 18“Falling in Love”
August 15“Do You Love Me”
November 28“Missing You”
December 5


MBC’s Show! Music Core

2013July 20“Falling in Love”
November 30“Missing You”


2NE1 Awards For Performance


2NE1 was considered one of the most successful and popular girl groups in South Korea. Having sold 66.5 million records, they are one of the best selling girl groups of all time. They won so many awards on the weekly music shows, and dominated almost all the big awards nominations including the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Golden Disk Awards.

1) MNET Asian Music Awards MAMA (2009)

The 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was the eleventh of the annual music awards in Seoul, South Korea that took place on November 21, 2009 at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Despite being labelled as a newcomer, 2NE1 lead the nominations with 4 counts, followed by label-mate G-Dragon, soloist Baek Ji Young, and boy group 2PM with 3 each. At the end of the ceremony, 2NE1 received the most wins with 3 out of 4 including the Song of the Year daesang award. Next to them was boy and girl groups 2PM and Brown Eyed Girls respectively with 2 wins.

2NE1 won ‘Song of the Year’ with ‘I Don’t Care,’ and they stated:
“Thank you very much. Thank you to the people who loved ‘I Don’t Care’. There was a time when our members promised each other that we will get this award when we watch Big Bang receive it last year. We want to give our thanks to our boss, Yang Hyun Suk, who made us this pretty, and to the YG family.”

2NE1 performed “I Don’t Care”, “Kiss”, “You And I”, “Please Don’t Go”, and a special stage called 4th Wave: ’21st Street’ a Musical.

2) Melon Music Awards (2009)

At the red carpet of the Melon Music Awards 2009, which took place on 16th December, 2NE1 performed “Fire” and “I Don’t Care” alongside with the other performers. Even as a rookie group, 2NE1 has already made many hit songs and experienced explosive success with album sales and digital rankings. After the girls hit a total jackpot at MAMA, many fans are curious to see how many awards they will snag this time at the Melon Music Awards.

3) Style Icon Awards (2009)

Style Icon Asia is an awards ceremony held annually in South Korea since 2008 in order to showcase Asian fashion designers and to honor individuals who have made the most outstanding contributions in setting new paradigms and trends in fashion, broadcasting, culture and arts.

2NE1 won the Female Singer Award at 2009 Style Icon Awards. They faced some stiff competition up against the other nominees (Girls’ Generation, Son Dambi, Brown Eyed Girls and Kara), but in the end, the girls managed to pull it off. They arrived at the event in a limousine and then proceeded to rock the stage in sexy black outfits.

4) KBS & SBS Gayo Daejun (2009)

Gayo Daejun, is a major annual end-of-the-year music program broadcast by the South Korean public television network. Since the top singers are gathering together for the year-end ceremony, they do something meaningful on the stage. Sometimes the performers do cover songs, special stage, or even created super idol groups which consist of members from different idols groups labeled under the names (they recorded a new single and performed it together on stage at last).

5) MNET Asian Music Awards MAMA (2010)

The 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards was the twelfth of the annual music awards in Seoul, South Korea that took place on November 28, 2010, at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. 2NE1 took home four awards, the most of the night, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

6) Melon Music Awards (2010)

The 2010 Melon Music Awards was held on December 15th at the Hall of Peace in Kyunghee University, and many top K-pop artists were in attendance. The awards ceremony is famed for calculating ONLY digital sales (80%) and online votes (20%) on Melon.com, and the final tally of those two factors will give the winners in the various categories. 2NE1 won a daesang for their album “To Anyone” on that night.

7) Style Icon Awards (2010)

Various top stars attended the “2010 Style Icon Awards” at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul on November 17th, which is an events show that awards celebrities who are considered to be one of Korea’s representative ‘Style Icons’ for 2010. 2NE1 performed “Can’t Nobody” and won the best female singer that night.

8) SBS Gayo Daejun (2010)

“2010 SBS Gayo Daejun” was hosted by Kim Heechul, Jung Yonghwa, Jo Kwon, and Hwang Jung Eum. The event took place on the evening of December 29th at the Ilsan KINTEX with the theme ‘Welcome to Music Factory’.

9) MNET Asian Music Awards MAMA (2011)

The 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards took place on November 29, 2011, at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The ceremony was the second Mnet Asian Music Awards to occur outside of South Korea, the first being in 2010 when the ceremony took place in Macau, China.

This year, the awards ceremony tried out something new by having 20 presenters instead of official MCs to host the show. These presenters were comprised of Korea’s top actors and TV personalities, who helped distribute the awards to the winning artists. 2NE1 won “Song of The Year” and “Best Female Group” award.

10) SBS Gayo Daejun (2011)

In the midst of numerous year-end events and programs, one that, perhaps, shines the brightest is the ‘2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’ which always presents itself with glitz and glamor. The Hallyu-themed show brought out a star-studded line-up of many of the biggest names and the most anticipated rookies in K-Pop on December 29, 2011.

11) Girls Award Tokyo (2011)

Girls Award, sometimes abbreviated as GA, is a semi-annual fashion and music event held in Japan. It is one of the biggest fashion events in Japan with approximately 30,000 people attending each time. Running under an ‘Adventure’ theme, 2NE1 performed “I Am The Best“, “It Hurts” and “Go Away” smoothly.

12) Melon Music Awards (2012)

K-Pop stars flocked to the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium on December 14th to attend the ‘2012 MelOn Music Awards‘. The 2012 event was hosted by B2ST’s Kikwang, INFINITE’s Woohyun, Moon Hee Jun (H.O.T), and Danny Ahn (g.o.d). That day 2NE1 won “Bonsang Award” along with 9 other winners.

13) SBS Gayo Daejun (2012)

SBS aired its annual ‘2012 SBS Gayo Daejun‘ on December 29 with Miss A’s Suzy, IU, and actor Jung Gyu Woon as the hosts.

14) MNET Asian Music Awards MAMA (2013)

The 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards took place on November 22, 2013, at AsiaWorld-Arena in Hong Kong. The ceremony was the fourth consecutive Mnet Asian Music Awards to occur outside of South Korea. This is the first time that the three daesang awards were presented separately. The first daesang, the song of the year award, was given at the end of the first block. The second daesang, the artist of the year award, was given at the end of the second block. And the third daesang, the album of the year award was given at the finale. After the last daesang award was given, Stevie Wonder performed.

15) Seoul Music Award (2013)

On January 31st, stars, idol groups, and musicians gathered at the Olympic Park in Seoul for the ’22nd Seoul Music Awards‘.

At the award show, 2NE1 sang their hit song “I Love You“. However during their stage, Park Bom’s heel slipped off her foot, causing her to stand on tip toes on that foot. She quickly solved the problem by taking off her other heel as well and performed on the stage barefoot. Even though she could have been flustered by the situation, Park Bom handled the situation professionally, choosing the best option in a short amount of time. She never lost her smile even though she lost her heel at the very beginning of the performance.. She also managed the choreography with one heel, and then continued on as if nothing had happened.

16) MNET 20’s Choice (2013)

The Mnet 20’s Choice Awards is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea, organized by CJ E&M through its Mnet channel. The 2013 20’s Choice Awards were held on July 18, 2013 at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Ilsan, Goyang, South Korea, bringing together the legendary and the up-and-coming for the hottest summer awards show.

The exciting event was hosted by Shinhwa’s Minwoo and Jun Jin, and TV personality Kim Seul-gie. With the theme of Legend of 20’s, the 20’s Choice Awards featured the young and fresh, as well as the experienced and legendary. 2NE1 rocked the stage that day with the song they performed on the video below.

17) SBS Gayo Daejun (2014)

The ‘2014 SBS Gayo Daejun‘ was held on the 21st of December at the COEX in Seoul. 2NE1 performed their songs “Crush” and “Come Back Home” off their latest album, however they were missing vocalist Bom so only performed as a trio. Also they won the ‘Best Female Group’ award!

18) MNET Asian Music Awards MAMA (2015)

On Wednesday, December 2, Mnet hosted its ‘2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards’ (‘MAMA’) in Hong Kong, attracting stars and performers from both Korea and around the world. This event marked the seventeenth Mnet Asian Music Awards. It was simultaneously broadcast live in Korea, Japan, America, Southeast Asia through various channels as well as via online live streaming.

Park Bom‘s completely unexpected appearance at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) alongside her fellow 2NE1 members has been the ultimate talk of the town. The comments towards the 2NE1 members were overwhelmingly negative when the rest of the 2NE1 members came on stage after CL‘s solo performance. Not only critical towards Park Bom, but the other members too.

Comments in an article from the Korean news outlet Newsen reporting on 2NE1’s comeback were debilitating, as most focused on Bom and her drug situation. Back in 2014, it was announced that Bom went into self-reflection when news was reported she trafficked drugs when she was younger. Apparently, one year of self-reflection is not enough for the said Koreans whom commented.

2NE1 Gaon Chart Kpop Awards (2014)


The Gaon Chart Music Awards (Hangul: 가온차트 뮤직 어워드), also known as the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards, is a major music awards show that is held annually in South Korea by the national music record chart Gaon Chart. The awards focus more on songs and albums rather than musicians. Award finalists are based on the previous year’s Gaon year-end chart performance according to data for sales of songs and albums.

Gaon Chart held its third annual ‘Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards’ at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul’s Olympic Park on February 12, 2014. Award winners are determined according to the previous year’s Gaon year-end chart of sales and 2NE1 won the “World Hallyu Star Special Award”.

2NE1 Golden Disk Awards (2014)


The Golden Disc Awards (Hangul: 골든 디스크 어워드) is an awards show founded in 1986 that is presented annually by the Music Industry Association of Korea for outstanding achievements in the music industry in South Korea. It was originally called the Korea Visual and Records Grand Prize Award (Hangul: 대한민국 영상음반대상), but the name was changed to the Golden Disc Awards in 2001.

The 28th Golden Disk Awards 2014 happened on January 16 at Grand Peace Palace, Kyunghee University in Seoul. Among the artists that graced the occassion were EXO, PSY, 2NE1, INFINITE and many others. The event was hosted by Choi Minho, Jung Yonghwa, Yoon Doo-joon, Oh Sang-jin and SNSD’s Tiffany and Taeyeon. Eight bonsangs were awarded to Ailee, 2NE1, 4Minute, CNBLUE, Sistar, Davichi, APink, and Lee Seung Chul as recipients.

2NE1 MTV Awards (2014)


On November 11, 2011, MTV Iggy crowned 2NE1 as the “Best New Band in the World”, representing South Korea and competing against other popular international acts such as Fifth Harmony (USA), Iggy Azalea (Australia) and Tokio Hotel (Germany). 2NE1 is one of 10 artists, across different musical genres and from all over the world who were vying for the honor.

With this award, 2NE1 also won a chance to perform in New York City’s Time Square on December 12 at the awards ceremony. More than four million people from 168 countries voted for this award. MTV Iggy’s “Best New Band in the World” is widely considered the first step towards reaching mainstream fans in the States, as Far East Movement also won the award in the past. Check out their live performance on MTV Iggy below!