Controversies Surrounding TWICE and How They Still Manage To Shine Despite It All

Sana’s Instagram Post

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In April, 2019, TWICE’s Sana made a post on Instagram that blew up among Korean netizens and, in the replies and comments on news portals, she gets raked over the coals for it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw4CStwAeII/

Written in Japanese, Sana’s post discusses the transition between the eras of Heisei and Reiwa after the recent abdication of Emperor Akihito.

“As someone born in the Heisei era, I’m sad that the Heisei era is coming to an end, but Heisei you’ve been working hard, it’s the beginning of the Reiwa era, so I’m going to face this beginning and finish Heisei’s last day nicely.”

People are upset by this. The truth is that there’s not a lot of context in there that makes the post controversial, regardless of what’s said by Koreaboos who believe siding with nationalists implies they insist on being progressive.

We understand this because she gets backlash without even mentioning the emperor, while the president and prime minister of South Korea had direct praise for the emperor himself, let alone the change of the eras.

Jihyo Wearing Native American Costume

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At a ONCE Halloween fan meeting in October, 2017, TWICE celebrated Halloween and their 3rd anniversary with their fans. For the event, each member showed up wearing a Halloween costume. In particular, Jihyo’s costume was strongly debated by fans as she was wearing a lengthy brown fringed dress and matching brown fur coat. She had also painted her face with different marks, which she paired with a set of pigtail braids and a feathered head ornament.

Some say she wanted to look like Princess Mononoke and her costume was incorrect with the stylist. Other fans think that a stereotypical “Native American” or “First Nation” person was intended to be her costume.

Once again, ONCE had her back and defended her.

https://twitter.com/2xinternet/status/1056572104269799424

TWICE’s Achievement Despite Controversies

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We can agree that TWICE is one of the most influential groups in the K-pop industry right now, their popularity is no joke and they’ve received many awards since their debut in 2015.

Asia Artist Awards

  • 2016 – Best Artist Award – Singer
  • 2018 – Fabulous Award – Singer
  • 2018 – Artist of the Year – Music
  • 2018 – Best Artist Award – Singer

Gaon Chart Music Awards

  • 2017 – Song of the Year – April – “Cheer Up”
  • 2017 – Song of the Year – April – “TT”
  • 2018 – Song of the Year – February – “Knock Knock”
  • 2018 – Song of the Year – December – “Heart Shaker”
  • 2019 – Song of the Year – April – “What is Love?”
  • 2019 – Song of the Year – July – “Dance the Night Away”

Genie Music Awards

  • 2018 – The Best Selling Artist
  • 2018 – The Female Group
  • 2018 – Best Global Performance
  • 2019 – The Female Group
  • 2019 – The Best Selling Artist

Golden Disc Awards

  • 2016 – Rookie of the Year Award
  • 2017 – Digital Daesang – Cheer Up
  • 2017 – Digital Bonsang – Cheer Up
  • 2018 – Digital Bonsang – Knock Knock
  • 2018 – Album Bonsang – Twicetagram
  • 2018 – CeCi Asia Icon Award
  • 2019 – Digital Bonsang – Heart Shaker
  • 2019 – Album Bonsang – What Is Love?

Korea Popular Music Awards

  • 2018 – Bonsang Award
  • 2018 – Best Digital Song – Heart Shaker
  • 2018 – Group Dance Award – Heart Shaker

Melon Music Awards

  • 2016 – Best Song of the Year – Cheer Up
  • 2016 – Top 10 Artists
  • 2017 – Best Dance – Female – Knock Knock
  • 2017 – Top 10 Artists
  • 2018 – Top 10 Artists

Mnet Asian Music Awards

  • 2015 – Best New Female Artist
  • 2016 – Best Female Group
  • 2016 – Song of the Year – Cheer Up
  • 2017 – Song of the Year – Signal
  • 2017 – Best Dance Performance – Female Group – Signal
  • 2018 – Best Female Group
  • 2018 – Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10
  • 2018 – Favorite Dance Artist – Female
  • 2018 – Song of the Year – What Is Love?
  • 2018 – Best Dance Performance – Female Group – What Is Love?

Seoul Music Awards

  • 2017 – Record of the Year in Digital Release – Cheer Up
  • 2017 – Bonsang Award
  • 2017 – Female Dance Performance Award
  • 2018 – Bonsang Award
  • 2019 – Bonsang Award

Soribada Best K-Music Awards

  • 2017 – Digital Daesang Award
  • 2017 – Bonsang Award
  • 2018 – Digital Daesang Award
  • 2018 – Bonsang Award
  • 2019 – Music of the Year (Daesang)
  • 2019 – Bonsang Award
  • 2019 – Female Popularity Award

The Fact Music Awards

  • 2019 – Worldwide Icon
  • 2019 – Artist of the Year

Japan Record Awards

  • 2018 – Best Song Award – Wake Me Up

Japan Gold Disc Award

  • 2018 – New Artist of the Year (Asia)
  • 2018 – Best 3 New Artist (Asia)
  • 2018 – Album of the Year (Asia) – #TWICE
  • 2018 – Best 3 Albums (Asia) – #TWICE
  • 2018 – Song of the Year by Download (Asia) – TT Japanese ver.
  • 2019 – Best 3 Albums (Asia) – BDZ
  • 2019 – Song of the Year by Download (Asia) – Candy Pop

Simply K-Pop Awards

  • 2015 – Best Rising Star Girl Group
  • 2016 – Best Performance Girl Group

Philippine K-pop Awards

  • 2015 – Rookie of the Year – Female
  • 2016 – Best Female Group
  • 2016 – Song of the Year – Cheer Up
  • 2017 – Song of the Year – Likey
  • 2019 – Best Female Group

Korean Consumer Forum Award

  • 2016 – Korea’s Brand of the Year

Korea Cable TV Association Awards

  • 2016 – Best Singer Selected by Cable TV Music Producers
  • 2017 – Artist of the Year

V Live Awards

  • 2016 – V Refreshing Youngster Award
  • 2017 – Global Artist Top 10
  • 2018 – Global Artist Top 10
  • 2019 – Artist Top 10
  • 2019 – Best Channel – 3 million followers

Korean Producers & Directors Association (KPDA) Awards

  • 2017 – Artist of the Year

Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards

  • 2017 – Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation

Soompi Awards

  • 2017 – Best Female Group

Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

  • 2019 – Hallyu Culture Grand Prize

That was all the information we could gather about TWICE’s controversies and how they still manage to shine despite it all. Let’s cheer for their next comeback and wish for their successful career! As always, don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below!