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Old, new stars get nods at awards

Prior to the 2015 Golden Disc Awards, which will be held in Beijing next month, Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, will introduce the K-pop groups who have been nominated for grand prizes.

The music industry had a good balance of veteran and newbie singers last year.

Of all the old boys who came back, g.o.d.’s reunion was the most dramatic. Since the late 1990s and early 2000s, the group’s heyday, each member has gone through personal ups and downs. They performed as individuals and have belonged to different music agencies. Nevertheless, they managed to reunite and proved why the group was once dubbed “the nation’s band.”

With the digital single “The Lone Duckling,” which was released in May, g.o.d. soothed the nation, which needed healing after the traumatic Sewol ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people.

Of the many newbie boy groups, Got7 made a successful debut last year.

The new boy group was JYP Entertainment’s first creation in six years, after 2PM. The seven-member boy group lived up to K-pop fans’ expectations with its first digital single “Girls Girls Girls,” which was released early last year.

For the song, the boy group performed a dance that incorporates martial arts and boasted about its masculine image.

The group then highlighted its boy-next-door image with the digital single “Got♡” in June.

Got7 debuted about a year ago but has built up a wide fandom in many countries. A majority of the group’s members are from Thailand, United States and Hong Kong.

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