Every K-pop group cherishes and treasures the moment they win their first music show trophy. Weekly winners are announced on music shows such as Inkigayo, Music Core, Music Bank, Show Champion, etc. Every band wants to get their hands on the trophy from their first music show win as soon as they can. While some groups achieved their first win within a week of their debut, others had to wait much longer.
Let's take a look at some South Korean groups that finally won their first music show trophy after a long wait.
1. BRAVE GIRLS
Brave Girls is a K-pop girl group under Brave Entertainment that debuted on April 8, 2011. Their song "Rollin" became unexpectedly viral in 2021, earning them the first Perfect All-kill, as well as the first-ever music show win of their career. After 3,628 days of debut, the group earned their first music show trophy on SBS's Inkigayo on March 14, 2021.
NU’EST was a five-piece South Korean boy group under Pledis Entertainment that debuted on March 15, 2012. On the May 8, 2019, episode of MBC M’s "Show Champion," NU’EST earned their first-ever music show victory as a full group with the track "BET BET" after 2,610 days since their debut. On March 15, 2022, the group disbanded.
Currently composed of three members, U-KISS is a K-pop boy group signed to the label Tango Music. They debuted on August 28, 2008. In 2015, at the March 3 episode of SBS MTV’s "The Show—China Choice" special with the song "Playground," U-KISS achieved their first-ever music show win after 2,378 days of their debut.
N.FLYING is a rock band composed of five members under the management of FNC Entertainment. They initially debuted on October 1, 2013, in Japan, and later debuted in Korea in 2015. In 2019, they won their first-ever music show trophy with the song "Rooftop" on the March 5 episode of SBS MTV’s "The Show" after 1,981 days after their debut.
DREAMCATCHER is a seven-piece South Korean girl group that was formed and is managed by Dreamcatcher Company. The group debuted on January 13, 2017. Last year, on the April 20 episode of MBC M’s "Show Champion," with the song "MAISON," DREAMCATCHER earned their first-ever music show win after 1,923 days since their debut.
6. NCT U
NCT U is the first sub-unit of SM Entertainment’s boy band NCT (Neo Culture Technology). The unit made their debut on April 9, 2016. On October 21, 2020, NCT U won their first music show trophy on MBC M’s “Show Champion” with the track “Make a Wish (Birthday Song)” after 1,656 days of debut.
Jewelry was a four-piece K-pop girl group formed by Star Empire Entertainment that made their debut on March 30, 2001. They got their first-ever music show win after 1,490 days after their debut on April 28, 2005. The group disbanded on January 7, 2015.
Pentagon is a nine-member K-pop boy group that was formed by Cube Entertainment through the reality survival show “Pentagon Maker.” They debuted on October 10, 2016. The boy group achieved their first music show victory on SBS MTV’s “The Show” with the song “Daisy” after 1,471 days after their debut on October 20, 2020.
CLC (CrystaL Clear) was a South Korean girl group under Cube Entertainment. The group debuted on March 19, 2015. In 2019, with the track “NO,” CLC earned their first music show trophy after 1,426 days of debuting on the February 12 episode of SBS MTV’s “The Show.” On May 20, 2022, the group disbanded.
DAY6 is a four-piece South Korean pop-rock boy band managed by Studio J, which is a subsidiary of JYP Entertainment. The band debuted on September 7, 2015. They got their first-ever win on MBC M’s music show “Show Champion” with the song “Time of Our Life” after 1,416 days of debuting on July 24, 2019.
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