8 potential rookie Kpop girl groups to compete for “Best New Female Artist” in 2022: JYP, YG, and HYBE all join the race

In particular, HYBE alone has 3 new girl group projects that are expected to debut next year.

As the 2021 year-end awards season is approaching, K-pop fans are looking forward to finding out which artists will get honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions this year. However, due to many reasons, for the “Best New Female Artist (Group)” category, netizens are anticipating the results of 2022 more than 2021.

Among the female rookies who debuted in 2021, some noticeable girl groups are PURPLE KISS and LIGHTSUM. Both are likely to be nominated for the female rookie award at the end of this year. However, netizens are paying more attention to the line-up of girl groups that are slated to debut in the near future and wondering how fierce the competition for “Best New Female Artist” in 2022 will be. Currently, there are at least 8 potential girl groups that are scheduled to be released in 2022, including representatives from major companies such as JYP, YG and HYBE. (In most cases, artists debuting at the end of the year [November – December] are considered for awards of the following year).

1. Kep1er (Wake One Entertainment/Swing Entertainment)

The girl group formed from the winning contestants of “Girls Planet 999”

Number of members: 9

Debut time: December 2021 (tentative)

2. JYP Entertainment’s new girl group

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Number of members: Unknown (currently announced members: 5, namely Jinni, Jiwoo, Kyujin, Sullyoon, Bae)

Debut time: February 2022

3. HYBE x Source Music’s girl group

Number of members: Unknown (the lineup is confirmed to include Kim Chaewon, Miyawaki Sakura, Heo Yunjin)

Debut time: Unspecified

4. Min Hee Jin’s girl group (under HYBE Labels)

Number of members: Unknown

Debut time: Unspecified

5. I’VE (Starship Entertainment)

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Number of members: Unknown (Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung will be included)

Debut time: Unspecified

6. Baby Monster (YG Entertainment)

Number of members: 10 (expected)

Debut time: Unspecified

7. “I-LAND 2″’s girl group (BELIFT LAB/HYBE Labels)

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Number of members: Unknown

Debut time: Unspecified

8. Billie (Mystic Story)

Number of members: 6-7 (expected)

Debut time: November 2021 (tentative)

Based on this list of upcoming girl groups, Kpop fans and Korean netizens have set their own expectations: 

  • “The transition of generation is truly starting now… I’m looking forward to JYP’s new girl group” 
  • “I have high hopes for Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung’s girl group”
  • “I don’t know about other awards but for MAMA, Kep1er will definitely win”
  • “HYBE and Starship’s groups have members that debuted before so there’s barely any sense of anticipation left… I’m excited for JYP’s new group”
  • “JYP always puts out great girl groups, so I’m looking forward to JYP the most” 
  • “Wow, most of these groups basically have no reason to not do well… Next year’s competition for the female rookie award will be brutal”
  • “JYP got this. HYBE’s group feels like a recycled one, there is no sense of excitement ㅋㅋ”
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