Kang Min-hyuk

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Kang Min-hyuk
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Background information
Birth name Kang Min-hyuk
Born (1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 25)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Origin Ilsan-gu, South Korea
Genres Rock, R&B, pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • drummer
  • actor
Years active 2009–present
Labels FNC Entertainment
Associated acts CNBLUE
Website fncent.com
Kang Min-hyuk
Hangul 강민혁
Revised Romanization Gang Min-hyeok
McCune–Reischauer Kang Min-hyŏk

Kang Min-hyuk (Hangul강민혁; born on June 28, 1991)[1] is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is the drummer of South Korean rock band CNBLUE.

Life and career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Kang became a member of CNBLUE in 2009. The group debuted in Japan with the mini album Now or Never on August 19, 2009 with an indie label AI Entertainment. They officially debuted in Korea in 2010 with the mini album Bluetory, and the title track "I'm a Loner" became an instant hit in Korea.[2]

Solo career[edit]

In 2010, Kang Min-hyuk began his acting career in an omnibus film Acoustic alongside his fellow CNBLUE member Lee Jong-hyun. He then received another role in the SBS drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl.

In 2011, he was cast in MBC's youth drama Heartstrings, which stars fellow CNBLUE member Jung Yong-hwa. He sung an OST for the drama, titled "Star".

In 2012, he starred in KBS's family drama My Husband Got a Family.[3][4] The series topped the weekly ratings chart for 25 consecutive weeks and reached a ratings peak of 45.8 percent (TNmS) and 52.3 percent (AGB Nielsen),[5][6][7][8] making it the highest rated Korean drama in 2012.[9] Kang received his first acting award, the "Rising Star Award" at the APAN Star Awards for his role.

Kang continued to gain more popularity in The Heirs (2013), a teen drama penned by Kim Eun-sook. Along with his co-star Krystal Jung, they were voted as the Best Onscreen Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[10]

In 2015, Kang became a fixed cast of KBS's reality-variety show Brave Family, and became a host of JTBC's show Mum is Watching.

After a three-year hiatus, Kang made his television comeback in SBS's Entertainer in 2016, for which he won an Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards. The same year, he became a host of KBS's live music show Music Bank with Laboum's Solbin from July 2016 to November 2016.



Year Title Role Network
2010 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Hwang Yun-doo SBS
2011 Heartstrings Yeo Joon-hee MBC
2012 My Husband Got a Family Cha Se-gwang KBS2
2013 The Heirs Yoon Chan-young SBS
2016 Entertainer Jo Ha-neul


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Acoustic Kim Hae-won segment: Bakery Attack
2017 Marital Harmony

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2015 Brave Family KBS Fixed cast
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education KBS2 Regular cast; swimming segment
I Live Alone MBC Regular cast


Year Title Network Note
2014 2014 K-Pop World Festival in Changwon KBS with Jung Eun-ji
2015 Mom is Watching JTBC
2016 Music Bank KBS2 with Solbin

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Video
2010 "Magic Girl" Orange Caramel Youtube
2012 "Illa Illa" Juniel CJENMMUSIC Official


Main article: CNBLUE discography


Year Title Peak positions Album

2010 "High Fly" (with Lee Jong-hyun) 102 Acoustic OST
2011 "Star" 66 Heartstrings OST
2016 "I See You" Entertainer OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor My Husband Got a Family Nominated
20th Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Rising Star Award Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[12] The Heirs Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
2nd DramaFever Awards Best Couple with Krystal Jung Won[13]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Entertainer Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic Comedy Drama Won


  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ CN Blue's Japan major debut,dkpopnews.net, Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Naver search – CNBlue Kang Min Hyuk ( 씨엔블루 강민혁)
  4. ^ Kim, JiYeon "Kang Min Hyuk in ′Unexpected You′" Mnet News. April 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10
  5. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (August 20, 2012). "My Husband shatters own record, proves its unbeatable status on weekly TV ratings". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  6. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (August 27, 2012). "KBS' My Husband captures audience for 23rd straight weeks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (September 3, 2012). "My Husband renews No. 1 record on weekly TV ratings chart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  8. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (September 10, 2012). "My Husband comes to a happy ending at No. 1 on weekly ratings chart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (December 18, 2012). "KBS Drama My Husband Wears Throne on 2012 TV Chart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  10. ^ Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal Jung win Best Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards. Dramafever.com (May 2, 2014). Retrieved on May 2, 2014.
  11. ^ "Gaon Singles Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  12. ^ "SBS Drama Awards 2013 Winners". Hancinema. December 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal Jung win Best Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards. Dramafever.com (May 2, 2014). Retrieved on February 3, 2015.

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