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Hyuna at the Seoul Fashion Week on March 24, 2016
Native name 김현아
Born Kim Hyun-ah
(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 24)
Seoul, Sudogwon, South Korea
Education Konkuk University
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 김현아
Revised Romanization Gim Hyeon-a
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyŏn-a

Kim Hyun-ah (born June 6, 1992), better known by the mononym Hyuna, stylized as HyunA, is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter and model. She rose to fame in the late 2000s as a member of the girl group Wonder Girls, leaving the ensemble shortly after their debut in 2007 and subsequently joining the girl group 4Minute in 2009.[1][2] Hyuna began a solo career in 2010, which she describes as "performance-oriented music".[2] Her debut single "Change" peaked at number-two on the Gaon Digital Chart.

She released her first extended play Bubble Pop! in 2011. Though the EP was a moderate seller, its title track sold more than two and half million copies and Hyuna became the first female K-pop solo artist to reach 100 million views on a single YouTube video. In 2012, she appeared in Psy's worldwide hit "Gangnam Style", which also led to a successful duet rendition of the song. Melting (2012) saw Hyuna's first number-one on the Gaon chart with the single "Ice Cream". Following 4Minute's disbandment in 2016, she released her fifth EP A'wesome which was supported by her first concert tour of the United States.

Hyuna has collaborated with several of her label mates under Cube Entertainment, first forming the duo Trouble Maker with Jang Hyun-seung in 2011; which spawned two number-one singles. In 2017, the agency announced her involvement in the trio Triple H.

Early life and education[edit]

Hyuna was born on June 6, 1992[3] in Seoul, South Korea. She attended Choongam Middle School and Korea High School of Music and Arts and currently attends Konkuk University, majoring in art culture, receiving special admission to the school.[4]

Hyuna's Hanja name is "泫我". However, her Chinese teacher told her that it sounded bizarre in Mandarin (pinyin: Xuàn Wǒ, it could be translated as "I weep") and recommended she adopt the characters "泫雅" (pinyin: Xuàn Yǎ) as her name for promotional activities in Taiwan. Hyuna agreed to the change after commenting that "泫雅" sounded adorable.[5][6]


2006–08: Wonder Girls[edit]

Hyuna (second from left) performing "Irony" as a member of Wonder Girls at Hanyang University in May 2007

In 2006, Hyuna was revealed as a 2nd member of Wonder Girls at age 14, a girl group managed by JYP Entertainment, as the group's main rapper. She participated in the group's debut mini album The Wonder Begins, released in February 2007.[7] She was a part of the group's television shows MTV Wonder Girls for two seasons, and co-hosted Show! Music Core with Wonder Girls' Sohee and Fly to the Sky singer Brian Joo from May 12 to June 30. Hyuna left Wonder Girls in July, when she was removed by her parents due to their concern over her health—in particular, chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells.[1][8]

In 2008, she transferred to Cube Entertainment.[9] Hyuna then debuted as part of the girl group 4Minute. Announced in May 2009, the group debuted with the single, "Hot Issue" on June 15.[10][11]

2009–10: 4Minute and solo career beginnings[edit]

Hyuna (middle) performing as a member of 4Minute at Dongguk University in 2009

Hyuna collaborated with Lee Gi-kwang on the song "2009" from his debut album First Episode: A New Hero, and also appeared in the music video of his single "Dancing Shoes," which was released on March 30, 2009. On August 13 she rapped for Navi's song "Wasteful Tears" and she also appeared in its music video. Hyuna also appeared in Mighty Mouth's music video for "Love Class" with Uee from After School. Hyuna also featured in Brave Brothers' song "Bittersweet," released August 18. She became part of the "Dream Team Girl Group," a promotional group for Samsung's Anycall phone with Seung Yeon (Kara), Uee (After School) & Gain (Brown Eyed Girls). Their first digital single "Tomorrow" was released on October 6, 2009, and the official music video was released on October 12, starring actor Lee Dong-gun.[12] Hyuna's individual version of the music video was released on October 27. Hyuna was also part of Invincible Youth, a South Korean variety show. However, she left the show due to some scheduling conflicts with her group's overseas promotions on June 11, 2010.

Hyuna (second from left) performing as a member of 4Minute at the 2010 Asia Song Festival in October 2010.

On January 4, 2010, Hyuna released the single "Change" which debuted high on various online charts and promoted it on music shows.[13][13][14] The song reached No. 14 on the Gaon 2010 digital yearly charts with 2,469,354 copies sold.[15] Ten days later, on January 14, the "Change" music video was flagged with a 19+ rating by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family for being inappropriate for minors. Cube Entertainment stated that the music video would be re-edited and submitted for approval. However, broadcast station SBS, announced the music video would be restricted for a 15+ audience instead, and MBC announced that it would still be viewable for all audiences.[16] Hyuna's "Change" promotions ended in March 2010. On February 10, Hyuna released a digital single, "Love Parade", featuring T-max's member Park Yun-hwa. Two months later, on April 16, Hyuna released another digital single, "Outlaw in the Wild (Korean: 황야의 무법자)", featuring Nassun, and produced by E-Tribe.[17][18] She went on to play a cameo role in the thriller movie Midnight FM with 4Minute member Jihyun on October 14, 2010.[19] She also rapped a duet with G.NA called "Say You Love Me", in which she wrote and composed the rap lyrics of the song. The duet was released on November 10, 2010.

2011–12: Bubble Pop, Melting and Trouble Maker[edit]

HyunA at the GEEKSHOP opening party on November 8, 2012.

Hyuna was featured in SS501's Heo Young-saeng's title track "Let It Go" from his first solo mini album, Let It Go released on May 12, 2011.[20] Hyuna appeared in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars. The show started broadcasting on June 10.[21] After several teasers, Hyuna released her first mini album, titled Bubble Pop featuring five new songs, with a title track titled "Bubble Pop". Its music video was released on July 5. The music video guest stars MBLAQ's Lee Joon. In August, the Korea Communications Standards Commission partially banned TV broadcasting of the video for allegedly racy content.[22] On September 28, 2011, Hyuna ranked 17th on Billboard's '21 Under 21′, a staff-compiled list of notable young acts. The list included other young stars such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus.[23] On November 24, 2011, Cube revealed that she would be in a co-ed unit called Trouble Maker with BEAST's Hyunseung. Trouble Maker's first mini album, Trouble Maker, consists of a dance track as well as an emotional ballad, a solo song for Hyuna, and a solo song for Hyunseung. Their EP was released on December 1.[24] Hyuna's "Bubble Pop" was ninth place on Spin magazine's "Best 20 Songs of 2011."[25]

On February 12, 2012 it was revealed that "The Birth of a Family" Season 2 will follow up with Hyuna and singer G.NA. Birth of a Family is an "animal communion variety" program where idols adopt stray pets and take care of them for a certain period of time to raise awareness for animal rights. The first episode was broadcast March 3. On March 14, Hyuna announced the launch of her brand Hyuna x SPICYCOLOR.[26] Hyuna also appeared in Psy's viral music video for "Gangnam Style," having been selected personally by Psy during the initial production stage.[2] Psy released the female version of Gangnam Style, known as "Oppa Is Just My Style" in August 2012, featuring additional vocals by Hyuna.[27]

Hyuna released her second mini album titled Melting on October 21, 2012 with the title track "Ice Cream". The song was produced by Brave Brothers and was the first collaborative effort between the producer and Hyuna as a solo artist.[2] The video for Ice Cream was released on October 22, 2012 and features a cameo by Psy.[28] Four days after release, the music video tied what was then the record for the K-pop music video to most quickly achieve ten million views. Melting is also notable for Hyuna's contributions as a lyricist and composer for "Very Hot" and "To My Boyfriend".[29]

In October, reports suggested that "Very Hot" was banned by television networks KBS and MBC. The networks objected to the use of the brand KakaoTalk.[30][31][32] In the same month, on an episode of Inkigayo, the live music show revealed a teaser video hinting that twenty K-pop stars would transform into four new project groups for the 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon. Hyuna was part of the super idol group "Dazzling Red" with Sistar's Hyolin, Secret's Hyoseong, After School's Nana and Kara's Nicole.[33] Brave Brothers produced the group's title song, the profits of which were donated to people in need.[34] On November 14, it was revealed that Hyuna, Hara, and Hyolyn had been chosen to be soju models for Lotte Liquor.[35] The song "This Person" was released on December 27, 2012.[36] The following month, on December 28, Hyuna was featured in Eru digital single "Don't Hurt".[37]

2013–15: Chemistry, A Talk and A+[edit]

HyunA performing at the 2013 Korea Yakult Seven Pro Baseball Golden Globe Award on December 11, 2013

On February 18, 2013, Hyuna was chosen as the new model for casual fashion brand G by Guess.[38] On May 24, Hyuna and makeup artist SON & PARK launched charitable activities "KISS OF HOPE". G by Guess launched "KISS OF HOPE" package whose profits were donated to the education of children in poor countries.[39] In March, Hyuna became a spokesmodel for the 2013 Toyota Corolla. She released the short music video "Corolla x Hyuna: My Color",[40] and the "CorollaxHyuna" mobile app which teaches her song and choreography.[41] On March 11, Hyuna performed at the K-Pop Night Out at SXSW at Austin, Texas.[42][43] She then went to Los Angeles to film a Funny or Die sketch with Rita Ora.[44][45] The two stars' "Better Walk" video was released on "Funny or Die" on April 2, 2014.[46] In the same month, Hyuna has been chosen as the new model for the Netmarble video game Mystic Fighter.[47] She appeared on the April 27 episode of Saturday Night Live Korea.[48]

In October, Hyuna and Hyunseung made a comeback as Trouble Maker. They released the single "Now" from their Chemistry EP.[49] The song reached number one on ten of Korea's major music charts, and was deemed by Instiz.net as an All-Kill.[50] Chemistry received positive reviews from music critics and fans alike with Adrienne Stanley of KpopStarz saying, "[Chemistry] is a very solid comeback release for Trouble Maker. HyunA and Hyunseung have proven that the audiences have a lot to look forward to and that the duo is more than just a gimmick devised by Cube Entertainment. By exceeding the expectations for their comeback, Trouble Maker has established there is more to the duo than meets the eye."[51]

On June 26, 2014, Cube Entertainment announced that Hyuna would be releasing her third solo album.[52] A reality documentary program called Hyuna's Free Month aired on SBS; it documents her preparation and promotional activities for the album release.[53] On July 15, teaser photos were released for the album A Talk[54] and that its lead single is "Red".[55] The music video for Hyuna's single "Red" was released on July 28. In September, Hyuna become the new global model for cosmetic brand 'Tony Moly'.[56] On December 29, Rolling Stone named "Red" number five on their list of the top ten music videos of 2014.[57]

It was announced on June 5, 2015, that Hyuna would come back around August with a new album.[58] On July 1, was revealed that Hyuna will be the new model for casual brand CLRIDEN.[59] Hyuna released new teaser music video for her fourth mini-album A+ on August 9.[60] On the August 12, Cube showed teaser pictures through their Twitter which showed that Hyuna's mini-album A+ would drop on August 21, and the trailer for the mini-album reached 2 million views and 33,000 likes in its first day of release. Cube announced that her new single was called "Because I'm the Best" and BTOB's Ilhoon was featured in the track. On August 20, CUBE released her music video of "Because I'm the Best" on Cube's official page on YouTube. She also made her comeback on M! Countdown and performed "Ice, Ice" featuring Hwasa of Mamamoo. HyunA's fourth mini-album A+ was officially released as well.

2016-17: 4Minute's disbandment, A'wesome and Triple H[edit]

Hyunah at the Seoul Fashion Week 2016, on March 24, 2016.

On June 13, 2016, it was announced that 4Minute have decided to disband.[61] A Cube Entertainment representative stated, “As the contract end date approaches, the members have been in discussions for renewal, but while the agency tried to persuade them to continue the group, it ended up accepting the decision by the five members that they will not continue as a group. Due to the different opinion of the members, for all intents and purposes, the group will disband.” Hyuna was announced as the only member of the group to have renewed her contract with Cube Entertainment.[62]

Following 4Minute's disbandment, Hyuna resumed her activities as a solo artist, with the release of her fifth mini album A'wesome and its title track "How's This?" (Hangul어때?), on August 1, 2016.[63] To promote the album she also star in her own reality show, titled "X19".[64]

On March 28, 2017, Cube Entertainment announced that Hyuna had plan to take part in a new project group after Troublemaker.[65] On April 3, 2017, Cube Entertainment comfirmed that Hyuna and Pentagon members Hui and E'Dawn were set to debut in May as new sub-unit"Triple H".[66]On April 4, 2017, Cube TV revealed a new reality TV program called “Triple H Detective Agency”.[67]

Personal life[edit]

Hyuna has a tattoo on her left shoulder that says, "My mother is the heart that keeps me alive."[68][69] She later revealed another tattoo, on her right inner arm reading "Tempus", which means 'time' in Latin. [70]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Midnight FM Sayoon Film debut, cameo


Year Title Network Notes
2006–2007 MTV Wonder Girls Wonder Girls first reality show (Season 1 & 2 only)
2007 Show! Music Core MBC Host with Sohee and Brian Joo
2009–10 Invincible Youth KBS2 Main cast member (as part a G7 member)
2010 Waving the Korean Flag SBS Main cast member
2011 Dancing with the Stars MBC Contestant (partnered with Nam Kee-yong)
2012 Birth of a Family 2 KBS2 Main cast member
2013 Running Man SBS Guest (Episode 93, 94, 132)
2014 Hyuna's Free Month SBS MTV Documentary
2016 Please Take Care of My Refrigerator JTBC Guest (Episode 70 & 71)
2016 Happy Together KBS Guest (Episode 459)
2016 Hyuna X 19 SBS MTV Documentary
2017 Triple H Detective Agency KStar Cube TV Variety of Sub-unit "Triple H"


Extended plays




  • SXSW Music Festival in North America (2013)
  • Viral Fest Asia 2016 (2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
Golden Disk Awards
2014 Digital Bonsang "Red" Won[71]
Gaon Chart Awards
2010 Streaming Award "Change" Won[72]
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2010 Best Dance Performance – Solo "Change" Nominated[73]
2011 "Bubble Pop!" Won[74]
2012 "Ice Cream" Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Collaboration "Trouble Maker" (with Hyunsaeng) Won
Song of the Year "Ice Cream" Nominated[75]
2014 "Red" Nominated[76]
Best Dance Performance - Solo Nominated
Artist of the Year Hyuna Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
2015 UnionPay Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year "Roll Deep" Nominated
Best Dance Performance - Solo Won
2016 Best Dance Performance - Solo "How's This?" Nominated
UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated
UnionPay Artist of the Year Hyuna Nominated
Melon Music Awards
2012 Global Star Award Hyuna Nominated
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
2012 20's Performance Hyuna Won[77]
SBS MTV Best of the Best
2012 Best Global Hyuna Nominated
Best Solo Female Nominated
Best Cameo "Gangnam Style" Nominated
Best Collaboration with PSY "Oppa Is Just My Style" Nominated
Seoul Music Awards
2013 Bonsang Award "Ice Cream" Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2015 Dance Performance Award[78] "Red" Won
YinYueTai V-Chart Awards
2013 Best Korean Female Artist Hyuna Won[79]
World Music Awards
2014 World's Best Female Artist Hyuna Nominated
World's Best Live Act Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
SBS PopAsia Awards
2014 Best Solo Artist Hyuna Nominated

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 August 6 "Red"
August 13

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2016 August 11 "How's This?"


Year Date Song
2016 August 14 "How's This?"


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