IVE has had an incredible and inspiring year as a rookie group, winning the hearts of fans and locals with their talent.
The group took home four impressive awards at the 2022 Melon Music Awards (MMAs 2022), including a daesang award. While earning the MMAs 2022 awards meant a lot to the entire group, they held a special meaning to member Ahn Yujin.
IVE’s debut single, “Eleven,” was already breaking records, and their second single, “Love Dive,” solidified themselves as a powerful rookie group.
The group debuted on December 1, 2021, making this their first Melon Music Awards. While it was the group’s first time at the year-end award ceremony, Ahn Yujin and Wonyoung previously attended and performed at the MMAs 2020 as members of IZ*ONE.
Appearing at the ceremony as a member of IZ*ONE wasn’t the first time Ahn Yujin attended the MMAs; she had a ticket to attend as a fan in 2016, and that moment changed her life.
In 2016, Ahn Yujin was spotted against the barricade in the crowd at the MMAs, holding a BTS ARMY bomb while enthusiastically cheering when BTS won an award.
yujin holding an army bomb back in mma 2016 when bts won an award pic.twitter.com/DeFq57ZNON
— yujin loops (@ayjloops) July 22, 2019
While the clip was initially spotted by eagle-eyed fans, Ahn Yujin confirmed her appearance in a live broadcast, explaining the defining moment.
When an idol group got an award, everyone around them were so happy for them, crying together. Looking at them being happy, I thought I really want to be them.
— Ahn Yujin
She described the atmosphere with the magical display of lights and fireworks, not knowing that she would be on stage at the same award show just years later.
One day in my life I should do it. It became my dream. I kept switching my dream jobs, from flight attendant to teacher. That moment I decided to be like them. When I got home, I told mom I want to be an idol member.
— Ahn Yujin
Does anyone else ever think about how Yujin was inspired by the idols she respects at MMA 2016 and realised her dream two years later? pic.twitter.com/b32C4rXgfP
— It's just a 깻잎 (@vocalistbyul) February 23, 2020
Ahn Yujin fatefully became an idol after her debut with IZ*ONE, and again when she became the leader of IVE. IVE won four awards at the MMAs 2022, “Best Group: Female,” “New Artist of the Year,” “Melon Top 10 Award,” and the daesang award, “Best Song of the Year: “Love Dive.”
Ahn Yujin was overcome with emotion while the group accepted their award at the same ceremony where she realized her dream of being an idol. When fans connected the backstory, the moment became even more meaningful.
You can see how much this moment means to Yujin as the leader pic.twitter.com/loHbjPJhNT
— Yujin Stan 🐶 (@AnYuding901) November 26, 2022
yujin…. no… 😭😭😭😭😭😭 you did so so so so well 😭❤️pic.twitter.com/1EZC6GqxNF
— 캬라멜 🍡💙 (@caramelmoochi) November 26, 2022
– MMA 2016: yujin witnessed the moment that other group won their first Daesang
– MMA 2022: she won the very 1st DAESANG with her group as the leader pic.twitter.com/iZfR7mO049
— yuyu (@AnSequence) November 26, 2022
Check out the full list of winners from the 2022 Melon Music Awards below!