Oh thank goodness, the ongoing agony that has been 2020 is almost over. Just over a month to go now, I can almost feel the collective weight that has been this hell year being lifted from my shoulders as 2021, free from possibly the worst and most confusing year most of us have had to face in our lifetimes; at least, until three days into 2021 when we’ll probably all get drafted into a war against a vengeful alien species from another planet at the same time another much-loved Homicidols figure announces her retirement.
With it being late November, this is the time when we begin to wrap up proceedings for our annual Homicidols best-of rundown. I know 2020 has mostly been a crapshoot in all regards, but hey, it’s not been all bad; O’CHAWANZ released two entire albums!
As with previous years, team Homicidols have been collectively listing notable idol events and releases of the year into a handy list of reminders to say “Hey! Remember that single that came out really early that year?” which we then whittle down into a shortlist of our team picks.
Now, this is where you come in! Now that the team picks are ready to go, we’d like to hear from you! For the next week, we’d like you to submit your personal nominations for each category. At the end of the week, using a special, private system I’ll be weighing the team nominations with the community nominations to create a hopefully balanced and interesting shortlist.
Here are this year’s Best-Of categories for you to consider:
- Letdown of the Year: Let’s be real, 2020 is the letdown, but we need specifics. When were you disappointed or angered by idol this year?
- Surprise of the Year: What news shocked you the most? Either in a good way or bad way.
- Debut of the Year (New Members and Soloists)
- Debut of the Year (Groups)
- Reboot of the Year: This can be either a disbanded group reforming with new members, or an active group that went through such a significant shake-up that you can barely call it the same group any more (yet still managed to pull it off).
- Saddest Disbandment
- Saddest Graduation: This includes both members leaving a group, and soloists who retired.
- Performance of the Year: 2020 hasn’t really allowed much in the way of live performances, which is why livestreamed events are also permitted!
- Single of the Year: Digital singles count!
- B-Side of the Year
- EP of the Year: What we count as an EP in this case is a release too long to be a single but too short to be an album; a tracklist of 4 to 7 tracks (not including instrumentals) is a good guideline to follow.
- Album of the Year
- Music Video of the Year
- Promotional and Cover Art of the Year: NEW CATEGORY: For album artwork and/or promotional posters that look particularly eye-catching, beautiful, memorable or just simply well-designed.
- Collaboration of the Year
- Funniest Moment
- Performer of the Year: For individuals who excel in stage presence and are the highlights of any idol live they show up in.
- Friends of Homicidols: Artists outside of the Homicidols-sphere who deserve recognition and love; non-idols, ex-idols, those who work with idols and idols who we don’t really consider to be Homicidols material that are wonderful anyway.
- Most Expected to Breakthrough in 2021: Who do you think will make it big next year?
- Song of the Year
- Idol of the Year: Which group or soloist either impressed you the most, or made the biggest impact this year?
Some additional notes:
- Anything from December 2019 to November 2020 is eligible to be nominated.
- Multiple nominations are allowed!
- As long as their music fits with what we typically cover on Homicidols, K-Pop and C-Pop is permitted; they’re idols too after all!
- To avoid confusion, graduations and disbandments that were announced in 2020 but will occur after November will no longer be permitted. I know we’re still reeling over Yukueshirezutsurezure, but they’ll be saved for Saddest Disbandment of 2021 rather than this year, sorry folks!
If you’re stuck on what to nominate, feel free to check out the public version of the Homicidols 2020 list. These aren’t the final nominations by any means, but hopefully it can remind you of any releases or events you forgot about. Don’t be put off if your personal pick isn’t on there, it just means I was too dumb to add it; if anything, if your choice is not on this list, that’s even more reason to nominate it!
To submit your nominations, please fill in this form right here. Alternatively, you can tweet your nominations either to @homicidols, or me, @weeaboo_woman.
The deadline to submit your nominations is a week from now, December 7th. We’ll update you in the coming weeks about the final nominations and vote. Thanks so much everybody!