Im Young-min’s Awards and Nominations
Has debuted as the member of MXM for almost two years, Im Young-min has been nominated in many prestigious award shows as the rookie star and popular idol who spread the Hallyu wave in Asia and other world continents. Though has not won any awards, it proves that MXM is a promising group who still shines even when they debuted only as a duo.
- 2017 – Best New Artist on Melon Music Awards (Nomination)
- 2018 – New Artist of the Year (Album) on Gaon Chart Music Awards (Nomination)
- 2018 – New Artist of the Year on Golden Disc Awards (Nomination)
- 2018 – Global Popularity Award on Golden Disc Awards (Nomination)
- 2018 – New Artist Award on Seoul Music Awards (Nomination)
- 2018 – Popularity Award on Seoul Music Awards (Nomination)
- 2018 – Hallyu Special Award on Seoul Music Awards (Nomination)
Im Young-min on Produce 101 Season 2
The figure of Im Young-min is firstly known when he appeared as one of Brand New Music trainees in Produce 101 Season 2. Along with Lee Dae-hwi, Park Woo-jin, and Kim Dong-hyun, Youngmin performed self-composed song Welcome to My Hollywood, earning a positive reaction from the viewers as the talented trainee group.
Im Young-min’s rank consistently rose up to the 5th place until various scandals regarding him surfaced in the internet forums. One of the scandals occurred during the concept evaluation where the trainees have to perform newly made songs. A screenshot of a group chat between Young-min’s fans shown that one person claimed to have communicated with Young-min’s older brother who wrote Never as the first choice for Young-min to perform, followed by Oh Little Girl as the second choice. It is unknown whether the information affected the votes but in the end, Young-min was assigned to Never.
The representative of Mnet stated that through the confirmation of Brand New Music, Im Young-min never tells his family about the song he wanted to perform in the show. However, his family did exchange text with the fans about the concept evaluation song. Due to the scandal, Im Young-min received a penalty and eventually left Never team to join Open Up team. In addition, Youngmin’s rank also dropped drastically.
After the scandal, Im Young-min officially apologized following the announcement of his ranking, “There has been a lot of talks lately. I want to say to both the nation’s producers and my peers who are training together with me who have been inconvenienced, I am really sorry. I will try hard to show you my improved self”. In the end, Youngmin failed to join the line-up of Produce 101 Season 2 final group as he finished the show at the 15th rank.
Im Young-min’s Debut with MXM
Despite failing to be one of the twelve winners in Produce 101 Season 2, Im Young-min is slated to debut in a temporary duo group with Kim Dong-hyun who also participated in the show. In mid-August 2017, their group MXM is confirmed to debut with a mini-album which will be released on September 6. Prior to their debut, MXM snatched their first endorsement with the cosmetic brand ‘Tony Moly’ and released singles Good Day and I Just Do. The duo finally made their official debut with I’m the One on September 7, 2017, and held their showcase which was attended by 400 fans.
During the showcase of their mini-album UNMIX, Im Young-min and Kim Dong-hyun talked about their first awkward impression of each other. Young-min called Dong-hyun as the positivity king while envied his bright appearance. On the other hand, Donghyun is envious of Young-min’s kind and pure eyes.
Not only talking about themselves, Youngmin and Donghyun thanked the fans for the massive pre-order of their albums which reached over 40,000 copies, promising that they will work harder in the future.
MXM’s friendship with their fellow trainees who debuted in project group Wanna One also remains warm as the duo gave their debut album to Lee Dae-hwi and Park Woo-jin. Uploaded by Brand New Music founder Rhymer, the boys posed in the agency’s room training while the caption reads that Daehwi and Woojin are the early recipients of MXM’s first signed albums.