GQ Korea, one of the country’s most widely read men’s magazines, has revealed its official picks for 2020’s “Men of the Year”—actor Lee Dong-wook, singer Crush, plus three hyphenates: idol-actors Rain, Henry, and IU.
GQ’s “Men of the Year” edition is an annual celebration of the year’s cultural high points, featuring cover shoots, interviews, profiles, as well as videos of up-and-coming and established personalities alike. It is held simultaneously across all countries where GQ Magazine is currently being published, including the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, India, Spain, and Australia.
Television star Lee Dong-wook is set to mark his third consecutive time on the coveted list for constantly trying out new series genres and taking on challenging roles. Currently, he has transformed into a gumiho (mythical nine-tailed fox in Korean folklore) in tvN’s ongoing romantic-fantasy drama Tale of the Nine Tailed.
Representing the music field is hip-hop and R&B singer Shin Hyo-seob, who is known professionally as Crush. This year, Crush has released two albums and three hit singles. He collaborated with Red Velvet’s Joy in the song “Mayday” and with Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation in “Let Me Go.” Released as a non-album single, his third song titled “Ohio” peaked at the 41st spot on the Gaon Digital Chart.
The magazine is also giving recognition to singer-actor, dancer, and music producer Rain for his irreplaceable contribution to the music and TV industries. His latest single with rapper Zico, “Summer Hate,” has been nominated for Best Collaboration and for Song of the Year in the Mnet Asian Music Awards. In addition, Rain showed more of his quirky side through his participations in the variety shows I-LAND and Hangout with Yoo. Though he had no significant acting ventures in 2020, he still makes sure to indulge his fans with some much-needed entertainment fix from him by uploading fun entries on his official TikTok channel rain.xix.
Meanwhile, singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and classical violinist Henry made it to GQ’s list for his versatility in the world of entertainment. This year, his discography record has seen quite a number of activities. He dropped the singles “Thinking of You” and “Nice Things,” with the latter he made in collaboration with the American group Far East Movement and English electronic music duo AlunaGeorge. Most recently, he released an album titled “Journey,” which features the song “Radio.”
Paying tribute to her 12 fruitful years in the industry, singer-songwriter and acting phenomenon Lee Ji-eun, known mononymously as IU, rounds up the list as the sole “Woman of the Year.” Arguably, IU’s biggest accomplishment this year yet is her international hit single “Eight,” featuring rapper SUGA. The platinum song peaked at number 1 spots on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart and K-pop Hot 100, as well as on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart.
Exclusive details about these distinguished celebrities will be made available in GQ’s “Men of the Year 2020” issue, slated to come out this December.