The ladies of 2NE1, who had us singing “I Am the Best” since their second mini album was released in July, are our Badass Chicks of 2011.
From debut single Fire and I Don’t Care in 2009 to 2010 hits Clap Your Hands and Can’t Nobody, 2NE1 never fails to give the ladies an anthem, and this year was no exception with hits I Am the Best, Hate You and Ugly.
Since taking Korea by storm with their in-your-face performances, avant-garde fashion and sky-high hairstyles, the girls have set their sights on the rest of Asia and the world.
Not only has 2NE1 been recognized for its talent in Korea, taking home the Album Award at the 2011 MelOn Music Awards and Song of the Year at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the girls have been making waves overseas as well.
The girls’ debut Japanese album Nolza stole the number one spot on the Oricon Weekly Chart in the first week of its release, and the group wrapped up a successful concert tour in Japan in October.
2NE1 has also been praised by international superstars like will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, whom leader CL performed with at this year’s MAMA and MTV Iggy named 2NE1 the Best New Band in the World. Oh, and the girls are BFFs with too-cool-for-school fashion designer Jeremy Scott. A girl group hasn’t been this hot since the Spice Girls.
Photo and video credit: YG Entertainment, MTV Iggy