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H.O.T. (에이치오티; acronym for Highfive Of Teenagers) was a five-member boy group under SM Entertainment. They officially debuted on September 7, 1996 with their first album We Hate All Kinds of Violence. They disbanded in May 2001.

On February 15, 2018, they held a reunion concert for the variety show Infinite Challenge.[1]

They are considered to be the first K-pop idol group and their successful formula became the model for many K-pop groups that followed them.[2][3]


Name Position(s)
Heejun (희준) Leader, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper
Woohyuk (우혁) Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
Tony (토니) Lead Vocalist, Sub Rapper
Kangta (강타) Main Vocalist, Visual, Face of the Group
Jaewon (재원) Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Maknae


Studio albums

Live albums

  • Greatest Hits: Song Collection Live Album (1999)
  • 99 Live in Seoul (2000)
  • H.O.T. Forever (2001)

OST album

  • Age of Peace: The Original Soundtrack (2000)


  • Christmas in SMTOWN (1999)
    • "Winter" (사랑하는 사람에게)
    • "Graduation" (졸업)
    • "Together Forever" (고마워미안해)
    • "Jingle Bell"
  • Christmas Winter Vacation in (2000)
    • "Silver Bell"
    • "The Day 1030" (고요한 밤 그대와 난)

Awards and nominations

Golden Disk Awards

Year Category Nominee Result
1996 Best New Artist H.O.T Won
1997 Grand Prize (Daesang): Best Album Wold and Sheep Won
Main Prize (Bonsang): Best Artist H.O.T Won
1998 Won
1999 Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Category Nominee Result
1999 Best Popular Music Video "I Yah!" Won
Best Group Won
Best Dance Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Director Hong Jongho for "I Yah!" Won
2000 Best Popular Music Video "Outside Castle" Won
Best Dance Performance Nominated
Best Male Group Nominated
2008 10th Anniversary Remember 1999 H.O.T Won

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Category Nominee Result
1998 International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Asia "We Are the Future" Nominated
1999 International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Korea "Line Up!" Won

Seoul Music Awards

Year Category Nominee Result
1997 Grand Prize (Daesang) H.O.T Won
Main Prize (Bonsang) Won
1998 Grand Prize (Daesang) H.O.T (shared with SECHSKIES) Won
Main Prize (Bonsnag) H.O.T Won
1999 Won

Music show awards


Year Date Song
1998 October 18 "Line Up"
November 1
November 29 " Hope"
December 6
December 13
1999 October 3 "I Yah!"
October 10
October 24
2000 October 22 "Outside Castle"
October 29
November 5

Music Core

Year Date Song
1996 December 28 "Candy"

Music Bank

Year Date Song
1998 December 3 "Hope"
December 17
2000 November 2 "Outside Castle"
November 9
November 16