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Kang Min-hyuk (Korean강민혁; born June 28, 1991)[2][3][4] is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is the drummer of South Korean rock band CNBLUE.

Kang Min-hyuk
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In August 2016
Kang Min-hyuk

(1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 28)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Alma materDigital Seoul Culture Arts University[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • drummer
  • actor
Years active2009–present
Kang Min-hyuk
Revised RomanizationGang Min-hyeok
McCune–ReischauerKang Minhyŏk


2009–present: CNBLUEEdit

Kang became a member of CNBLUE in 2009. The group debuted in Japan with the mini album Now or Never on August 19, 2009 with an indie label AI Entertainment.[5][6] They officially debuted in Korea in 2010 with the mini album Bluetory, and the title track "I'm a Loner" became an instant hit in Korea.[7]

2010–present: Acting roles and solo activitiesEdit

In 2010, Kang began his acting career in an omnibus film Acoustic alongside his fellow CNBLUE member Lee Jong-hyun.[8][9] He then made his small-screen debut in the SBS drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl.[10]

In 2011, he was cast in MBC's youth melodrama Heartstrings, which stars fellow CNBLUE member Jung Yong-hwa.[11][12] He sang an OST for the drama, titled "Star".[citation needed]

In 2012, he starred in KBS's weekend family drama My Husband Got a Family,[13] and gained recognition for his role as a playboy.[14] The series topped the weekly ratings chart for 25 consecutive weeks and reached a ratings peak of 45.8 percent (TNmS) and 52.3 percent (AGB Nielsen),[15] making it the highest rated Korean drama in 2012.[16]

Kang continued to gain more popularity after starring in The Heirs (2013), a teen drama penned by Kim Eun-sook.[17][18][19] Along with his co-star Krystal Jung, they were voted as the Best Onscreen Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[20]

In 2015, Kang became a fixed cast of KBS's reality-variety show Brave Family,[21] and became a host of JTBC's show Mum is Watching.[22]

After a three-year hiatus, Kang made his television comeback in SBS's musical drama Entertainer in 2016,[23][24] for which he won an Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards.[25] The same year, he became a host of KBS's live music show Music Bank with Laboum's Solbin from July 2016 to November 2016.[26][27]

In 2017, Kang was cast in his first lead role, playing a doctor in MBC's medical drama Hospital Ship.[28][29][30][31]

In 2018, Kang had a supporting role in the period comedy film, The Princess and the Matchmaker. The film was shot back in 2015.[32][33]

In 2019, Kang released two Japanese singles, Moontalk and On the Cheek, on January 7 and February 14, respectively.[34][35] He dropped the album containing these two singles along with three more Japanese tracks on March 13.[36]

Mandatory Military ServiceEdit

Kang enlisted in his military service on July 31, 2018.[37][38]


On April 6, 2019, it was reported that Kang donated 10 million won to the victims of forest fires in Goseong County and Sokcho in Gangwon Province. According to Hope Bridge National Disaster Relief Association, the donation will be used for the recovery of the damaged areas.[39]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2010 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Hwang Yun-doo SBS [10]
2011 Heartstrings Yeo Joon-hee MBC [11]
2012 My Husband Got a Family Cha Se-gwang KBS2 [13]
2013 The Heirs Yoon Chan-young SBS [17]
2016 Entertainer Jo Ha-neul [23]
2017 School 2017 Jong-geun (cameo) KBS2 [40]
Hospital Ship Kwak Hyun MBC [28]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Acoustic Kim Hae-won segment: Bakery Attack [8]
2017 I Am a Cat Narrator [41]
2018 The Princess and the Matchmaker Kang Hwi [32]

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2015 Brave Family KBS Fixed cast [21]
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education KBS2 Regular cast; swimming segment [42]
I Live Alone MBC Regular cast [43][44]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2014 2014 K-Pop World Festival in Changwon KBS with Jung Eun-ji [45]
2015 Mom is Watching JTBC [22]
2016 Music Bank KBS2 with Solbin [26]



Year Title Peak positions Album

2010 "High Fly" (with Lee Jong-hyun) 102 Acoustic OST
2011 "Star" 66 Heartstrings OST
2016 "I See You" Entertainer OST
2019 Moontalk "On the Cheek" Japanese Single
On the Cheek

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor My Husband Got a Family Nominated
20th Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Rising Star Award Won [47]
26th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Nominated
s 2013 21st SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Heirs Won [48]
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated [49]
2nd DramaFever Awards Best Couple with Krystal Jung Won [20]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Entertainer Nominated [50]
24th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic Comedy Drama Won [25]
2017 36th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Hospital Ship Nominated [51]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated


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  2. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
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  6. ^ "[캐리커처로 보는 이슈피플] 데뷔 5주년 씨엔블루, 대표 한류스타 '우뚝'". News2day (in Korean). Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "CNBLUE tops TV music charts". 10Asia. February 1, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Acoustic (12)". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Pop idols not enough for 'Acoustic'". Hancinema. The Korea Times. October 28, 2010.
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  11. ^ a b "CNBLUE member Min-hyuk cast in Jung Yong-hwa drama". 10Asia. March 21, 2011.
  12. ^ "Campus romance to pull at Heartstrings". The Korea Times. June 28, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "CNBLUE Kang Min-hyuk to play womanizer in new KBS weekend series". 10Asia. February 6, 2012. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "CN Blue's Kang Min Hyuk Charms as a Player on 'Unexpected You'". enewsWorld. April 29, 2012.
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  16. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (December 18, 2012). "KBS Drama My Husband Wears Throne on 2012 TV Chart". 10Asia. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
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  18. ^ "CNBLUE Kang Min-hyuk, ZE:A Hyungsik Join Lee Min-ho Drama". 10Asia. July 17, 2013.
  19. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (September 12, 2013). "CNBLUE Kang Min-hyuk Shows Golden Smile on the Set of Inherits". 10Asia. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
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  21. ^ a b "CN Blue's Kang Min Hyuk is Happy to Have AOA's Seolhyun as His Younger Sister in 'Brave Family'". enewsWorld. January 20, 2015.
  22. ^ a b "'엄마가 보고있다' 강민혁, 첫 촬영 현장 공개.."저 집에 갈게요"텐아시아". 10Asia (in Korean). April 17, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "CNBLUE's Kang Min-hyuk 'honored' to act with Hyeri, Ji Sung". Kpop Herald. April 7, 2016.
  24. ^ "강민혁, '딴따라' 출연 확정...지성·혜리와 호흡 [공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). March 23, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
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  26. ^ a b "New hosts announced for 'Music Bank'". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 28, 2016.
  27. ^ "강민혁, 오늘(4일) 끝으로 '뮤직뱅크' MC 하차…후임은 이서원". Xports News (in Korean). November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  28. ^ a b "CNBLUE's Kang Min-hyuk to star in upcoming medical drama". Kpop Herald. June 15, 2017.
  29. ^ "Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Seo-won to team up with Ha Ji-won to play doctor roles". Kpop Herald. July 4, 2017.
  30. ^ "Growing as actor, Kang Min-hyuk says CNBLUE will always be priority". Kpop Herald. November 14, 2017.
  31. ^ "Kang Min-hyuk is learning how to be a leading man : CNBlue drummer has discovered there's more to making a drama than acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 16, 2017.
  32. ^ a b "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 15, 2015.
  33. ^ "Director says 'The Princess and the Matchmaker' is exhilarating period comedy-drama". Yonhap News Agency. January 31, 2018.
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  46. ^ "Gaon Singles Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart.
  47. ^ "제1회 '케이 드라마 스타 어워즈' 대상 손현주". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). December 9, 2012.
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  50. ^ "김래원·송중기·이종석·조진웅, APAN 격돌 '별들의 전쟁'". Osen (in Korean). September 26, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
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