Lee Jung-hyun (born February 7, 1980), also known by her occasional stage name Ava, is a South Korean pop singer and actress. She was first recognized for her acting abilities with award-winning role in her first film and has been solidified as one of the top international acts from South Korea with her illustrious singing career. She has been known as "the Techno Queen" as she introduced the techno music genre to Korea. Lee is also known as "The Queen of Transformation" due to her changing new look for different songs. She is known as one of the first artists who introduced Korean Wave (Hallyu) to China and caused a sensation.
Lee Jung-hyun in 2018
|Also known as||Ava, Hyony|
|Born||February 7, 1980|
Gimje, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, Eurodance, techno, trance, electropop|
|Revised Romanization||I Jeong-hyeon|
Lee Jung-hyun made her acting debut at the age of 16 in A Petal in 1996, which won her 'Best New Actress' at the 34th Grand Bell Awards, 17th Blue Dragon Film Awards and 16th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. The film tells the story of a girl who experienced the Gwangju uprising at the age of 15, and its effect on her life in later years. Since 1996, Lee has had numerous acting roles with projects in South Korea, Japan and China.
In 2010, Lee regained her acting strides with the Chinese series Confucius, playing the role of Nanzi. In 2011, Lee portrayed a shaman in Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong's award-winning fantasy short film Night Fishing, which was shot entirely on an iPhone. Night Fishing won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. In 2012, Lee portrayed a single mother in the coming-of-age film Juvenile Offender, which won Best Feature at the Tokyo International Film Festival. She was next cast in the 2014 period blockbuster The Admiral: Roaring Currents, as the sole female character in the main cast. Lee returned to television in the SBS' drama The Family is Coming.
In 2015, Lee starred in black comedy film Alice in Earnestland, which won her 'Best Actress' at the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards & 3rd Wildflower Film Awards. Lee then starred in the bowling film Split in 2016, and war film The Battleship Island in 2017. In 2019, Lee is scheduled to star in the romantic comedy film Shall We Do It Again.
In 2020, Lee is set to star in the zombie film Peninsula.
After debuting with an award-winning acting performance, Lee etched her singing career by introducing techno genre to the K-Pop scene and her ever-reinventing styles for each and every song. Lee assumes a unique persona for each release, such as a mermaid, Barbie doll, tribal queen, soldier, Korean folk dancer, belly dancer, or princess of the sea. She has garnered many nicknames over the years, including Techno Queen of Korea, Queen of Performance Art, Ms. Charisma, Little Giant, and Queen of Change.
Before releasing her first solo music she featured as a guest vocalist on the Jo PD single "Fever", also appearing in the music video. She also appeared in the music video for Goofy's "The Rule of the Game".
Her early work is techno-style dance music. Her first single, Wa (와, "Come") topped the Korean charts for three weeks, while her second, Bakkwo (바꿔, "Change") won awards for Best Song and Most Broadcast Song. These two songs in particular were covered by artists throughout Asia and Europe. Many of her earlier songs are sung in an angry mood, from the perspective of a rejected lover. These two singles firmly established Lee as one of the top Korean singers who successfully gained popularity throughout Asia with her strong colorful performances.
Lee released Japanese versions of her early hits Wa and Heaven in December 2004. The single ranked #26 on Oricon chart in Week 3 of January 2005. Heaven was a theme song for the Korean drama Beautiful Days. The drama became widely popular in Japan. On December 31, 2004, Lee was invited to perform Heaven and Wa-come on- and participate at the 55th edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen, an annual New Year's Eve live music show. In 2006, she released her first Japanese album, This is Hyony.
Lee was the first foreigner to participate in singing the Beijing Olympic 2008 Theme Song. In 2008, she released her first Mandarin album with title single "Love Me".
In May 2009, she released her first Korean mini album Avaholic, featuring a trio of songs, "Crazy," "Vogue It Girl" and "Miro". The music video "Crazy" was choreographed by Brian Friedman. In September 2009, she was invited to open at Lady Gaga's The Fame Ball Tour in Club Answer, Seoul, South Korea. In December 2009, Lee sung her first ballad for the soundtrack of the Korean TV drama Iris. The song, "How Can I Hold Back Tears," takes her to the ballad genre for the first time in her over 10-year singing career.
In 2010, her seventh album was released on May 11, 2010 with the title song, "Suspicious Man." In this title single's music video, Lee once again showed her dynamic performance range by introducing a vengeful assassin with a short blonde do. The seventh album was entitled, "007th."
Lee married an orthopedic doctor in a private ceremony in 2019. During her appearance on Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant, her husband, whose face was censored due to privacy concerns, was dubbed as "Baby".
In music arcade gamesEdit
Lee's music has been featured in rhythm games. "Wa" and "Bakkwo" were included in the Korean dance game "Let's Dance". These songs were also featured in the Korean releases of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix, as well as the Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix games. Also, "Nuh" (Trance Mix) was featured in EZ2Dancer.
Her song "Come On!" is featured in the Pump It Up NX Absolute dance machine, both a short Chinese version and the full song version appearing in it.
- Let's Go to My Star (1999)
- Lee Jung Hyun II (2000)
- Magic to Go to My Star (2001)
- I ♡ Natural (2002)
- Passion (2004)
- Fantastic Girl (2006)
- Lee Jung Hyun 007th (2010)
- This is Hyony (2006)
- Love Me (2008)
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes|
|1997||Maria and the Inn||마리아와 여인숙||18-year-old Maria||Guest appearance|
|1999||Scent of Love||침향||Im Sun-hee|
|2011||Night Fishing||파란만장||Female shaman|
|2012||Juvenile Offender||범죄소년||Jang Hyo-seung|
|2014||The Admiral: Roaring Currents||명량||Mrs. Jung|
|2015||Alice in Earnestland||성실한 나라의 앨리스||Jung Soo-nam|
|2017||The Battleship Island||군함도||Oh Mal-nyeon|
|The Running Actress||여배우는 오늘도||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|2019||Shall We Do It Again||두번할까요||Park Seon-young|
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Network||Notes|
|1996||Open Your Heart||가슴을 열어라||Yoo Seo-young|
|Seven Spoons||일곱개의 숟가락||Jo Jung-hye|
|1998||Legendary Ambition||야망의 전설||Lee Jung-hee|
|One Day Suddenly||어느날 갑자기||Eun-mi|
|2001||Beautiful Days||아름다운 날들||Kim Se-na|
|2003||Beautiful Heart||美麗心靈||Cheng Hui||Chinese series|
|2006||Rondo||輪舞曲||Choi Yoon-hee||Japanese series|
|2008||The Great King, Sejong||대왕 세종||Yi-seon (later Sinbin Kim)|
|2015||The Family Is Coming||떴다! 패밀리||Na Joon-hee (Susan Johnson)|
|2019 - present||Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant||신상출시 편스토랑||Herself||Episode 8 - present|
- 2001: Tomak: Save the Earth, a Love Story
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1996||17th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||A Petal||Won|
|34th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Won|
|16th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|
|1997||Cine 21 Awards||Won|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Juvenile Offender||Nominated|
|56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2014||23rd Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Admiral: Roaring Currents||Nominated|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|23rd SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||The Family Is Coming||Nominated|
|36th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||Alice in Earnestland||Won|
|35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2016||11th Max Movie Awards||Nominated|
|7th KOFRA Film Awards||Nominated|
|3rd Wildflower Film Awards||Won|
|21st Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|25th Buil Film Awards||Nominated|
|52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|2017||25th Korea Culture & Entertainment Awards||Best Actress||The Battleship Island||Won|
|6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Top Star Award||Won|
|38th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2018||23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|Faro Island Film Festival||Nominated|
|20th Asian Film Critics Association Awards||Nominated|
|1999||8th Seoul Music Awards||Best New Artist||Won|
|14th Golden Disk Awards||Won|
|KMTV Music Awards||Won|
|KBS Song Festival||Won|
|MBC Top 10 Artists Awards||Won|
|Top 10 Awards||Won|
|SBS Music Awards||New Solo Artist||Won|
|1999 Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best New Solo Artist||Won|
|Best Dance Performance||Won|
|2000||9th Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang (Main Prize)||Won|
|15th Golden Disk Awards||Won|
|KBS Song Festival||Won|
|SBS Music Awards||Top 10 Awards||Won|
|KMTV Music Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2000 Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best New Solo Artist||Nominated|
|Korea Best Dresser Awards||Best Dressed Female Singer||Won|
|2001||10th Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang (Main Prize)||Won|
|KBS Song Festival||Won|
|16th Golden Disk Awards||Best Female Solo Artist||Nominated|
|SBS Music Awards||Top 10 Awards||Won|
|KMTV Music Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|2002||10th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||New Generation Artist||Won|
|2002 Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance||Nominated|
|17th Golden Disk Awards||Popularity Award||Won|
|KMTV Music Awards||Artist of the Year (Main Prize)||Nominated|
|KBS Song Festival||Bonsang (Main Prize)||Won|
|SBS Music Awards||Won|
|2003||12th Seoul Music Awards||Nominated|
|SBS Music Awards||Nominated|
|KBS Song Festival||Artist of the Year (Main Prize)||Won|
|2003 Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance||Nominated|
|2005||13th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Hallyu All Star Award||Won|
|2006||China Fashion Awards||Korean Artist of the Year||Won|
|2012||6th Huading Awards||Best International Artist||Won|
|2013||2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards||Red Carpet Special Prize||Won|
|2015||Korea Culture and Tourism Industry Awards||Hallyu Star Award||Won|
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