Shownu, whose real name is Sohn Hyun-woo, is a popular singer and dancer from South Korea who has come to be known as the leader of the formerly seven but now six-member boy band, Monsta X. He was the second trainee assigned to the group and has gained more popularity for his humility as he never introduces himself as the leader.

While the talented singer and dancer has been in the news lately for not very pleasant reasons, he has continued to stay strong in the face of his many social media adversaries as he looks to grow stronger in his craft.

Biography of Shownu

Born on the 18th of June 1992 in Changdong, Donbonggu, Seoul, South Korea, Shownu grew up very talented but without a clear cut vision about what he wanted to do with his life. After discovering his dancing and singing skills, he sought out on how to become an idol.

His journey to being an idol began with a position as an entertainment trainee with music label JYP. He came second place in his JYP audition and was nicknamed “the second Rain” due to his ability to both sing and dance exceptionally.

In the following years, he was a backup dancer for Lee Hyori. He appeared in several of her tours, concerts, and music videos and once admitted that he enjoyed being a backup dancer and could have done it for the rest of his life. Fortunately for him, a friend told him about Starship Entertainment and he decided to give the audition a shot and he passed.

To make a team, Shownu had to contest in a reality survival program titled No.Mercy which was a collaborative effort by Mnet and Starship Entertainment in 2014. The resulting group from the show was named Monsta X who made their debut as a seven-boy band in 2015 with their first EP Trespass released on the 14th of May.


Asides from being named the leader of the group, Shownu served as the main vocalist in the group. He has contributed to choreography and vocals in almost all of the songs that have been released by the group. Monsta X has since released 5 studio albums, 24 music videos, 4 video albums, 7 Extended Plays, 25 singles, and 5 soundtrack albums.

Several of their albums, EPs, and singles have peaked at number 1 especially on the Gaon weekly and Oricon’s daily singles chart.

Other Facts You Need To Know About Him

Shownu contributes to the group’s choreography

Most of the group members agree that Shownu is the most hardworking member. He also possesses exceptional dancing skills and it has been revealed that he contributes to creating most of the group’s dance choreography.

Scandals & Controversies

Being a celebrity comes with extra pieces of baggage. Most of them take the bad and the good and manage all. In recent times, Shownu has been in the news for several unpleasant reasons.

It was revealed in October 2019 that he had an affair with a married woman. Starship Entertainment released an official statement concerning the claim and has revealed that the singer had no idea the woman was married or even had a boyfriend when they met and has since cut off every contact with her.

In November 2019, some pictures of Shownu began to make the rounds online. He was dressed in his underwear and appeared to be asleep and unaware the pictures were taken. He was totally naked in two other pictures. His management again released a statement and threatened legal action against the first person who shared the images they believe to be manipulated.

Collaborations and Television Appearances

Shownu appeared with Wonho in the SISTAR music video “Shake It”. He has further appeared alongside several K-pop idols in the show “Lipstick Prince”. Some of his other television appearances are in Cool Kiz on the Block’ Hit the Stage, Law of the Jungle, Video star, King of Masked Singer, Running Man, Weekly Idol, Oh! Cool Guys, Hello Counselor, Knowing Brothers, Dae Jang Geum is Watching amongst others.

The singer has also starred in the High-end Crush (2015). He did a solo commercial for DIA’s Yebin but split his proceed with his band members.

Awards and Nominations

It is a fulfilling experience for any artist to have their hard work acknowledged and rewarded with award nominations and wins. Shownu, alongside his bandmates, has earned a total of 83 nominations and won 30 awards, amongst them being an Asia Artist Award, Golden Disc Award, Mnet Asian Music Award, and Seoul Music Award, among several others.

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