South Korean singer-songwriter IU, whose real name is Lee Ji-eun, was crowned the most popular musician among Koreans this year, according to a survey released Thursday.
Gallup Korea surveyed 2,774 Koreans aged 13 and older to determine Koreans' favourite musicians. They were asked to name their three favourite K-pop artists.
IU topped the poll with 12.9 per cent of the total votes.
The singer enjoyed immense popularity this year with her seven-track remake album "Flower Bookmark," released in May. She also held several concerts and made guest appearances on albums by established musicians.
Most recently, the 21-year-old sang on the track "Sokyeokdong" with veteran singer Seo Taiji, winning high acclaim from music critics and fans.
K-pop girl group Girls' Generation was the second-most popular K-pop act, garnering 12.4 per cent of the total votes. The group released its fourth EP, "Mr. Mr.," in February.
The eight-member group was Koreans' favourite pop group for three consecutive years, from 2009 to 2011, but fell to No. 5 last year. Another girl group, Sistar, nabbed the No. 3 slot with 10.5 per cent, followed by boy band EXO with 9.4 per cent.
Also included on the list were veteran female vocalist Lee Sun-hee, girl groups Girl's Day and Apink, legendary musicians Lee Seung-cheol, Cho Yong-pil and Seo Taiji, boy groups Beast and Big Bang, first-generation idol group g.o.d and balladeer Sung Si-kyung.
Gallup unveils its list of distinguished people in various sectors at the end of every year.