Billboard commented, "From her debut single, Ailee proved that she had an ability beyond her years to communicate the deeper experiences one feels in love.In this dedication track, Ailee's partner protected her and 'taught her how to love in a harsh world.' Or, as she describes it, it's simply 'Heaven'." On November 23, she won her first trophy in a music program, on Music Bank, beating Psy's "Gangnam Style".Ailee received the Best New Artist Award at the Melon Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards and the Seoul Music Awards.She has also received a Best Newcomer and Four Best Female Vocal Performance awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards for "U&I", "Singing Got Better", "Mind Your Own Business" and "If You".She attended Palisades Park High School before moving to nearby Leonia.
Popularity for the physical album was also deemed high when nearly all stores in Korea were sold out of the album on the first day of release.The following day, YMC Entertainment issued a statement claiming that "the pictures are of her she took when she was offered to be a lingerie model.[She] took nude photos because they wanted a better judgment of her body but the company was unable to be contacted after she took them.For her work in music in 2012, Ailee was awarded the Best New Artist Award at the Seoul Music Awards, Mel On Music Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards as well as New Female Solo Artist at the Gaon Chart Music Awards.Ailee was also invited as a VIP guest to perform at a pre-Grammy party for the 55th Grammy Awards and attended both the ceremony and red carpet in Los Angeles.Under this label she collaborated with several artists, such as Johnnyphlo and Philadelphia-based rapper Decipher.Prior to moving to South Korea, Ailee created the You Tube channels "mzamyx3" and "aileemusic" to bring attention to her singing on the web.She received 409 points for her performance, despite later losing in the episode; her performance remains critically acclaimed and well known for its final key change, and remains as one of the most watched Immortal Songs performances on You Tube.On September 16, 2014, it was announced that Ailee would be having a comeback through YMC Entertainment's official Twitter account. Later that day, promotions for her EP, Magazine, commenced. She won the first trophy for "Don't Touch Me" in October 5, 2014, on SBS' Inkigayo.She moved to South Korea in 2010, where she passed an audition and became an artist for YMC Entertainment.After being recognized for her singing on Singer and Trainee, she started acting on the KBS drama series Dream High 2.