2021 in AKB48 Group
The following is a list of events and releases that occurred in 2021 from the AKB48 Group.
Like in 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in several releases, concerts, and events being cancelled, postponed, or scaled back.
- January 1: NMB48 announces disbandment of Team N, Team M, and Team BII. All promoted members will belong to NMB48, while Kenkyuusei will remain intact.
- March 14: JKT48 announces disbandment of Team J, Team KIII, Team T, and JKT48 Academy. All members will belong to JKT48.
- April 29: Miyawaki Sakura, Yabuki Nako, and Honda Hitomi finish activities with IZONE and return to their respective groups.
- May 21: Akiyoshi Yuka, Ikeda Yura, Okada Nana, Nojima Kano, Furuhata Nao, Mimura Hino, Yano Honoka, Yamauchi Suzuran, and Yamasaki Amiru form the unit Nona Diamonds, as the winning members of the AKB48 Group Third Singing Contest.
- August 14:
- December 5: SGO48 announces they will disband after the group's third anniversary.
- December 8: AKB48 holds its sixth team shuffle AKB48 16th Anniversary Team Shuffle.
- August 14: NMB48 announces 8th Generation auditions.
- September 18: STU48 announces New Wave Project auditions in conjunction with the Actor's School Hiroshima.
- November 26: HKT48 announces 6th Generation auditions.
- December 8: AKB48 announces 17th Generation auditions.
- December 18: SKE48 announces 11th Generation auditions.
- January 1:
- February 13: Allyza Mae Roxas, Bhrianna Chriszell Chua, Jana Ross Angeles, Kathlene Claire Apduhan, and Klaryle Mercado promoted to MNL48 Team Unknown.
- March 12: Adzana Shaliha, Indah Cahya, Kathrina Irene, and Marsha Lenathea promoted to JKT48.
- April 9:
- July 1: Mheijie Calis promoted to MNL48 Team Unknown.
- August 14: Hirayama Mai and Manabe Anju promoted to NMB48.
- October 1: Ikeda Yura, Imaizumi Miria, Utsumi Rine, Osaki Serika, Kawamata Anna, Kawamata Yuuna, Kudo Riko, Kojima Aiko, Sako Himeka, Shimizu Sara, Suzuki Ayaka, Takao Sayaka, Taguchi Reika, Tanaka Miho, Nakahiro Yayoi, Harada Sayaka, Minami Yurina, Muneyuki Rika, Yoshizaki Rinko, Yoshida Sara, Rissen Momoka, and Watanabe Natsuki promoted to STU48 2nd Generation.
- November 11: Aubrey Lopez, Charmaine Tosoc, Christine Joyce Dela Cruz, Rachel Frances Suazo promoted to MNL48 Team Unknown.
- December 18: SKE48 announces promotion of all 10th Generation members, which will take effect on January 15, 2022.
- February 15: Rona Anggreani graduates from JKT48. She was the last 2nd Generation member to leave the group.
- March 15: Yamamoto Ayaka graduates from NMB48.
- April 30: Matsui Jurina and Takayanagi Akane graduate from SKE48. Matsui was the last 1st Generation and original Team S member to leave the group.
- May 22: Minegishi Minami graduates from AKB48. She was the last 1st Generation and original Team A member to leave the group.
- May 29: Moriyasu Madoka graduates from HKT48.
- June 19: Miyawaki Sakura graduates from HKT48.
- August 8: Yabushita Fu graduates from STU48.
- August 31: Shiroma Miru graduates from NMB48. She was the last 1st Generation member to leave the group.
- November 8: Ogino Yuka graduates from NGT48.
- December 9: Yokoyama Yui graduates from AKB48.
- December 22: Châu Ngọc Đoan Thảo, Huỳnh Ngô Kim Châu, Lê Mẫn Nghi, Lê Phạm Thuỷ Tiên, Lê Sunny, Lê Thị Thu Nga, Ngô Thị Cẩm Nhi, Nguyễn Hồ Trùng Dương, Nguyễn Lê Ngọc Ánh Sáng, Nguyễn Thanh Hoàng My, Nguyễn Thị Minh Thư, Nguyễn Thị Nhi, Nguyễn Trương Tường Vy, Phạm Lâm Ánh Trúc, Trần Cát Tường, Trần Lý Minh Thư, Võ Ngọc Xuân Ca, Võ Phan Kim Khánh, and Vương Mai Linh graduate from SGO48, following the group's disbandment.
- December 28: Oya Shizuka graduates from AKB48. She was the last 4th Generation member to leave the group.
- February 3: SKE48 - Koi Ochi Flag
- February 17: STU48 - Hitorigoto de Kataru Kurainara
March 10: HKT48 - 14th Singlepostponed due to COVID-19
- March 17: JKT48 - Darashinai Aishikata
- March 21: CGM48 - Mali
- April 8: AKB48 Team SH - Iiwake Maybe
- April 21: Baby Blue - Stuck On You
- May 12: HKT48 - Kimi to Doko ka e Ikitai
- May 24: BNK48 - D.AAA
- June 16: NMB48 - Shidare Yanagi
- June 23: NGT48 - Awesome
- June 30: Nona Diamonds - Hajimari no Uta
- September 1: SKE48 - Ano Koro no Kimi wo Mitsuketa
- September 29: AKB48 - Ne mo Ha mo Rumor
- September 30: AKB48 Team SH - Qian Qiu Ling
- October 15: AKB48 Team TP - Ticktock Promise
- October 20: STU48 - Hetaretachi yo
- December 22: NGT48 - Ponkotsu na Kimi ga Suki da
- December 29: Coming Flavor - Camellia
- January 16: Shinshun STU48 Concert 2021 ~Setouchi kara GO TO Budoukan~
- March 2: NAMBATTLE ~Tatakawana NMB Chauyarou!~
- April 24: MUNAKATA FES 2021
- May 1 - May 23: Team 8 National Tour ~47 no Suteki na Machi e~ 2021
- May 23: AKB48 Tandoku Concert 2021 〜Suki Naraba, Suki da to Iou~
- June 10 - June 13: AKB48 THE AUDISHOW
- June 20: Maken Gumi Fes 2021
- June 26: AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2021 ONLINE
- July 9 - July 11: Zepp Osaka Bayside 3DAYS LIVE
- July 11 - August 21: SKE48 Summer Zepp Tour
- July 17 - September 12: STU48 Setouchi Summer Tour 2021 ~Sunglass Days~
- August 14:
- August 27 - August 29: JAM EXPO 2020-2021
- September 12
- September 25 - September 26: SKE48 Nihon Gaishi Hall 13th Anniversary Concert
- October 3 - October 5: Tokyo Idol Festival 2021
- January 22 - January 24: AKB48 Ouchi de Member Request Hour 2021
- July 24: HKT48 Request Hour Setlist Best 50 2021
- March 3: Yamamoto Ayaka Graduation Concert ~Saigo no Isshoku~
- April 10: SKE48 Arena Concert in Nihon Gaishi Hall Watashi no Kizashi, Mina no Kizashi ~Akane ma Churi da!~
- April 11: Matsui Jurina Graduation Concert
- May 22: Minegishi Minami Graduation Concert ~Sakura no Sakanai Haru wa Nai~
- May 29: HKT48 Concert Minna Genki ni Shitotta? ~Moriyasu Madoka Graduation Ceremony~
May 29 - May 30: Shiroma Miru's Graduation Concertpostponed due to COVID-19
- June 19: HKT48 Miyawaki Sakura Graduation Concert ~Bouquet~
- August 8: STU48 Yabushita Fu Graduation Concert ~Fu ga Ita Koto~
- August 15: NMB48 Shiroma Miru Graduation Concert ~Mirurun, Sarurun, Arigatou♡~
- October 30: NGT48 Ogino Yuka Graduation Concert ~Watashi wo Idol ni Shite Kurete Arigatou~
- December 14 - December 15: Nogizaka46 Ikuta Erika Graduation Concert
- December 22: The Last Show - Gui Lai Thanh Xuan
- March 13:
- October 5: SKE48 13th Anniversary Concert
- November 3: NMB48 11th Anniversary Live
- November 26: HKT48 10th Anniversary Special Performance
- December 8: AKB48 16th Anniversary