Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famous for writing One Hundred Years of Solitude about a South American family's rise and fall, also wrote The Funeral of Mama Grande (Big Mama in some translations), in 1962.
Set in the same space with "Solitude", it tells a woman, simply called Mama Grande, who rules a town with an iron fist, destroying any rivals in her watch.
She ruled the town for as long as anyone could remember, and she outlived all of the Buendias (the family in 'Solitude'). All of the town's important posts were filled by her relatives, and everyone in there feared her.
However, as the title of the story says, she dies after ruling the town for 92 years and a new future, whatever that might be, awaits the town in the end, although her relatives still control the power structure so the lot for the people is unlikely to improve too much.
When MAMA awarded 21-years-old IU the Lifetime Achievement Award back in Dec 03, 2014 (I remember the date to this day, and probably to my deathbed; there are several dates I do not forget, like May 16, 1993 or Nov 09, 2012(which I will tell you if someone asks me)).
it inadvertently created a Senior Singer, which is quite big in Asian country where honoring the old is still kinda important.
Because she is a Senior Singer , her voice cannot be ignored, and she could, and did, use her influence to shift KPop's future to her advantage and only BTS standing firm stopped her ambition.
The history of IZOne's cheating scandal does not have to be told again. However, if the scandal broke just two weeks later, Fiesta would have killed Blueming, and it is possible that IZOne, instead of IU, would have won the Grand Prize in this year's Golden Disk Award.
These two weeks were decisive for the futures of IZOne and IU; instead of IZOne burying IU, the latter got to rule the rest of 2019, and IU's OST buried Fiesta in Feb 2020.
And IU gets to outlive another act now.
As KPop progresses farther, IU will get to outlive more and more groups. Even Shinhwa, which lasted for more than 20 years, is in crisis because Eric and Kim Dongwan are quarreling now. All groups disband eventually, or change members; the only act which might not disband is AKMU, because the members are siblings. And who knows - Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis fought and went their own ways.
Since IU is the only notable soloist of the 2nd Generation, even back in 2011 and now, the singer who had played a 30,000 years old (in My MIster where the center character Jian says she was re-incarnated 600 times and is like 30,000 years old) and 1,300 years old (in Hotel DeLuna when she plays someone born in T'ang China, circa 680) is likely to become Mama Grande of KPop, outliving everyone. That is ironical because it was at MAMA that she was given the title of Senior Singer by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
If IZOne failed with that much support, who will stop the Senior Singer? I won't leave KPop until that question is answered. (Brave Girls' victory over her appears to be temporary so I am not going to discuss their triumph over the Senior Singer, who is younger than all of the BG members but is nevertheless Senior because none of their 4 members even debuted when Lee Jieun had received the Lifetime Achievement Award.)