2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards

The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards ceremony, organized by CJ E&M through its music channel Mnet, took place on December 2, 2015, at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. The ceremony was the sixth consecutive Mnet Asian Music Awards to be hosted outside of South Korea.

2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards
2015 MAMA Poster.png
DateDecember 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)
LocationAsiaWorld–Expo, Hong Kong
Hosted byPsy
Red Carpet hosts: Moon Hee-joon, Shin A-young, Z.Hera
Most awardsBig Bang (4) Exo (4)
Most nominationsBig Bang (6)
WebsiteMnet Asian Music Awards
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSouth Korea: Mnet
Japan: Mnet Japan
Southeast Asia
: Channel M
Thailand: GMM 25
Philippines: Myx
Cambodia: MyTV
China: iQiyi
Taiwan: MTV Mandarin
Runtime120 minutes (Red Carpet)
240 minutes (Main event)

Nominees were announced on October 30, 2015.[1] Leading the nominees and awards was Big Bang with six. By the end of the ceremony the group received four wins alongside Exo, the most received awards of the night.


This event marked the seventeenth Mnet Asian Music Awards.[2] It was simultaneously broadcast live in Korea, Japan, America, Southeast Asia through various channels as well as via online live streaming.

The event took place in the same country and the same venue for the third consecutive time. This year MAMA's theme/concept included "...fantastic stages through 'State of TechArt', a concept that combines cutting-edge technology and art."[3] About 10,000 fans and 2,000 staff members attended the awards show.[4]


List of performances at 2015 MAMA
Artist(s) Song(s) Notes
Seventeen "Adore U"
Monsta X "Trespass", "Hero"
Vivian Koo "Listen to the Sea"
Got7 "Girls, Girls, Girls"
Main show
The Koxx "Trojan Horse" "TechArt" (opening act)
Echae Kang and Choi Soojin "Butterfly"
Taeyeon "I"
Got7 "If You Do" "Virtual Boys"
BTS "Run"
Zion.T and Kim Seol-jin "Yanghwa BRDG" "Bridge of Memories"
iKon "Apology", "Anthem", "Rhythm Ta" "iKon is Coming"
Superstar K7's Kevin Oh "Fix You" "Brighter Future"
Basick, Lil Boi, Truedy, Yezi "Watch Your Mouth", "Picked", "Bandz Up", "GXNZI",
"Don't Stop"
"Show Me The Rapstar"
Jessi "Ssenunni" "Tough Enough"
Hyuna "Roll Deep", "Red"
San E "Do It For Fun"
Jolin Tsai "Play" "Queen of the Night"
Monsta X and Seventeen
ft. Kim So-hyun
"Trespass", "Mansae" "The Boys"
Park Jin-young "24 Hours", "Who's Your Mama?", "Elevator" & "Honey" "Sense of Swings"
CL "The Baddest Female", "Hello Bitches" "The Baddest Female"
2NE1[n 1] "Fire", "I Am the Best"
Exo "Call Me Baby", "Lightsaber", "Drop That", "Love Me Right" "Light of Planet"
Shinee "Savior", "View" "Marvelous"
Big Bang "Loser", "Bae Bae", "Bang Bang Bang" "Truth + Dare"
f(x) "4 Walls" "Electric Harmony"
Pet Shop Boys "Vocal Intro", "Go West", "Always on My Mind"
f(x) and Pet Shop Boys "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", "Vocal"
Psy "Napal Baji", "Daddy", "Gangnam Style" "2015 Psy Returns"


Judging criteriaEdit

Eligible nominees included songs or albums released from October 26, 2014, until October 30 the next year. Winners will be selected based on six categories including online voting and evaluation from MAMA professional panel.[n 2][3]

Division Online Voting Research MAMA Professional Panel
(Local + Foreign)
Music Sales Record Sales MAMA Selection Committee
Artist of the Year Award Category by Artist* 20% 20% 20% 20% 10% 10%
Song of the Year Award Category by Genre** 10% 20% 20% 30% 10% 10%
Album of the Year - 30% 50% 20%
Special Prize*** 30% 50% 20%
*UnionPay Artist of the Year, Best New (M)ale/(F)emale Artist, Best M/F Artist, Best M/F Group (7 total)
**UnionPay Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance (Solo/M/F Group), Best Vocal Performance (M/F), Best Rap Performance, Best Band Performance, Best Collaboration (9 total)
***Best Music Video

Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[5][6]

Artist of the Year (Daesang) Album of the Year (Daesang)
Song of the Year (Daesang) Best Music Video
Best Male Artist Best Female Artist
Best Male Group Best Female Group
Best Dance Performance - Male Group Best Dance Performance - Female Group
Best Dance Performance - Solo Best Collaboration and Unit
Best Vocal Performance - Male Best Vocal Performance - Female
Best Band Performance Best Rap Performance
Best New Artist - Male Best New Artist - Female

Special AwardsEdit

Multiple winsEdit

The following artist(s) received two or more wins (excluding the special awards):

Awards Artist(s)
3 Big Bang
2 Exo
Zion.T[n 3]

Multiple nominationsEdit

The following artist(s) received two or more nominations (excluding the special awards):

Nominations Artist(s)
6 Big Bang
5 Shinee
Zion.T[n 3]
3 Park Jin-young
Infinite[n 3]
2 Girls' Generation
VIXX[n 3]
Super Junior
Wonder Girls

2NE1's performanceEdit

As CL was the only 2NE1 member originally intended to perform at the event, 2NE1's surprise performance at the award ceremony received considerable media attention. Following the conclusion of CL's "Hello Bitches", the rest of the group suddenly appeared onstage and reunited to perform "Fire" and "I Am the Best". Because of Park Bom's hiatus following her scandal from 2014, it was the group's first performance in a year and would be ultimately their last before their disbandment in 2016.[7][8] SBS PopAsia wrote that "Fans and press too, were in for a pleasant surprise when 2NE1 appeared on the stage -- members one by one. It went from a CL show to a 2NE1 reunion that no-one was prepared for. The transition was on point and seriously, words cannot do the performances justice."[9] Fuse regarded it as one of the best performances of 2015 worldwide, alongside those of Beyoncé and Madonna.[10] It was named one of the most unforgettable moments in MAMA history by Cosmopolitan Philippines[11] and SBS PopAsia.[12]


  1. ^ Surprise performance
  2. ^ Overseas categories and Professional categories have different criteria.
  3. ^ a b c d Includes collaboration and/or subunits.


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  4. ^ Hwang, Ji-young (December 2, 2015). "[2015 MAMA] 신형관 부문장 "관객 일만 명, 다같이 만드는 축제"". TV Report (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
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  7. ^ Li, Zhenha (December 2, 2015). "【2015 MAMA】你沒看錯! 朴春隔1年半合體2NE1飆歌" [【2015 MAMA】You read that right! Park Bom joins 2NE1 after a year and a half] (in Chinese). Yahoo! News Taiwan. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  8. ^ Kim, Yu-jin (December 3, 2015). "Park Bom makes surprise appearance at MAMA". Kpop Herald. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  9. ^ "Video: Highlights from MAMA 2015: the 2NE1 reunion that caught us by surprise". December 3, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  10. ^ Nunez, Jatnna. "Beyoncé, 2NE1, Madonna & More: Amazing Performance of 2015". Fuse. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  11. ^ Tamondong, Hanna (December 7, 2020). "10 Of The Most Iconic MAMA Stage Performances That We Will Never Forget". Cosmopolitan Philippines. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  12. ^ "13 unforgettable MAMA performances". SBS PopAsia. December 10, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2022.

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