2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards

The 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards ceremony, organized by CJ E&M through its music channel Mnet, took place live on December 6 at the CJ ENM Contents World in Paju, South Korea with the theme, "NEW-TOPIA". The ceremony was held with no on-site audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was the 22nd in the show's history.[1][2][3]

2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards
2020 MAMA Poster.jpg
DateDecember 6, 2020
LocationCJ ENM Contents World, Paju, South Korea
Hosted bySong Joong-ki
Most awardsBTS (9)
Website2020mama.com
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMnet, across CJ E&M channels and other international networks, YouTube
Runtime380 minutes (Main Ceremony)

BackgroundEdit

On September 11, CJ ENM responded to reports that this year's MAMA will still take place but no additional details are announced.[4]

On September 21, it is reported that it will take place on December 6 with no location. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is making it impossible to hold the event in Hong Kong. It is the first time in 11 years that MAMA will only take place in South Korea.[5][6]

On November 24, it is reported that Song Joong-ki is set to host the ceremony.[7]

CriteriaEdit

K-Pop CategoriesEdit

All songs that are eligible to be nominated are songs released from October 24, 2019 to October 28, 2020.[8]

Division Online Voting MAMA Professional Panel

(Local + Foreign)

Music Sales Record Sales Social Media Voting Global M/V View Counts
Artist of the Year

Categories by Artist*

30% 30% 20% 20%
Song of the Year

Categories by Genre**

20% 40% 30% 10%
Album of the Year 40% 60%
Best Music Video 70% 30%
Worldwide Icon of the Year

Global Top 10 Fans' Choice***

60% 20% 20%
*Best New (M)ale/(F)emale Artist, Best M/F Artist, Best M/F Group

**Best Dance Performance (Solo/M/F Group), Best Vocal Performance (M/F/Group), Best HipHop & Urban Music, Best Band Performance, Best Collaboration, Best OST

***Social Media (Twitter) Voting

Asia Music CategoriesEdit

Artists from Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Vietnam who've worked on songs released from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020.[8]

Professional CategoriesEdit

Music experts from South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Vietnam who participated in music related contents released from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.[8]

Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold. Online voting opened on the official MAMA website and Twitter an hour after the announcement of nominees on October 29, 2020. Voting ended on December 5, 2020.[9]

Main AwardsEdit

 
BTS won 9 awards, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.
 
Blackpink won 4 awards, including Best Female Group and Best Dance Performance - Female Group.
 
IU won 3 awards, including Best Female Artist and Best Vocal Performance - Solo.
Artist of the Year
(Daesang)
Song of the Year
(Daesang)
Album of the Year
(Daesang)
Worldwide Icon of the Year
(Daesang)
Best Male Group Best Female Group
Best Male Artist Best Female Artist
Best Dance Performance – Male Group Best Dance Performance – Female Group
Best Dance Performance – Solo Best Vocal Performance – Solo
Best Vocal Performance – Group Best Collaboration
Best New Male Artist Best New Female Artist
Best OST Best Band Performance
Best HipHop & Urban Music Best Music Video

Favorite AwardsEdit

Category Winner
Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10
Favorite Dance Performance – Female Solo Jessi – "Nunu Nana"
Favorite Dance Performance – Male Solo Taemin – "Criminal"
Favorite Dance Performance – Group TXT – "Can't You See Me?"
Favorite Asian Artist WayV
Favorite Female Group Iz*One
Favorite Male Group NCT
Global Favorite Performer Seventeen

Special AwardsEdit

Category Winner
Best Asian Artist Japan Official Hige Dandism
Mandarin G.E.M.
Thailand Ink Waruntorn
Indonesia Rizky Febian
Vietnam Binz
Best New Asian Artist Japan Fujii Kaze
Mandarin Chih Siou
Thailand Milli
Indonesia Tiara Andini
Vietnam Amee
Best New Asian Artist JO1
Discovery of the Year Ateez
Best of Next Cravity
Best Stage Monsta X
Notable Achievement Artist Seventeen
Inspired Achievement BoA
Most Popular Artist Twice
2020 Visionary (CJ E&M)

Professional CategoriesEdit

Category Winner Work
Best Executive Producer of the Year Bang Si-hyuk BTS
Best Producer of the Year Pdogg BTS - "ON"
Best Composer of the Year Yovie Widianto Tiara Andini - "Maafkan Aku #TerlanjurMencinta"
Best Engineer of the Year Gu jong Pil & Kwon Nam Woo Zico - "Any song"
Best Video Director of the Year Lumpens BTS - "Dynamite"
Best Choreographer of the Year Quang Dang Binz - "Love Note"
Best Art Director of the Year MU:E BTS - "Dynamite"

Multiple AwardsEdit

The following artist(s) received three or more awards:

Awards Artist(s)
9 BTS
4 Blackpink
3 IU
Seventeen
NCT / WayV

Presenters and performersEdit

The following individuals and groups, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.

PresentersEdit

The list of presenters was announced on December 1, 2020.[10]

Name(s) Notes
Song Joong-ki Host, Presenter for CJ ENM 2020 Visionary & Song of the Year
Byeon Woo-seok & Hwang In-youp Presenters for Best New Male Artist & Best New Female Artist
Bae Jung-nam & Lee Sun-bin Presenters for Best Dance Performance – Male Group, Best Dance Performance – Solo & Discovery of the Year
Lee Do-hyun & Go Bo-gyeol Presenters for Best Band Performance & Favorite Dance Performance – Female Solo
Joo Woo-jae & Lee Yu-bi Presenters for Best of Next & Best Vocal Performance – Group
James Corden[a] Presenter for Album of the Year
Gong Myung & Choi Soo-young Presenters for Worldwide Fans' Choice
Yoo Yeon-seok & Jung Kyung-ho
Im Soo-jung & Lee Da-hee
Yang Kyung-won & Park Ha-sun Presenters for Best Stage, Favorite Dance Performance – Group & Notable Achievement Artist
Kim Ji-suk & Im Soo-hyang Presenters for Best Music Video & Favorite Asian Artist
Lee Sang-yeob & Park Gyu-young Presenters for Favorite Female Group & Favorite Male Group
Park Seo-joon Presenter for Worldwide Icon of the Year
Yoon Park & Kang Han-na Presenters for Favorite Dance Performance – Male Solo & Favorite Global Performance
Jung Moon-sung & Jeon Mi-do Presenters for Best Male Artist
Gong Myung Presenter for BoA 20th Anniversary Special, "You're Still My No. 1" & Inspired Achievement Award
Jeon Hye-jin Presenter for Most Popular Artist
Lee Jung-jae Presenter for Artist of the Year

PerformersEdit

(Note : All performance are pre-recorded in order to keep guideline for social distancing due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

Name(s) Song(s) Notes/Stage Theme
Taemin Intro + "Criminal" + "Heaven" + "Idea"[11] "The Dawn Of A NEW-TOPIA" (Opening Act)
Jessi "Nunu Nana"[12] "I Am What I Am"
Hwasa Intro + "María"[13]
Jessi X Hwasa "Gang" (MAMA Ver.) (Orig. Rain)[14]
Park Sung-hoon of Enhypen "Into the I-LAND" (Piano Ver.)[15] "On The Borderline"
Enhypen "Intro: Walk the Line" + "Given-Taken"[16]
Cravity "Break All The Rules" + "Dramarama" (Orig. Monsta X) +
"Shoot Out" (Orig. Monsta X)[17]
"Heaven And Hell"
Monsta X "BEASTMODE" + "Love Killa"[18]
Oh My Girl "Nonstop"[19] "Total Eclipse"
(G)I-dle "Dumdi Dumdi"[20]
Oh My Girl (Mimi, Jiho, Arin)
X
(G)I-dle (Soojin, Soyeon & Yuqi)
"Bad Girl Good Girl" (Orig. Miss A)[21]
Juyeon of The Boyz "Open the Gate of Hell"[22] "Qui Fert Pondus Coronae Velit"
The Boyz "The Beginning of the End (Reveal & CHECKMATE)"[23]
Ateez "Dona Eis Requiem (INCEPTION & Answer)"[24]
Stray Kids "Victory Song" (MAMA ver.)[25]
Juyeon of The Boyz X Hyunjin of Stray Kids X San of Ateez "Triangular Fight"[26]
JO1 "Infinity" + "Shine A Light"[27] "Infinite Light"
Treasure "Boy" + "I Love You" + "MMM"[28] "Find Your TREASURE"
TXT "Short Hair" (Orig. Cho Yong-pil) + "She Was Pretty" (Orig. Park Jin-young) +
"Dynamite" (Orig. BTS) + "Blue Hour" (Dance Break ver.)[29]
"Welcome To The DISCO"
Iz*One "La Vie En Rose" + "Violeta" + "Fiesta" +
"Secret Story of the Swan" + "Panorama"[30]
"One-REELER"
Got7 "Not by the Moon" + "Last Piece"[31] "The Last Piece Of NEW-TOPIA"
Mamamoo "AYA" + "Dingga" (Agrabah ver.)[32] "Promised Land"
Seventeen "Left & Right" + "Home;Run"[33] "Door to YOUTHOPIA"
NCT U "From Home" (Rearranged Ver.)[34] "Resonance Of NCT"
WayV "Turn Back Time"[35]
NCT Dream "Ridin'"[36]
NCT 127 "Kick It"[37]
NCT "RESONANCE"[38]
Twice "More & More" + "I Can't Stop Me" + "Cry for Me"[39][b] "Paradise, Lost"
Winter of Aespa "ID; Peace B"[40] "BoA 20th Anniversary Special"
(G)I-dle "Listen to My Heart"[41]
YooA of Oh My Girl "Tree"[42]
Kwon Eun-bi, Lee Chae-yeon,
Choi Ye-na, & Kim Chae-won of Iz*One
"Atlantis Princess"[43]
BoA "No. 1" + "Only One" (feat. Taemin) + "Better"[44] "You're Still My No. 1"
BTS "On"[c] + "Dynamite" + "Life Goes On"[45] "On & On"

BroadcastEdit

The ceremony of the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards will be broadcast live worldwide from Mnet in South Korea, to simulcast across CJ E&M channels; other international networks, and online via Mnet K-pop and KCON's YouTube account and Mnet's official website.[46] The live red carpet broadcast was cancelled due to safety protocols against COVID-19.[citation needed]

Country Network
Worldwide[d] YouTube (Mnet K-Pop & KCON), mwave.me
United States KCON USA
South Korea Mnet, TVING, O'live, XtvN
Japan Mnet Smart, Mnet Japan, au Smart Pass
Hong Kong JOOX,[47] ViuTV, ViuTVsix, viu.tv tvN Asia
Taiwan FET Friday video, FET Friday Music
Philippines GigaFest (Smart Communications)[48]
Singapore MeWATCH
Indonesia Indosiar,[49] JOOX,[50] Vidio
Malaysia JOOX[47]
Thailand
Myanmar
Maldives tvN Asia
Sri Lanka
Vietnam FPT TV, Foxy
Sub-Saharan Africa tvN Asia (through DStv)[51]

ControversiesEdit

Discrimination between actors and idolsEdit

On December 8, Dispatch released a report which described that the actors who took part in the ceremony as award presenters had been given waiting rooms and catering backstage. It has been also reported that only two idol teams received waiting rooms, and the others waited in an outdoor parking lot. Although the performance was pre-recorded, the winning scene was live, so it is known that the singers who attended had to wait in the vehicle for as little as one hour and as long as six hours.[52] Restrooms for these artists are said to have been portable toilets outside, and some idols rented other accommodations nearby rather than have to sit in their cars. A representative official from an idol group confessed, "Most of the singers have a bad waist. It is hard to sit in the car for a long time," They continued, "Some singers rented separate accommodations and waited there."[53] A source from 2020 MAMA spoke with No Cut News. They stated that while it would have been good to have provided separate spaces for everyone, they had to follow regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “We are a music show and there is absolutely no reason that we would treat singers [negligently],” they stated.[54] On December 9, Mnet again responded, "It is because there cannot be more than 100 people in one space in the second stage of distancing due to the COVID-19 quarantine rules. It was a situation where there was insufficient space in the waiting room, and it was not discriminating between singers and actors."[55]

Map of IndonesiaEdit

An Indonesian map was shown in the broadcast live by Mnet while publicizing the enthusiasm of K-pop around the world. Indonesia was the country that voted the most in this event excluding South Korea. However, the map displayed was false. The map showed Sumatra Island and Java Island are joined together, while Bali Island and Lombok Island, which are next to Java, have disappeared. West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku were also not marked. Sulawesi and Papua are too far apart.[56][57]

Map of the PhilippinesEdit

During the awards show, Mnet announced the Top 5 Regions sending the most love on MAMA 2020. However, the Philippines map shown was false. The islands of Palawan, Marinduque, Mindoro, and Romblon in Luzon were missing together with the Visayas, one of the three main land groups in the Philippines. Filipino fans also complained about only accessing the live stream thru Smart Communications.[58]

Poor working environmentEdit

On December 11, Dispatch released a report of the severe levels of dust particles that makes vision and breathing difficulties during artists' performance recordings. The '2020 MAMA' took place at the CJ ENM Contents World located in Paju, a construction site expected to be completed in 2023. According to the Paju City Hall Architecture Department, the construction progress is 30-40%. There were signs posted on the perimeter of the construction zone including "Caution: snakes", "Caution: fire hazards", and "Warning: drop hazards". Performance recordings took place in one of two completed buildings on-site, Studio 6. Each performing artist took to the stage at least two times, coming on and off the stage and the set for a duration of at least 4 hours. The reporters who visited the site noted that their throats hurting from inhaling the dust. CJ E&M responded that it was comfortable because it was a 'new building'. "At the time of recording, 100% of the air conditioning system was operated." But representatives from the K-Pop artists claimed that there were rehearsals and pre-recordings taking place until the morning of the ceremony. "They then removed the sets used for the pre-recordings and set up the live ceremony set immediately before the event."[59]

According to a representative from the city of Paju, CJ ENM did receive approval from the city to carry out filming in Studio 5 and Studio 6, the two completed buildings at CJ ENM Contents World. However, dust particle levels at the construction site of CJ ENM Contents World have not undergone checkups since the construction first began in 2019. The official continued, "We have not checked for fine dust separately before MAMA. There was no request at all for the related sector."[59]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Recorded at CBS Television City in Los Angeles
  2. ^ Recorded at CJ E&M Studio in Ilsan
  3. ^ Pre-recorded at Seoul World Cup Stadium (before Level 2 social distancing measure were implemented)
  4. ^ Restricted access on some countries due to broadcasting rights.

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  20. ^ (G)I-dle:
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  22. ^ Juyeon of The Boyz:
  23. ^ The Boyz:
  24. ^ Ateez:
  25. ^ Stray Kids:
  26. ^ Juyeon of The Boyz X Hyunjin of Stray Kids X San of Ateez:
  27. ^ JO1:
  28. ^ Treasure:
  29. ^ TXT:
  30. ^ Iz*One:
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  40. ^ Winter of Aespa:
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    Choi Ye-na, & Kim Chae-won of Iz*One:
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