Mnet Asian Music Awards

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as MAMA) is a major music awards ceremony presented annually by entertainment company CJ E&M. First held in South Korea, the majority of prizes has been won by K-pop artists, although there are other Asian artistes winning in various award categories, such as for Best Asian Artist and other professional-related awards.

Mnet Asian Music Awards
Current: 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards
Mnet Asian Music Awards Logo.svg
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the K-pop and Asian music industry.
CountrySouth Korea, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau
Presented byCJ E&M (Mnet)
First awardedNovember 27, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-11-27)
WebsiteOfficial website
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMnet, across CJ E&M channels and other international networks

The awards ceremony was first held in Seoul in 1999, being aired on Mnet.[1] MAMA has also been held in various Asian countries and cities outside of South Korea between 2010 – 2017 & 2019 and now airs internationally online beyond Asia.[2][3]

HistoryEdit

CeremonyEdit

The event was launched in 1999 as a music video awards ceremony, modeled after the MTV Video Music Awards, called the Mnet Music Video Festival.[1][4] It merged with the KMTV Korean Music Awards in 2004 and was renamed the Mnet KM Music Video Festival.[5][6] By the mid-2000s, the awards ceremony had attracted some international interest due to the spread of Hallyu, and it aired in China and Japan in 2008.[1][7]

In 2009, the event was renamed the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) to reflect its expansion outside of South Korea.[8] In 2010, MAMA was held in Macau, marking the first time it was held outside of South Korea. The following year, in 2011, MAMA was held in Singapore, and was then held in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2017.[7] In 2017, the awards ceremony was expanded to four nights, and parts of the event were held in Vietnam and Japan, in addition to Hong Kong.[1] In 2018, MAMA had three parts and was held in three countries; South Korea hosted the MAMA for the first time in nine years, together with Japan and Hong Kong. In 2020, MAMA was held online only and took place in South Korea only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9][10][11][12]

On July 20, 2021, it was reported by Ilgan Sports that the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards was undergoing discussion for the event to be held in Hong Kong despite the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions.[13]

Event nameEdit

  • Mnet Video Music Awards (1999)[4]
  • Mnet Music Video Festival (2000–2003)[14]
  • Mnet KM Music Video Festival (2004–2005)[15]
  • Mnet KM Music Festival (2006–2008)[16]
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards (2009–present)[8]

Host venuesEdit

Year[A] Date[17] City[17] Venue[17] Host(s)[citation needed]
Mnet Video Music Awards
1999 November 27 Seoul Universal Arts Center Choi Hal-li
Mnet Music Video Festival (MMF)
2000 November 24 Seoul Universal Arts Center Cha Tae-hyun and Kim Hyun-joo
2001 November 23 Cha Tae-hyun and Song Hye-kyo
2002 November 29 Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
2003 November 27 Kyung Hee University Cha Tae-hyun and Sung Yu-ri
Mnet KM Music Video Festival (MKMF)
2004 December 4 Seoul Kyung Hee University Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
2005 November 27 Olympic Gymnastics Arena Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ah-joong
Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF)
2006 November 25 Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ok-bin
2007 November 17 Seoul Sports Complex Shin Dong-yup and Lee Da-hae
2008 November 15 Rain
Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)
2009 November 21 Seoul Seoul Sports Complex Tiger JK
2010 November 28 Macau Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao None
2011 November 29 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Lee Byung-hun
2012 November 30 Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Song Joong-ki
2013 November 22 AsiaWorld–Arena Lee Seung-gi
2014 December 3 Song Seung-heon
2015 December 2 Psy
2016 December 2 Lee Byung-hun
2017 November 25 Ho Chi Minh City Hoa Binh Theatre Thu Minh
November 29 Yokohama Yokohama Arena Park Bo-gum
November 30 Hong Kong W Hong Kong None
December 1 AsiaWorld–Arena Song Joong-ki
2018 December 10 Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza Jung Hae-in[18]
December 12 Saitama Saitama Super Arena Park Bo-gum[18]
December 14 Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Arena Song Joong-ki[18]
2019 December 4 Nagoya Nagoya Dome Park Bo-gum[19]
2020 December 6 Paju CJ E&M Contents World Song Joong-ki[20]
2021 December 11 Lee Hyo-ri[21]

Award categoriesEdit

Grand PrizesEdit

The four grand prizes (known as daesang)

Competitive awardsEdit

Unless otherwise noted, each award category was introduced in 1999.

Special awardsEdit

These awards have been given once or occasionally.

Discontinued awardsEdit

Most winsEdit

Daesang awardsEdit

The following lists the artist(s) who received two or more daesang awards.
(Includes Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Worldwide Icon of the Year)

Record set Artist(s) First year
awarded
Recent year
awarded[a]
17 BTS 2016 2021
6 Exo 2013 2017
5 Big Bang 2008 2015
4 2NE1 2009 2011
3 Twice 2016 2018
Super Junior 2007 2012
2 G-Dragon 2009 2013
TVXQ 2005 2008
SG Wannabe 2006 2006
BoA 2002 2004
H.O.T. 1999 2000

Competitive awardsEdit

The following lists the artist(s) who received two or more competitive awards.

Record set Artist(s) First year
awarded
Recent year
awarded[a]
11 BTS 2015 2021
IU 2011 2021
8 Twice 2015 2021
6 Ailee 2012 2017
5 CNBLUE 2010 2016
Big Bang 2007 2015
Epik High 2005 2014
G-Dragon 2007 2013
2NE1 2009 2011
BoA 2000 2010
Shinhwa 2001 2007
4 Wanna One 2017 2018
Exo 2012 2016

ControversiesEdit

Boycotting incidentsEdit

In 2007, Lee Min-woo and Shin Hye-sung from the group Shinhwa canceled their appearance at the event one hour before the awards ceremony began. Shin later said they left because they did not trust the event to fairly select winners.[22]

In 2009, entertainment companies SM Entertainment boycotted the 2009 awards ceremony with none of their artists attending. Both companies said the reason for their boycott was that they questioned the fairness of the voting process. In particular, SM Entertainment said that Girls' Generation had held the #1 spot on a music chart for nine consecutive weeks, but the group never won first place on Mnet's weekly M Countdown music show. The company also criticized a mobile poll which required participants to pay money in order to vote.[23]

Voter fraudEdit

Prior to the 2017 awards ceremony, Mnet found that some fans had cast fraudulent votes through the use of bots. As a result, Mnet temporarily halted voting, then nullified all fraudulent votes, blocked relevant IP addresses, and deleted relevant user accounts.[24][25]

BroadcastingEdit

The show is broadcast live in thirteen countries across Asia. In South Korea, it is broadcast on Mnet and across CJ E&M channels. Other TV channels that broadcast the show include tvN Asia & JOOX.com (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar & Thailand) (tvN Asia only: Maldives, Philippines, Singapore & Taiwan), Mnet Japan, Mnet Smart, and au Smart Pass (Japan), Viu TVsix, ViuTV, viu.tv (Hong Kong), friDay Video & friDay Music (Taiwan), MeWATCH (Singapore), Indosiar & vidio (Indonesia), gigafest.smart (Philippines), FPT TV & Foxy (Vietnam).

The show is also broadcast online via Mnet K-POP, KCON official YouTube channel for the rest of the world, as well as on KCON.[26]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Artists with the most awards and the most recent year awarded are listed first.
  1. ^ Each year in the table links to the Wikipedia article about that year's awards ceremony.

ReferencesEdit

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