Mnet Asian Music Awards

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Mnet Asian Music Awards
2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the music industry
Country South Korea
Presented by CJ E&M (Mnet)
First awarded November 27, 1999
Official website Mnet Asian Music Awards
Television/Radio coverage
Network Mnet and other international networks
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The Mnet Asian Music Awards (commonly abbreviated as MAMA) is one of the major K-pop music awarding ceremonies held annually by CJ E&M through its music channel Mnet, involving the participation of some of the most well-known actors and celebrities, not only in South Korea, but also in other countries such as China, Japan, Hong Kong and United States as well.


The Awards began in 1999 under the name "Mnet Km Music Festival" (MKMF).[1] At that time, it was the first and only Korean music video awards ceremony.[2]

In 2007, M and Shin Hye Sung, both members of Shinhwa left the MKMF event right before broadcasting.[3]

In 2009, the award-giving body was renamed to " Asian Music Awards" or simply "MAMA". This marked a change in concept and the way they will handle how people may vote for which artists win the awards.[1] The 2009 MAMA was broadcast live in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia through Channel V International. For the year's event, the special main event is the "Global Artist Award". In addition, a trot award is added to the genre along with other pop music awards.[citation needed]

For the first time, the 2010 Asian Music Festival was held outside of South Korea. For the 12th annual event, it was held at the Venetian Resort Macao in Macao, China and aired live in many countries. BoA won the "Best Female Solo Award" but was not present to accept the award due to S.M. Entertainment's (BoA's music agency) controversies with Mnet Media. The award presentation was not broadcast. In addition, CNBLUE, who won "Best New Male Group Award", 2AM, who won "Best Vocal Performance by a Group", and 2AM's Jo Kwon and Ga-In, who won "Best Collaboration" were also not broadcast due to attendance.[4]

In 2011, the Mnet Asian Music Awards took place in the Singapore Indoor Stadium and had performances from famous international artists such as and from The Black Eyed Peas, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kumi Koda and Jane Zhang.[5] The MAMAs is co-hosted by Singapore broadcaster MediaCorp.[6]

Their slogans were changed from "Asian Wave" and "One Asia" in 2009 and 2010 respectively, until it becomes "Music Makes One" from 2011 until the present. Their slogans mean to spread their main objective to bring people together through music despite their different genre, origins, cultures, languages, or country.[2]



2009: Boycott[edit]

In 2009, S.M. Entertainment and Inwoo Production boycotted the 2009 MAMA event on November 21, hence none of their artists attended the event. Inwoo Production, representing trot singers Jang Yun-jeong and Park Hyun-bin, announced the boycott and questioned the fairness of the awards ceremony. Meanwhile, through a press release, S.M. Entertainment stated that they have reservation regarding the standard of fairness and criteria used in their selections, citing that Girls' Generation had topped a music chart for nine consecutive weeks but was never placed first place on their show and only debut on their charts a month after the album was released. They also asked that their artists be removed from a mobile poll which requires participants to pay a fee in order to vote saying they "do not want to see fans suffer any damage from the poll which has commercial intentions".[7]

SS501 from DSP Media, Son Dam-bi and After School from Pledis Entertainment also did not attend the award ceremony but cited scheduling conflicts rather than boycott.[8][9]

2010: Non-attendance[edit]

In 2010, Rain, MBLAQ, 2AM, Beast, T-ara, Davichi[10] 4Minute, Kara, Super Junior, Girls' Generation,[11] Wheesung, BoA, After School, Son Dam-bi,[12] Lee Hyori, CNBLUE,[13] G.NA, and Rainbow who were all nominated did not attend the 2010 MAMA event in Macau, the first time it was held overseas. Many cited scheduling conflicts and that the live broadcast of MAMA on November 28 clashed with the live weekly broadcast of SBS's music show Inkigayo. Core Contents Media stated that T-ara and Davichi will not be attending due to scheduling conflicts. FNC announced that CN Blue will not attend due to individual activities despite being nominated for "Rookie of the Year", "Best Band Performance" and the "Shilla Duty Free Asian Wave" award. Jung Yong-hwa of CN Blue is also one of the three MCs for Inkigayo and member Kang Min Hyuk will be taking part in a SBS upcoming drama.[14] J. Tune Entertainment and Pledis Entertainment also stated that their artists would not be attending.


The show is broadcast live in thirteen countries across Asia. In South Korea and Japan, it is broadcast on Mnet. Other TV channels that have broadcast the show include STAR World, Channel M (Southeast Asia), Channel V, Music On! TV (Japan), 8TV (Malaysia), MediaCorp Channel U (Singapore), Indosiar (Indonesia), Myx (Philippines), MY TV (Cambodia), Mnet America (United States), NRK (Norway) and SBS (Australia). The show is also broadcast online from Mnet's website in South Korea, Sohu in China, YouTube Live and Allkpop for the rest of the world.[15]

Host venues[edit]

Year[I] Date City Venue Host(s) Ref
Mnet Km Music Festival (MKMF)
Saturday, November 27 Seoul, South Korea Little Angels Arts Center Choi Hal Li [16]
Friday, November 24 Cha Tae-hyun and Kim Hyun-joo
Friday, November 23 Cha Tae-hyun and Song Hye-kyo
Friday, November 29 Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
Thursday, November 27 Kyung Hee University Cha Tae-hyun and Sung Yu-ri
Saturday, December 4 Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
Sunday, November 27 Olympic Gymnastics Arena Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ah-joong
Saturday, November 25 Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ok-bin
Saturday, November 17 Seoul Olympic Stadium Shin Dong-yup and Lee Da-hae
Saturday, November 15 Rain
Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)
Saturday, November 21 Seoul, South Korea Seoul Olympic Stadium [17]
Sunday, November 28 Macau, China CotaiArena, The Venetian Macao [18]
Tuesday, November 29 Singapore, Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium [19]
Friday, November 30 Hong Kong, China Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre [20]
Friday, November 22 AsiaWorld–Arena [21]
Wednesday, December 3 [22][23]
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Mnet Asian Music Awards held that year.

Merit categories[edit]

Main Awards[edit]

Special awards[edit]

These awards are given once or occasionally.

Discontinued Awards[edit]

Most winners[edit]

The current holders who have won the most awards are Super Junior with 16 awards, 3 of them being grand awards and after TVXQ with 14. They are followed by 2NE1 with 13 awards, 4 of them being grand awards, Big Bang with 12 Awards 4 of them grand awards then Shinhwa, BoA and G-Dragon with 8 awards, thereafter Psy and Taeyang with 7 awards.

Total awards Artist
16 Super Junior
13 2NE1
12 Shinhwa
Big Bang
8 G-Dragon
7 Taeyang
6 Epik High
4 Ailee
Lee Hyori
Lee Seung-gi
Miss A
Wonder Girls
Girls Generation


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  6. ^ Mnet Asian awards heads to Singapore
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  21. ^ "′The '2013 MAMA' to be held in Hong Kong for the 2nd consecutive year". Allkpop. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "You didn't expect this news so early! #2014MAMA will open in Hong Kong for three consecutive years!". 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Sets 2014 Date, Location". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-21.

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