2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards

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2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards
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DateDecember 10–14, 2018
LocationSouth Korea, Japan, Hong Kong
Hosted bySouth Korea: Jung Hae-in
Japan: Park Bo-gum
Hong Kong: Song Joong-ki
Most awardsBTS (9)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMnet, across CJ E&M channels and other international networks, YouTube, Vlive
RuntimeKorea: 150 minutes (Main event)
Japan: 90 minutes (Red Carpet), 220 (Main event)
Hong Kong: 90 minutes (Red Carpet), 280 (Main event)

The 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards ceremony, organized by CJ E&M through its music channel Mnet, took place from December 10 through December 14, 2018 (dubbed as "MAMA Week") in South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. The ceremony was the first Mnet Asian Music Awards hosted in South Korea in nine years, the 20th ceremony in the show's history, and the second ceremony which took place in three locations.[1] This was also the first ceremony broadcast worldwide online via YouTube. The three days event generated over 50 million messages sent on Twitter.[2]

Four Grand Prizes (Daesangs) were given throughout the ceremonies; Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and the addition of Worldwide Icon of the Year.


Event Date City Country/Region Host Venue Ref.
2018 MAMA Premiere in Korea December 10, 2018 Seoul South Korea Jung Hae-in Dongdaemun Design Plaza [3]
2018 MAMA Fans' Choice in Japan December 12, 2018 Saitama Japan Park Bo-gum Saitama Super Arena [4]
2018 MAMA in Hong Kong December 14, 2018 Hong Kong Hong Kong Song Joong-ki AsiaWorld–Expo, Arena [5]

2018 MAMA Premiere in Korea celebrated and honored new artists in both South Korea and other parts of Asia.[6]

2018 MAMA Fans' Choice in Japan awarded artists in fan voted categories and also announced the first Worldwide Icon of the Year.

2018 MAMA in Hong Kong was the main event and the show's finale. The show gave awards to the artists that made great achievements in 2018.


Division Online Voting MAMA Professional Panel
(Local + Foreign)
Music Sales Record Sales Social Media Voting Global M/V View Counts Live Social Media Voting
Artist of the Year Award Category by Artist* 20% 30% 30% 20%
Song of the Year Award Category by Genre** 20% 40% 30% 10%
Album of the Year 40% 60%
Special Prize*** 30% 70%
Worldwide Icon of the Year 60% 20% 20% +10%
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
***Best Music Video

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface. Online voting opened on the official MAMA website, Mwave app, Tiktok app and Twitter an hour after the announcement of nominees on November 1, 2018. Voting ended on December 9, 2018.

Main Award[edit]

Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Album of the Year
Worldwide Icon of the Year
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 Unit
Best New Artist – Male Best New Artist – Female
Best OST Best Band Performance
TikTok Best Music Video Best HipHop & Urban Music

Favorite Award[edit]

Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10 Mwave Global Fans' Choice
Favorite Music Video Favorite Vocal Artist
Favorite Dance Artist (Male) Favorite Dance Artist (Female)

Special Awards[edit]

Event Category Winner
2018 MAMA Premiere in Korea Best New Asian Artist Japan Japan Hiragana Keyakizaka46
Indonesia Indonesia Marion Jola
Mandarin China Dean Ting
Vietnam Vietnam Orange
Thailand Thailand The Toys
Best Engineer of the Year Indonesia LalellmaNino & Java Finger
Best Composer of the Year Deanfluenza (Dean)
Best Producer of the Year Pdogg (BTS)
Best Choreographer of the Year Son Sung-deuk (BTS)
Best Art Director of the Year MU:E (BTS)
Best Video Director of the Year Taiwan Lo Ging-zim (aMEi)
Best Executive Producer of the Year Bang Si-hyuk (BTS)
Best of Next (G)I-dle
'DDP' Best Trend Wanna One
2018 MAMA Fans' Choice in Japan 'Kiss Me' Style in Music Monsta X
Favorite Dance Artist (Japan) Japan Bullet Train
2018 MAMA in Hong Kong New Asian Artist Iz*One
Best Asian Artist Japan Japan Da Pump
Indonesia Indonesia Afgan
Mandarin Singapore JJ Lin
Vietnam Vietnam Hương Tràm
Thailand Thailand Peck Palitchoke
Best Asian Style BTS
Discovery of the Year Momoland
'Tik Tok' Most Popular Artist Got7
Inspiration Award United States Janet Jackson

Multiple awards[edit]

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

Awards Artist(s)
5 Twice
4 Wanna One

Multiple nominations[edit]

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

Nominations Artist(s)
11 BTS
Wanna One
10 Twice
8 Blackpink
7 Got7

Presenters and performers[edit]

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

MAMA Premiere in Korea[edit]


Name(s) Notes
Jung Hae-in Main host
Bae Yoon-young and Lee Ki-woo Presenters for Best New Asian Artist (Thailand & Vietnam)
Jung Hae-in Presenter for MAMA Professional Categories
Ji-soo and Jung Chae-yeon Presenters for Best New Asian Artist (China, Indonesia & Japan)
Jung Hae-in Presenter for New Challenger Performance
Kang Seung-hyun Presenters for Best of Next Award
Kim Yu-ri and Hong Jong-hyun Presenters for Best New Artists
Kim So-hyun Presenter for DDP Best Trend Award


Name(s) Performance(s) Notes
Sunwoo (The Boyz) & Soyeon ((G)I-dle) "Supermagic" (orig. by Supreme Team) "Rookie's Challenge"
Hyeongseop x Euiwoong "I Don't Care" (orig. by 2NE1)
Fromis 9 (Gyuri, Nagyung & Hayoung) "My Type" (orig. by iKon)
Stray Kids "Like Ooh-Ahh" (orig. by Twice)
Iz*One "Energetic" (orig. by Wanna One)
Loona 1/3 "Love&Live" "Run The World"
Loona Odd Eye Circle "Girl Front"
Loona yyxy "love4eva"
Loona "Hi High"
Hiragana Keyakizaka46 "Kitaishiteinai Jibun (The Me That Doesn’t Expect)"
Fromis 9 "Love Bomb" "Boys And Girls In Wonderland"
Hyeongseop x Euiwoong "Love Tint"
Fromis 9 & Hyeongseop x Euiwoong "DKDK"
"It Will Be Good"
Dean Ting "I Miss You" "Best New Asian Artist Performance"
Nature "Allegro Cantabile" "Girls' Revolution"
"SOME (You'll Be Mine)"
GWSN "Puzzle Moon"
Nature & GWSN "Outro Performance"
Marion Jola "Jangan" "Best New Asian Artist Performance"
Iz*One "La Vie En Rose" "Blossom Of Love"
Kim Dong Han "Good Night Kiss" "From Dusk 'Til Dawn"
(G)I-dle "Hann (Alone)"
The Toys "ก่อนฤดูฝน (Before Rain)" "Best New Asian Artist Performance"
Vinxen "Yoo Jae Suk" "Portrait: Vinxen"
"U Don't Even Know"
Orange "Người Lạ Ơi (Stranger Please)" "Best New Asian Artist Performance"
The Boyz "Boy" "New Challenger"
"Right Here"
Stray Kids "My Pace"
Wanna One "Hide And Seek" "Eternal Moment"
"Spring Breeze"

MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan[edit]


Name(s) Notes
Park Bo-gum Main host and presenter for "Birth of a Hero" performance
Yoo Hyun-min and Lee Da-hee Presenters for Worldwide Fan Choice Award
Minue Presenter for Favorite Dance Artist (Japan)
Ha Seok-jin Presenter for Favorite Music Video
Kwon Hyuk-soo Reading famous tweets and presenter for "Crime And Punishment"
Performance and Worldwide Fans Choice Award
Choi Tae-joon and Lee Sung-kyung Presenters for Worldwide Fan Choice Award
Matsushige Yutaka and Shin Ah-young Presenters for Favorite Vocal Artist
Yang Se-jong Presenter for Favorite Male Dance Artist
Jung Il-woo and Jung So-min Presenters for Worldwide Fans Choice Award
Ha Seok-jin and Choi Kang-hee Presenters for Favorite Female Dance Artist and Worldwide Fans Choice Award
Jang Hyuk Presenter for Worldwide Icon of the Year


Name(s) Performance(s) Notes
Wanna One "Heartbeat" (orig. by 2PM) "Passion: MAMA's Great Moments"
Stray Kids "Overdose" + "Growl" (orig. by Exo)
Wanna One (Jaehwan & Sungwoon)
Mamamoo (Solar & Wheein)
Monsta X (Jooheon)
"Eyes, Nose, Lips" (orig. by Taeyang)
Iz*One "The Boys" (orig. by Girls' Generation)
Twice (Nayeon, Momo, Sana & Mina) "Bad Girl Good Girl" (orig. by Miss A)
Monsta X (Wonho, Kihyun, Minhyuk & IM)
Got7 (JB, Yugyeom & Jinyoung)
"Fantastic Baby" (orig. by Big Bang)
Iz*One (Yena & Hitomi)
Twice (Momo & Mina)
Monsta X (Shownu & Hyungwon)
Got7 (JB & Yugyeom)
"Bounce" (orig. by Cho Yong-pil)
Stray Kids "P.A.C.E" "The New Champion"
"District 9"
Bullet Train "Need You" "Japan's Most Representative Dance Group"
Monsta X "Spark" (Jooheon) "Crime And Punishment"
"Shoot Out"
Iz*One "Dance Performance" "Dear My Friends"
"La Vie En Rose"
NU'EST W "Where You At" "Before The Dawn"
"Help Me"
Twice "Yes or Yes" "The Greatest Twice Show"
"What Is Love?"
"Dance the Night Away"
Mamamoo "Cleopatra" (Solar) "Born to be Mamamoo"
"Easy" (Wheein)
"Selfish" (Moonbyul ft. Chaewon)
"Don't" (Hwasa)
"Starry Night"
Wanna One "Light" "Destiny"
"I.P.U [I Promise You]"
BTS "Fake Love" "Birth of a Hero"

2018 MAMA in Hong Kong[edit]


Name(s) Notes
Song Joong-ki Main host
Kim Dong-wook and Kim Da-mi Presenters for Best Unit
Lee Yi-kyung and Moon Ga-bi Presenters for Best Vocal Performance Solo
Yoon Jong-bin and Lee Sun-bin Presenters for Best OST
In Gyo-jin and So Yi-hyun Presenters for New Asian Artist
Kwon Hyuk-soo and Bae Jung-nam Presenters for Mwave Global Fan Choice
Lee Jun-hyung and Seo Eun-su Presenters for Best Dance Performance – Female Group and TikTok Most Popular Artist
Park Sung-woong Monologue for "Episode 17" Performance
Song Joong-ki, Jackson (Got7), Daehwi (Wanna One), and RM (BTS) Presenters for Janet Jackson Inspiration Award
Park Sung-woong and Lee El Presenters for Best Asian Style and Discovery of the Year
Ahn Jae-hyun and Kim Sa-rang Presenters for Best Male Artist and Best Dance Performance – Solo
Lee Seung-chul and Lee Yo-won Presenters for TikTok Best Music Video
Kim Jong-kook Presenter for Best Asian Artist (Mandarin)
Seo Hyun-jin Presenter for Best Female Group
Ahn Jae-hyun and Jung Rye-won Presenter for Best Dance Performance – Male Group
Lee Jin-wook Presenter for Best Female Artist
Kim Sung-ryung Presenter for Best Male Group
Angelababy Presenter for Album of the Year
Cha Seung-won Presenter for Song of the Year
Hwang Jung-min Presenter for Artist of the Year


Name(s) Performance(s) Notes
BTS (RM) Opening speech "Icarus"
Tiger JK & SVT (Vernon) "Double Up" "09:18"
Chungha "I Want You (Dance Remix ver.)"
Yoon Mi-rae & Tiger JK "Timeless" + "For The People" + "Monster"
Yoon Mi-rae, Tiger JK & Bizzy (MFBTY) "Mantra"
Cosmic Girls "Save Me, Save You" "Girl Gone Wild"
Oh My Girl "Remember Me"
Cosmic Girls and Oh My Girl "Girls on Top (MAMA ver.)" (orig. by BoA)
Roy Kim "Only Then" "A Lonely Goodbye"
"The Hardest Part"
Momoland "BAAM" "Codename: M&M"
"Bboom Bboom"
Mommy Son & Momoland "Boy Jump"
Seventeen "Oh My!" "Episode 17"
"Bring It"
"Getting Closer"
Heize "Jenga" "Winter Is Here"
"First Sight"
Chungha "Roller Coaster" + "Love U"
Sunmi "Addict"
Iz*One "Colors" "Colorize"
"La Vie en Rose"
Nafla x Swings "Wu" + "Bulldozer" "Real Recognize Real"
The Quiett x Paloalto "Prime Time" + "Good Day"
Changmo x BewhY "Maestro" + "Forever"
E SENS "Got To Know"
Got7 "Lullaby (Ballad Ver.)" "A Beautiful Nightmare"
Yugyeom "Fine (Remix)"
Jackson x BamBam x Mark "Nightmare"
Got7 "Lullaby (Dark Ver.)"
JJ Lin "Little Big Us" "Twilight"
JJ Lin x Kim Jong-Kook "Hate That Happiness Came"
Wanna One "Burn It Up" "One Love"
Kang Daniel Solo performance
Wanna One "Beautiful (MAMA Ver.)"
"Spring Breeze"
BTS Intro + "Airplane Pt.2" "Love Yourself +"
"O!RUL8,2? Love Yourself Remix"


The red carpet and ceremonies of the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards were broadcast worldwide via Mnet, across CJ E&M channels and other international networks and online via Mnet K-pop's YouTube account, V Live, and Mnet's official website.

Country Network
South Korea Mnet, OnStyle, O'live, XTM
Japan Mnet Smart, Mnet Japan, VideoPass
United States Mnet America, Kcon.tv
Hong Kong ViuTV, ViuTVsix, tvN Asia
Taiwan ETTODAY, tvN Asia
Indonesia JOOX, tvN Asia
Philippines Myx, KBO, tvN Asia
Cambodia tvN Asia
Sri Lanka
Indonesia Indosiar, Vidio, tvN Asia
Singapore Mediacorp Toggle, tvN Asia


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