Mnet Asian Music Awards

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Mnet Asian Music Awards
2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards
Mnet Asian Music Awards Logo.svg
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

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 (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), Japan, Indonesia, Canada, Singapore and United States.


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] After its 10th year anniversary in 2008, the award-giving body was renamed to " Asian Music Awards" or simply "MAMA" in 2009. This marked a change in concept and the way they will handle how people may vote for which artists win the awards.[1] It started its broadcast live in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia through Channel V International.

In 2010, the event was held outside of South Korea for the first time. The 12th annual event was held at the Venetian Resort Macao in Macao, China and aired live in many countries. BoA, who won the "Best Female Solo Award", was not present in the ceremony due to her music agency's, S.M. Entertainment, controversies with Mnet Media. In addition, CNBLUE, 2AM, Jo Kwon, Ga-In who all won awards were not broadcast due to lack of attendance.[3]

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]


  • 1999: The "Mnet Km Music Festival" (MKMF) was established and launched. The daesang awards include the "Music Video of the Year" and "Most Popular Music Video".[1]
  • 2006: The former daesang (or grand prize) award categories "Music Video of the Year" and "Best Popular Music Video" were changed to "Album of the Year", "Song of the Year" and "Artist of the Year".[1]
  • 2009: The former name was changed to " Asian Music Awards" (MAMA).
  • 2010: The event ceremony did not take place in South Korea for the first time, but in Macao, China.
  • 2012: The event marked the most awards given in one night. 19 Competitive awards and 18 Special awards (37 in total) were presented.[4]

Former name[edit]

  • Mnet Video Music Awards (Mnet 영상음악대상, 1999)
  • Mnet Music Video Festival (MMF, 2000–03)
  • Mnet Km Music Video Festival (MKMF, 2004–05)
  • Mnet Km Music Festival (MKMF, 2006–08)
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA, 2009–present)


  • In 2007, Lee Min Woo and Shin Hye Sung, both members of Shinhwa left the MKMF event right before broadcasting. Their management company later released a statement regarding the matter, reporting that their artists received unfair treatment from MKMF. [5]
  • 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 money in order to vote saying they "do not want to see fans suffer any damage from the poll which has commercial intentions".[6]
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.[7][8]


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, tvN (Asia), Channel V, Music On! TV (Japan), 8TV (Malaysia), MediaCorp Channel U (Singapore), GMM 25 (Thailand), 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, Vapp and Allkpop for the rest of the world.[14]

Host venues[edit]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Mnet Asian Music Awards held that year.
Year[I] Date City, Country Venue Host(s) Ref
Mnet Video Music Awards
Saturday, November 27 Seoul, South Korea Little Angels Arts Center Choi Hal-li [15]
Mnet Music Video Festival (MMF)
Friday, November 24 Seoul, South Korea Little Angels Arts Center 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
Mnet Km Music Video Festival (MKMF)
Saturday, December 4 Seoul, South Korea Kyung Hee University Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
Sunday, November 27 Olympic Gymnastics Arena Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ah-joong
Mnet Km Music Festival (MKMF)
Saturday, November 25 Seoul, South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena 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 Tiger JK [16]
Sunday, November 28 Macau, China CotaiArena, The Venetian Macao None [17]
Tuesday, November 29 Singapore, Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Lee Byung-hun [18]
Friday, November 30 Hong Kong, China Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Song Joong-ki [19]
Friday, November 22 AsiaWorld–Arena Lee Seung-gi [20]
Wednesday, December 3 Song Seung-heon [21]
Wednesday, December 2 Psy [22]
Friday, December 2 Lee Byung-hun [23]

Merit categories[edit]

Main awards[edit]

Discontinued awards[edit]

(former daesang award and currently Best Music Video: since 2006)

Most wins[edit]

Daesang awards[edit]

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

Artist(s) Record Set First year awarded Recent year awarded*
EXO 5 2013 2016
BIGBANG 2006 2015
2NE1 4 2009 2011
Super Junior 3 2007 2012
TVXQ 2005 2008
G-Dragon 2 2009 2013
SG Wannabe 2006 2006
BoA 2002 2004
H.O.T. 1999 2000
*Artists with the most number of awards and the most recent year awarded are listed first.

Competitive awards[edit]

The following lists the artists who received four or more competitive awards.
(Daesang awards are not included)

Artist(s) Record Set First year awarded Recent year awarded*
CNBLUE 5 2010 2016
Ailee 2012 2016
Big Bang 2007 2015
Epik High 2005 2014
2NE1 2009 2011
BoA 2000 2010
Shinhwa 2001 2007
EXO 4 2012 2016
Shinee 2008 2015
2PM 2009 2014
G-Dragon 2012 2013
Lee Seung-gi 2004 2013
Psy 2005 2012
Baek Ji-young 2006 2011
Koyote 2001 2005
Jo Sungmo 1999 2004
*Artists with the most number of awards and the most recent year awarded are listed first.


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  17. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (November 29, 2010). "2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao". 10Asia. 10Asia. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ Oh, MiJung "Mnet Asian Music Awards Heads to Singapore" Mnet News. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-01
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  20. ^ "′The '2013 MAMA' to be held in Hong Kong for the 2nd consecutive year". Allkpop. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Sets 2014 Date, Location". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  22. ^ "2015 MAMA to Return to Hong Kong on December 2". Mwave. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  23. ^ "'2016 MAMA' announces date and location of this year's event!". allkpop. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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