Mnet Asian Music Awards - Wikipedia

Mnet Asian Music Awards

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as MAMA) is a major South Korean music awards ceremony presented annually by entertainment company CJ E&M. The majority of prizes are awarded to K-pop artists, though some prizes are awarded to other Asian artists. The awards ceremony was first held in Seoul in 1999 and aired on Mnet.[1] MAMA has been held outside of South Korea between 2010 - 2017 & 2019 and now airs internationally.[2][3]

Mnet Asian Music Awards
Current: 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards
Mnet Asian Music Awards Logo.svg
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the music industry.
CountrySouth Korea, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau
Presented byCJ E&M (Mnet)
First awardedNovember 27, 1999
WebsiteMnet Asian Music Awards
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMnet, across CJ E&M channels and other international networks



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] 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][5]

In 2009, the event was renamed the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) to reflect its expansion outside of South Korea.[6] 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.[5] 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.[7][8][9][10]

Event nameEdit

  • Mnet Video Music Awards (1999)[4]
  • Mnet Music Video Festival (2000–2003)[11]
  • Mnet KM Music Video Festival (2004–2005)[12]
  • Mnet KM Music Festival (2006–2008)[13]
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards (2009–present)[6]

Host venuesEdit

Year[A] Date[14] City[14] Venue[14] Host(s)[citation needed]
Mnet Video Music Awards
November 27 Seoul Universal Arts Center Choi Hal-li
Mnet Music Video Festival (MMF)
November 24 Seoul Universal Arts Center Cha Tae-hyun and Kim Hyun-joo
November 23 Cha Tae-hyun and Song Hye-kyo
November 29 Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
November 27 Kyung Hee University Cha Tae-hyun and Sung Yu-ri
Mnet Km Music Video Festival (MKMF)
December 4 Seoul Kyung Hee University Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jung-eun
November 27 Olympic Gymnastics Arena Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ah-joong
Mnet Km Music Festival (MKMF)
November 25 Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena Shin Dong-yup and Kim Ok-bin
November 17 Seoul Sports Complex Shin Dong-yup and Lee Da-hae
November 15 Rain
Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)
November 21 Seoul Seoul Sports Complex Tiger JK
November 28 Macau Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao none
November 29 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Lee Byung-hun
November 30 Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Song Joong-ki
November 22 AsiaWorld–Arena Lee Seung-gi
December 3 Song Seung-heon
December 2 Psy
December 2 Lee Byung-hun
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
December 10 Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza Jung Hae-in
December 12 Saitama Saitama Super Arena Park Bo-gum
December 14 Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Arena Song Joong-ki
December 4 Nagoya Nagoya Dome Park Bo-gum
December 6 Paju CJ E&M Contents World Song Joong-ki

A Each year in the table links to the Wikipedia article about that year's awards ceremony.

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)

Artist(s) Record Set First year awarded Recent year awarded
BTS 13 2016 2020
Exo 6 2013 2017
Big Bang 5 2008 2015
2NE1 4 2009 2011
Twice 3 2016 2018
Super Junior 2007 2012
G-Dragon 2 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.

Artist(s) Record Set First year awarded Recent year awarded*
BTS 8 2015 2020
IU 2011 2020
Twice 7 2015 2019
Ailee 6 2012 2017
CNBLUE 5 2010 2016
Big Bang 2007 2015
Epik High 2005 2014
G-Dragon 2007 2013
2NE1 2009 2011
BoA 2000 2010
Shinhwa 2001 2007
Wanna One 4 2017 2018
Exo 2012 2016
Zico 3 2016 2020
Girls' Generation 2011 2015
Taeyang 2010 2014
Miss A 2010 2011
Baekhyun 2 2019 2020
Blackpink 2020 2020
Seventeen 2017 2019
Taemin 2016 2017
Red Velvet 2015 2017
Taeyeon 2015 2016
Shinee 2008 2015
Infinite 2013 2014
Sistar 2012 2014
2PM 2009 2014
Lee Seung-gi 2004 2013
Psy 2005 2012
Baek Ji-young 2006 2011
SG Wannabe 2005 2008
Koyote 2001 2005
Jo Sungmo 1999 2004
*Artists with the most awards and the most recent year awarded are listed first.


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.[15]

In 2009, entertainment companies SM Entertainment and Inwoo Production boycotted the 2009 awards ceremony, and therefore none of their artists attended. 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.[16]

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.[17][18]


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 & (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, (Hong Kong), friDay Video & friDay Music (Taiwan), MeWATCH (Singapore), Indosiar & vidio (Indonesia), (Philippines), FPT TV & Foxy (Vietnam), and KCON USA (United States). The show is also broadcast online via Mnet K-POP, KCON official YouTube channel for the rest of the world.[19]


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  15. ^ Kim, Yeon-ji (2007-11-17). "이민우-신혜성, MKMF 행사직전 "불참"(종합)" [Lee Min Woo, Shin Hye Sung leave just before MKMF event]. Star News (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  16. ^ Kim, Jessica (2009-11-03). "SM singers boycott Mnet music award". Asia Economy. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  17. ^ Herman, Tamar (2017-11-03). "2017 MAMA Awards Shut Down Voting to Address Fraud Issues". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
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  19. ^ "BTS, IU, NCT, Baekhyun, BLACKPINK, TWICE, and more win at the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards - see the list of winners". BTS, IU, NCT, Baekhyun, BLACKPINK, TWICE, and more win at the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards - see the list of winners | Bandwagon | Music media championing and spotlighting music in Asia. 2020-12-06. Retrieved 2020-12-06.

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