|Mnet Asian Music Awards|
|2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the music industry.|
|Presented by||CJ E&M (Mnet)|
|First awarded||November 27, 1999|
|Website||Mnet Asian Music Awards|
|Network||Mnet, across CJ E&M channels and other international networks|
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. MAMA has been held outside of South Korea between 2010 and 2017 and now airs internationally.
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. 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.
In 2009, the event was renamed the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) to reflect its expansion outside of South Korea. 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. 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. 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.
|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 Olympic Stadium||Shin Dong-yup and Lee Da-hae|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)|
|November 21||Seoul||Seoul Olympic Stadium||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||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|
A Each year in the table links to the popflock.com resource article about that year's awards ceremony.
The four grand prizes (known as daesang)
Unless otherwise noted, each award category was introduced in 1999.
These awards have been given once or occasionally.
|Artist(s)||Record Set||First year awarded||Recent year awarded|
The following lists the artist(s) who received two or more competitive awards.
|Artist(s)||Record Set||First year awarded||Recent year awarded*|
|*Artists with the most number of awards and the most recent year awarded are listed first.|
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.
In 2009, entertainment companies S.M. 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, S.M. 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.
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.
The show is broadcast live in thirteen countries across Asia. In South Korea and Japan, it is broadcast on Mnet and across CJ E&M channels. Other TV channels that have broadcast the show include tvN (Asia), Music On! TV (Japan), 8TV (Malaysia), MediaCorp Channel U (Singapore), GMM 25 (Thailand), Indosiar (Indonesia), Myx (Philippines), MY TV (Cambodia), Iflix (Sri Lanka), 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 Vapp for the rest of the world.