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Mnet Asian Music Awards
Mnet Asian Music Awards
2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards
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Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the music industry.
CountrySouth Korea
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 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 and 2017 and now airs internationally.[2][3]



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.

Event name

  • Mnet Video Music Awards (1999)[4]
  • Mnet Music Video Festival (2000-2003)[7]
  • Mnet KM Music Video Festival (2004-2005)[8]
  • Mnet KM Music Festival (2006-2008)[9]
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards (2009-present)[6]

Host venues

Year[A] Date[10] City[10] Venue[10] Host(s)[]
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
November 15 Rain
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 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

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

Award categories

Grand Prizes

The four grand prizes (known as daesang)

Competitive awards

Unless otherwise noted, each award category was introduced in 1999.

Special awards

These awards have been given once or occasionally.

Discontinued awards

Most wins

Daesang awards

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
Exo 6 2013 2017
BTS 5 2016 2018
Big Bang 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 awards

The following lists the artist(s) who received two or more competitive awards.


Boycotting incidents

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.[11]

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.[12]

Voter fraud

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.[13][14]


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.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b c d St. Michel, Patrick (2017-12-04). "This Three-Country, Four-Night Asian Music Awards Show Is A K-Pop Promotion Machine". NPR. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Reinfrank, Alkira (2017-12-02). "Supergroup BTS clean up at Asia's biggest K-pop awards show". South China Morning Post. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Mathew, Ilin. "Mnet Asian Music Awards 2017 live stream: Where to watch MAMA online and broadcast channel information". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "1999 Mnet Video Music Awards". Mnet Global. CJ E&M. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b Kim, Jae-heun (2015-11-12). "Mnet Asian Music Awards: new global platform for K-pop stars". The Korea Times. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b "TWICE wins Song of Year Award at 2017 MAMA with 'Signal'". Yonhap News Agency. 2017-11-30. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "2003 Mnet Music Video Festival". Mnet Global. CJ E&M. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "2005 Mnet KM Music Video Festival". Mnet Global. CJ E&M. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival". Mnet Global. CJ E&M. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b c "MAMA History". Mnet Global. CJ E&M. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Kim, Yeon-ji (2007-11-17). "-, MKMF ? ""()" [Lee Min Woo, Shin Hye Sung leave just before MKMF event]. Star News (in Korean). Retrieved .
  12. ^ Kim, Jessica (2009-11-03). "SM singers boycott Mnet music award". Asia Economy. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Herman, Tamar (2017-11-03). "2017 MAMA Awards Shut Down Voting to Address Fraud Issues". Billboard. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Mnet takes action against ballot rigging in year-end K-pop awards". Yonhap News Agency. 2017-11-03. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "International Live Broadcasting Time Notice". 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Mnet Media Corp. November 12, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Iflix Sri Lanka". Facebook. Retrieved 2017.

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