Here are the nominees of the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards – BTS, IU, TXT, DAY6, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, NCT 127, AESPA, and more

Here are the nominees of the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards – BTS, IU, TXT, DAY6, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, NCT 127, AESPA, and more

Beyond the festive season and new resolutions, the end of the year also brings awards shows! One of which is the highly anticipated Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Known for celebrating the biggest names in Korean music and its impeccable live performances, this year's coveted awards ceremony is happening on 11 December 2021, marking MAMA's 12th instalment. MAMA 2021 will be hosted by one of K-pop's most iconic acts Lee Hyori

On 3 November, MAMA announced its list of nominees via a global livestream on YouTube. The likes of BTS, IU, BLACKPINK's LISA and ROSÉ, EXO's KAI, BAEKHYUN, and D.O., KANG DANIEL, AESPA, ITZY, ENHYPEN, TXT, DAY6, NCT 127, SEVENTEEN, TWICE, and more are up for nominations this year.

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British band Coldplay are also nominated for their very first MAMA for 'My Universe,' their collaboration with BTS.

This year, only 2 categories will be determined by 100% fan voting: Worldwide Icon of the Year and Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10. Meanwhile, the winners of the Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year awards will be determined by a panel of judges, physical album sales, digital music data, and more. Check out the breakdown below:

  • Artist of the Year and Artist Category Awards
    • 40% judges’ evaluation
    • 20% digital performance
    • 20% physical album sales
    • 10% music video
    • 10% global music platform
  • Song of the Year and Song Genre Category Awards
    • 40% judges’ evaluation
    • 30% digital performance
    • 10% physical album sales
    • 10% music video
    • 10% global music platform
  • Album of the Year
    • 40% judges’ evaluation
    • 10% digital performance
    • 40% physical album sales
    • 10% global music platform

Voting for Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 starts on 25, 6 PM KST/JST (5 PM SGT/PHT) on the MAMA website. 

Fans can also vote via Twitter and Apple Music. Find out more here.

Here are the winners of the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards


Check out the list of nominees here:*

Worldwide Fans Choice Top 10

  • ENHYPEN
  • TREASURE
  • BTS
  • SEVENTEEN
  • TWICE
  • STRAY KIDS
  • NCT 127
  • NCT DREAM
  • BLACKPINK'S LISA
  • BLACKPINK'S ROSÉ
  • ATEEZ
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT)
  • ASTRO
  • EXO
  • ITZY
  • AESPA
  • IKON
  • RED VELVET
  • IU
  • THE BOYZ

Best Female Artist

  • HEIZE
  • IU
  • TAEYEON
  • LISA
  • ROSÉ

Best Male Artist

  • KAI
  • BAEKHYUN
  • D.O.
  • KANG DANIEL
  • LEE MU JIN

Best New Male Artist

  • DRIPPIN
  • ENHYPEN
  • EPEX
  • P1 HARMONY
  • MIRAE

Best  New Female Artist

  • AESPA
  • JO YURI
  • KWON EUNBI
  • LIGHTSUM
  • STAYC

Best Female Group

  • (G)I-DLE
  • BRAVE GIRLS
  • ITZY
  • OH MY GIRL
  • RED VELVET
  • TWICE

Best Male Group

  • BTS
  • NCT 127
  • NCT DREAM
  • SEVENTEEN
  • STRAY KIDS
  • TXT

Best Band Performance

  • 10cm
  • CNBLUE
  • DAY6
  • JANNABI
  • N. FLYING

Best Vocal Performance

  • NAKKA - AKMU
  • HAPPEN - DAVICHI
  • Just Hug Me - HEIZE
  • Celebrity - IU
  • Traffic Light - LEE MUJIN

BEST OST

  • Borrow Your Night - 10cm
  • CI Like You - JO JUNG SUK
  • Wish - CHOI YUREE
  • Rain and You - LEE MUJIN
  • LOVE DAY (2021) - JUNG EUNJI, YANG YEO SEOP

Best Collaboration

  • NAKKA - AKMU, IU
  • My Universe - COLDPLAY, BTS
  • Feel Like - GAEKO, KWON JINAH
  • Summer or Summer - HYOLYN, DASOM
  • Switch on Me - RAIN, JYP

Best Hip-Hop & Urban Music

  • What Type Of X - JESSI
  • MELODY - ASH ISLAND
  • Run Away - MINO
  • GJD - CHANGMO
  • 9ucci - YUMDDA, DOGE

Best Dance Performance (FEMALE GROUP)

  • Next Level - AESPA
  • In The Morning - ITZY
  • Dun Dun Dance - OH MY GIRL
  • Queendom - RED VELVET
  • ASAP - STAYC
  • Alcohol-Free - TWICE

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE (MALE GROUP)

  • Butter- BTS
  • Sticker - NCT 127
  • Hot Sauce - NCT DREAM
  • Ready to Love - SEVENTEEN
  • Don't Call Me - SHINEE
  • Thunderous - STRAY KIDS

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE (SOLO)

  • Bambi - BAEKHYUN
  • LALISA - LISA
  • I'm Not Cool - HYUNA
  • On The Ground - ROSÉ
  • DUMB DUMB - JEON SO-MI
  • Weekend - TAEYEON


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