The 23rd version of Mnet Asian Music Awards aka MAMA is about to get a whole lot glamorous. With the pandemic getting in control and South Korea allowing events with a live audience, organizers are going all out for MAMA 2021. Unlike last year which was virtual, this year will be held offline at CJ ENM Contents World in South Korea. And as one of the biggest nights in K-Pop, the award show has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Here’s a couple of surprising news that has fans excited for MAMA 2021.
Lee Hyori As 1st Female MC
It was reported that Lee Hyori would be hosting this year’s MAMA. Known for her viral hit songs and her project group Refund Sisters, the legendary soloist has created a lot of buzz. Surprisingly, to date, all of the MCs of MAMA have been men. Lee Hyori will go down in history as the first female MC of the K-Pop award show.
Wanna One Reunites
The popular third-gen group broke hearts when they disbanded in 2019. The 11-member group was formed from the iconic survival show ‘Produce 101’ season 2. It has been revealed that they will be reuniting for a special stage at MAMA 2021. Unfortunately, it will be a 10-member reunion as Kuan-lin cannot make it.
‘Street Woman Fighter’ Crews
‘Street Woman Fighter’ is the first all-female dance crew competition of South Korea that had dancers and netizens appreciative as it allowed a national platform for the backbone of the K-Pop industry. The immense popularity of the survival show continues as the 8 participating crews’ concerts sold out in a minute and are booked and busy. They will all also be performing at MAMA 2021.
New Twitter Voting Rules
MAMA voting causes chaos and messes up Twitter trends every year. Fans band together to vote for their favourite K-Pop idols to win the ‘Worldwide Fans’ Choice TOP 10’ award. It is also the easiest form of voting as fans can tweet the hashtag on Twitter and/or retweet someone else’s post that contains the hashtag. But 12 days after the voting for MAMA 2021 began, Mnet announced that only one vote per Twitter account a day would be valid in an effort to reduce mass voting.
Collab Stage Of 4th-Gen Idols
Fans love award shows and year-end K-Pop music shows as it allows them to see their favourites interacting and collaborating. We have had some iconic collab stages thanks to MAMA like the ‘Kingdom: Legendary War’ announcement stage and this year won’t be any different. There will be a collab stage with members of different 4th-gen groups.
MAMA In USA
Ever since 2010, MAMA has been held outside South Korea. And while it has been hosted in places like Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, it has mainly remained in Asia. In a press conference, the director shared that their future plans to launch MAMA in the USA and expand to include international films, shows and other fields of content in the lineup of the award show.
Ed Sheeran At MAMA
MAMA has already gone global by inviting Western artists like Dua Lipa and Black Eyed Peas to the award show in the past. We’ve also had the ‘Best International Artist’ category that has awarded the likes of John Legend, Britney Spears and Usher. Well, for MAMA 2021, the award show has revealed that pop star Ed Sheeran has been invited and will be performing.
Mnet also finally announced the star-studded performance lineup of MAMA 2021. It consists of aespa, Ateez, Brave Girls, Enhypen, J-Pop group INI, Itzy, J-Pop group JO1, ‘Girls Planet 999’s Kep1er, NCT 127, NCT Dream, Stray Kids and TXT.
MAMA 2021 will be held on 11th December at 2:30 pm IST and can be live-streamed on Mnet K-POP’s YouTube channel.