K-Pop History on Award Show MAMA 2016

One of the biggest end-of-the-year awarding shows and most meaningful trophy for Korean artists is MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Award). Every year the work of idol groups and soloists is honored for its outstanding musical achievement by receiving this treasured major award. In 20 fixed categories and special optional ones, awards are passed to the winning artists. The most anticipated awards are the three Grand Prizes (called Daesang) which were introduced in 2006: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year. The public can vote for the nominated artists in all categories except for Album of the Year – so the awards reflect the public’s opinion on an act. Find the winners list below and watch your favorit artist’s performance here!


Once again EXO‘s work was honored with Album of the Year-Award

MAMA once again took place in Hong Kong on December, 2 and had many surprises which will go down in K-pop history: First, EXO did it again – for the fourth time in a row, they won the Daesang Album of the Year which was never achieved by a K-pop idol before. Even though EXO went through line-up struggles, they have always managed to capture the audience heart with their outstanding songs.

Second, BTS was the first artist to win the Daesang Artist of the Year who do not belong to the Top 3 K-pop companies. Ever since 2006 this special award was handed out to: TVXQ (SM Entertainment 2006), Super Junior (SM Entertainment 2007), BIGBANG (YG Entertainment 2008), 2PM (JYP Entertainment 2009), 2NE1 (YG Entertainment 2010), Girls’ Generation (SM Entertainment 2011), BIGBANG (YG Entertainment 2012), GD (YG Entertainment 2013), EXO (SM Entertainment 2014), BIGBANG (YG Entertainment 2015) and now it’s BTS from small Big Hit Entertainment. This was a major break-through for BTS personally, but also a ray of hope for all other idols of smaller companies: the boys’ tears (watch video below) show how meaningful these awards are to those overshadowed by the Top 3 K-pop companies. BTS‘ win paves they way for a more heterogenous and fairer competition among idol bands in K-pop, because this year again many talented and, in previous years, often nominated artists failed to take home a win. Nevertheless: Congratulations to all winners of MAMA 2016 who worked hard and truly earned their prizes!

List of all winners of 2016:

  • Artist of the Year: BTS
  • Album of the Year: EXO (“Ex’Act”)
  • Song of the Year: Twice (“Cheer Up”)
  • Best Music Video: Blackpink (“Whistle”)
  • Best Male Artist: Zico
  • Best Female Artist: Taeyeon
  • Best Male Group: EXO
  • Best Female Group: Twice
  • Best Dance Performance Male Group: BTS (“Blood Sweat & Tears”)
  • Best Dance Performance Female Group: GFriend (“Rough”)
  • Best Dance Performance Solo: Taemin (“Press Your Number”)
  • Best Collaboration: Suzy & Baekhyun (“Dream”)
  • Best Vocal Performance Group: Davichi (“Beside Me”)
  • Best OST: Lee Juck (“Don’t Worry” in “Reply 1988”)
  • Best Vocal Performance Male Solo: Crush (“Don’t Forget”)
  • Best Vocal Performance Female Solo: Ailee (“If You”)
  • Best Band Performance: CNBLUE
  • Best Rap Performance: Cjamm & BewhY (“Puzzle”)
  • Best New Artist Male: NCT 127
  • Best New Artist Female: I.O.I

Rookie girl group Twice won two awards – what an achievement


NCT127 received Best New Male Artist-Award; they belong to SM Entertainment

Special Awards:

  • World Performer Award: Seventeen
  • iQIYI Worldwide Favourite Artist: GOT7
  • Best Of Next Artist Award (Male): Monsta X
  • Best Of Next Artist Award (Female): Blackpink
  • Best Producer: Black Eyed Pilseung (South Korea)
  • Best Visual & Art Director: Min Hee Jin (South Korea)
  • Best Choreographer: J.Da Apissara Phetruengrong (Thailand)
  • Best Promoter: Masahiro Hikada (Japan)
  • Best Executive Producer: Bang Si Hyuk (South Korea)
  • Best International Producer: Timbaland (USA)
  • Best Engineer: Tanaka Hironobu (Japan)
  • Inspired Achievement: Quincy Jones (USA)
  • Best Asian Style: EXO

GOT7 took home Worldwide Favorite Artist-Award

Asian Artist Awards:

  • Best Asian Artist Thailand: Getsunova
  • Best Asian Artist Vietnam: Noo Phuoc Thinh
  • Best Asian Artist Indonesia: Isyana Sarasvati
  • Best Asian Artist Japan: Sekai No Owari
  • Best Asian Artist China: Hua Chenyu
  • Best Asian Artist Singapore: JJ Lin

Last year BTS won World Performer-Award; this time it’s Seventeen – what does this mean for their future?


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