BTS, EXO and Twice were the big winners of the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the biggest award show in K-pop, which was held for the fifth time at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld Expo on Friday.
BTS snagged Artist of the Year and Best Dance Performance Male Group for Blood, Sweat & Tears, while EXO got Best Male Group and their fourth Album of the Year award in as many years for EX’ACT (The 3rd Album).
Twice won Best Female Group and Song of the Year for Cheer Up, their mega-hit that racked up 100 million YouTube views in just 207 days after its release - a record for K-pop music videos, Yonhap reported.
Girl Generation’s Taeyeon and rapper Zico won Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist respectively. While fans raised cream-coloured umbrellas for Taeyeon’s performance for Rain, many were disappointed that she didn’t perform See You Again with Wiz Khalifa. Anticipation was high for the performance after their rehearsal video was leaked, but the American rapper performed the song solo, with the audience singing along to Charlie Puth’s original vocals. Both artists gave different accounts on social media for the cancellation.
Highlight performances of the night included BTS’s Blood Sweat & Tears and EXO’s Monster. Twice performed Cheer Up and TT to a colourful background while Best Collaboration winners Suzy and Baekhyun sang Dream live for the first time. Pianist Yiruma also played River Flows in You, and was joined by Best Rap Performance winner BewhY for an electric jazz and rap collaboration.
Despite its star-studded line-up, which also included Got7, NCT 127, Gfriend, I.O.I and Taemin, the 4.5-hour ceremony wasn’t watched by many outside of the arena. According to Nielsen Korea, the average ratings were 1.2 per cent, which is less than half of last year’s ratings of three per cent.
This could have been because no YG Entertainment artists attended the ceremony, including Black Pink, which won Best Music Video for Whistle.
Love in the Moonlight actress Kim Yoo-jung, Terminator Genisys actor Lee Byung-hun and Cold Eyes actress Han Hyo-joo were among the list of presenters, as well as Taiwanese actor Darren Wang Talu.
Veteran producer Quincy Jones, who was given a special category award for Inspired Achievements, took to the stage near the end of the four and a half hour ceremony, but the crowd did not appear interested in his speech about modern American history. Jones threw his hands up in frustration as a video began to play before he had even finished his speech. He then left the stage.
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Hong Kong’s own Leon Lai, who presented the Album of the Year award, appeared to be in better spirits, and joked about his staff using K-pop stars’ photos for their screensavers. “I’m not firing them, but they’re not getting a raise either,” he said.
Here’s the list of all the awards and the winners:
Song of the Year: Cheer Up by Twice
Artist of the Year: BTS
Album of the Year: EX’ACT (The 3rd Album) by EXO
Best New Female Artist: I.O.I.
Best New Male Artist: NCT 127
Best Asian Style: EXO
Worldwide Favorite Artist: GOT7
Best OST: Don’t Worry by Lee Juck for Reply 1988
Best Female Artist: Taeyeon
Best Dance Performance Male Group: Blood, Sweat & Tears by BTS
World Performer: Seventeen
Best Vocal Performance Male Solo: Don’t Forget by Crush
Best Vocal Performance Female Solo: If You by Ailee
Best Dance Performance Solo: Press Your Number by Taemin
Best Vocal Performance Group: Beside Me by Davichi
Best Male Group: EXO
Best Female Group: Twice
Best Band Performance: You’re So Fine by CNBlue
Best Music Video: Whistle by Black Pink
Best Collaboration: Dream by Suzy and Baekhyun
Best Rap Performance: Puzzle by C Jamm, BewhY
Best Male Artist: Zico
Best Dance Performance Female Group: Rough by GFriend
Best Asian Artist
Best Asian Artist Thailand: Getsunova
Best Asian Artist Vietname: Noo Phuoc Thinh
Best Asian Artist Japan: Sekai No Owari
Best Asian Artist Indonesia: Isyana Sarasvati
Best Asian Artist China: Hua Chenyu
Best Asian Artist Singapore: JJ Lin
Best Executive Producer of the Year: “Hitman” Bang
Best Producer of the Year: Black Eyed Pilseung
Best Promoter of the Year: Masahiro Hidaka
Best Choreographer of the Year: J.Da Apissara Phetruengrong
Best Visual & Art Director of the Year: Min Hee Jin
Best Engineer of the Year: Tanaka Hironobu
Special Categories — Best International Producer: Timbaland
Special Categories — Inspired Achievements: Quincy Jones