BTS, IU and Aespa dominated the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards

Although they may not have been in attendance, BTS still managed to dominate the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards, otherwise known as MAMAs. The ceremony, one of the most prestigious in the South Korean music industry, was a welcome return to in-person televised ceremonies, with thousands of fans in attendance to see their favorite K-pop superstars put on an incredible show.

BTS emerged from the night as the big winner, and they landed more trophies than most artists will manage in their entire career. The boy band won half a dozen major awards, and they also came out on top in two other verticals, taking home eight awards in all. This total includes the four Daesangs (the best rewards).

BTS was named both Global Icon of the Year and Artist of the Year, their single “Butter” won the coveted Song of the Year, while their late 2020 album Be was considered the album of the year. The septet have landed all of these honors before, and most of them have been multi-time champions. In fact, BTS has now won Song of the Year three times (in a row), Album of the Year four times (also in a row), Artist of the Year a record-breaking sixth time, and Global Icon. of the year each year. handed over.

In addition to these four major honors, BTS also won Best Male Group, Best Dance Performance – Male Group, and Favorite Moment. The group also landed one of the Top 10 Global Fans’ Choice trophies alongside Enhypen, Lisa, NCT 127, NCT Dream, Seventeen, Stray Kids, Tomorrow X Together, Treasure, and Twice.

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Behind BTS in terms of the number of awards won, IU won three new awards this year. The solo female superstar was named Best Female Artist, and she also topped both Best Vocal Performance (for her single “Celebrity”) and Best Collaboration (for “Nakka” with AKMU).

The only other act to win more than one competitive award was Aespa, who led both the Best Dance Performance – Female Group and Best New Female Artist categories. Including the “other” field which is the Top 10 of global fan choice, Twice joins Aespa with a pair of trophies.

MAMAs 2021 featured energetic performances from Brave Girls, Itzy, Stray Kids, Tomorrow X Together, Wanna One, Aespa, as well as NCT U, NCT Dream, and NCT 127.

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Lyle L. Maltby