BTS reportedly unable to attend 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards


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K-pop behemoths BTS would not be able to attend this year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

Yesterday (December 1), the South Korean government announced that from Friday (December 3), all overseas arrivals to the East Asian country should be quarantined for 10 days. , in an effort to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. virus. The new quarantine mandate is currently applied to all inbound travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, in accordance with the South China morning post.

According to a new report from Yonhap News Agency, the septet will have to undergo the 10-day quarantine, as they are not expected to return to South Korea until after they appear in Los Angeles on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour on Friday. The boyband was in the United States for their four-night “Permission To Dance On Stage” concerts.

As such, BTS would not be able to attend the MAMA 2021 ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on December 11. The organizer of the awards show, cable channel Mnet, has not yet confirmed whether BTS will attend the event, saying Yonhap that the matter is under discussion.

BTS are vying for the most nominations of all acts at the awards. They were nominated in the categories of Best Male Group, Best Male Dance Performance Group for ‘Butter’, Best Collaboration for their joint single ‘My Universe’ with British group Coldplay, as well as the global icon of the year voted by fans and Top 10 categories of fans’ choice in the world.

MAMA 2021 will also see a lineup of stars from 12 K-pop groups, including Tomorrow X Together (TXT), aespa, NCT 127 and NCT Dream, among other top performers.

Special appearances by British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and reality dance competition contestants Street fighter had also been previously announced. The former will perform a “new version” of his chart-topping single, “Bad Habits”, exclusively for the awards ceremony.

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Lyle L. Maltby