Here are the nominees of the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards – BTS, IU,


Beyond the end of year celebrations and new resolutions, the end of the year also brings awards! One of them is the highly anticipated Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

Known for celebrating the biggest names in Korean music and their impeccable live performances, this year’s coveted awards ceremony takes place on December 11, 2021, marking the 12th installment of MAMA. MAMA 2021 to be hosted by one of K-pop’s most iconic groups Lee hyori.

At November 3, MAMA announced its list of nominees via a global livestream on Youtube. The tastes of BLACKPINK’s BTS, IU, LISA and ROSÉ, EXO KAI, BAEKHYUN, and DO, KANG DANIEL, AESPA, ITZY, ENHYPEN, TXT, DAY6, NCT 127, SEVENTEEN, TWICE, and others are in contention this year.

british group Cold game are also nominated for their very first MAMA for ‘My world,’ their collaboration with BTS.

This year, only 2 categories will be determined by 100% of fan votes: World icon of the year and World Top 10 Fan Choice. Meanwhile, the winners of the Artist of the year, song of the year, and Album of the year awards will be determined by a panel of judges, physical album sales, digital music data, etc. Check out the breakdown below:

  • Artist of the year and artist category award
    • 40% evaluation of judges
    • 20% digital performance
    • 20% of physical album sales
    • 10% music video
    • 10% global music platform
  • Song of the Year Award and Song Genre Categories
    • 40% evaluation of judges
    • 30% digital performance
    • 10% of physical album sales
    • 10% music video
    • 10% global music platform
  • Album of the year
    • 40% evaluation of judges
    • 10% digital performance
    • 40% of physical album sales
    • 10% global music platform

Vote for Global Top 10 Fan Choice start on 25, 6 p.m. KST / JST (5 p.m. SGT / PHT) on the MAMA website.

Fans can also vote via Twitter and Apple Music. Find out more here.


See the list of nominees here: *

Worldwide Fans Choice Top 10

  • ENHYPEN
  • TREASURE
  • BTS
  • SEVENTEEN
  • TWICE
  • CHILDREN ERRORS
  • NCT 127
  • DREAM NCT
  • LISA FROM BLACKPINK
  • BLACKPINK ROSÉ
  • WERE
  • TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT)
  • ASTRO
  • EXO
  • ITZY
  • AESPA
  • ICON
  • RED VELVET
  • UI
  • THE BOYZ

Best Female Artist

  • HEIZE
  • UI
  • TAEYEON
  • LISA
  • PINK

Best Male Artist

  • KAI
  • BAEKHYUN
  • TO DO
  • KANG DANIEL
  • LEE MU JIN

Best New Male Artist

  • DRIP
  • ENHYPEN
  • EPEX
  • P1 HARMONY
  • MIRAE

Best New Female Artist

  • AESPA
  • JO YURI
  • KWON EUNBI
  • LIGHTSUM
  • STAYC

Best Female Group

  • (G) I-DLE
  • COURAGEOUS GIRLS
  • ITZY
  • OH MY DAUGHTER
  • RED VELVET
  • TWICE

Best Male Group

  • BTS
  • NCT 127
  • DREAM NCT
  • SEVENTEEN
  • CHILDREN ERRORS
  • SMS

Best group performance

  • 10cm
  • CNBLUE
  • DAY6
  • JANNABI
  • N. FLY

Better vocal performance

  • NAKKA – AKMU
  • ARRIVE – DAVICHI
  • Just Hold Me – HEIZE
  • Celebrity – UI
  • Traffic light – LEE MUJIN

BEST OST

  • Borrow your night – 10cm
  • CI like you – JO JUNG SUK
  • Wish – CHOI YUREE
  • The Rain and You – LEE MUJIN
  • LOVE DAY (2021) – JUNG EUNJI, YANG YEO SEOP

Better collaboration

  • NAKKA – AKMU, UI
  • My Universe – COLDPLAY, BTS
  • FEEL LIKE – GAEKO, KWON JINAH
  • Summer or Summer – HYOLYN, DASOM
  • Turn Me On – RAIN, JYP

Best Hip-Hop and Urban Music

  • What type of X – JESSI
  • MELODY – ISLAND OF ASHES
  • Flee – MINO
  • GJD – CHANGMO
  • 9ucci – YUMDDA, DOGE

Best Dance Performance (WOMEN’S GROUP)

  • Next level – AESPA
  • Morning – ITZY
  • Dun Dun Dance – OH MY GIRL
  • Queendom – RED VELVET
  • ASAP – STAYC
  • Alcohol free – TWICE

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE (MEN’S GROUP)

  • Butter – BTS
  • Sticker – NCT 127
  • Hot sauce – NCT DREAM
  • Ready to love – SEVENTEEN
  • Don’t Call Me – SHINEE
  • Thunder – STRAY KIDS

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE (SOLO)

  • Bambi – BAEKHYUN
  • LALISA – LISA
  • I’m not cool – HYUNA
  • In the field – ROSÉ
  • DUMB DUMB – JEON SO-MI
  • Weekend – TAEYEON


Take a look at LAMA over the years:




Lyle L. Maltby