JJ Lin wins Best Asian Artist at Mnet Asian Music Awards 2018, Entertainment News & Top Stories

Local Mandopop star JJ Lin added another feather to his cap, winning the Best Asian Artist (Mandarin) award at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong on Friday, December 14.

Lin had been confirmed as a special guest for this year’s 20th edition of MAMA, which was hosted by Korean actor Song Joong-Ki. The awards show ended in Hong Kong on Friday after stops in Tokyo and Seoul earlier in the week.

The Singaporean singer won the Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Singer in 2014 and 2016 for his albums Stories Untold and From ME To Myself respectively.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Lin wrote, “Many thanks to # 2018MAMA for the honor and the award, and for believing that the music is unrelated to any language, race or region!”

The biggest winner at MAMA, one of the biggest K-pop events, was Korean boyband sensation BTS. The group, which will perform in Singapore on January 19, took home major awards at the awards ceremony, winning Album of the Year for Love Yourself: Tear and Artist of the Year.

It was the third consecutive victory for the artist of the year of the K-pop group.

BTS also picked up several other awards, including Best Asian Style and Global Icon of the Year.

The boyband also met 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Janet Jackson backstage and presented her with the Inspiration Award.

The prestigious song of the year award went to girl group Twice for What Is Love ?. It was also their third consecutive Song of the Year title, after winning in 2016 and 2017 with Cheer Up and Signal respectively.

Twice was also named Best Girl Group and Best Girl’s Dance Group.

Korean boy band Wanna One, which debuted in 2017, won the award for best male group and was among the top 10 global fan picks.

BTS, Twice, Blackpink, and GOT7 were also among the top 10 picks for global fans.

Lyle L. Maltby

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