What are the “2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards” (MAMA)?


December is the szn awards month, and the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) are one of the most popular in Korean entertainment. If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, don’t worry– we’ve got it covered! Here’s what you need to know about this year’s LAM:

What is the Mnet Asian Music Awards / MAMA?

In short MAMA, the Mnet Asian Music Awards are an annual awards ceremony created by CJ E&M, which recognizes the biggest musical groups in Asia. Most of the awards are given to K-pop artists for different categories. In a Korea Times article, Mnet’s Shin hyung kwan noted: “MAMA is, without a doubt, the # 1 award ceremony in Asia and has become a music festival that the whole world now enjoys. “

Before the pandemic, MAMA was held simultaneously in several countries: in 2018, it was celebrated in Seoul, Japan and Hong Kong with fans from around the world flocking to the venues just to attend and support their favorites. With current travel restrictions, however, MAMA 2020, with the “NEW-TOPIA” concept, will be held almost exclusively in South Korea.

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When is LAMA 2020 and how can I watch it in the Philippines?

Mark Your Calendars: MAMA 2020 is set for December 6, Sunday, at 6 p.m. KST (or 5 p.m. PH).

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Fans around the world can stream it on different platforms. As for the Philippines, you can watch it on tvN Asia or, if you’re a Smart subscriber, through Smart Communication’s Giga Fest website. Simply activate your Smart mobile data, visit gigafest.smart on your browser and click “Watch now”.

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Who will host MAMA 2020?

For the fourth time, the Descendants of the Sun actor Song Joong Ki will host MAMA. He led the event in 2012, 2017 and 2018.

Who will be at MAMA 2020?

OMG, A LOT! Let’s talk about the MAMA 2020 presenter lineup first: K-drama celebrities attending the MAMA 2020 awards show include our ultimate oppa Seo Joon Park; Hospital Reading List‘s Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, and Jeon Mi Do; Start‘s Kang Han Na, The generation of girls‘s Sooyoung; 18 again‘s Lee do hyun and Hwang In Yeop; and A witchlove‘s Uhm Jung Hwa.

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The list also includes Byeon Woo Seok, Lee jung jae, I am Soo Jung, Lee da hee, Ha Sun Park, Jeon hye jin, Come on Bo Gyeol, Gong Myung, Kim Ji Suk, Gyu Young Park, Bae Jung Nam, Yang Kyung just won, Yoon Park, Lee sang yeob, Lee sun bin, Lee yoo bi, I am Soo Hyang, Jung Moon sung, and Joo woo jae.

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What performance can I expect at MAMA 2020?

Everyone of course! MAMA is known for its iconic theatrical productions and we bet this year’s show wouldn’t be an exception. So far, K-pop artists confirmed to perform are BTS, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, NCT, MAMAMOO, GOT7, Taemin, MONSTA X, SMS, IZ * A, Oh my girl, The Boyz, Stray children, (G) I-DLE, WERE, CRAVITY, TREASURE, and ENHYPEN.

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Can I still vote for my favorites?

Yes you can! Just follow the guidelines you can find here.

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