Will BTS attend the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards?

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) are one of the most anticipated awards show of the year. They’re always filled with appearances from all of our favorite celebrities, making them a ceremony not to be missed. This year, Mnet announced that a total of 12 bands will take the stage at MAMA 2021, including TXT, ENHYPEN and Stray Kids. Surprisingly, there was one big name that was left off the list: BTS, who have attended the event every year since their debut in 2013.

The septet put on some of the best MAMA performances in history, which is why fans were upset to learn that the group might not be at the show this year. So what are the odds that BTS will be at the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards? We will take a look.

Will BTS be in South Korea for the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards?

On December 1 and 2, BTS was in Los Angeles for their last two Permission to Dance on Stage concerts. Then, on Friday, December 3, the group performed at 102.7 KIIS FM’s annual Jingle Ball Festival, where they celebrated Jin’s 29th birthday. The 2021 Melon Music Awards take place on December 4, but because they were held in Korea, BTS was unable to attend (although they did send in a virtual acceptance speech for their song of the year).

When it comes to LAMs, unfortunately new developments have made it clear that BTS will not be able to attend. On December 1, the South Korean government announced that starting December 3, all overseas arrivals to Korea are required to self-quarantine for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status, in order to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. After their four nights Permission to dance gig in LA, Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook are slated to land in Korea on December 5th, and RM, Suga, J-Hope, and V are still in the US for now. This means that none of the BTS members will be able to meet quarantine requirements until the LAMs take place on December 11. BTS will certainly not be able to attend.

Will BTS perform at the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards?

BTS has a long history of filming epic virtual performances for shows they can’t attend in person, so if BTS were planning to attend LAMs in person before South Korea‘s new COVID-19 restrictions, that means that ‘There’s virtually no way they’ll perform at the show. If BTS were planning to submit a virtual performance for LAMs, it is possible that they have pre-filmed a performance that will be presented during the show. But given their busy promotional and concert schedule throughout November, the likelihood that they’ve pre-filmed a performance seems low.

Either way, BTS’s absence is sure to be felt when LAMA takes place on December 11, as they’re sure to win quite a few awards on the big night. But safety comes first, and it’s great that BTS is doing its part to keep everyone safe.

Lyle L. Maltby