“2018 MAMA In Hong Kong” Concludes Week-Long Celebration With BTS Emerging As Big Winner
BTS caps off a year full of achievements with an emotional speech accepting awards for the Best Artist and Best Album of 2018 MAMA.
Over 14,000 global fans witnessed the culminating event of 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on December 14.
The finale celebration in Hong Kong concluded 2018 MAMA Week, which was held in Korea on December 10 and Japan on December 12.
The red carpet and award show of 2018 MAMA in HONG KONG was aired live via Mnet and major channels throughout Asia, such as Mwave, YouTube, Naver TV, V Live and more covering over 200 regions worldwide.
CJ ENM reported that during the red carpet alone, more than 9.2 million votes were casted for the Best Asian Style, and MAMA ranked number one for worldwide Twitter trends, solidifying MAMA’s global presence and buzz among global music fans.
Best stage for Asia’s top artists
This year’s edition of 2018 MAMA in HONG KONG was filled mega-stage performances, with Mnet’s advanced stage production creating the best stages for Asia’s top artists.
More than 14,000 fans gathered at the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena to see their favorite artists perform, which included a star-studded lineup: BTS, Chung Ha, GOT7, Heize, IZ*ONE, Roy Kim, WANNA ONE, Seventeen, Sunmi, and more.
Hosted by Korea’s well-loved actor Song Joong Ki, 2018 MAMA was completed with artists from all across the globe to perform and present awards. Pop legend Janet Jackson not only surprised music fans with her appearance, but also took home the Janet Jackson Inspiration Award.
In addition, Asia’s top celebrities including JJ LIN and Shanghai-born actress Angelababy also graced the event.
Superb collaboration stages + winners
Collaboration stages presented just for MAMA fans transcended languages, generations, and genres, including: Chinese-Singaporean pop star JJ LIN and Kim Jong Kook, hip hop legends Tiger JK & Yoon Mirae, rising stars Chung Ha and Seventeen’s Vernon, and MOMOLAND together with Mommy Son.
Meanwhile, BTS took home two awards; Album of the Year and Song of the Year, and the team teared up as they delivered an emotional acceptance speech.
Other big winners of the night included TWICE, who was also in tears with their Song of the Year win “What is Love?”, as well as Best Female Group.
Check out the list of winners below:
Artist of the Year: BTS
Song of the Year: “What is Love?” (TWICE)
Album of the Year: Love Yourself: Tear (BTS)
Best Male Group: Wanna One
Best Female Artist: Sunmi
Best Male Artist: Roy Kim
Best Male Group Dance Performance: Seventeen
Best Female Group Dance Performance: TWICE
Best Dance Performance Solo: Chungha
Best Female Group: TWICE
Best Asian Artist: Peck Palitchoke (Thailand), Afgan (Indonesia), Huong Tram (Vietnam), Da Pump (Japan), JJ Lin (Mandarin)
Best Vocal Performance Group: iKON
Best Vocal Performance Solo: HEIZE
TikTok Best Music Video: BTS’ “Idol”
Discovery of the Year: MOMOLAND
Best Asian Style: BTS
Best Band Performance: Hyukoh “Love Ya!”
Inspiration Award: Janet Jackson
Best Hip-Hop and Urban Music: Zico’s “Soulmate” Featuring IU
TikTok Most Popular Artist: GOT7
MWave Global Choice: BTS
New Asian Artist: IZ*ONE
Best OST: Seventeen – “A-TEEN”
Best Unit: Wanna One Triple Position
2018 MAMA concluded its most spectacular year joined by a total of 40 thousand fans onsite and another 32 million fans who had watched the show live online.