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“2020 MAMA” Welcomes Its “Neo-Travelers” To The New Era + Complete List Of Nominees

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2020 MAMA opens the “Gate to NEW-TOPIA” and more categories are added to this year’s visionary theme!

The most awaited music festival, 2020 MAMA, opens its voting and comes back with a new futuristic feel with “NEW-TOPIA.”

Mnet ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS is Asia’s biggest music awards ceremony also known as MAMA. The nominations for 2020 MAMA were released on October 29. This year the ceremony will be held in South Korea as a no face contact ceremony on December 6 at 6 P.M. KST.

MAMA 2020

CJ ENM had stated, “Asia’s greatest music awards show MAMA has always advanced with innovative attempts. We also think of this year’s untact ceremony as a new opportunity. Based on the technical skills and know-how that we have built up over time, we will prepare the greatest performances so [MAMA] can shine as the greatest global music festival true to its name.”

This year the work of the artists from each category will be released on MAMA‘s official social media pages. The organizers will also upload various video and promotional content for its viewers. Moreover, the MC’s for this year’s event will be broadcasters Jang Seong-gyu and Lee Hye-sung.


2020 MAMA Theme

This will be MAMA‘s 12th year as a global music awards ceremony hosted by CJ ENM. In 1999, it started out as Mnet’s Video Music Awards and later transformed into MAMA in 2009. It has become a worldwide festival where CJ ENM’s capabilities through culture and technology have culminated. The festival has shown an innovative stage every year and is planning to come back with a new look this year.

MAMA 2020

The theme for this 2020 MAMA will be “NEW-TOPIA”. Through NEW-TOPIA a new world will emerge combining with the age of technology, where there is a world where fans from all over the world can connect and meet each other through music.

Every year, MAMA continues to develop and thrive in new trials. This season’s attention is focused on how they will host the festival. They are expected to re-design their website where they will show the history of MAMA. Notably, this will support its promise to present the best stage with the technology and know-how accumulated so far.


Criteria for the Awards

The criteria for this year’s winners will depend on official voting, evaluation of the judges, digital integrated chart, album sales volume, global music video views, and SNS voting. The criteria for winning the awards as follows:

  • Artist of the Year and Artist Category Awards – 30% official votes, 30% judge panel, 20% digital song sales, 20% physical album sales
  • Song of the Year and Song Genre Category Awards – 20% official votes, 40% judge panel, 30% digital song sales, 10% physical album sales
  • Album of the Year – 40% judge panel, 60% physical album sales
  • Worldwide Icon of the Year, Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 – 60% official votes, 20% social media votes, 20% global music video views
  • Best Music Video – 70% judge panel, 30% global music video views

To be eligible for the nominations, the music of the artists should be released between 24 October 2019 and October 28.

Voting Guide

Official Voting will be held on Mnet’s official site on December 5 at 11:59 P.M. KST. While the online voting period is from October 29, 6 P.M. KST to December 5, 12 P.M. KST.

To vote on Twitter you can only participate with registered Twitter accounts and only public accounts count as vote. You can only vote once a day per account. The tweets with the official hashtags(#MAMAVOTE) & the artist’s official hashtag(#artistname) will be counted as a vote. If you retweet a valid tweet from another account it will be counted as a valid vote as well. If you use multiple hashtags of different artists included in one tweet, it won’t be counted as a vote. The tweets who violate Twitter policies and regulations won’t be valid either.


List of Nominated Artists

The nomination of each artist and group was posted on MAMA’s official Twitter account in the form of images. The nominations of each category were also uploaded on YouTube in the form of video nominations.

The nominees for 2020 MAMA is as follows:

Best New Male Artist

  • CRAVITY
  • MCND
  • TOO
  • TREASURE
  • WEi

Best New Female Artist

  • cignature
  • Natty
  • SECRET NUMBER
  • Weeekly
  • woo!ah!

Best Male Artist

  • Kang Daniel
  • Park Jin Young
  • Baekhyun
  • Zico
  • Taemin

Best Female Artist

  • Sunmi
  • IU
  • Chungha
  • Taeyeon
  • Hwasa

Best Male Group

  • EXO
  • GOT7
  • NCT
  • MONSTA X
  • BTS
  • SEVENTEEN

Best Female Group

  • BLACKPINK
  • TWICE
  • Red Velvet
  • MAMAMOO
  • IZ*ONE
  • Oh My Girl

Best Dance Performance Male Group

  • ATEEZ – “INCEPTION”
  • EXO – “Obsession”
  • NCT 127 – “Kick It”
  • TXT – “Can’t You See Me?”
  • BTS – “Dynamite”
  • SEVENTEEN – “Left & Right”

Best Dance Performance Female Group

  • BLACKPINK – “How You Like That”
  • ITZY – “WANNABE”
  • TWICE – “MORE & MORE”
  • Red Velvet – “Psycho”
  • IZ*ONE – “Secret Story of the Swan”
  • Oh My Girl – “Nonstop”

Best Dance Performance Solo

  • Kang Daniel – “Who U Are”
  • Sunmi – “pporappippam”
  • Jessi – “NUNU NANA”
  • Taemin – “Criminal”
  • Hwasa – “Maria”

Best Vocal Performance Group

  • WINNER – “Hold”
  • Noel – “Late Night”
  • NU’EST – “I’m in Trouble”
  • Davichi – “Dear.”
  • MAMAMOO – “HIP”

Best Vocal Performance Solo 

  • Baek Yerin – “Square (2017)”
  • Baekhyun – “Candy”
  • IU – “Blueming”
  • Jung Seung Hwan – “My Christmas wish”
  • Taeyeon – “Spark”

Best Band Performance

  • DAY6 – “Zombie”
  • M.C the MAX – “BLOOM”
  • N.Flying – “Oh really.”
  • LEENALCHI – “Tiger is Coming”
  • HYUKOH – “Help”

Best Hip Hop & Urban Music

  • Giriboy – “Eul” (Feat. BIG Naughty)
  • YUMDDA – “Amanda” (Feat. Simon Dominic)
  • Lee Hi – “Holo”
  • Zico – “Any song”
  • CHANGMO – “METEOR”

Best OST

  • Gaho – “Start” (“Itaewon Class”)
  • Baek Yerin – “Here I Am Again” (“Crash Landing On You”)
  • Sandeul – “Slightly Tipsy” (“She is My Type”)
  • Joy – “Introduce me a good person” (“Hospital Playlist”)
  • Jo Jung Suk – “Aloha” (“Hospital Playlist”)

Best Collaboration

  • Park Jin Young – “When We Disco” (Duet with Sunmi)
  • BOL4 – “Leo” (Feat. Baekhyun)
  • Sung Si Kyung & IU – “First Winter”
  • IU – “eight” (Prod. & Feat. Suga)
  • Zico – “Summer Hate” (Feat. Rain)

Song of the Year

  • ATEEZ – “INCEPTION”
  • Baekhyun – “Candy”
  • Baek Yerin – “Here I Am Again” (“Crash Landing On You”)
  • Baek Yerin – “Square (2017)”
  • BLACKPINK – “How You Like That”
  • BOL4 – “Leo” (Feat. Baekhyun)
  • BTS – “Dynamite”
  • CHANGMO – “METEOR”
  • Davichi – “Dear.”
  • DAY6 – “Zombie”
  • EXO – “Obsession”
  • Gaho – “Start” (“Itaewon Class”)
  • Giriboy – “Eul” (Feat. BIG Naughty)
  • Hwasa – “Maria”
  • HYUKOH – “Help”
  • ITZY – “WANNABE”
  • IU – “Blueming”
  • IU – “eight” (Prod. & Feat. Suga)
  • IZ*ONE – “Secret Story of the Swan”
  • Jessi – “NUNU NANA”
  • Jo Jung Suk – “Aloha” (“Hospital Playlist”)
  • Joy – “Introduce me a good person” (“Hospital Playlist”)
  • Jung Seung Hwan – “My Christmas wish”
  • Kang Daniel – “Who U Are”
  • Lee Hi – “Holo”
  • LEENALCHI – “Tiger is Coming”
  • M.C the MAX – “BLOOM”
  • MAMAMOO – “HIP”
  • N.Flying – “Oh really.”
  • NCT 127 – “Kick It”
  • Noel – “Late Night”
  • NU’EST – “I’m in Trouble”
  • Oh My Girl – “Nonstop”
  • Park Jin Young – “When We Disco” (Duet with Sunmi)
  • Red Velvet – “Psycho”
  • Sandeul – “Slightly Tipsy” (“She is My Type”)
  • SEVENTEEN – “Left & Right”
  • Sung Si Kyung & IU – “First Winter”
  • Sunmi – “pporappippam”
  • Taemin – “Criminal”
  • Taeyeon – “Spark”
  • TWICE – “MORE & MORE”
  • TXT – “Can’t You See Me?”
  • WINNER – “Hold”
  • YUMDDA – “Amanda” (Feat. Simon Dominic)
  • Zico – “Any song”
  • Zico – “Summer Hate” (Feat. Rain)

Artist of the Year

  • Baekhyun
  • BLACKPINK
  • BTS
  • Chungha
  • cignature
  • CRAVITY
  • EXO
  • GOT7
  • Hwasa
  • IU
  • IZ*ONE
  • Kang Daniel
  • MAMAMOO
  • MCND
  • MONSTA X
  • Natty
  • NCT
  • Oh My Girl
  • Park Jin Young
  • Red Velvet
  • SECRET NUMBER
  • SEVENTEEN
  • Sunmi
  • Taemin
  • Taeyeon
  • TOO
  • TREASURE
  • TWICE
  • Weeekly
  • WEi
  • woo!ah!
  • Zico

Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10

  • ATEEZ
  • Baek Yerin
  • BLACKPINK
  • BTS
  • CHANGMO
  • Chungha
  • cignature
  • CRAVITY
  • Davichi
  • DAY6
  • EXO
  • Giriboy
  • GOT7
  • HYUKOH
  • ITZY
  • IU
  • IZ*ONE
  • Jessi
  • Jung Seung Hwan
  • Kang Daniel
  • Lee Hi – “Holo”
  • LEENALCHI
  • MAMAMOO
  • MCND
  • M.C the MAX
  • MONSTA X
  • Natty
  • NCT
  • N.Flying
  • Noel
  • NU’EST
  • Oh My Girl
  • Park Jin Young
  • Red Velvet
  • SECRET NUMBER
  • SEVENTEEN
  • Sunmi
  • Taemin
  • Taeyeon
  • TOO
  • TREASURE
  • TWICE
  • TXT
  • Weeekly
  • WEi
  • WINNER
  • woo!ah!
  • YUMDDA
  • Zico

Go vote at 2020mama.com and open the gate to NEW-TOPIA.

MAMA 2020


Source: CJ ENM