2021 MAMA announces nominees + changes in criteria

On November 3, the nominations for the upcoming award ceremony MAMA were revealed in a livestream, as well as several changes to the criteria for certain awards.

Fan votes will not be one of the criteria for determining three of the main awards: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. The only awards where fan voting is the only criteria are Worldwide Icon of the Year and Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10.

MAMA 2021 will take place on December 11.

Criteria for each category:

  • Artist of the Year and Artist Category Awards – 40% judges’ evaluations, 20% digital performance, 20% physical album sales, 10% music video, 10% global music platform
  • Song of the Year and Song Genre Category Awards– 40% judges’ evaluations, 30% digital performance, 10% physical album sales, 10% music video, 10% global music platform
  • Album of the Year – 40% judges’ evaluations, 10% digital performance, 40% physical album sales, 10% global music platform
  • Worldwide Icon of the Year, Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 – 100% official votes

Nominees for each category:

Best New Male Artist

  • DRIPPIN
  • ENHYPEN
  • EPEX
  • MIRAE
  • P1Harmony

Best New Female Artist

  • aespa
  • Jo Yu Ri
  • Kwon Eun Bi
  • LIGHTSUM
  • STAYC

Best Male Artist

  • EXO’s Baekhyun
  • EXO’s D.O.
  • EXO’s Kai
  • Kang Daniel
  • Lee Mujin

Best Female Artist

  • Heize
  • IU
  • BLACKPINK’s Lisa
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé
  • Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon

Best Male Group

  • BTS
  • NCT 127
  • NCT DREAM
  • SEVENTEEN
  • Stray Kids
  • TXT

Best Female Group

  • (G)I-DLE
  • Brave Girls
  • ITZY
  • Oh My Girl
  • Red Velvet
  • TWICE

Best Dance Performance Male Group

  • BTS – “Butter”
  • NCT 127 – “Sticker”
  • NCT DREAM – “Hot Sauce”
  • SEVENTEEN – “Ready to love”
  • SHINee – “Don’t Call Me”
  • Stray Kids – “Thunderous”

Best Dance Performance Female Group

  • aespa – “Next Level”
  • ITZY – “In the morning”
  • Oh My Girl – “Dun Dun Dance”
  • Red Velvet – “Queendom”
  • STAYC – “ASAP”
  • TWICE – “Alcohol-Free”

Best Dance Performance Solo

  • EXO’s Baekhyun – “Bambi”
  • HyunA – “I’m Not Cool”
  • BLACKPINK’s Lisa – “LALISA”
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé – “On The Ground”
  • Jeon Somi – “DUMB DUMB”
  • Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon – “Weekend”

Best Vocal Performance

  • AKMU – “NAKKA” with IU
  • Davichi – “Just Hug Me”
  • Heize – “HAPPEN”
  • IU – “Celebrity”
  • Lee Mujin – “Traffic light”

Best Band Performance

  • 10cm – “Sleepless in Seoul” (feat. AKMU’s Lee Suhyun)
  • CNBLUE – “Then, Now and Forever”
  • DAY6 – “You Make Me”
  • Jannabi – “A thought on an autumn night”
  • N.Flying – “Moonshot”

Best Hip Hop & Urban Music

  • ASH ISLAND – “MELODY”
  • CHANGMO – “GJD”
  • Jessi – “What Type of X”
  • WINNER’s Song Mino – “Run away”
  • YUMDDA – “9ucci” (feat. DOGE)

Best OST

  • 10cm – “Borrow Your Night” (“Romance 101”)
  • Jo Jung Suk – “I Like You” (“Hospital Playlist 2”)
  • Choi Yu Ree – “Wish” (“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”)
  • Lee Mujin – “Rain and You” (“Hospital Playlist 2”)
  • Highlight’s Yang Yoseob and Apink’s Jung Eun Ji – “Love Day” (“Romance 101”)

Best Collaboration

  • AKMU – “NAKKA” (with IU)
  • Coldplay & BTS – “My Universe”
  • Gaeko & Kwon Jin Ah
  • Hyolyn & Dasom – “Summer or Summer”
  • Rain – “Switch to Me” (duet with Park Jin Young)

Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10

  • (G)I-DLE
  • aespa
  • AKMU
  • ASH ISLAND
  • ASTRO
  • ATEEZ
  • Brave Girls
  • BTS
  • Chungha
  • CL
  • Davichi
  • ENHYPEN
  • EXO
  • fromis_9
  • Heize
  • HyunA
  • iKON
  • ITZY
  • IU
  • Jannabi
  • Jessi
  • Kang Daniel
  • Lee Mujin
  • Lee Seung Gi
  • BLACKPINK’s Lisa
  • LOONA
  • MAMAMOO
  • WINNER’s Song Mino
  • MONSTA X
  • NCT 127
  • NCT DREAM
  • NU’EST
  • Oh My Girl
  • Rain
  • Red Velvet
  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé
  • SEVENTEEN
  • SF9
  • SHINee
  • Jeon Somi
  • STAYC
  • Stray Kids
  • Sunmi
  • Super Junior
  • Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
  • THE BOYZ
  • TXT
  • TREASURE
  • TWICE
  • Weeekly

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