Everything You Need To Know About K-Pop’s Biggest Music Awards

Will your faves make it to the top?

This article was first published on 26 October 2022.

K-Pop stans from all fandoms, it’s once again time to support your favourite artists at the 2022 MAMA Awards (previously known as the Mnet Asian Music Awards).

2022 MAMA Awards

(Photo from: @mnet_mama)

The MAMA Awards are given by CJ ENM, a South Korean conglomerate known for providing dramas and films, music content distribution, and more. It’s meant to celebrate outstanding achievements in the K-pop and Asian music industry. To be nominated, the music must have been released between 1 November 2021 and 21 October 2022.

2022 MAMA Awards: nominees

The two-day event will encompass various categories ranging from rookie artists to long-standing ones.

For the Best New Female Artist category, you will find IVE, Kep1er, LE SSERAFIM, NewJeans, NMIXX, and Yena (Choi Ye Na).

IU, Miyeon from (G)I-DLE), Nayeon from TWICE, Seulgi from Red Velvet, and Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation have been nominated in the Best Female Artist category.

For the Best Original Soundtrack, the songs that were nominated are ‘Christmas Tree’ by V, ‘Drawer’ by 10CM (both from Our Beloved Summer), ‘With You’ by Jimin and Ha Sung Woon (from Our Blues), ‘Love, Maybe’ by MeloMance (from A Business Proposal), and ‘Your Existence’ by Wonstein (from Twenty Five, Twenty One).

Other categories include Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and more.

The full list of nominees can be found on the award body’s official Instagram page and YouTube channel. Fans can now pre-vote for their faves through the Mnet Plus App and officially vote for Worldwide Fans’ Choice on 4 November here.

2022 MAMA Awards: hosts and performances

It has been confirmed that solo artist Jeon Somi (known for K-pop hits such as ‘Dumb Dumb’ and ‘Anymore’) will host the first day of the event while actor Park Bo Gum (famous for his roles in Reply 1988 and Love in the Moonlight) will host on the following day. This will be Somi’s first time hosting a major music awards ceremony while Bo Gum will be hosting for the third time (he previously hosted the event back in 2018 and 2019). 

Tonight, 29 November, you can look forward to performances from Stray Kids, TXT, JO1, Kep1er, HYOLYN, BIBI, Forestella, NMIXX, LE SSERAFIM, Street Man Fighter, KARA, DKZ.

Tomorrow, 30 November, ITZY, ENHYPEN, TREASURE, IVE, Zico, Lim Young Woong, (G)I-DLE, NiziU, INI, NewJeans will take the stage. 

There will also be a special stage that will include five popular rookie girl groups, namely, IVE, Kep1er, NMIXX, NewJeans, and LE SSERAFIM. 

On top of all these talented artists, BTS’s J-Hope will be headlining the event. Fans are highly anticipating his first solo performance on a TV broadcast. 


2022 MAMA Awards: presenters

We will also get to see a star-studded lineup of presenters. The list includes popular actors and actresses such as Kim So Hyun, Yeo Jin Goo (from Hotel del Luna), Moon Ga Young (from True Beauty), Lee Jae Wook and Hwang Minhyun (both cast members of the Alchemy of Souls series), and more.

2022 MAMA Awards: location, time, and where to watch in Singapore

The 2022 MAMA Awards will happen on 29 and 30 November at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome in Japan. It will available for live streaming via the body’s official YouTube channel. The Red Carpet program starts at 3PM and the show will officially start at 5PM (Singapore Time).

(Cover photo from: CJ ENM)

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