By AUBREE STAMPER, Photo Editor
The annual Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) were recently held on Dec. 2, 2016 in Hong Kong and an astounding 79.5 million votes were cast in 23 different categories.
Categories included awards for Best New Artist, Best Dance Performance, Best Collaboration, Best Rap Performance, and many more.
Surprisingly, no YG Entertainment artists were present at the show–CL, Blackpink, Ikon, Winner–but rookie girl group Blackpink did win Best Music Video for one of their debut singles “Whistle.”
The popular multi-national groups GOT7 and Seventeen won their first ever MAMA awards for Worldwide Favorite Artist and World Performer after touring all over the world this past year.
Western artists made appearances as well, including Timbaland who performed with Eric Nam, and Wiz Khalifa who performed “Young, Wild, and Free” and “See You Again” as the entire crowd sang along.
Khalifa was originally supposed to perform the song with Girls Generation’s Taeyeon, but according to a statement she made, she was pulled from the performance last minute after experiencing problems with the background audio track.
Khalifa however took to Twitter to express his disappointment in not being able to perform with Taeyeon, and his remarks spurred arguments among fans after the award show ended. Despite the drama, the show went on, when Quincy Jones made an appearance and won the Worldwide Inspiration Award.
NCT 127, Monsta X, and GOT7 teamed up for a memorable collaboration stage, as well as GFriend and Seventeen. Solo artists Zico (Best Male Artist), Crush (Best Male Vocal Performance), and Dean also performed their latest hit “Bermuda Triangle.”
It’s no surprise that Twice took home the grand prize award for Song of the Year after “Cheer Up” took the world by storm and had everyone, including the cast of “Suicide Squad”, singing their famous line “Sha Sha Sha.”
After worldwide success in 2016 with their album Wings, BTS won Artist of the Year; their first award of its kind and only their second grand prize award since debuting in 2013.
For the fourth year in a row, Korean supergroup EXO won the Album of the Year award for their third full-length album EX’ACT, which is what gave them the title of triple-million sellers back in August.
For a full list of nominees and winners, check out Mama.mwave.me.