It is getting towards the end of the year and so award shows are happening. In America we have award events like the American Music Award, Billboard Music Award, the Grammy’s Award, and probably some other music award events. In Korea has similar in which they have Melon Music Award, Golden Disk Award, Inkygayo Award, Gayo Daejun, and MAMA Awards. MAMA awards is like “the” award of all awards. Like the grandest award possible (I probably just made up that word). MAMA just basically stands for MNET (the company in charge of like all kpop idol’s and group’s album promotions and live promotions as well as weekly chart of popular new songs called MNET COUNTDOWN) Asian Music Award. It’s actually pretty cool because MAMA awards has some live performances from kpop idols even though it is targeted towards all the other countries too, but their artist’s are not popular enough like Korea so it’s mostly kpop groups. MAMA awards are usually held in 3 locations, a selected country (sometimes Korea, last year’s was Vietnam), Japan, and Hong Kong. The award shows are usually targeted best groups, best new groups, new album, etc., but the 3 biggest award is “Song of the year”, “Album of the year” and “Artist of the year”. So it is a big deal to Asians internationally.
I think this is a good event, but some companies are not in the MAMA awards this year which left some of the bigger artists who could’ve won the awards this year out. I can already predict that BTS is going to get artist of the year award again because of their amount of albums sold, view counts within 24 hours, and overall popularity in Korea and internationally. For the past 2 years, BTS has won Artist of the year. This sparks a controversy against fans of other artists, but it’s not BTS’ fault they have gigantic fanbase. It actually gets bad to the point where fans goes on a riot and securities having to push them back and things get messy and a bit physical. The past few artist that have received Artist Awards are groups like BIG BANG, and in 2015, single handedly one of the member of BIG BANG; G-Dragon received “Artist of the year” award which has never been done by any kpop groups or artist alone. 2016 was the first time BTS won the artist of the year award. This was probably one of the biggest event in their lives because they started out in a practically unknown company and unsupported and was even told by senior artists that they’d flop in their career. 2015 they won their first award for anything on the weekly MNET COUNTDOWN. At that time, their fanbase was expanding more and more and practically everyone acknowledged them, but they were still not known to the whole world. In 2016, they dropped Blood Sweat and Tears along with their WING album blew up and made them so popular and earn the “Artist of the year award” on MAMA. Again in 2017 they blew up everywhere on an international scale this time and earned their second “Artist of the year Award”. If I am correct, it was EXO that got Album of the year in 2016 and 2017 (because it’d be unfair because it’d be obviously BTS who’d win album of the year because the amount of albums they sold were way more than EXO’s).