The 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) ceremony was held on Dec. 11 at the CJ ENM Contents World in Paju, Gyeonggi Province in South Korea.

K-pop superstars BTS swept all the four “daesang” (grand prizes) of the night: TikTok Artist of the Year, TikTok Song of the Year, TikTok Album of the Year and TikTok Worldwide Icon of the Year.

(Clockwise from top left) BTS, NCT 127, ENHYPEN and Aespa (MAMA)

They were unable to attend as they are under 10-day quarantine, a rule imposed by the Korean government starting Dec. 3 for incoming travelers due to the Omicron variant. BTS’ Jin, Jungkook and Jimin arrived in Korea on Dec. 6 from the US.

In a video message, Jin said, “Thanks again to ARMYs’ love and support this year, we were honored with a precious award at 2021 MAMA. Thank you very much.”

“For all those who had difficult times this year, to share strength and comfort, we tried new things in making music and we worked very hard. Thank you for empathizing with our heartful music and enjoying them with us,” said RM.

The winners of the Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 are Stray Kids, NCT Dream, NCT 127, ENHYPEN, TXT, BTS, BLACKPINK’s Lisa, Seventeen, Treasure and TWICE.

BTS and TWICE won Best Group while EXO’s Baekhyun bagged Best Male Artist and IU won Best Female Artist. ENHYPEN and Aespa took home the Best New Artist award.

The ceremony also saw the reunion of members of disbanded K-pop boy band Wanna One. However, members were unable to attend the ceremony after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on the day the group filmed their performance for MAMA.

(Clockwise from top left) NCT Dream, TXT, Stray Kids and Wanna One (MAMA)

Here are the winners at the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA):

TikTok Artist of the Year – BTS

TikTok Song of the Year – BTS

TikTok Album of the Year – BTS

TikTok Worldwide Icon of the Year – BTS

Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 – Stray Kids, NCT Dream, NCT 127, ENHYPEN, TXT, BTS, BLACKPINK’s Lisa, Seventeen, Treasure, TWICE

Best Male Group – BTS

Best Female Group – TWICE

Best Male Artist – EXO’s Baekhyun

Best Female Artist – IU

Best New Artist (Male) – ENHYPEN

Best New Artist (Female) – Aespa

Best Vocal Performance – IU, “Celebrity”

Best Dance Performance (Male Group) – BTS, “Butter”

Best Dance Performance (Female Group) – Aespa, “Next Level”

Best Dance Performance (Solo) – BLACKPINK’s Rosé, “On the Ground”

Best Collaboration – AKMU and IU, “NAKKA”

Best Hip Hop & Urban Music – Ash Island, “Melody”

Best Band Performance: Jannabi, “A thought on an autumn night”

Best OST: Jo Jung-suk, “I Like You” for “Hospital Playlist 2”

Best Music Video – BTS

Korean Tourism Organization Breakout Artist – Brave Girls

TikTok Favorite Moment – BTS

Favorite Asian Artist – INI

Favorite International Artist – Ed Sheeran

Best New Asian Artist

– Japan – Ado

– Mandarin – Anson Lo

– Vietnam – Hoang Duyen

– Indonesia – Lyodra


Best Asian Artist

– Japan -JO1

– Vietnam – Quan A.P.

– Indonesia) – Anneth

– Thailand – Tilly Birds

– Mandarin – ACCUSEFIVE

Best Executive Producer of the Year – Bang Si-hyuk

Best Producer of the Year – Teddy

Best Composer of the Year – Yoo Young-sin

Choreographer of the Year – Leejung Lee

Best Art Director of the Year -MU:E

Best Video Director of the Year – Lumpens

Best Engineer of the Year – Gu Jong Pil, Kwon Nam Woo

Source: Manila Bulletin (