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2NE1 to feature in MAMA 2021 documentary, fans hope for a reunion soon

2NE1's last group performance before disbandment was at MAMA 2015
2NE1 at MAMA 2015 (Mnet/Naver)
2NE1 at MAMA 2015 (Mnet/Naver)

Mnet Asian Music Awards aka MAMA is one of the biggest K-pop award shows held since 1999. The event rebranded itself to the MAMA we know today in 2009 by going international and introducing several grand prize categories. It has been hosted in places like Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore and has invited global acts like Dua Lipa, Agnez Mo, Quincy Jones, and Whiz Khalifa. And some of the most iconic performances have been by 2NE1.

On October 6, Mnet released a 30-second preview of their upcoming documentary. To mark the 12th year of the current version of the award show, they have roped in several artists for the documentary ‘MAMA: The Original K-Pop Awards’. They will be talking about their experience and narrating the history of the award show over the past 12 years. The documentary is set to be released on October 28 at 8 pm KST (7 am ET). And it includes acts like PSY, 2NE1, EXO, and Mamamoo.

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2NE1 performs at MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

2NE1 to reunite?

While the documentary has several K-pop artists, 2NE1 had more screentime in the teaser where they are seen crying and talking about how they didn’t realize that their last MAMA performance would be their last performance together as a group. Dara exclaims that looking back at the large-scale performances she found it crazy. Bom is seen crying as Minzy adds, “Nobody thought it was gonna be our last stage.”


CL, the leader of 2NE1 went solo in 2015 and first performed her viral tracks like ‘Hello Bitches’ at MAMA 2015. She then surprised everyone as the rest of 2NE1 joined her. Considered as one of the main highlights of the award show history, fans were ready for more iconic performances. Unfortunately, it was their last as Minzy left in 2016 and the group disbanded in 2017.

It should be noted that after the award show was embroiled in voting scandals, 2NE1’s label -- YG Entertainment has banned its artists from attending MAMA. But with all of the 2NE1 members leaving YG and signing with new agencies, fans are looking forward to a reunion at MAMA 2021. Park Bom had first hinted at a reunion in early 2021. With CL referencing her members while promoting her new release ‘Spicy’, fans’ hopes are now even higher with the release of the teaser.

Watch 2NE1’s last performance at MAMA.


'We need you'

2NE1 has been trending on Twitter as fans are hoping that the documentary teaser is a spoiler of their reunion. Fans made posts like, “2NE1 THIS MAMA 2021!!! REUNION PERF PLS!!!” “2NE1 DARA, MINZY, BOM IN MAMA 2021??? 2NE1 STAGE AT MAMAE CL WE NEED YOUU,” and “2NE1 MEMBERS DARA, BOM & MINZY WILL APPEAR IN INTERVIEW FOR MAMA 2021 ON OCTOBER 28. WHAT IF WE’LL HAVE A REUNION STAGE? OMG !!” One added, “Mama interviewing 2ne1 members because they know 2ne1 gave them one of the best performances the award show has ever seen.” Another commented, “2NE1 REUNION STAGE AT MAMA 2021!!! IM MANIFESTING THIS.”