MelOn Music Awards 2021: Air date, nomination, winners and all about K-pop award show

The MMA 2021 winners include IU, BTS, aespa, Lim Young Woong, Lee Mujin


                            MelOn Music Awards 2021: Air date, nomination, winners and all about K-pop award show
BTS, Oh My Girl, aespa and NCT Dream are some of the nominees of MMA 2021 (@melon_music, @aespa_official, @nct_dream/Instagram)

It looks like the award show season of the K-pop industry is getting closer and closer. After the lineup and nominations of AAA and MAMA 2021 were announced, we now have MMA releasing details of their show. The MelOn Music Awards aka MMA is an award show, as well as a music festival hosted by the music platform MelOn. Known to have the toughest music chart, any artist who makes it is considered to have commercial success. Similarly, their award show has also become one of repute with fans hoping that their favorites get nominated and win an MMA.

The 2021 MelOn Music Awards was launched in 2005 and was initially an online event. It went offline with a live audience from 2009 and was held in the likes of the Olympic Hall and Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. MMA has gone on to honor the likes of Girls’ Generation, Highlight (Beast), EXO and BTS. They also introduced a Top 10 Artist Award to honor 10 K-pop influential acts of that year. They are also known for their inclusiveness of indie soloists and underground hip-hop artists along with mainstream K-pop groups. Well, here’s everything we know so far about MMA 2021.

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Air date and time

MelOn Music Awards 2021 will be aired on December 4 at 6 pm KST (5 am ET).

Where to watch

MMA 2021 will be streamed online on Kakao TV, MelOn’s website and app, and 1theK’s YouTube channel.



 

Performance Lineup

A part of the performance lineup has been announced.

Soloists - IU, Heize, Lee Mujin, and Lim Young Woong

Groups - MSG Wannabe M.O.M, The Boyz, TXT, Enhypen, Brave Girls, STAYC

K-pop nominations and winners

The winners are in bold.

Best Female Group:

OH MY GIRL

Aespa

STAYC

TWICE

Brave Girls



 

Best Male Group:

BTS

NCT DREAM

SEVENTEEN 

SHINee

Homies



 

Best Female Solo:

IU

Girls' Generation's TAEYEON

Blackpink's ROSÉ 

Heize

KyoungSeo



 

Best Male Solo:

Lee Mujin

Lim Young Woong

10cm

ASH ISLAND

lIlBOI



 

New Artist Of The Year:

Aespa

STAYC

ENHYPEN

Lee Mujin

KyoungSeo

Jeon Gunho



 

Hot Trending Award:

Brave Girls

Best Collaboration:

'My Universe' - Coldplay ft BTS

Best Music Style:

Homies

Music Video of the Year:

'0x1=LOVESONG' - TXT

Best Project Music Award:

MSG Wannabe (M.O.M)

Best OST:

'Rain and You' ('Hospital Playlist' season 2) - Lee Mujin

Songwriter Award:

IU

Best Performance:

The Boyz

Global Rising Artist:

Enhypen

1theK Original Content Award:

STAYC

Performance Director Award:

Son Sung Deuk

Best Session Instrumental:

Kim Dong-min (guitar), Go Tae-yeong (bass), Gureum (keyboard)

Legendary Performance Award: 

BTS' 'Idol' stage at MMA 2018

Top 10 (Bonsang): 

BTS

NCT DREAM

IU

EXO's BAEKHYUN

Aespa

Blackpink's ROSÉ 

JOY

OH MY GIRL

TAEYEON

STAYC

SHINee

TWICE

Brave Girls

AKMU

Yerin Baek

ASH ISLAND

Heize

Lim Young Woong

MSG Wannabe (M.O.M)

10cm

Lee Seung Gi

Lee Mujin

Jung Eunji and Yang Yoseop

lIlBoI

Hospital Playlist

Huh Gak

Homies

KyoungSeo

Mirani, Munchman, Kundi Panda and MUSHVENOM

Lee Yejoon

Netizen's Choice Popularity Award:

BTS

IU

Aespa

OH MY GIRL

Red Velvet

Yang Yoseop and Jung Eunji

Girls' Generation's TAEYEON

Blackpink's ROSÉ

Brave Girls

(G)I-DLE

Record of the Year (Daesang):

Aespa

Artist of the Year (Daesang): 

IU

Song Of The Year (Daesang):

'Butter' - BTS

'Celebrity' - IU

'Next Level' - Aespa

'Dun Dun Dance' - Oh My Girl

'On The Ground' - Blackpink’s ROSÉ

'Traffic Light' - Lee Mujin

'VVS' - Mushvenom and Mirani ft JUSTHIS (prod. GroovyRoom)

'HAPPEN' - Heize

'Shiny Star' (2020) - KyoungSeo

'I Will Be Your Shining Star' - Song I Han

Album Of The Year (Daesang):

'BE' - BTS

'Hot Sauce' - NCT Dream

'LILAC' - IU

'Dear OH MY GIRL' - Oh My Girl

'Don’t Call Me' - SHINee

'Hello' - Red Velvet’s Joy

'Summer Queen' - Brave Girls

'NEXT EPISODE' - AKMU

'HAPPEN' - Heize

'tellusboutyourself' - Yerin Baek

MelOn has introduced a new award category titled the ‘Legend Stage’ which honors artists for having a legendary performance in MMA history. It is fan-votes based and the nominees include the likes of second-gen icons Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2NE1, as well as current favorites like BTS, EXO and Blackpink. Here’s the full list.



 

Award criteria and how to vote

MelOn has also released the criteria for winning an award. Korean fans or those with a verified MelOn account can vote for their favorite nominees on the MelOn app. For the 'Legends Stage', anyone can vote on MelOn's website if they have a Kakao or MelOn account.

Artist Of The Year: 60% digital + 20% judge + 20% vote
Album Of The Year: 60% digital + 20% judge + 20% vote
Song Of The Year: 60% digital + 20% judge + 20% vote
Record Of The Year: 100% judge
Top 10 (Bonsang): 80% digital + 20% vote
Rookie Of The Year: 60% digital + 20% judge + 20% vote