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Melon Music Awards 2021: Kakao Entertainment announces release date and time

Melon Music Awards will be the third K-pop award show that has announced a release date for the year-end event after 2021 MAMA and AAA
The 2021 Melon Music Awards will have an online broadcast in December of 2021 (Kakao Entertainment)
The 2021 Melon Music Awards will have an online broadcast in December of 2021 (Kakao Entertainment)

The Melon Music Awards is one of the prestigious music awards shows in the K-pop industry. Melon Music Awards is organized by Kakao M through its online music store Melon. The award show looks at the annual performance of various acts in the K-pop industry as per data from Melon.

The award ceremony was first held online from 2005 to 2008. The first official offline show started in 2009 but had to be replaced by an online event due to the pandemic in 2020. This time around MMA has announced the release date and the timings of the annual show, which remains online due to the stress of the pandemic. The 2021 MMA  will be broadcast on Melon, KakaoTV, as well as the 1theK's YouTube channels simultaneously along with many other online platforms for fans globally


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MMA 2021 gets a release date

Kakao Entertainment made an official announcement on October 21 of the release date of the year-end ceremony. The show will be held online on December 4 at 6 pm KST (5 am ET).

Melon Music Awards has a wide range of award titles for various categories and genres of music but one award that stands tall in the crowd of felicitations is MMA’s Main Prize for the Top 10 groups of the year. As the ceremony was announced only recently, fans will have to wait patiently for Kakao TV to reveal the list of the Top 40 nominees from 2021 for the grand prize.


Venue and Judging guesses for MMA 2021

Fans who are disappointed by the news of an online event need not be sad as the ceremony for 2020 was also held online and saw the biggest groups of K-pop participate. The ceremony for 2020 was held online as the broadcast saw various set locations from all over South Korea. It seems that something similar can be expected this year too.

The awards ceremony is divided into four categories while there are three criteria that determine the final results. The Grand Prizes, Main Prizes, and the best new artist awards depend on fan voting and judges score for about 20% each, while the remaining 60% is dependent on Digital Sales that determine the winners.

The second category is ‘Genre Awards’ which are dependent on fan voting and judges’ scores for 30% each, while the remaining 40% is dependent on Digital Sales. The Popularity Awards are totally under the control of fans as 60% of fan votes determine the winner while 40% depends on Digital Sales. One category that is totally under the control of the judges is the Special Awards which are determined 100% of Judges Scores.