2018 MAMA Announces Nominees + Voting Begins

It’s almost time for this year’s MAMA!

On November 1, the nominations were announced for the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

This year’s ceremonies will kick off at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Korea on December 10 and then continue to Japan at Saitama Super Arena on December 12. The finale on December 14 will once again be in Hong Kong at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena.

The criteria for the final winners are as follows:

Artist of the Year and Artist Category Awards – 20% Mwave votes, 30% judge panel (Korean + international), 30% digital sales, 20% physical album sales

Song of the Year and Genre Category Awards – 20% Mwave votes, 40% judge panel (Korean + international), 30% digital sales, 10% physical album sales

Album of the Year – 40% judge panel (Korean + international), 60% physical album sales

Worldwide Icon of the Year – 60% Mwave votes, 20% social media votes, 20% global music video views, +10% live social media votes

Global Top 10 Fans’ Choice – 60% Mwave votes, 20% social media votes, 20% global music video views

Special Award – 30% Mwave votes, 70% judge panel (Korean + international)

In order to be eligible, the music must have been released between October 18, 2017 and October 31, 2018.

Voting will take place online here from November 1 at 6 p.m. KST through December 9 at 11:59 p.m. KST. Voting for the Global Fans’ Choice is available here.

Check out the nominees below:

Best New Male Artist

HAON

Stray Kids

Kim Dong Han

The Boyz

VINXEN

Hyeongseop X Euiwoong

Best New Female Artist

NATURE

GWSN

IZ*ONE

(G)I-DLE

LOONA

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Best Male Artist

DEAN

Roy Kim

Park Hyo Shin

Zico

Hwang Chi Yeol

Best Female Artist

IU

Sunmi

Chungha

Taeyeon

Heize

Best Male Group

GOT7

NCT 127

NU’EST W

Wanna One

BTS

SEVENTEEN

Best Female Group

BLACKPINK

TWICE

Red Velvet

MAMAMOO

MOMOLAND

GFRIEND

Best Band Performance

DAY6 – “Shoot Me”

FTISLAND – “Summer Night’s Dream”

Guckkasten – “Stranger”

Kiha and the Faces – “Cho Shim”

Hyukoh – “Love Ya!”

Best Hip Hop & Urban Music

DEAN – “instagram”

Jay Park – “Soju”

Zico – “Soulmate” (Feat. IU)

Crush – “Bittersweet”

Heize – “Jenga”

Best Music Video

BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”

TWICE – “What is Love?”

Wanna One – “Beautiful”

BTS – “IDOL”

SHINee – “Good Evening”

Best OST

NU’EST W – “And I” (“Mr. Sunshine”)

Roy Kim – “No Longer Mine” (“Familiar Wife”)

Park Hyo Shin – “The Day” (“Mr. Sunshine”)

SEVENTEEN – “A-TEEN” (“A-TEEN”)

Paul Kim – “Every Day, Every Moment” (“Shall We Kiss First?”)

Best Unit

EXO-CBX – “Blooming Day”

Wanna One Triple Position – “Kangaroo”

gugudan SEMINA – “SEMINA”

SEVENTEEN BSS – “Just Do It”

Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG – “Lil’ Touch”

Best Vocal Performance Solo

Roy Kim – “Only Then”

Park Hyo Shin – “Sound of Winter”

Lim Chang Jung – “There has Never Been a Day I Haven’t Loved You”

Jung Seung Hwan – “The Snowman”

Heize – “Didn’t Know Me”

Best Vocal Performance Group

iKON – “Love Scenario”

MAMAMOO – “Starry Night”

MeloMance – “Tale”

Bolbbalgan4 – “Travel”

BTOB – “Only One for Me”

Best Dance Performance Solo

Sunmi – “Siren”

Seungri – “1, 2, 3!”

Chungha – “Roller Coaster”

HyunA – “Lip & Hip”

Hyolyn – “Dally” (Feat. Gray)

Best Dance Performance Female Group

AOA – “Bingle Bangle”

TWICE – “What is Love?”

BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”

Red Velvet – “Bad Boy”

Lovelyz – “That Day”

Oh My Girl – “Secret Garden”

Best Dance Performance Male Group

Wanna One – “Boomerang”

GOT7 – “Lullaby”

MONSTA X – “Shoot Out”

BTS – “Fake Love”

SEVENTEEN – “Oh My!”

PENTAGON – “Shine”

Song of the Year

(Nominees for the other song categories are automatically nominated for Song of the Year)

AOA – “Bingle Bangle”

BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”

Bolbbalgan4 – “Travel”

BTOB – “Only One for Me”

BTS – “Fake Love”

Chungha – “Roller Coaster”

Crush – “Bittersweet”

DAY6 – “Shoot Me”

DEAN – “instagram”

EXO-CBX – “Blooming Day”

FTISLAND – “Summer Night’s Dream”

Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG – “Lil’ Touch”

GOT7 – “Lullaby”

Guckkasten – “Stranger”

gugudan SEMINA – “SEMINA”

Heize – “Didn’t Know Me”

Heize – “Jenga”

Hyukoh – “Love Ya!”

HyunA – “Lip & Hip”

Hyolyn – “Dally” (Feat. Gray)

iKON – “Love Scenario”

Jay Park – “Soju”

Jung Seung Hwan – “The Snowman”

Kiha and the Faces – “Cho Shim”

Lim Chang Jung – “There has Never Been a Day I Haven’t Loved You”

Lovelyz – “That Day”

MAMAMOO – “Starry Night”

MeloMance – “Tale”

MONSTA X – “Shoot Out”

Oh My Girl – “Secret Garden”

Park Hyo Shin – “Sound of Winter”

PENTAGON – “Shine”

Red Velvet – “Bad Boy”

Roy Kim – “Only Then”

Seungri – “1, 2, 3!”

SEVENTEEN – “Oh My!”

SEVENTEEN BSS – “Just Do It”

Sunmi – “Siren”

TWICE – “What is Love?”

Wanna One – “Boomerang”

Wanna One Triple Position – “Kangaroo”

Zico – “Soulmate” (Feat. IU)

Artist of the Year

(Nominees for the genre categories are automatically nominated for Artist of the Year)

BLACKPINK

BTS

Chungha

DEAN

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GFRIEND

(G)I-DLE

GOT7

GWSN

HAON

Heize

Hwang Chi Yeol

Hyeongseop X Euiwoong

IU

IZ*ONE

Kim Dong Han

LOONA

MAMAMOO

MOMOLAND

NATURE

NCT 127

NU’EST W

Park Hyo Shin

Red Velvet

Roy Kim

SEVENTEEN

Stray Kids

Sunmi

Taeyeon

The Boyz

TWICE

VINXEN

Wanna One

Zico

Mwave Global Fans’ Choice

(Nominees determined by winner of monthly online vote on Mwave)

December: Wanna One – “Beautiful”

January: MONSTA X – “Dramarama”

February & March: JBJ – “My Flower”

April: GOT7 – “Look”

May: EXO-CBX – “Blooming Day”

June & July: BTS – “Fake Love”

August: SEVENTEEN – “Oh My!”

September: Stray Kids – “My Pace”

October: GOT7 – “Lullaby”