2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards Confirms BTS Will Not Attend

BTS will not be performing at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) this year.

On December 2, a source from MAMA revealed to Sports Donga, “BTS was in talks to make an appearance, but it has been decided that they will not be appearing. It will be difficult to film a performance video due to their schedule, but we are preparing a short video for their fans.”

Due to the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, the South Korean government is placing tightened restrictions on people entering the country. Anyone entering Korea on or after December 3 must self-quarantine for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status.

BTS is currently carrying out activities in Los Angeles, United States, and they have a performance coming up at the 2021 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour on December 3 (local time). Because 2021 MAMA takes place on December 11, it is impossible for BTS to complete their mandatory 10-day self-quarantine in time after they arrive in Korea.

Additionally, in response to a question about the possibility of the offline portion of the event being canceled due to the government’s COVID-19 prevention measures, the source from MAMA stated, “We are keeping an eye on the situation and will inform you if there are changes.”

2021 MAMA begins at 6 p.m. KST on December 11 and will be livestreamed around the world. Check out the full performer lineup here and the nominees here.

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