One of the biggest end-of-year awards shows in the K-pop industry, the Melon Music Awards (also known as MAMA) wrapped up this previous week. The event was held Dec. 2-5, with the award portion taking place on the final day. This year’s ceremony was an “untact” ceremony, with no live audience and no face-to-face contact due to COVID-19 regulations. The show’s host this year was Song Joong Ki.
BTS were the big winners of the evening, taking home all four “Daesang” (“grand prize”), including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Map of the Soul: 7), Song of the Year (for “Dynamite”) and Worldwide Icon of the Year. This is the group’s second year in a row taking home all four Daesang. The 7-piece won their first two Daesang in 2016 for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for their The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever release.
Alongside the Daesangs, the group took home Best Dance (Male) for “Dynamite” and the Netizen’s Choice award.
The group showcased three performances, including their newest single “Life Goes On,” “Dynamite” and “On.” For “On,” the superstars rented out the entirety of Seoul World Cup Stadium, enlisting the help of a massive marching band to perform with them. Missing from the event was member Suga, who is currently recovering from surgery for an old shoulder injury, but that didn’t stop his fellow members from making his presence felt. During “Life Goes On,” hologram technology was utilized to have Suga perform his verse alongside the group.
During their speeches, the members shared their gratitude to their fans, family and team. They also drove home how much they miss performing and seeing their fans in person. Leader RM closed out their Artist of the Year speech stating, “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but let us use music to reach out to each other and hold on together through the long winter until spring comes again. The seasons will come back around, and life goes on, and I believe that the spring will come again.”
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