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2022 MAMA Awards Announces Nominees + Voting Begins

 MAMA season is back!

On October 24, the nominations were announced for the 2022 MAMA Awards (previously known as the Mnet Asian Music Awards).

This year’s ceremony will take place at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome in Japan on November 29 and 30.

The criteria for the final winners are as follows:

Artist of the Year and Artist Category Awards – 40% judge panel evaluation, 30% song downloads/streaming (20% Korea + 10% global), 30% physical album sales

Song of the Year and Genre Category Awards – 40% judge panel evaluation, 60% song downloads/streaming (40% Korea + 20% global)

Album of the Year – 40% judge panel evaluation, 60% physical album sales*

(*Note: The criteria written in Korean states 60% physical album sales while the criteria written in English states 60% song downloads/streaming)

Worldwide Icon of the Year – 50% Mnet Plus votes, 30% Spotify votes, 10% Twitter votes, 10% music video score, (10% extra) live broadcast Twitter votes

Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 – 50% Mnet Plus votes, 30% Spotify votes, 10% Twitter votes, 10% music video score

In order to be eligible, the music must have been released between November 1, 2021 and October 21, 2022.

Voting will take place online here through November 4 at 11:59 p.m. KST.

The nominees are as follows:

Best New Female Artist






Yena (Choi Ye Na)

Best New Male Artist




Xdinary Heroes


Best Female Artist






Best Male Artist


Kang Daniel

Lim Young Woong



Best Female Group





Red Velvet


Best Male Group





Stray Kids


Best Vocal Performance Solo 

IU – “Drama”

Kim Min Seok – “Drunken Confession”

Lee Mujin – “When it snows” (feat. Heize)

Lim Young Woong – “Our Blues Our Life”

Taeyeon – “INVU”

Best Vocal Performance Group

BIGBANG – “Still Life”

BTS – “Yet To Come”

Davichi – “Fanfare”

ENHYPEN – “Polaroid Love”


Best Band Performance


Jaurim – “STAY WITH ME”


The Black Skirts – “My Little Lambs”

Xdinary Heroes – “Happy Death Day”

Best Dance Performance Solo

Jessi – “ZOOM”

Nayeon – “POP!”

PSY – “That That” (prod. & feat. Suga)

Sunmi – “Heart Burn”

Yena – “SMILEY” (feat. BIBI)

Best Dance Performance Male Group

NCT 127 – “2 Baddies”

NCT DREAM – “Glitch Mode”


Stray Kids – “MANIAC”

TXT – “Good Boy Gone Bad”


Best Dance Performance Female Group


BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom”



NewJeans – “Attention”

Red Velvet – “Feel My Rhythm”

Best OST

10CM – “Drawer” (“Our Beloved Summer” OST)

Jimin, Ha Sung Woon – “With You” (“Our Blues” OST)

MeloMance – “Love, Maybe” (“A Business Proposal” OST)

V – “Christmas Tree” (“Our Beloved Summer” OST)

Wonstein – “Your Existence” (“Twenty Five, Twenty One” OST)

Best Collaboration

10CM, BIG Naughty – “Just 10 centimeters”

Crush – “Rush Hour” (feat. J-Hope)

Loco, Hwasa – “Somebody!”

PSY – “That That” (prod. & feat. Suga)

Woo Won Jae, meenoi – “Ghosting” (prod. CODE KUNST)

Best Hip Hop & Urban Music

BE’O – “Counting Stars” (feat. Beenzino)

BIG Naughty – “Beyond Love” (feat. 10CM)

J-Hope – “MORE”

Jay Park – “GANADARA” (feat. IU)

Zico – “Freak”

Song of the year


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