CJ ENM announced the nomination categories for <2018 MAMA PREMIERE in KOREA>.
Awards for seven categories will be presented on 10th December in Korea (DDP) at the <2018 MAMA PREMIERE in KOREA>, including Best New Male/Female Artist for K-Pop Categories and Best New Asian Artist Category for five regions.
Twelve nominees from the Best New Artist category including IZ*ONE, (G)-IDLE, etc., as well as the five artist teams from across the Asia Pacific, including Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. will join for the awards ceremony which will include performances. Wanna One, last year’s winner of Best New Male Artist, will also make an appearance at <2018 MAMA PREMIERE in KOREA> to congratulate this year’s new and upcoming artists.
There will be no ticket sales for <2018 MAMA PREMIERE in KOREA>. However, fans can have a chance to win tickets to the award ceremony by participating in the #LikeMAMA campaign starting from 20-26 November 2018. Details will be announced on https://www.2018mama.com/ next Tuesday, 20 November 2018.
■ K-Pop Categories: 12 Best New Artist Nominees
The six nominees of Best New Male Artist are HAON, Hyeongseop X Euiwoong, Kim Dong Han, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, and VINZEN; and the six nominees of Best New Female Artist: fromis_9, (G)I-DLE, GWSN, IZ*ONE, LOONA, and Nature.
The nominees have been selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from 18th October 2017 to 31st October 2018.
■ Asia Music Categories
The ‘Best New Asian Artist’ category is the new addition to this year’s awards; best new artists from five regions in Asia will receive the honors.
The nominees have been selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from 18th October 2017 to 30th September 2018. Data for this category will be provided by ORICON (Japan), Tencent Music (China), KKBOX (Hong Kong, Taiwan), JOOX (Indonesia, Thailand), and ZING MP3 (Vietnam).
Rookies from all across Asia including Dean Ting, HIRAGANA KEYAKIZAKA46, Marion Jola, Orange, and The Toys are set to perform.
■ Information on 2018 MAMA
<2018 MAMA PREMIERE in KOREA> sets to take place at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Korea on 10th December, with nominees including fromis_9, (G)I-DLE, GWSN, HAON, Hyeongseop X Euiwoong, IZ*ONE, Kim Dong Han, LOONA, Nature, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, and VINZEN.
MAMA will continue the festivities with <2018 MAMA FANS’ CHOICE in JAPAN> to be held at the Saitama Super Arena on 12th December, with performers including BTS, IZ*ONE and TWICE. <2018 MAMA in HONG KONG> will take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena (AWE) on 14th December, with BTS and WANNA ONE as the performers.
2018 MAMA will continue to unveil information on performers and nominations. Meanwhile, online voting for 18 K-Pop Categories, including ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ will continue until December 9 (KST). Fans can participate to vote on MAMA’s official website (www.2018mama.com).