[News] ‘MAMA’ Sets to Take Place, Public Brodcasting Companies and Cable Network’s Feud Left Singers In Vain



Mnet will hold the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Award (MAMA) on November 28th at Venetian Resort in Macau. The feud between the public broadcasting companies and the cable networks is leaving artists management companies unhappy.

As to why they chose Macau, Mnet’s representative explained, ” All this while “MAMA” has been trying to establishe itself as the Korean representative for music awards. However, from now on we are going to venture throughout Asia countries through music awards. The first one will be held in Macau, and there are plans to hold MAMA in toher countries too in the future.”

Since MAMA will be held in Macau, many Korean artists have to be out of country in order to attend the award show. This will conflict with their appearance in music shows like MBC’s “Music Core” and SBS’ “Inkigayo”. Crews of “Show! Music Core” and “Inkigayo” refrained from talking about Mnet’s MAMA.

However, SBS explained, “The viewers are our first (priority) for our live show, “Inkigayo”. The show will go on live whether or not popular artists perform. The PD and crews are against the ‘pre-recording’ concept.” The SBS representative continued, “If it’s really inevitable, it is alright for one or two teams to do pre-recording, but that does not occure if the reason is because they are attending MAMA. That’s the policy of ‘Inkigayo’.”

According to MBC, “Until now there has not been any discussion about the artists’ appearances in regards of MAMA. There are still a lot of time left, and each week we are busy preparing for live shows.”

Management agency representatives are also expressing their concerns, “Due to Mnet holding the MAMA overseas, artists will face difficulties appearing in local music shows. On the other hand, if they choose not to participate in the Mnet event, it will be hard to the artists to appear in cable network (Mnet) in the future. This is definitely a tough decision to make.”

CNBLUE’s Jung Yonghwa (SBS’ ‘Inkigayo’) and 2PM’s Junho and Chansung (MBC’s ‘Show! Music Core’) are facing conflict over the issue of their appearance (in MAMA) due to the duties as MCs for their respective music shows.


Mnet said, “Nothing is yet to confirm until now. The artists might leave on Friday and spend 2 nights and 3 days (in Macau) or leave on Saturday afternoon instead. We are currently discussing with the major broadcasting companies to find the best solution. The aim of “MAMA” is really commendable, it’s a shame we have to be in dispute over this issue with the other parties (public broadcasting companies).”

It seems that there will be about 20-30 artists that will be participating in the award show. Meanwhile, the categories for this year’s Mnet’s Asia Music Award (MAMA) are as follows:

  • Best Male/Female Rookie of The Year
  • Best Trot Song
  • Best Dance Song
  • Best Mixed Group
  • Best Hip Hop Song
  • Best Rock Song
  • Best House&Electronic Music
  • Best Ballad & R&B Song
  • Best Male Artist
  • Best Female Artist
  • Best Asian Songwriter
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Girl Group
  • Best Male Group
  • Asian Recommend
  • Album of The Year
  • Artist of The Year

Editor’s note: Is it just me or there’s ALWAYS controversies when it comes to MAMA?? Last year SME boycotted the awards. I hope it won’t happen again this year. And FnC, COME ON!! If Sulli and Kwon can leave “Inkigayo” (and be replaced with other MC) because of their other shows, WHY CAN’T YONGHWA DO THE SAME?? Just excuse him from being an MC if that can make CNBLUE perform in Macau! Don’t you all agree, BOICE? Hehe. ~fizzy

Credit/Source: Nate
Translated by: blue_jus7@twitter
Edited+Uploaded by: fizzy@cnbluestorm