[NEWS] Big Bang, Super Junior, SNSD lead 2011 MAMA nominations

SINGAPORE: Just who is coming to the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 29?

Well, nobody knows who exactly will be turning up yet, but the list of artists who might grace the event has narrowed considerably, following the release of the 2011 MAMA nominees on Tuesday.

A total of 17 awards will be given out at the 2011 MAMA but the categories with the most big name nominees appear to be Best Male Group, Best Female Group, Best Dance Performance Male Group and Best Dance Performance Female Group.

The competition for the Best Male Group award will definitely separate the men from the boys as it is filled with high-powered nominees like Big Bang, Super Junior, Beast, TVXQ and 2PM.

The fight for Best Female Group is no less intense as popular K-pop girl groups SNSD, KARA, 2NE1, f(x) and Brown Eyed Girls go head to head for the award.

Meanwhile, the Best Dance Performance Male Group award nominees largely mirrors that of those for Best Male Group with boy bands Infinite and Rain's proteges MBLAQ in the running while 2PM is left out.

The nominees for Best Dance Performance Female Group award are more of a mixed bag - with SNSD, 2NE1, T-ara, 4Minute, Secret and miss A vying for the award.

One of the two grand awards being given out is the Song of the Year which sees a variety of artistes like Tablo, Hyun-A, FTIsland, CNBlue and IU being nominated for the award.

The other is Artiste of the Year award, which is perhaps the most coveted award at the 2011 MAMA.

There no less than 30 nominees for the award including most of the acts covered above as well as a slew of newcomers like Dal Shabet, A Pink, Brave Girl, B1A4, and Boyfriend.

A spokesperson for event co-organisers MediaCorp Vizpro said the list of attending nominees at the 2011 MAMA is still not known, but even if a fraction of the nominees turn up, this year's MAMA will still be a massive star-studded event.

Tickets to the 2011 MAMA are on sale now.

Source: Channel News Asia

Basically, BIGBANG is nominated for 5 categories:

Best Male Group
TVXQ - Why(Keep Your Head Down)
BEAST - Fiction
BIGBANG - Tonight
Super Junior - Mr. Simple
2PM - Hands Up

Best Dance Performance - Male Group
TVXQ - Why(Keep Your Head Down)
BEAST - Fiction
BIGBANG - Tonight
Super Junior - Mr. Simple
MBLAQ - Mona Lisa
Infinite - Be Mine

Best Music Video
Brown Eyed Girls - Sixth Sense
BIGBANG - Love Song
Sunny Hill - Midnight Circus
Jang Kiha and the faces - Just know each other
UV - Itaewon Freedom

Song of the Year
BIGBANG - Tonight

Artist of the Year
BIGBANG - Tonight

View the complete list of MAMA Nominees here