Mnet Asian Music Awards 2021 nomination will be revealed soon and here’s all you need to know about MAMA 2021 nominees and new award selection procedures.

Prior to MAMA 2021 taking place on December 11, 2021, Mnet announced that the channel is changing some rules regarding the award categories to ensure fair nominations and wins.

The channel has noted, “From this year, we will add and use data from Apple Music, a global music platform serviced in 167 countries around the world, to further solidify the influence of MAMA.” 

They added, “We used Gaon Chart music data in the evaluation until last year, but we will introduce additional global indicators such as digital and album sales to show K-POP’s global influence.”

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MAMA 2021 nominations and time of nominees reveal explored

Mnet Asian Music Awards 2021 nomination reveal will take place on November 3rd at 11 PM KST/ 10 AM ET. Fans can watch the rerun of the nomination reveal again on November 4th at 5 PM KST/ 4 AM ET.

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Where to watch Mnet Asian Music Awards nomination reveal

Mnet Asian Music Awards 2021 nomination reveal will air on the Mnet K-POP YouTube channel. Keep an eye on this space for live updates on MAMA nominations 2021.

MAMA 2021 Nominations

MAMA 2021 nominations are now out. Take a look at the nominees below.

Best Female Artist

Nominations for Best Female Artist are as followed.

  1. Heize
  2. IU
  3. Lisa
  4. Rosé
  5. Taeyeon

Best Male Artist

Check the nominees for Best Male Artist below.

  1. Baekhyun
  2. D.O.
  3. Kai
  4. Kang Daniel
  5. Lee Mujin

Best New Male Artist

Best New Male Artist nominations are now out.

  1. Drippin
  2. Enhypen
  3. Epex
  4. Mirae
  5. P1Harmony

Best New Female Artist

Check the Best New Female Artist nominations below.

  1. Aespa
  2. Jo Yuri
  3. Kwon Eunbi
  4. Lightsum
  5. STAYC

Best Female Group

  1. (G)I-DLE
  2. ITZY
  3. Brave Girls
  4. Oh My Girl
  5. Red Velvet
  6. Twice

Best Male Group

Check the Best Male Group nominations below.

  1. BTS
  2. NCT 127
  3. NCT Dream
  4. Stray Kids
  5. Seventeen
  6. TXT

Best Band Performance

Nominations for Best Band Performance are as followed.

  1. 10cm, ‘Sleepless in Seoul’
  2. CNBLUE ‘Then Now and Forever’
  3. Day6 ‘You Make Me’
  4. Jannabi ‘A Thought On An Autumn Night’
  5. N.flying ‘Moonshot’

Best Vocal Performance

Nominations for MAMA 2021 Best Vocal Performance are listed below.

  1. AKMU ‘Nakka’
  2. Davichi ‘Just Hug Me’
  3. Heize ‘Happen’
  4. IU ‘Celebrity’
  5. Lee Mujin ‘Traffic Light’

Best OST

  1. 10 cm ‘Borrow Your Night’ (Romance 101)
  2. Cho Jung Seok ‘I Like You’ (Hospital Playlist)
  3. Choi Yuree ‘Wish’ (Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha)
  4. Lee Mujin ‘Rain And You’ (Hospital Playlist)
  5. Yang Yoseob, Jeong Eunji ‘Love Day’ (Romance 101)

Best Collaboration

  1. AKMU x IU ‘Nakka’
  2. BTS x Coldplay ‘My Universe’
  3. Gaeko x Kwon Jinah ‘I Feel Like’
  4. Hyolyn x Dasom ‘Summer or Summer’
  5. Rain x JYP ‘Switch To Me’

Best Hip-hop and & Urban Music Nominee

Check the nominees for Best Hip-hop & Urban Music below.

  1. Ash Island ‘Melody’
  2. Chang Mo ‘GJD’
  3. Jessi ‘What Type of X’
  4. Mino ‘Run Away’
  5. Yumdda ‘9ucci’

Best Dance Performance Male Group Nominees

Best Dance Performance Male Group nominees are:

  1. BTS ‘Butter’
  2. NCT 127 ‘Sticker’
  3. NCT Dream ‘Hot Sauce’
  4. Seventeen ‘Ready To Love’
  5. SHINee ‘Don’t Call Me’
  6. Stray Kids ‘Thunderous’

Best Dance Performance Female Group Nominees

Check the Best Dance Performance Female Group nominees below.

  1. Aespa ‘Next Level’
  2. ITZY ‘In The Morning’
  3. Oh My Girl ‘Dun Dun Dance’
  4. Red Velvet ‘Queendom’
  6. Twice ‘Alcohol Free’

Best Dance Performance Solo

Check Best Dance Performance Solo 2021 MAMA nominations below.

  1. Baekhyun ‘Bambi’
  2. Hyuna ‘I’m Not Cool’
  3. Lisa ‘Lalisa’
  4. Rose ‘On The Ground’
  5. Somi ‘Dumb Dumb’
  6. Taeyeon ‘Weekend’

Worldwide Fans’ Choice TOP 10 nominees

Check the nominations for pre-voting for Worldwide Fans’ Choice TOP 10 below.


Stray Kids


Super Junior


The Boyz


TXT nominated in multiple categories (TXT Official Twitter)




NCT Dream

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Oh My Girl


Red Velvet

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Kang Daniel

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Lee Mujin

Lee Seunggi





Monsta X

NCT 127

NCT 127 Twitter




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Ash Island



(Ateez Twitter)

Brave Girls


Chung Ha


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New voting guidelines and selection procedure of MAMA 2021 explained

MAMA 2021 will have two rounds of voting. The pre-voting will start after the nomination on November 4th on MAMA’s official Website, Apple Music (playlist vote), and Twitter.

Pre-voting will determine the groups who can win the Worldwide Fans’ Choice TOP 10 award and a second voting round will confirm the top 10 for the same. Each group in the top 10 will win the award.

This year, MAMA will consider global streams and expand its Daesang categories to mark K-pop’s rise across the globe. Kim Hyun-soo, head of CJ ENM’s music content division, said, “MAMA, which has served as KPOP’s global music hub for the past 12 years, has changed its award category and method to reflect trends in the global music market.

“In order to ensure fairness through the global awards ceremony, the company plans to make gradual changes starting this year.”

Keep an eye on this space for all nomination-related updates.

Tune in to the Mnet Kpop YouTube channel at 11 PM KST/ 10 AM ET for MAMA 2021 nomination reveal.