Throwback Time: Let’s Take A Look At The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards Memorable Performances

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Everything You Need To Know About The Biggest Music Awards Event in South Korea: the Mnet Asian Music Awards

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as MAMA) is a music awards event in South Korea that is broadcast by Mnet every year, which involves the participation of some of the most famous actors and singers. As one of the most important events for the Korean music industry, this event has been attended by famous groups and bands such as TVXQ, Super Junior, Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, T-Ara, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, Miss A, Busker Busker and other artists active in Korea.

This program is broadcast live in thirteen countries in the Asian region. In South Korea and Japan, this event is broadcast by Mnet. Other television channels that broadcast this program include Fox Life, tvN Asia, Channel V, Music On! TV (Japan), 8TV (Malaysia), MediaCorp Channel U (Singapore), Indosiar (Indonesia), Myx (Philippines), MY TV (Cambodia), Mnet America (United States), NRK (Norway), and SBS (Australia). The program was also broadcast online via the Mnet website in South Korea, Sohu in China, YouTube Live, and Allkpop throughout the world.

In this article, Channel-Korea will be making a throwback to the memorable performances of the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards which were very memorable and not easily forgotten from famous South Korean groups and singers. So, stay tuned and keep scrolling down.

About the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards

In 2016, the Mnet Asian Music Awards were held by CJ E&M through the Mnet music channel and took place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. This event was the seventh Mnet Asian Music Awards held outside South Korea. MAMA 2016 is the 18th event of the Mnet Asian Music Awards. The ceremony was simultaneously broadcast live in South Korea, Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asia. In Sri Lanka and Thailand, this event was available for streaming via Iflix 24 hours after it was broadcast in South Korea. This time, MAMA took place in the same country five times in a row and was held in the same place four times in a row.

The Mnet Asian Music Awards event was intended to give awards to musicians and was held in Hong Kong in December 2016. Not only K-Pop artists, but this award show was also enlivened by top musicians from the United States such as Timbaland and Wiz Khalifa. Of course, K-Pop artists also enlivened the award show, including names such as EXO, BTS, TWICE, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, NCT Dream, NCT 127 to cool duets from Baekhyun and Suzy and other singers and groups. In this award event, the best South Korean singers participated in being awarded various trophies in various categories, such as EXO, BTS, TWICE, and many more.

Artist Lineup


Like the previous years, the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was also star-studded. In 2016, more third-generation idols were present to enliven the MAMA stage. At the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), several groups and singers present were EXO, BTS, TWICE, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, BeWhy, SHINee’s Taemin, GOT7, Monsta X, IOI, NCT Dream, NCT 127 Red Velvet, AOMG, FT Island, SEVENTEEN, ZICO, GFriend. In this award event, there were no artists under YG Entertainment, like Big Bang, Winner, iKon, and Blackpink present due to the tight schedule of their every artist.

Not only idols and solo singers, but the MAMA 2016 had also announced the list of presenters. Same as the artists who were performing, among the presenters, were also actors and actresses with popular names, they were Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung, Lee Ji-ah, Park Ha-seon, Shin Hae-sun, Kang Seung-hyun, Park Seo-joon, Gong Myung, Ahn Jae-hyun, Seo Kang-joon, and many more.

Red Carpet


The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) event that took place at the Hong Kong Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong, on December 2nd, 2016, left a lot of memory for Korean fans. They were not only spoiled by the appearance of idol groups, but also a series of television stars who attended the red carpet. The biggest annual K-Pop event, the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards or MAMA was held on December 2nd, 2016. K-pop fans were curious about how their favorite artists and idols will appear on the 2016 MAMA stage.

Fans were treated with the presence of many popular K-Pop artists from various fields of the entertainment world and it all started with their appearance on the red carpet segment of the event which, btw, could be watched live on Facebook M2. Among the many K-Pop artists appearing on the red carpet were popular actors and actresses, some of which were also presenters at the main event, to name a few: Monsta X, BTS, Park Seo-joon, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, Han Hyo-joo, Kim Yoo-jung, Park Bo-gum, Ha Ji-won, TWICE, Wiz Khalifa, Eric Nam, Timbaland, EXO, and many more. The K-Pop idols and presenters who were present again displayed their best fashion style on the 2016 MAMA red carpet. They also appeared very charming during the red carpet session.

Here are the performances of idols and artists who attended the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)!


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The 2016 MNet Asian Music Awards, or what could be abbreviated as MAMA 2016, was the most awaited event to close in 2016. After making fans curious, the awards event for Asian musicians was successfully held in Hong Kong on December 2nd, 2016, local time. The MAMA 2016 not only provided award trophies but also presented stunning appearances. A series of Korean artists and various musicians around the world were present on the stage of the MAMA 2016 which was held in Hong Kong.

Just as the previous installments of the award show, the MAMA 2016 left an unforgettable impression on the viewers of the event. In 2016, the appearance of a series of new groups increasingly colored MAMA 2016. In addition, the MNet Asian Music Awards show this time was also decorated with the best performances, starting from the performances of each group and solo singers to the slick collaborations.

Various performances were offered, ranging from NCT, SHINee’s Taemin, GFRIEND & SEVENTEEN, Suzy & Baekhyun, Fanxy Child (Zico, Dean, Crush), Monsta X, Lee Juck, I.O.I, TWICE, EXO, BTS and many more. Such a special performance was presented by Timbaland and Eric Nam who collaborated to bring the song “Body,” then there was rapper BewhY and pianist Yiruma who collaborated for the song “Day Day,” and the solo performance of rapper Wiz Khalifa.


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The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA 2016, was the most anticipated award show in 2016 by entertainment players in Korea and other Asian countries. Besides giving many awards as an appreciation for the artists involved in the entertainment industry in Korea and Asia, a series of singers and famous artists were also present to make a dazzling appearance on the occasion. But unfortunately, the successful 2016 MAMA event actually left problems for Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Wiz Khalifa. The two of them were supposed to appear collaborating on the 2016 MAMA stage which was held on December 2nd, at the Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong.

This, then immediately made many people present quite disappointed. It was not clear what the reason was for the sudden cancelation of the appearance of Wiz Khalifa and Taeyeon. Through social media platform Twitter, Wiz Khalifa and Taeyeon actually look hostile and mutually defending themselves to be able to prove who is wrong and right.

The cancelation of their appearance was known after WIz Khalifa wrote a status on his personal Twitter account, “The fact that Teyeon backed out of our performance caught me off guard too but never accept rejection as failure,” wrote Wiz Khalifa.

Seeing the status of Wiz Khalifa, Taeyeon also responded with a status on her Instagram story with a very long explanation. “A lot of people are wondering about yesterday’s performance, so I will explain it. Yesterday, I was very much anticipating my appearance after meeting with Wiz Khalifa. However, during the broadcast, I heard that the audio file was interrupted.

That’s why we couldn’t do a soundcheck, and in the end, we won’t be performing together. I am very disappointed. To sing live, you need an audio track in the background, but instead of an MR, they only prepared the AR. As a singer who has to sing live, it makes me stop. This is the right thing to put more meaning into a collaboration project. To be honest, there aren’t many opportunities like this.

So, I think, if I sing bigger than AR, I can cover it and the staff also hopes to create a magnificent stage. So, we decided to do it. However, a few hours before the performance, it turned out that the collaboration was canceled because this was an overseas appearance so it was natural that there were unexpected events like this.

The day before the performance, I had been waiting for Wiz Khalifa to do the rehearsal, but they said that there was a problem with the stage equipment, so I had to go back to the hotel. Some problems may occur simultaneously, I myself am very disappointed and sad that I could not do it.

I hope that no misunderstanding will arise between people. I will try to greet you better next time. Thank you for supporting and energizing me to the end,” wrote Taeyeon.

Seeing Taeyeon’s explanation that is quite long, Wiz Khalifa responded again, “She claimed she had to go to the hospital the night before. Did the practice. Asked to be on a different stage than me then canceled,” wrote Wiz Khalifa on his Twitter account.

Plagiarism Controversy About The Concepts of EXO, TWICE, and I.O.I!

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K-Pop’s biggest event, the MNET Asian Music Awards (MAMA) has never been free from controversy. Every year there is always some drama that appears at the biggest event of the K-Pop world. Also in 2016 MAMA was not free from a variety of controversies regardless of how magnificent and festive the highest award event for South Korean music activists.

That time the controversy was triggered by the use of the VCR (Video Concert Recording) concept used by Mnet, the organizer of MAMA. The accusation of plagiarism was posted by SM Entertainment’s art director, Kwon Soon-wook. The SM Entertainment art director was the brain behind the cool EXO concert event and the music video concept of the SM Entertainment artist.

The collaboration between TWICE and I.O.I at the MAMA 2016 music awards show caused controversy because of the short video that was shown before their second appearance. On December 2nd, 2016, the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2016 which was held in Hong Kong for the umpteenth time presented performances from various extraordinary idols, one of which was the collaboration of TWICE and I.O.I.

But unfortunately, the intro video that was shown before the appearance of the two girl groups had a concept that was considered similar to the concept used by EXO at their concerts EXO’luXion and EXO’rDIUM in Tokyo in 2016. Director Kwon Sook-wook, who was responsible for making the video used by EXO in their concert series also raised his voice and claimed that the intro video shown at the MAMA 2016 was a plagiarism of his work.

“They copied the [concept] of the coffee fairy and the music fairy I made for Exolution and Exordium lol. Please don’t do that,” the director wrote on his personal Twitter account.

In the VCR that was aired at the MAMA 2016, Twice and I.O.I did appear and act as musical dwarfs. When viewed from the taking of themes, concepts, and the use of property, the I.O.I and Twice collaboration videos are indeed similar to EXO videos.

Let’s see the similarity of these videos, here!

Random Facts

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The Mnet Asian Music Awards 2016 which was held on December 2nd, 2016, claimed to be very successful and could not be forgotten by the audience. Although successfully featuring a number of well-known artists, but unfortunately a lot of mistakes occurred at this event.

The mistakes that occurred are not so detrimental. However, enough to cause a number of criticisms and disappointments for fans even from the artist themselves. Here are the facts about the errors seen in the MAMA 2016!

  • Technical or Human Error

The first mistake involves NCT’s Taeyong, who while doing a rap collaboration with Monsta X ‘Jooheon, in the middle of the rap, his voice disappeared for one beat then reappeared. Many say that it’s the fault of Taeyong who forgot the lyrics, but some say it’s a technical error on the mic he uses.

  • Writing Mistakes

The most obvious error is the error in writing group names from DAY6 and GOT7. In the nominated video, the name of the JYP Entertainment band is not DAY6 but DAY8. Meanwhile, during GOT7’s performance, Mnet wrote the name of MONSTA X under the title song of GOT7, “Hard Carry.”

  • Wardrobe Malfunction

An incident occurred with the costume worn by EXO’s Chen on his first appearance in the song “Transformer.” According to fans who watched him closely, Chen’s pants were torn while dancing, so he took off his jacket and tied it around his waist to cover the torn pants, which seemed to be in the area around his thighs.

That was all the information about to throwback to the memorable performances at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards which was a very memorable and not easily forgotten event from famous South Korean groups and singers. Don’t forget to kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below!