Bye MKMF, Hi MAMA.

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The year 2009 was like a gust of wind that has brought along tons of new girls groups, but whose hand will MAMA (no pun intended but that’s the acronym) hold now?

Major Korean music channel Mnet has announced that their Mnet Korean Music Festival (MKMF) will now be renamed as Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)!

Mnet announced on October 23 that the live broadcast will change its concept and the way they will handle how people may vote for which artist wins the award.

Mnet also announced that Park Ji Yoon, SG Wannabe’s Kim Yong Jun and Lee Seok Hoon will become the new MC’s of the event.

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MAMA Mcs

Mnet is planning on handing out the “Rookie Female Group Award,” to the following nominees: 2NE1, 4minute, After School, f(x), and last but not least, T-ara.

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Rookie Female Group nominees

Having seen the five groups show up suddenly and made a comet-like impact upon the K-Pop world, many are extremely curious as to who will MAMA choose to be the rookie female group of the year.

The live broadcast of the 2009 MAMA will take place on November 21 at Seoul’s Jamsil Stadium. People that live outside of Korea, don’t give your hopes up yet, because there’s a reason why MAMA is titled MAMA! Via Channel V International, the event will be broadcasted in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Thailand.

The special main event will be the “Global Artist Award.” In addition, another major change is that the Trot genre will be added on along with the other Pop music awards.

There will be a total of 7 categories of artists, 7 categories of genres, and 2 categories of music video nominations during the event. In addition, there will be a total of 30 awards for each nominated song.

People may start voting on October 23, 2009 through the Mnet homepage.

Full nominee’s list

Criteria: Album sales and chart standings from October 15th, 2008 through October 22nd 2009.

Best Male Newcomer
• BEAST
• Supreme Team
• MBLAQ
• Chung Lim
• Taegoon

Best Female Newcomer
• 2NE1
• After School
• T-ara
• 4minute
• f(x)

Best Male Singer
• Drunken Tiger
• Rain
• Lee Seung Chul
• G-Dragon
• MC Mong

Best Female Singer
• Bada
• Baek Ji Young
• Son Dambi
• Younha
• Chae Yeon

Best Male Group
• 2PM
• Big Bang
• Super Junior
• SG Wannabe
• SS501

Best Female Group
• Davichi
• Brown Eyed Girls
• SNSD
• Jewelry
• KARA

Best Mixed Group
• Roo’Ra
• 8eight
• Koyote
• Cool
• Clazziquai

Best Rock Music Award
• Buhwal (I remember 생각이나)
• Seo Taiji (Juliet)
• Jang Giha and the Faces (Living with nothing special)
• Cherry Filter (Pianissimo)
• FT Island (I Hope)

Best Hip-Hop Group Award
• Dynamic Duo (Dead Guy)
• Drunken Tiger (Monster)
• LeeSsang (The Girl Who Can’t Break Up, The Boy Who Can’t Leave)
• Outsider (Alone)
• Epik High (Wannabe)

Best Ballad/R&B Music Award
• Kim Jong Kook (Today More Than Yesterday)
• Kim TaeWoo (Love Rain)
• Bobby Kim (Love, the guy)
• Park Hyo Shin (After Love)
• Baek Ji Young (Like being hit by a bullet)

Best Dance Music Award
• 2NE1 (I Don’t Care)
• 2PM (Again & Again)
• SNSD (Gee)
• Super Junior (Sorry Sorry)
• KARA (Honey)

Best House & Electronic Music Award
• Brown Eyed Girls (Abracadabra)
• Son Dambi (Saturday Night)
• Clazziquai (Love Again)
• 4minute (Muzik)
• G-Dragon (Heartbreaker)

Best Trot Music Award
• Gyeon Miri (Happy Woman)
• Park Hyun Bin (Brilliant Life)
• Seong JinYoo (딱이야)
• Joo HyunMi and Seohyun (JjaRaJaJjan)
• Hong JinYeong (Love’s Battery)

Best O.S.T Award
• Baek Ji Young (Don’t Forget – IRIS)
• Lee Seung Chul (No more love like this – Blue Love Story)
• T-Max (Paradise – Boys Over Flowers)
• Tiffany (I’m Alone – JaMyungGo)
• SS501 (Because I’m Stupid – Boys Over Flowers)

Best MV Award
• 2NE1 (Fire)
• LeeSsang (The Girl Who Can’t Break Up, The Boy Who Can’t Leave)
• Bada (Mad)
• Seo Taiji (Juliet)
• D.N.G (Step 2 Me)

Best MV Director Award
• Seo Hyun Seung
• Jang Jae Hyuk
• Jo Soo Hyun
• Joo Hee Seon
• Hong Won Ki

credits to: allkpop

– JiN

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