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.

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.

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 Asia, 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, 6 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.


My Bet that 2NE1 will win the rookie award :),I am pretty sure SNSD will be winning one award too for their Gee or genie.!

I am not bias hehe !, f(x) will be some competition for 2NE1,but f(x) is still not there yet eventhough 2NE1's and f(x) debuts impressed me the most.2NE1 surpassed other rookie girl groups by winning lots of awards in just their 100th day debut and they're gaining more and more fans.

Another thing, i dont think MAMA awards are only based on votes ;) so dont worry.

I am pretty sure MNET will let SM artist to attend the MAMA awards,as you know MNET and SM are not in good terms.I doubt MNET wouldnt let SM artist to the awards...they will be loosing ratings to other awards show.Secondly,there are quite a number of SM artist nominees in the awards.Well till then,we will wait for an official statement from SM whether SM artist will be in attendance at the MAMA.

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