THE 2022 MAMA AWARDS, THE WORLD’S NO.1 K-POP AWARDS, ANNOUNCES HOSTS, ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS AND COLLABORATION STAGES
Park Bo-gum and JEON SOMI to Host, and BTS’s j-hope is Confirmed to Perform.
CJ ENM held the ‘2022 MAMA AWARDS’ Global Press Conference offline in Seoul and globally live-streamed.
At the press conference, the company officially announced the rebranding of the awards show and unveiled new performers, special collaboration stages, and hosts for the 2022 MAMA AWARDS.
This year’s awards will be held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan and live-streamed worldwide via global channels on November 29th and 30th (KST).
The global press conference featured CJ ENM’s Head of Music Entertainment, Kim Hyun Soo, to discuss the 23-year heritage and rebranding of 2022 MAMA AWARDS, and CJ ENM’s Chief Producer Yoon Shin Hye to unveil further details regarding this year’s show.
A special speaker, music critic Kim Youngdae, also provided insight into the K-pop industry’s increasing global presence and trends.
This year’s show will also be packed with iconic scenes from top-notch artists and collaboration stages that only MAMA AWARDS can deliver. First, j-hope of BTS will perform his solo stage with the title ‘I am your HOPE.’ Other collaboration stages include:
Girl group (G)I-DLE and rock band JAURIM
Rookie girl groups IVE, Kep1er, NMIXX, LE SSERAFIM and NewJeans
Jung Jaeil (the multi-award-winner composer behind ‘Parasite’ and ‘Squid Game’), rapper Tiger JK and 3RACHA (Stray Kids)
These artists join the previously revealed performers: KARA, HYOLYN, ZICO, Lim Young Woong, Forestella, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, DKZ, BIBI, JO1, TREASURE, ENHYPEN, NiziU, INI, IVE, Kep1er, NMIXX, LE SSERAFIM, NewJeans and Street Man Fighter dance crews. (*Debut order)
The hosts for MAMA AWARDS were revealed as well. First, actor Park Bo-gum, formerly the host of the awards show for three consecutive years from 2017-2019, will return, hosting the night of “We are K-POP.” Second, singer JEON SOMI was announced as the host of the night of “The world we build together.”
The hosts, unique to MAMA AWARDS, will be the storytellers conveying this year’s concept, ‘K-POP WORLD CITIZENSHIP.’ Yoon Shin Hye, CJ ENM Chief Producer, explained, “The stages will embody the K-POP World Citizenship through a united voice that transcends language, barriers and generations.”
Explaining the milestones and history of MAMA AWARDS, Kim Hyun Soo, CJ ENM Head of Music Entertainment, said, “Going beyond Asia, 2022 MAMA AWARDS now embarks on a new journey as the World’s No.1 K-POP AWARDS. Based on our slogan ‘We Are K-POP,’ we will not only present a new direction and future for K-POP but spread values such as the positive influence of K-POP through iconic performances that resonate with a global audience.”
First launched in 1999 as Korea’s first music video ceremony, the awards show evolved to become the first Asian music award show under MAMA (Mnet ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS).
This year, the ceremony has taken another leap as the World’s No.1 K-POP Awards, going beyond Asia and rebranding itself into MAMA AWARDS. The renewed trophy, in alignment with the rebrand, is called the “Hyper Cube” and carries the values of K-POP encompassing challenge, passion, dream, growth, expansion and singularity.
The design symbolizes the connectivity between the fan and the artists that continuously endures and evolves.
Music critic Kim Youngdae added that “MAMA AWARDS is the first awards show that has seen the potential of global K-POP. As K-POP is cementing itself as an influential category in the global music market, MAMA AWARDS’ status will also evolve concurrently.”
The 2022 MAMA AWARDS will be live-streamed on global platforms with English subtitles, including the Mnet K-POP YouTube channel. In addition, the red carpet will be broadcast at 4 PM (KST), and the award show will go live at 6 PM (KST).
About MAMA AWARDS
Presented by leading entertainment company CJ ENM, MAMA AWARDS is the World’s No.1 K-POP Awards, acclaimed by fans worldwide for its gigantic performances and elaborate stage production, which has introduced Korea’s top-notch production abilities to global audiences.
Each year MAMA AWARDS attracts the biggest artists in music from Asia, like BTS, TWICE, MONSTA X, ITZY, and GOT7, as well as worldwide superstars including Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Dua Lipa. MAMA’s legacy began in 1999 as the Mnet Music Video Daesang, then later became the Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF), sparking the growth of the Korean music industry. In 2009, MKMF was renamed the Mnet ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS, and in 2022 it rebranded into MAMA AWARDS in alignment with its ambition to expand globally and position itself as the World’s No.1 K-POP Awards.
In 2010, the massive award show began touring Asia yearly in Macau and Singapore. In addition, MAMA AWARDS has been held in Hong Kong since 2012, highlighting the event’s pan-Asian popularity. Starting with 2018, the ceremony expanded its previously one-day event to span across multiple Asian countries to promote exchanges between different Asian music markets.
Not only has the MAMA AWARDS become a significant year-end music awards ceremony, but it has also blossomed into an extravagant international music event packed with groundbreaking performances.
About CJ ENM
CJ ENM is a leading entertainment company founded in Korea in 1995. CJ ENM’s Entertainment division is engaged in a wide range of industry business areas, including media content, music, film and performing arts, providing its leading original content to various media platforms worldwide.
CJ ENM has created, produced and distributed globally-acclaimed content, including the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots,” record-breaking Korean films including “Roaring Currents” and TV series such as “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God,” “I Can See Your Voice” and more. United under the slogan “We live to discover Untold Originals,” CJ ENM has three major production and distribution studios: drama production powerhouse Studio Dragon, U.S.-based studio Endeavor Content and K-OTT content production studio CJ ENM STUDIOS.
CJ ENM also presents KCON, the world’s No.1 K-Culture festival, and MAMA AWARDS, the world’s No.1 K-POP awards, to bring K-culture experiences to people worldwide. To learn more about CJ ENM, please visit http://www.cjenm.com.