Sought-after actor Song Joong-ki is set to make his fourth comeback at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) stage as the event’s main host this year.
Featuring the theme “NEW-TOPIA,” the 22nd MAMA is set to give distinction to 2020’s talented roll of musicians whose works got them nominated for the event’s much-coveted titles. The K-pop Categories include the Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Music Video, Worldwide Icon of the Year, and Worldwide Fan’s Choice Top 10, and categories by Artist and Song Genre. Singles and music videos that were released from October 24, 2019 to October 28, 2020 are the ones eligible for nomination. Meanwhile, the Asia Music and Professional Categories are intended to critically praise artists and music experts from South Korea (for Professional Categories), Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam who have worked on songs and music-related contents from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
Song Joong-ki, who attained worldwide popularity for headlining various hit television series such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), Descendants of the Sun (2016), and Arthdal Chronicles (2019), has proven time and again that he is not only incredibly skilled at acting but also at entertaining a crowd by hosting MAMA in 2012, 2017, and 2018. With the significantly heightened attention that other Asian countries have cast on K-culture this year, MAMA has decided to aim the spotlight on this year’s most deserving musicians through a personality as influential and well-known as Song Joong-ki.
Organized by CJ E&M, one of South Korea’s biggest entertainment and mass media companies, MAMA is a music awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding achievements in the world of K-pop as well as in the Asian music industry. The annual celebration is aired internationally via CJ E&M’s pay television music channel, Music Network (Mnet), and its several partner networks abroad.
Slated to be held on December 6, the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards will hold a simulcast worldwide through a number of TV networks and entertainment platforms: globally via YouTube, V Live, and the MAMA official website; in South Korea on Mnet and TVING; in Japan via Mnet Smart and Mnet Japan; in the Philippines on Gigafest by Smart Communications and tvN Asia; in Indonesia via Indosiar and tvN Asia; in Sri Lanka on tvN Asia; and in the Sub-Saharan Africa via tvN Asia (DStv). Unlike in the previous years, however, the event will carry on without an audience in consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic.