World War 3 is about to happen.
No, not in the real real world, but in the K-Pop world. The reason? Awards show season is coming real soon.
On November 3rd, the 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA, for short) finally announced the nominees for this year’s awards ceremony, which will take place on December 11, 2021 at 6 P.M. KST. Some significant changes have been made to the criteria in determining the winner of the ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, and ‘Album of the Year’, where fan votes were usually considered part of the criteria.
However, the categories ‘Worldwide Icon of the Year’ and ‘Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10’ will only be based on fan votes. (Remember when NCT’s Jaehyun just winked last year and brought in almost 3 million votes at the last minute? Yeah, same here.)
K-Pop stans have been waiting for the list of nominees for a while now, and were quick to share their sentiments and feelings towards the list on social media. Some were happy to see their favorites on the list, while some felt like other deserving artists and genres were snubbed by the committee (*cough* EXO *cough* Taemin *cough* Sunmi* *cough* K R&B).
something odd about kpop stans in the quotes of award show nominee lists like "why are these nobodies nominated" or "idk any of these songs why isnt x nominated" bc they cant fathom in their kpop land heads that theres an entire music scene outside of kpop that ppl care about😭
— tired⁷ᴳ albedo:20/90 (@vante_fm) November 8, 2021
As an exo-l, I witnessed how MAMA disrespects EXO as a group and disregard the other kpop groups that are way more deserving & talented. MNET is a cooking award show but i hope this year, they would really give the awards to the deserving ones & not just bc of popularity/ trend.
— Sunshine DK 🎸 (@dokyeomino) November 3, 2021
you watch any kpop group award show performance and i can guarantee you one of the top comments is someone complaining about how they lost an award to bts or blackpink and that it proves “nowadays awards are based off popularity”
— nora ☽ is sleeping (@jungkooktopic) November 7, 2021
its a kpop award show not ww3 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/I4XmLwfvkV
— lumi (@mayslumi) November 7, 2021
a 2021 girl group is nominated to one of the most prestigious award show for SOTY! what an honor! aespa is truly the future of kpop! https://t.co/QoLVPDhkWT
— kei (@heartsforkarina) November 8, 2021
ah its year-end-award-show-voting-time again or as I like to call it: time to leave kpop twt 🙂 pic.twitter.com/4QeOMJB8cK
— Vicky ~ヾ(・ω・) (@autumnchild_77) November 7, 2021
iu and shinee still nominated for award shows after 13 years speaks a lot about their relevance and talent. idk im just so proud im stanning legends of kpop, let me be 😭✨
— beryl (inactive) (@silverjieunkey) November 8, 2021
can we please do a twitter awards where the categories are broken down by genre like a NORMAL award show instead of revolving around just kpop where the same people win awards every year? k rnb and khiphop exist and im tired of these awards shows not acknowledging it.
— t.j. | MVR 🇭🇹 (@goIdenhxur) November 7, 2021
mark awards is still the best award show in kpop. can’t wait for this year 😌 pic.twitter.com/zp30NmBDLB
— ysa ! semi ia (@R3NHYUCKHEl) November 3, 2021
Taemin is trending worldwide!! I'm in the UK and I'm fucking disappointed at this joke
of an award show .how can there ever be a decent award show without the King of kpop ..#TAEMIN OR #SHINee …everyone knows they are the best …the world knows , strangely the mamas wtf?? pic.twitter.com/7mjyCe3bK5
— Kate SHINee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐💙Taemin💙 18 months will go fast (@NI_holywater) November 3, 2021
PSYCHO of Red Velvet sets the bar high as a SOTY material for the year 2020, but we got robbed as expected from MAMA, the cooking award show. Nevertheless, we all agreed that PSYCHO is the only acknowledged SOTY of the whole KPOP industry! 🔥✨ Anyways, pic.twitter.com/BqGyDjePp7
— Sunshine DK 🎸 (@dokyeomino) November 3, 2021
kpop stans always say armys dont know their kpop history but they dont even know what the biggest most prestigious award show in korea is 😭 https://t.co/WNLN33j0p8
— tired⁷ᴳ albedo:20/90 (@vante_fm) November 3, 2021
Its annoying but its futile. Kpop stans never really attempted to try & understand that yr end award shows like mma & mama have criteria and they wont ever accept any army explanation. Just bookmark the twts and lets all reconvene in December so we can all laugh at them together
— 𝕊υм𝕀Ř𝒆⁷ (@pragueart1) November 3, 2021
Gonna be watching all those kpop Stans from the front seat being miserable and fighting for a robbed award show
— ◒ | 11.12 semi ia (@JUS2FAV) November 3, 2021
win or lose, let’s just enjoy the kpop landscape! don’t engage on to fanwars! each artists worked their asses off to be in these nominations and award shows!! u can support your faves while not dragging others down! ✌️
— dubu | happy momo day 💗 (@yaboredboii) November 3, 2021
The way one mama and award show can make chaos in kpop world whew this is funny and I'm enjoying it
— bubble 💙 (@AGJKLS1) November 3, 2021
Do you remember when a kpop awards show wasn't rigged? 😃
— ❁ Brody ♪ 🕷️ 𝔒𝔗⑦ 𝔚𝔢 ℜ𝔦𝔡𝔢 🦋 (@mcfly_mic) November 4, 2021
can't wait ppl to get pissed again because of nct's longest performance on mama 2021 lmao.
— ًًgyu (@hrjuwu) November 3, 2021
Just wait for K-Pop stan Twitter to fall into chaos on December 11, 2021. It’s the best day to see the world end (lmao jk ½). Awards show season in the K-Pop world (as a 3rd party watcher) just feels like any other day.
Though, vote for those deserving and your faves, okay?
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