‘Girl power’: NewJeans makes history as first female K-pop act to win MAMA since 2011


K-pop girl group NewJeans achieved a remarkable feat in the recently held Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), after they bagged the Artist of the Year award, making them the first female K-pop act to win the said award since 2011. 

The second day of the awarding ceremony took off yesterday, November 29, in Tokyo Dome, Japan.

In the history of MAMA, the last time a K-pop girl group won the Artist of the Year award was when SNSD, also known as Girls Generation, won such award back in 2011.

Since then, male K-pop acts seemed to be dominating the said awarding ceremony as Big Bang, G-Dragon, EXO, and BTS were awarded as Artist of the Year in the following years until 2022.

Meanwhile, NewJeans did not only receive the Artist of the Year award. Even without their appearance in the awarding ceremony, they also won the Song of the Year, another grand prize, for their hit song “Ditto.” 

In addition, they were also awarded as the Best Female Group, and Best Dance Performance for Female Group category.

Aside from NewJeans, the K-pop boy band Seventeen also bagged home the Album of the Year award, another grand prize, for their album “FML.” The boy group also won Best Male Group, Best Dance Performance for Male Group category, Cultural and Style Award, and Worldwide Fan Choice.

Here are the full list of winners in the second day of MAMA:

Artist of the Year: NewJeans
Song of the Year: NewJeans (“Ditto”)
Album of the Year: SEVENTEEN (“FML”)

Best Male Group: SEVENTEEN
Best Female Group: NewJeans

Best Male Artist: BTS’s Jimin
Best Female Artist: BLACKPINK’s Jisoo

Best Dance Performance (Male Group): SEVENTEEN
Best Dance Performance (Female Group): NewJeans
Best Dance Performance (Solo): BLACKPINK’s Jisoo

Favorite Global Performance (Male Group): ATEEZ
Favorite Global Performance (Female Group): (G)I-DLE

Favorite Dance Performance (Male Group): TREASURE
Favorite Dance Performance (Female Group): LE SSERAFIM

Best New Artist (Male): ZEROBASEONE
Best New Artist (Female): tripleS

Best Music Video: BLACKPINK’s Jisoo “Flower”

Best Collaboration: BTS’s Jungkook“Seven” featuring Latto


Best Vocal Performance (Group): AKMU
Best Vocal Performance (Solo): Parc Jae Jung

Best Rap & Hip Hop Performance: Agust D )BTS’ Suga) (“People Pt.2” featuring IU)

Regine Caldona
Regine Caldona
Regine Caldona is a chronically-online content producer. She loves vibing to feel good K-pop songs.