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MAMA announces nominees for 2022 MAMA Awards

K-pop groups are vying to take home some of the biggest awards at the 2022 Mnet Asian Music Awards, which will take place at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome in Japan from Nov. 29-30.

Ive, Kep1er, Le Sserafim, NewJeans, NMixx and Choi Yena, who made their debuts between December 2021 and July 2022, are battling it out for the best new female artist category, also known as the rookie of the year award.

The nominees for the best new male artist are ATBO, Tempest, TNX, Xdinary Heroes and Younite, who all debuted between December 2021 and July 2022.

Five solo female acts have been nominated for best female artist: IU, (G)I-dle’s Miyeon, who embarked on her first solo adventure in April with “My,” Twice’s Nayeon, who dropped her first solo album “Pop” in June, Red Velvet’s Seulgi, who made her solo debut in October via “28 Reasons,” and Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, who released her 3rd LP “INVU” in February. BTS’ J-hope, Kang Daniel, trot singer Lim Youngwoong, Gangnam style singer Psy and Zico are eyeing the best male artist award.

(G)I-dle, Aespa, Blackpink, Itzy, Red Velvet and Twice are among the nominees for best female group, while BTS, Enhypen, NCT Dream, Seventeen, Stray Kids and TXT have been listed for best male group.

IU’s “Drama,” Kim Min-seok’s “Drunken Confession,” Lee Mujin’s “When it Snows,” Lim Young-woong’s “Our Blues Out Life” and Taeyeon’s “INVU” are in the running for best solo vocal performance.

Big Bang’s “Stiff Life,” BTS’ “Yet To Come,” female duo Davichi’s “Fanfare,” Enhypen’s “Polaroid Love” and Winner’s “I Love U” have been shortlisted for the best group vocal performance. [TheKoreaHerald]

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