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Melon Music Awards 2021 announces nominees and criteria for category awards: aespa can win Best Female Group, BLACKPINK’s Lisa is not up for Best Female Solo with Rosé

The nominations of Melon Music Awards 2021 (MMA 2021) have been announced. What is the current voting status of Korean fans?

Since 2005, Korea’s biggest digital music streaming platform, Melon, has set up an award for artists based on user data, votes, experts’ evaluations, etc. In other words, this award most accurately reflects the digital performances of artists and the tastes of domestic music listeners since voting for important categories is not open to international fans.

This year’s Melon Music Awards (MMA) will take place at 6 pm KST on December 4. The same as last year, MMA 2021 will continue to be held online given the complicated situation of the pandemic. The awards ceremony will be available to watch via various live channels such as Melon, KakaoTV and 1theK’s YouTube channel.

Melon Music Awards 2021 announces nominees and criteria for category awards: aespa can win Best Female Group, BLACKPINK’s Lisa is not up for Best Female Solo with Rosé

Earlier today (November 8), Melon officially announced the nominees for different category awards of MMA 2021. Accordingly, voting begins on November 8 and will end on November 22.  There are a total of 9 categories open to vote, including important categories such as Bonsang and Daesang. The remaining categories will be 100% decided by the judges. 

However, only Korean fans are allowed to vote for the category awards of MMA 2021 through the Melon app (requires Korean phone number verification). This means that Koreans will directly decide the outcome of the vote. However, voting for the sub-event ‘Legendary Performance’ is still open to international fans if they use Kakaotalk.

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Here are the nominations and criteria for the categories of Melon Music Awards 2021 that Korean fans are eligible to cast their votes: 

Netizen Popularity Award

Award criteria: 40% digital + 60% votes

BTS

IU

aespa

Oh My Girl

Red Velvet

Yang Yoseop, Jung Eunji

Taeyeon

Rosé

Brave Girls

(G)I-DLE

Nominees for Netizen Popularity that are receiving the most votes at the moment 
Nominees for Netizen Popularity that are receiving the most votes at the moment 

Rookie Of The Year

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

aespa

STAYC

ENHYPEN

Lee Mu Jin

KyoungSeo

Jeon Gunho

Nominees for Rookie of the Year that are receiving the most votes at the moment 
Nominees for Rookie of the Year that are receiving the most votes at the moment 

Best Male Solo

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

Lee Mu Jin

Lim Young Woong

10cm

ASH ISLAND

lIlBOI

Nominees for Best Male Solo that are receiving the most votes so far 
Nominees for Best Male Solo that are receiving the most votes so far 

Best Female Solo

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

IU

Taeyeon

Rosé

Heize

KyoungSeo

Nominees for Best Female Solo that are receiving the most votes so far
Nominees for Best Female Solo that are receiving the most votes so far

Best Male Group

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

BTS

NCT Dream

SEVENTEEN

SHINee

Homies

Nominees for Best Male Group that are receiving the most votes right now
Nominees for Best Male Group that are receiving the most votes right now

Best Female Group

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

Oh My Girl

aespa

STAYC

TWICE

Brave Girls

Nominees for Best Female Group that are receiving the most votes so far
Nominees for Best Female Group that are receiving the most votes so far

Song Of The Year

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

BTS – Butter

IU – Celebrity

aespa – Next Level

Oh My Girl – Dun Dun Dance

Rosé – On The Ground

Lee Mu Jin – Traffic Light

Miranni, Munchman, Kundi Panda, MUSHVENOM – VVS

Heize – HAPPEN

KyoungSeo – Shiny Star (2020)

Song I Han – I Will Be Your Shining Star

Nominees for Song of the Year that are currently receiving the most votes 
Nominees for Song of the Year that are currently receiving the most votes 

Album Of The Year

Award criteria: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes

BTS – BE

NCT Dream – Hot Sauce

IU – LILAC

Oh My Girl – Dear Oh My Girl

SHINee – Don’t Call Me

Joy – Hello

Brave Girls – Summer Queen

AKMU – NEXT EPISODE

Heize – HAPPEN

Baek Yerin – tellusboutyourself

Album nominations that are receiving the most votes right now
Album nominations that are receiving the most votes right now

Top 10 Bonsang

Award criteria: 80% digital + 20% vote

BTS

NCT Dream

IU

Baekhyun

aespa

Rosé

Joy

Oh My Girl

Taeyeon

STAYC

SHINee

TWICE

Brave Girls

AKMU

Baek Yerin 

ASH ISLAND

Heize

Lim Young Woong

MSG Wannabe (M.O.M)

10cm

Lee Seung Gi

Lee Mu Jin

Jung Eunji, Yang Yoseop

lIlBoI

Hospital Playlist

Huh Gak

Homies

KyoungSeo

Miranni, Munchman, Kundi Panda, MUSHVENOM

Lee Ye Joon

Bonsang nominees that are getting the most votes right now
Bonsang nominees that are getting the most votes right now

Criteria for other award categories

Artist Of The Year: 60% digital + 20% judges + 20% votes (Selected from TOP 10 Bonsang)

Record Of The Year: 100% judges

Best Collaboration: 70% digital + 30% judges

Hot Trend Award: 70% digital + 30% judges 

Project Music Award: 70% digital + 30% judges

Music Video of the Year: 100% judges

Melon Music Awards 2021 announces nominees and criteria for category awards: aespa can win Best Female Group, BLACKPINK’s Lisa is not up for Best Female Solo with Rosé

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