If you've been a K-pop fan for years now, you'd know how exciting December is because it's finally awards szn—which means that K-pop performances are bigger, better, and *literally* brighter! We also get to witness our faves interact with other idols and dance/sing to each other's songs. If you're new to the fandom, welcome! And we swear—you will love all these stage productions.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards is one of South Korea's highly-anticipated award shows, where a *lot* of historic performances happen on-stage. Here are the best MAMA performances in the past decade that you should watch again and again:
1. Girls' Generation - "The Boys" (2011)
Idk about you but I really think the members of Girls' Generation are goddesses-turned-K-pop-idols. If you don't believe me, you better watch the clip below. Also, that remix though! I have never replayed a song so much in my entire life.
2. Super Junior - "Superman" + "Mr. Simple" + "Sorry, Sorry" (2011)
We love explosive stage performances but we love it even more when it's action-packed! Super Junior never disappoints when it comes to entertaining their fans and if you have noticed how consistent the screaming is in this video, you will already know why they're called legends.
3. Lee Hi, Epik High - "It's Cold" + "Don't Hate Me" (2012)
What can we say, this stage production is just plain epic (see what we did there)! What started as a mellow serenade from Lee Hi ended as a crazy performance by Epik High, complete with the guys dressed up in costumes (I'm both slightly creeped out and *super* impressed).
4. BIGBANG - "Crayon" + "Fantastic Baby" (2013)
There was a time when BIGBANG's "Fantastic Baby" was played non-stop on TV and radio (you know, pre-Spotify) and instead of getting sick of it, I would blast it on the speakers and party. I know I'm not the only one—just look at the other celebs here who also attend the 2013 MAMA! This is truly one legendary stage!
5. EXO - "Growl" + "Wolf" (2013)
Even when EXO was just in the early years of their career, they already proved how amazing they are. Look at that synchronized choreography! The facial expressions! The undeniable stage presence! In this house, we don't trust people who don't know "Na eureureong eureureong eureureongdae."
6. Troublemaker - "Now" (2013)
Before Hyuna and E'Dawn happened, we shipped our queen with Hyunseung from B2ST (together they form the duo Troublemaker). Their dramatic-slash-passionate kiss in this 2013 gem doesn't need any explanations!
7. 2NE1 - "Fire" + "I Am The Best" (2015)
A fact: All of 2NE1's stage performances really hit different, so you can already expect a powerful delivery EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Honestly, this iconic 2015 stage never fails to give us goosebumps!
8. BTS - "Boy Meets Evil" + "Blood, Sweat, & Tears" (2016)
9. MAMAMOO - "Cleopatra" + "Easy" + "Selfish" + "Above Live" (2018)
MAMAMOO is really that K-pop group with members with the most distinct personalities and can slay both together and individually! Promise, you will never get bored of them because they always have something new to offer, just like in this 2018 MAMA performance:
10. TWICE - "Feel Special" (2019)
A special 2019 MAMA stage like this deserves all the love it can get. In here, TWICE pulled off a different and more mature side without disregarding the bubblegum pop concept that they are known for. We stan versatile queens!
Follow Hanna on Instagram.