I was kinda disappointed but I don’t really come to the MAMAs with high hopes (all EXO-L have MAMA trauma deep inside). The intro was cool though. I think the highlight was the special effects. I don’t understand what they did, but it was so much fun to watch.
The performances were all really good, and newbie kpop fans would like seeing all their favorite bands with very few “unknown” performances… Some concepts were really cringey, though… I just wanted to laugh at the ITZY stage when they started beating up bad guys and finally when a member aimed a very fake-looking gun at Heo Sung Tae and killed him Even the comments were all like “What the heck am I watching lol.” But their Mafia performance was fire, as always. ITZY is a talented group.
ikr. They used to do that even when they attended the MAMAs, and they always just get up and celebrate with the member who won.
We’re pretty divided on the MAMAs. Half the fandom still boycotts the MAMAs, so even our fan votes are less than the real numbers. I was there for NCT (my other favorites are SEVENTEEN and EXO - neither came).
Stray Kids had an elaborate stage. It was fun to watch. I first started liking them and ATEEZ when I saw the Inception - God’s Menu collab stage in last years’ MAMAs. ATEEZ also performed really well. NCT DREAM’s stage wasn’t very elaborate, but their harmony caught me off-guard. Live or not, I like “Hello Future” and its melody… the boys also have strong vocals and I enjoyed the performance.
I THINK some were live with soft backtracks or something. I can’t be sure. Or they might have done one song live and the other one without. I remember seeing a member struggling with his breath because he wasn’t able to strike a cool pose, but I could be mistaken.
My only complaint is that THEY DIDN’T RAISE THE MICS. THIS IS THE MNET ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS, FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE! My poor tall guy Lee Do Hyun and other actors like him were all bending over in front of the mics and it looked so weird! The award recipients’ mics all seemed to be adjusted to their heights, but most the male presenters had to bend. I noticed that they changed to hand-held mics after a while.