Last night, an invasion of the Korean kind happened in Hong Kong for the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). We’re, singing, and dancing idols from Korea, alongside some Asian celebrities and international performers.

Some of the notable stars who attended the gala event were such as Jackie Chan, Adam Lambert, and Choi Ji Woo (of “Winter Sonata” fame), just to name a few. Sure, these stars have got close to nothing to do with K-Pop, but their presence lit up the awards arena and made MAMA 2012 even more star-studded than it already was.


The big winner was of course, the man who united the world with just one silly, slapstick-ish music video (read: “Oppa Gangnam Style”). Psy swooped up a total of four awards – “Best Dance Performance Solo”, “International Favourite Artiste”, “Best Music Video”, and the prestigious one for “Song of the Year”. All of which was befitting to his out-of-this-world success of that super duper mega hit of his.


Big Bang, on the other hand, took home three awards – “Best Male Group”, “Best Guardian Angel Award” aka “Guardian Angel Worldwide Performer”, and the grand “Artiste of the Year” award.


Big Bang’s leader, G-Dragon aka Kwon Ji-yong, claimed the “Best Male Solo” award for his own.

Epik High, the group that had only just returned to the K-Pop scene from a three-year hiatus in October 2012 bagged MAMA 2012’s  “Best Rap/Hiphop” award. This just means that YG Entertainment‘s artistes (Psy, Big Bang, G-Dragon, and Epik High) were clearly the biggest winners of the night!


Other notable winners are such as Super Junior (three awards including “Album of the Year”), KARA, and SHINee. Here is the full list of MAMA 2012 winners:

Artist of the Year: Big Bang

Song of the Year: Psy for Gangnam Style

Album of the Year: Super Junior for Sexy Free and Single

Best New Female Artist – Ailee


Best New Male Group- Busker Busker

Best Male Solo- G-Dragon (Big Bang)

Best Female Solo- IU

Best Male Group – Big Bang

Best Female Group – Sistar

Best Dance Performance Solo – Psy

Best Collaboration Performance – HyunA & Hyun Seung

Best Dance Performance Male Group – SHINee

Best Dance Performance Female Group – f(x)

Best Vocal Performance Solo – K.Will

Best Vocal Performance Group – Davichi

Best Band- Busker Busker

Best Rap/Hiphop- Epik High

Best Style in Music- Son Ga-in

Best Guardian Angel Award- Big Bang

Best Male Group Line Award- Super Junior

Best Global Female Group- KARA

Best Global Male Group- Super Junior

Best Music Video: Psy (Gangnam Style)

International Favorite Artist – Psy

Best OST – Seo In Guk and Eunji

Mnet PD’s Choice – BAP

Best Asian Artist Philippines – Sarah Geronimo

Best Asian Artist Singapore – Taufik Batisah

Best Asian Artist Indonesia – Agnes

Best Asian Artist China- Li Yuchun

Best Asian Artist Japan – AKB48

Best Asian Artist Vietnam – My Tam

Best New Asian Group- EXO

Best New Asian Artist China- TimeZ

Best New Asian Artist Thailand: Natthew

For lack of better word, this year’s MAMA was, “Fantastic, baby!”. Now, let’s see which one of these acts will be making their way over to Kuala Lumpur in January 2013 for the 27th Golden Disk Awards!

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