The dazzling lights of the Tokyo Dome illuminated the first day of the highly anticipated 2023 MAMA Awards, celebrating the best in K-pop. BTS emerged as the triumphant winner of the prestigious Worldwide Icon of the Year award, solidifying their global influence and impact on the music industry.
In a night filled with stellar performances and electrifying moments, TXT and SEVENTEEN also took center stage, leaving with well-deserved accolades. TXT, making waves with their hits “Sugar Rush Ride” and “Goodbye Now,” clinched victory in the fiercely competitive Song of the Year category.
The Best New Male Artist category saw fierce competition, but the rising star RIIZE claimed the coveted award, showcasing the incredible talent emerging in the K-pop scene. The Best New Female Artist award was claimed by the sensational group tripleS, underscoring the diversity and dynamism of female talent in the industry.
SEVENTEEN, a force to be reckoned with, secured the Best Male Group award, standing tall alongside other esteemed nominees. Meanwhile, aespa, the trendsetting girl group, took home the title of Best Female Group, highlighting their chart-topping success and distinctive style.
Individual excellence was recognized as well, with Jimin and Jungkook of BTS vying for the Artist of the Year award. The competition in the Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist categories was equally fierce, with standout performers such as Hwasa, Jisoo, and Lim Young Woong among the nominees.
The MAMA stage was set ablaze with phenomenal dance performances, with Jimin’s “Like Crazy” and Hwasa’s “I Love My Body” securing victories in the Best Dance Performance Male Solo and Best Dance Performance Female Solo categories, respectively.
SEVENTEEN’s “Super” and TXT’s “Sugar Rush Ride” dazzled audiences, earning them the titles of Best Dance Performance Male Group and Best Dance Performance Female Group, respectively.
The vocal prowess of artists shone through in categories such as Best Vocal Performance Solo and Best Vocal Performance Group, with V’s “Love Me Again” and BTS’s “Take Two” earning well-deserved recognition.
In the rap and hip-hop realm, Agust D (Suga) claimed the Best Rap & Hip Hop Performance award for the impactful “People Pt.2 (Feat. IU).” Collaborations were also celebrated, with BTS’s Jungkook and Taeyang’s mesmerizing “Seven (Feat. Latto)” earning Best Collaboration.
The emotional resonance of OSTs was acknowledged, with TXT’s “Goodbye Now” from the “Love Revolution” OST taking the crown for Best OST.
As the night drew to a close, the anticipation for Day 2 of the MAMA Awards continued to build. With a constellation of stars gathered under the Tokyo Dome, the 2023 MAMA Awards set a high bar for the celebration of K-pop excellence, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this musical extravaganza.