2015 MAMA Awards in Hong Kong – Nominees

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It’s that time of year again… MNet’s annual award show, MAMA (MNet Asian Music Awards), is back for it’s 2015 edition and this year it’s in Hong Kong.  As with past years, the viewers and fans are encouraged to vote for their favorites in several award categories.

This year there are 17 categories to pick from where the fans have a say in who could take home the award.  The voting period is open from October 31, 2015 through December 1, 2015.

You can vote for your picks on the Mnet website at: http://mama.mwave.me/vote and you can vote once per day until December 1, 2015!

For fun, here are my picks for who I would think should get the awards based on personal preference mostly, but also factoring how well each met the category.

Best New Male Artist

Nominees

iKON – MONSTA X – N.FLYING – SEVENTEEN – UP10TION

Digi's Pick

SEVENTEEN has had an awesome year this year, with two of their songs hitting number 1 on my personal chart.  MONSTA X would come in a close second.

Best New Female Artist

Nominees

CLC – TWICE – Lovelyz – GFRIEND – Oh My Girl

Digi's Pick

GFRIEND has gotten a lot of attention (sometimes not for the best things), but their first two singles have proven to be catchy hits.

Best Male Artist

Nominees

Zion.T – Kyuhyun – JYP – Jung Yong Hwa – Jonghyun

Digi's Pick

Zion.T found great success this year largely in part in participating in variety shows and for doing lots of collaboration projects.

Best Female Artist

Nominees

BoA – IU – Ailee – Taeyeon – HyunA

Digi's Pick

Even though her latest CD came out pretty close to this award season, almost all of the songs actually hit the sales charts…and they’re all pretty catchy.

Best Male Group

Nominees

BIGBANG – EXO – BTS – SHINee – Super Junior – Shinhwa

Digi's Pick

So I’m a little biased… but their single “I Need You” reigned on my personal Top 100 Chart, which is the longest of anyone for this year…  BIGBANG would come in a close second just because of the number of releases they had.

Best Female Group

Nominees

AOA – Apink – miss A – Girls’ Generation – SISTAR – Wonder Girls

Digi's Pick

This one was hard to pick… had to go with the one with the catchiest song.  But all the groups in this categories had great concepts and comebacks this year.

Best Dance Performance Solo

Nominees

Gain – Paradise Lost • Niel – Lovekiller • JYP – Who’s Your Mama • Amber – Shake That Brass • HyunA – Roll Deep

Digi's Pick

With the sexy floor dance… how could I not pick this one?

Best Dance Performance Male Group

Nominees

BIGBANG – BANG BANG BANG • EXO – Call Me Baby • GOT7 – If You Do • VIXX – Love Equation • SHINee – View • INFINITE – Bad

Digi's Pick

This was kinda hard to pick too… I liked all the dances, just the coordination and the way the video was filmed made me pick EXO.

Best Dance Performance Female

Nominees

AOA – Heart Attack • EXID – Ah Yeah • Girl’s Day – Ring My Bell • Red Velvet – Ice Cream Cake • SISTAR – Shake It

Digi's Pick

If you watch the Let’s Dance version of the video… you’ll know why I picked this.

Best Vocal Performance Male

Nominees

SG Wannabe – Love You • Zion.T – Eat • Kyuhyun – At Gwanghwamun • Lim Chang Jung – Love Again • Huh Gak – Snow In April

Digi's Pick

Having recent success on the sales charts and with powerful ballad vocals, it was my pick for this category.

Best Vocal Performance Female

Nominees

Davichi – Crying Again • MAMAMOO – Um Oh Ah Yeh • Baek Ah Yeon – Shouldn’t Have • Ailee – Mind Your Own Business • Taeyeon – I

Digi's Pick

With the super catchy chorus and super witty and funny video, it was the clear choice for me.

Best Rap Performance

Nominees

Gary – Get Some Air • Dok2 – Me • Mad Clown – Fire • Jay Park –  Mommae • San-E – Me You

Digi's Pick

The rapper that seems to be a nice and shy guy, but with some mad rap skills.

Best Band Performance

Nominees

CNBLUE – Cinderella • FTISLAND – Pray • Nell – Green Nocturne • JJY Band – OMG • Hyukoh – Comes and Goes

Digi's Pick

Another tough pick… though even though hyukoh had a big year this year, I picked CNBLUE for having the catchier track.

Best Collaboration & Unit

Nominees

Zion.T & Crush – Just • Block B Bastarz – Zero for Conduct • VIXX LR – Beautiful Liar • SoYou X Kwon Jeong Yeol – Lean On Me • INFINITE H – Pretty

Digi's Pick

The two friends make a great duo.  And their collab was a bit R&B smash.

Best Music Video

Nominees

BIGBANG – Bae Bae • f(x) – 4 Walls • SHINee – Married To The Music • Wonder Girls – I Feel You • INFINITE – Bad

Digi's Pick

The colors and the general effect that you’re tripping out… and TOP galloping around… how could I not pick this?

UnionPay Artist of the Year

Nominees

AOA – Apink – BIGBANG – CLC – EXO – iKON – miss A – N.Flying – TWICE – Zion.T – Kyuhyun – Lovelyz – MONSTA X – JYP – BTS – BoA – SHINee – SEVENTEEN – Girls’ Generation – Super Junior – Shinhwa – SISTAR – IU – UP10TION – Ailee – GFRIEND – Oh My Girl – Wonder Girls – Jung Yong Hwa – Jonghyun – Taeyeon – HyunA

Digi's Pick

BIGBANG’s MADE comeback for 2015 had to have been the best comeback in a while.  Pretty much every song on the singles released hit the charts and did fairly well if not hitting number 1.

UnionPay Song Of The Year

Nominees

AOA – Heart Attack • BIGBANG – BANG BANG BANG • CNBLUE – Cinderella • EXID – Ah Yeah • EXO – Call Me Baby • FTISLAND – Pray • Gary – Get Some Air • GOT7 – If You Do • SG Wannabe – Love You • Zion.T – Eat • Zion.T & Crush – Just • Girl’s Day – Ring My Bell • Kyuhyun – At Kwanghwamun • Nell – Green Nocturne • Niel – Love Killer • Davichi – Cry Again • Dok2 – I Will • Red Velvet – Ice Cream Cake • Mamamoo – Um Oh Ah Yeh • Mad Clown – Fire • Jay Park – Mommae • JYP – Who’s Your Mama • Baek Ah Yeon – Shouldn’t Have  • Block B Bastarz – Zero for Conduct • VIXX – Love Equation • VIXX LR – Beautiful Liar • San-E – Me You • SHINee – View • SoYou X Kwon Jeong Yeol – Lean On Me • SISTAR – Shake It • Ailee – Mind Your Own Business • Amber – Shake That Brass • INFINITE – Bad • INFINITE H – Pretty • Lim Chang Jung – Love Again • JJY Band – OMG • Taeyeon – I • 4Minute – Crazy • Huh Gak – Snow of April • hyukoh – Comes and Goes • HyunA – Roll Deep

Digi's Pick

The song I would have picked for song of the year wasn’t on the list of nominees, so I had to pick the next best song (which technically isn’t based on my chart rankings, just what I felt like on the day I picked)…

So what do you think of the nominees and who do you expect to win, or would like to win?  Let me know in the comments!

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