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K-pop awards ‘MAMA’ skips HK due to protests
香港抗爭延燒 「MAMA」音樂大獎移師日本

Members of South Korean girl group Twice attend the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong on Dec. 14 last year.

Photo: AFP

The 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place in Nagoya, Japan on Wednesday. This year’s lineup included K-pop superstars such as global phenomenon BTS and girl group Twice. However, both IZ*ONE and X1, who emerged from the Produce 101 series, pulled out due to a vote-manipulation scandal.

It was actually the first MAMA not to take place in Hong Kong since 2012 following months of political unrest in the territory. “After internal discussions, the MAMA organizer decided not to hold the event in Hong Kong because of the protests,” according to Reuters. But the relocation has triggered opposition from South Korean fans in light of the Japan-South Korea trade war.

Affected by the “anti-extradition” protests, a number of singers such as Cheer Chen, Leehom Wang and Jay Chou have either cancelled or delayed their concerts in Hong Kong. On Nov. 21, singer Eason Chan also announced the cancellation of all 25 of his shows, due to start this month at the Hong Kong Coliseum, resulting in a huge financial loss estimated at NT$720 million (approximately US$23.6 million).

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)

二○一九年「Mnet亞洲音樂大獎」(MAMA)週三在日本名古屋登場!今年加入陣容的韓流巨星有轟動全球的防彈少年團BTS、人氣女團Twice等。不過自《Produce 101》系列出道的IZ*ONE和X1,則因該節目票數造假醜聞而退出表演。





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