2013 MAMA in Hong Kong

한국어: LG ‘옵티머스원’, 대박행진 이어간다
한국어: LG ‘옵티머스원’, 대박행진 이어간다 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Members of Korea hip-hop group BIGBANG.

Sometimes I just have to stop and take a minute to really think about how amazing the Internet is. Working in that world everyday, makes me take it for granted. But this morning while getting ready for work, I was able to watch the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) show LIVE (not live on delay) AND even better, send that Internet signal to my TV and still get a clear image! That’s awesomesauce.

The MAMAs aims to bring fans and musical artists together–people of different cultures and different languages–on one great stage. Last year was my first time watching this show, but I didn’t see it live. I watched the posted segments without subtitles the day after so it was pretty exciting to tweet with others also watching it live. I giggle at how excited I get when I actually understand what someone is saying or at least the gist of it. Usually it’s just a word or a common Korean phrase like I’m grateful, thank you, make some noise, or what to do? but I still get excited. I could even recognize “thank you” and “hello” in Mandarin thanks to adding Taiwanese dramas to my TV viewing. Yeah, I’m a total goofball.

My three favorite performances of the night were BIGBANG, Rain and EXO.

The BIGBANG members collectively and individually are so talented. Whether with the group or on their own they know how to put on a performance. But together they just do showstoppers. Most concerts aren’t worth the ticket price; that is one show I know would be worth paying for if it ever came near me.

I’m firmly on the Rain train now. I remember after watching Full House I kept saying I don’t understand what the big deal is. That character he played was annoying as hell. It was only after seeing him perform that I joined the rest of the scrambled brains that can only sit transfixed watching him command the stage. This was my first time seeing him since he finished his military service and he didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to hear his new album.

EXO is one of those groups that I always seem to see a lot of people hating on, but they are very popular. And I enjoy their music and performances. My one criticism would be that I don’t like groups with a 1,000 members (okay actually there’s only 12) because I can’t (and don’t want to) keep track of who’s who. Their performance of Growl and other songs from XOXO was very entertaining.

Last year, it was the guys from Super Junior who got all the camera time during cutaways from the main stage. This year it was this guy, L from Infinite. He was certainly earning his keep for his job as the Visual of the group.

For a change of pace viewers were treated to the newest YouTube parody song by Ylvis, What Does The Fox Say? I get why it was a thing, but I didn’t need that ear worm in my head so early in the morning. And it was followed by ear worm #2 Bar Bar Bar by Crayon Pop. The girl group that makes me think of Devo. I can only be grateful that Rain and BIGBANG came after, and flushed them both away.

Whenever I watch a show produced in another country I’m always praying whoever is going to represent America is not going to be embarrassing. With some über dramatic music, out comes Stevie Wonder. I breathe a sigh of relief. Old school worked the crowd and definitely was a great representation of the MAMA theme “Music Makes One.” His voice is still so strong and his music always makes for a good vibe.

After watching BIGBANG own the stage, I was feeling good and left for work. I popped back in to see the show end and…what the heck? Paris Hilton. DJing no less. So much for the U.S. being repped right. Le sigh.

After being sick yesterday, I couldn’t muster the energy to get up a 5 a.m. to watch the red carpet, but hopefully Mnet will post it on their site and I’ll get to catch it when I do a re-watch.


I tried to vote several times for my fav artists on Mnet.com site using different computers with different IP addresses, but kept getting an error message. Submitted a bug report to them, but never heard back. It was annoying because I wanted to participate, but luckily it seems most of my picks won. The 2013 MAMA winners are all listed here. You can also listen to their music.

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And on a side note, you gotta love the crazy k-pop fandoms. This time Hottest (fans of the group 2PM) and Babys (fans of BAP) took to Twitter to protest the lack of nominations for those groups by creating their own awards threads. Just follow #HAHA2013 and #BAPA2013 and let the hilarity ensue!

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