A rumored MAMA 2021 lineup list naming Justin Bieber, BTS, AKB48, and others has been doing the rounds on social media. The full lineup has garnered mixed reactions as fans have noticed the absence of top groups such as BLACKPINK, NCT Dream, and others.
Fans, in particular Korean netizens, are also disgruntled that Japanese groups are being called to perform at the MAMA. While some of the most prominent groups remain excluded. Justin Bieber’s addition to the rumored lineup particularly has fans excited.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards are among one of the most highly-anticipated year-end awards ceremonies. Mnet announced the iconic Lee Hyori as the first female MAMA host to make this year more extravagant, fuelling enthusiasm.
With a great name such as Lee Hyori attached as the host, the lineup is also expected to be grand. Since October 16, a rumored MAMA 2021 lineup has been doing the rounds on social media.
Since HYBE’s acquisition of Ithaca Holdings, Bieber’s talent management company, and both HYBE groups are rumored for performances, having American pop icon Justin Bieber does make it seem like a distant reality.
The blog post with the rumored MAMA 2021 lineup states:
- First lineup: BTS, TWICE
- Second lineup: Stray Kids, ATEEZ, TXT
- Third lineup: SEVENTEEN, ITZY, NCT 127, Red Velvet, aespa
- Fourth lineup: Lee Hyori, JY Park, Psy, BoA, Street Woman Fighter
- Fifth lineup: Justin Bieber, AKB48, NiziU, JO1
On the one hand, K-pop fans are ecstatic with the rumored setlist showing Bieber because they know most idols love him.
Also, fans are upset with Japanese groups being included in the setlist. It even excludes some of the biggest names in K-pop, such as BLACKPINK, NCT Dream, and MONSTA X, which has made them more disgruntled.