The second part of the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards titled the 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 12, 2018. It was hosted by Park Bo Gum, who currently stars in “Encounter” opposite Song Hye Kyo.
On December 10, 2018, the 2018 MAMA premiere at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea. Hosted by Jung Hae In, the ceremony honored new artists not only in South Korea but also in other Asian countries.
Announced during the 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan was the first Worldwide Icon of the Year. The artists in fan voted categories were also awarded.
There were 10 nominees for the Worldwide Icon of the Year award. They were selected through a series of pre-voting based on a combination of Twitter votes, official MAMA voting on the MAMA website and Music Video online views from November 1, 2018 to December 9, 2018.
Based on the fans’ votes, the artists that made it to the Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 were Blackpink, BTS, GOT7, Monsta X, MAMAMOO, NCT127, NU’EST W, SEVENTEEN, TWICE and Wanna One. The Worldwide Icon of the Year was awarded to [result to be added here].
The artists featured during the 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan were BTS, IZ*ONE, MAMAMOO, Monsta X, NU’EST W, Stray Kids, TWICE and Wanna One. The event was also graced by Matsushige Yutaka, Ha Seok Jin, Jang Hyuk, Jung So Min and Yang Se Jong.
Days before hosting 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan, Park made his comeback to the small screen. Starring Park and Song, “Encounter” premiered on tvN on November 28, 2018.
“Encounter” airs on tvN Wednesdays and Thursdays. Joining Park and Song in the cast are Jang Seung Jo, Moon Sung Keun, Nam Ki Ae, Ko Chang Seok, Kwak Sun Young, Cha Hwa Yeon, Shin Jung Geun, Baek Ji Won, P.O., Kim Joo Heon, Kim Hye Eun, Jeon So Ni, Kim Ho Chang, Lee Si Hoon, Park Jin Joo and Park Sung Geun.
On December 14, 2018, Song’s husband Song Joong Ki will host the last part of the 2018 MAMA titled the 2018 MAMA in Hong Kong. The artists who made great achievements in 2018 will award during the finale, which will take place at the Asia-World Expo Arena in Hong Kong.
Here is a clip from the 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan featuring Bo Gum at the red carpet: