The Best New Artist Award is particularly significant because it can only be won once in an artist’s lifetime, and the honor went to two rookies, who proved to be formidable forces this year at 2015 MAMA.
MAMA returned to the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2, where the main event opened with energetic performances and the first awards of the night: Best New Male Artist and Best New Female Artist.
IKON, who debuted this year and already has an arsenal of hits, picked up the Best New Male Artist Award.
Leader B.I said, “Thank for making this a day we will never forget.”
He continued, “Thank you to our parents and family, Yang Hyun Suk, and the producer hyungs who made music with us.”
He also made sure to shout out label seniors Big Bang, 2NE1, Winner, Psy and Epik High.
Meanwhile, JYP rookie group Twice, who debuted this year with Like OOH-AHH
, took home the Best New Female Artist honor.
Jihyo said, “We’re nervous, honored and can’t believe that the first award we’re winning is such a big award.”
She also thanked Park Jin Young, who looked on like a proud father from the crowd, before saying “Twice is still lacking in many ways, but we will take this award to mean for us to become better people and singers.”
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