5 Iconic Melon Music Awards Performances Over the Years

The Melon Music Awards, aka MMA, is a major year-end awards show in South Korea hosted by Kakao Entertainment, owner of music platform Melon.

Melon is the second most used streaming platform in South Korea, just behind YouTube Music. The Melon Music Awards have been held online every year since 2005, however, offline award shows did not begin until 2009. The award show uses Melon’s digital data and votes received online from Korean citizens to compile their list of winners.

Each year, the lineup for the Melon Music Awards has been extraordinary, with each K-pop group putting on an extravagant performance on stage to wow the audience.

In 2021, Melon Music Awards announced a special award called ‘Legend Stage’ to recognize legendary performances on its stage. Among the nominees, BTS’ 2018 MMA performance picked up the award.


5 Legendary Melon Music Awards Performances That Always Get Talked About

1) The girls’ generation Genius performance

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The Melon Music Awards began their offline shows in 2009 and to open the show that same year, Girls’ Generation performed their songs chocolate love and Genius. The performance was special as it was the first time an artist had physically graced the stage of this grand awards show with such a powerful performance.

The song and choreography of Genius is considered one of the most iconic performances by a girl group and although it is over ten years old, many dancers still cover the song to this day.


2) UI dear name performance

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IU’s stage performances are always creative and touching, but her dear name The performance at the 2017 Melon Music Awards was one of the soloist’s most iconic performances.

IU performed while singing the songs Through the night and dear name with other singers who haven’t had the opportunity or support to break into the music industry. She did this to grant them the exposure and spotlight they all needed, as the idol felt it was worth spreading their names to the world.


3) BTS’ IDOL performance

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After a heart-pounding rendition of their songs FAKE LOVE and Airplane point 2BTS performed a celebration of Korean culture at the 2018 Melon Music Awards. Various Korean traditional dance forms were performed by j-hope, Jimin, and Jung Kook, who performed Samgo-Mu (drum dance), Buchaechum (fan dance) and Talchum (mask dance).

The septet then took the stage to perform the traditional Korean instrumental version of their song. IDOL donned in Hanboks, which is a traditional attire of Koreans.

The thrilling performance also won the Legend Stage in MMA and later, BTS member Jimin also received a plaque of appreciation from the Kim Baek Bong Fan Dance Conservation Society for his wonderful performance of fan dancing.


4) BTS’ Dionysus performance

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BTS made history with their 2019 MMA performance by putting on an approximately 40-minute show. The septet gave viewers an intriguing cinematic experience through their performances and VCRs.

In the first half of the show, the boy band performed their hits such as Intro: Personaswhere RM performed in a box-like set, followed by boy in love and Boy with Luv. For Mikrokosmosthe configuration resembled that of a galaxy, and BTS seemed to be floating in the air surrounded by several stars.

However, the show stealer was their big introductory performance from Dionysus. Each member performed solo on instrumentals from various hits in their discography, from which they transitioned to a Greek-themed set to perform. Dionysus which also included an EDM-inspired dance break that had the audience’s jaws on the floor.


5) Lim Young Woong hero performance

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Although MMA 2020 was a virtual affair due to the Covid-19 pandemic, trotting singer Lim Young-woong managed to put on a great performance of his songs Believe in me and hero.

The addition of colorful chandeliers and the 360-degree scene where he played the piano while singing live made the whole performance so captivating that you couldn’t take your eyes off of him.


The 2022 Melon Music Awards will be held on November 26, 2022 at Gocheok Sky Dome. With newer generations of K-pop groups making up the main lineup this year, it would be interesting to see if they can replicate the great stage performances produced by their predecessors.

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Edited by Abhipsa Choudhury

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