J-pop & K-pop Collide in On-Stage Performance at Award Show

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) is a major K-pop music award ceremony, but it celebrates East-Asian music acts. This past ceremony was ambitious and was hosted in Vietnam, Japan, and Hong Kong!

The ceremonies theme was “coexistence” between the countries’ music industries and cultures. What better way to highlight this theme than to have a collaborative on-stage performance?

Japanese idol group AKB48 is arguably the best-known J-pop act around the world. They took the stage with K-pop groups Weki Meki, Chungha, PRISTIN, Fromis 9, and Idol School Class One for a monstrous performance!

The groups performed “Heavy Rotation,” “Koisuru Fortune Cookie,” and “Pick Me.”

The performances showcased some differences between the two industries, albeit on a generalized scale.

While the event’s audience and the video viewers enjoyed the collabo, some viewers pointed out key differences between the mediums. J-pop acts like AKB48 tend to look cute on stage with their costumes and simplified dances, which K-pop acts look sexy with their elaborate dance moves and provocative costumes.

The different styles of performances can be seen, and they each have their own fans! Which do you like the best?

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Majored in Music @Duke, but realized that being a Jazz singer wasn't a real job. Now I spend my days watching anime and writing about the music industry. Glad to be in the new round of GB hires. Look forward to my coverage.
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