K-Pop Acts Nominated at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards

The nominees for the 2021 MTV EMAs include more than just BTS when it comes to South Korean acts in the nominee list.

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Nominated for "Best Group" is BTS (up against American acts Imagine Dragons, Jonas Brothers, and Silk Sonic, British act Little Mix, and Eurovision-winning Italian act Maneskin).

The worldwide chart-topping HYBE group were also nominated in the "Best Pop" category (up against Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Rodrigo).

The MTV EMAs also include a "Best K-pop" category this year. The nominees in the category include:

  • BTS
  • Lisa
  • Monsta X
  • NCT 127
  • Rose
  • Twice
Under the "Biggest Fans" category includes Blackpink and BTS, who are respectively the biggest girl and boy groups in the world. Their fans are up against the fans of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift.

The awards ceremony also features a regional award section, including a category for "Best Korean Act". The nominees in this category include:
  • Aespa
  • Cravity
  • Weeekly
  • WEi
This is a big year for K-pop at the MTV EMAs, with more nominations than in any other year.

The awards ceremony has not been without controversy, though. Being held at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary, there was criticism over the choice of location due to Hungary's relatively recent adoption of anti-LGBT+ laws.

What do you think about all of these K-pop acts being nominated in the 2021 MTV EMAs? Who do you hope will win? Let us know by commenting on our socials @KpopWise.

Ford Carter

Ford Carter is an online blogger studying journalism who's hundreds of articles across half a dozen fansites from the music and television industries have now been read more than 300,000 times. From his home in regional Australia, you'll often find him binging kdramas or rewatching old editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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