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Members of the South Korean K-Pop band f(x) pose on the red carpet during 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong, China December 2, 2015. Reuters

The 2016 edition of one of the major K-pop music award ceremonies, Mnet Asian Music Awards, is nearing. Popularly abbreviated as MAMA, the outstanding achievement awards for music are all set to rock the Korean entertainment scene.

The annual event, which began in 1999 under the name Mnet Km Music Festival, will have its showcasing at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong this year. The 2016 edition marks the ceremony's entry into its 18th year.

As per Mnet's official website, there are a few new additions to the gala event apart from red carpet, awards ceremony and convention. The award ceremony is all set to incept a Professional Category Awards along with recognizing the achievements of Asia's music experts. The organizers apparently are also vouching for a professional music conference and a Creators' Forum.

Recently, the organizational team of MNET released a long list of nominees in various categories of Korean music scene. Some of the popular titles include Best New Male/Female Artist, Best Male/Female Group, Best Vocal Solo, Best Band performance etc.

See the full list here:

Best New Male Artist

  • NCT 127
  • SF9
  • ASTRO
  • KNK
  • PENTAGON

Best New Female Artist

  • BLACKPINK
  • gugudan
  • Bolbbalgan4
  • I.O.I
  • WJSN

Best Male Group

  • EXO
  • iKON
  • BTS
  • Block B
  • SHINee
  • INFINITE

Best Female Group

  • TWICE
  • Red Velvet
  • MAMAMOO
  • GFRIEND
  • Wonder Girls

Best Male Artist

  • PARK HYO SHIN
  • PSY
  • Lim Chang Jung
  • ZICO
  • CRUSH

Best Female Artist

  • Baek A Yeon
  • Ailee
  • LEE HI
  • Jeong Eun Ji
  • TAEYEON

Best Dance Performance Solo

  • Free SomebodyLUNA
  • Find MeJun Hyo Seong
  • Press Your NumberTAEMIN
  • I Just Wanna DanceTIFFANY
  • How's this?HyunA

Best Dance Performance Male Group

  • MonsterEXO
  • Hard CarryGOT7
  • All inMONSTA X
  • Blood Sweat & TearsBTS
  • FantasyVIXX
  • Pretty USEVENTEEN

Best Dance Performance Female Group

  • Good LuckAOA
  • CHEER UPTWICE
  • Russian RouletteRed Velvet
  • I Like ThatSISTAR
  • RoughGFRIEND

Best Vocal Performance Male Solo

  • D (half moon)DEAN
  • Good For YouEric Nam
  • The Love That I CommittedLim Chang Jung
  • Fallen in Love (Only with You)JANG BEOM JUNE
  • Don't ForgetCRUSH

Best Vocal Performance Female Solo

  • So-SoBaek A Yeon
  • Across The UniverseYerin Baek
  • If YouAilee
  • Hopefully skyJeong Eun Ji
  • RainTAEYEON

Best Vocal Performance Group

  • Beside meDAVICHI
  • You're the bestMAMAMOO
  • RibbonBEAST
  • Remember thatBTOB
  • I Don't Love YouUrban Zakapa

Best Band Performance

  • What The Spring??10cm
  • YOU'RE SO FINECNBLUE
  • Letting GoDAY6
  • Take Me NowFTISLAND
  • PulseGuckkasten

Best Rap Performance

  • Lonely NightGARY
  • 1llusionDOK2
  • Sour GrapesSan E, Mad Clown
  • puzzleCjamm, BewhY
  • I Am You, You Are meZICO

Best Collaboration

  • HIT MEMOBB (MINO & BOBBY)
  • Inferiority ComplexPark Kyung, Eunha
  • No Matter WhatBoA, Beenzino
  • DreamSuzy, BAEKHYUN
  • Spring LoveEric Nam, WENDY

Best Music Video

  • WHISTLEBLACKPINK
  • bonnie & clydeDEAN
  • Carnival (The Last Day)GAIN
  • Blood Sweat & TearsBTS
  • Why So LonelyWonder Girls

Best OST

  • Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds)Gummy
  • This Love (Descendants of the Sun)DAVICHI
  • Like a Dream (Another Miss Oh)Ben
  • Don't Worry (Reply 1988)Lee Juck
  • Reminiscence (Signal)JANG BEOM JUNE