The “2022 MAMA Awards” Faces Criticism From Viewers And K-Pop Fans After Day One Of The Show

Fans hope day two will see some improvement.

The 2022 MAMA Awards are not yet over, but they have already provided K-Pop fans with plenty of iconic moments such as Stray Kidsperformance and the collaboration stage between fourth generation girl groups.

Stray Kids stage at the “2022 MAMA Awards” | Mnet

IVE, LE SSERAFIM, NMIXX, NewJeans, and Kep1er’s collaboration stage | Mnet

Of course, there was also no shortage of individual idols who went viral; both IVE‘s Gaeul and TREASURE‘s Yoshi sent the Internet into meltdown with their unreal visuals, as did Stray Kids’ Felix.

IVE’s Gaeul in collaboration stage for NMIXX’s “O.O” | Mnet

TREASURE’s Yoshi (Center) with Jeongwoo (Left) and Junghwan (Right) | Mnet

Stray Kids’ Felix

But while there was much to enjoy from day one of the awards show, many viewers have had mixed feelings, if not outright complaints, about the show. In particular, fans and viewers have raised strong concerns regarding the camera work throughout the ceremony.

While it was still easy to tell the performances were topnotch, many felt frustrated that the filming style did not allow viewers to see the performances up close, choosing to zoom out and pan over the audience or the stage instead of focusing on the artists.

Fans of LE SSERAFIM, for example, felt like they missed much of the group’s stage, which is particularly unfortunate given that they are a group known for their high-level performance, even earning an award for it at the recent 2022 Melon Music Awards.

LE SSERAFIM’s “FEARLESS” stage at the “2022 MAMA Awards” | Mnet

Netizens also commented that this is unfair to the artists, who put in tons of work to make the best possible show, only for many to miss it.

Some felt that this, among other things, makes this year’s MAMA Awards feel somewhat rushed.

According to MOAs, Mnet could probably even take tips from TXT‘s Beomgyu!

Fans are now hoping that day two will allow a more clear view of the artists and their performances.