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YG Entertainment Acts Big Bang, 2NE1 Likely To Be Absent From MAMA 2015 Ceremony

By Tamar Herman | October 14, 2015 10:35 AM EDT

One of Korea's biggest entertainment companies may be absent from the 17th Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

YG Entertainment revealed on Tuesday that none of their acts received invitations from Mnet to attend the event, which will be held this year in Hong Kong on Dec. 2. The agency reported that it would be "difficult" to plan on sending any YG artists to the event at this late of a date.

None of YG Entertainment's most popular acts, including the iconic K-pop groups Big Bang and 2NE1, are currently slated to appear at the event. 

"It usually takes at least two months to cast, direct, and select candidates for the awards," a YG Entertainment rep told Korean outlets, reports The K-Pop Herald.

A representative from Mnet revealed that plans are still underway regarding nominees and lining up artists to perform at the event.

2015 saw a long-awaited and well-received comeback from the idol group Big Bang, as well as the debut of YG's group iKON. The agency also represents top acts like Psy, 2NE1, Epik High, AKMU, and Winner.

YG Entertainment artists - 2NE1, Big Bang, Epik High, and Big Bang's G-Dragon- have all received awards at past ceremonies.

Big Bang dominated Korean music charts for much of the summer, but due to the lack of an invitation, the quintet is not currently set to attend the ceremony or nominated for any awards.

The MAMA first aired on Mnet in 1999, and has been held overseas since 2010. MAMA has been hosted by Hong Kong since 2012.

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Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and has written for MTV Iggy and Noisey.

Tagged :  2NE1, BigBang, MAMA, 2015, yg, entertainment

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