[NEWS] MNET Responds to MAMA Boycott by SM and Inwoo

4 11 2009

Earlier this evening, we reported that SM Entertainment had decided to boycott 2009 MAMA. MNET was swift with their response to SME’s claims against them.

In a phone interview with Money Today on the 3rd, a MNET representative said:

Inwoo and SM Entertainment mentioned that the fairness in selection of candidates was questionable, but that is not true. All candidates were selected fairly through the music charts and data collected on Mnet.com.

If we were to try and exclude artists of certain company, we wouldn’t have put artists of those companies on our candidate list to begin with. Also, we would be risking our reputation and fairness if we were to change things just because major entertainment companies disagree with our system. If companies keep complaining about year end ceremonies, then such event cannot exist. The point of this ceremony is celebration by all artists who shined this year with their hard work, so I wish that artists would forget about receiving award or not and just put on an amazing show.

Regarding the fee to vote, the representative explained, “This was done to prevent fans from casting multiple votes on specific artists. It was not done for profit. We are planning on donating profit earned from the voting process back to the music industry.

Source: AllKpop


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3 responses

4 11 2009
babababan

Pfft. SME is being a shit right now. First with DBSK, now Mnet. Hahaha…

26 11 2009
pix

How bogus of Mnet, do they not realize how huge Gee was? This isn’t gonna stop fans from over voting (hello IP checks?) it’ll just ensure that only rich fans will vote. I totally support SM on this one.

25 12 2009
Kiki

Mnet has valid points. One of the main reasons, actually only reason, German rock band Tokio Hotel has been wining several MTV awards (best band at the EMAs, best new artist last year) is because the fans vote like crazy for them. They are a good group but not to the extent of winning over Greenday, for example.
I understand why they would want to avoid multiple votings.

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