Black Jacks, looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you! Just as our Best New Bands competition winds down (there are seven days left though so keep on voting!), you’re going to have to turn your sights on the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards!
K-pop supergroup 2NE1 is nominated in five categories–Best Female Group, Best Dance Performance (Female Group), Best Vocal Performance (Group), Song of the Year, and Artist of the Year–and by the looks of it, the competition’s gonna be tough! But hey, don’t worry, you have until the 25th to pull out the MAMA wins for your girls.
In between Best New Band and MAMA voting, you guys should also check out “To Anyone: The Rise of Korean Wave,” an article the growing appeal and popularity of K-Pop, published today on Pitchfork, the influential indie music site. As you might’ve guessed from its title, the article–written by K-Pop buff and member of electro duo Elite Gymnastics, James Brooks–uses 2NE1′s kicka$$ video “I Am The Best” to demonstrate how CL, Dara, Minzy, and Park Bom each possess “the manic, larger-than-life charisma of peak-efficiency Nicki Minaj.”
Not that you didn’t know that already, huh Black Jacks?
Watch “I Am The Best” here: