The Mnet Asian Music Awards, an annual K-pop awards ceremony, conducted a system check to eliminate fake ballots for its upcoming awards, the organization announced Friday.
“We have detected fraudulent votes for 2017 MAMA between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1,” the announcement read.
The website undertook a four-hour system check early Friday morning during which time voting was temporarily suspended.
“If the ballot rigging continues, the rigging votes will be deleted, their user IPs will be blocked and their IDs will be permanently deleted,” the announcement said.
2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards (Mnet)
The voting, with participation from 180 countries around the globe so far, is to continue through Nov. 28.
The music awards ceremony will take place at Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Nov. 25, then head to Yokohama Arena, Japan, on Nov. 29, and finally to Hong Kong for two events, at W Hotel Hong Kong on Nov. 30 and at AsiaWorld-Expo on Dec. 1.
MAMA started as the local Mnet Km Music Festival. The awards show took on its current name in 2009 and has been held overseas since 2010, marking itself as one of the world’s biggest K-pop events.
By Kim So-yeon (email@example.com