2015 has been one amazing year for debuts and comebacks. The MAMAs (Mnet Asian Music Awards) is just one of the few award shows that gives a chance to showcase some of the great music and artists of the year, and iKON is one of those bands to get their moment on stage.
Formed under YG Entertainment, iKON was one of the most anticipated debuts of 2015 with much hype and already a slew of fans behind them from their time on Mnet’s ‘Mix & Match’ and ‘Who is Next: Win’. Lead by B.I, who is also the lead rapper, iKON consists of seven members; two rappers and five vocalists. Bobby, who won Show Me The Money 3 (SMTM) and the main rapper, JinHwan, JunHoe, YunHyeong, DongHyuk, and ChanWoo.
Their segment for the MAMAs was titled ‘iKON Is Coming’ and they definitely have taken the awards by storm as they also won the Rookie Of The Year award. Their performance was one of the longer ones of the evening and showcased three songs.
Starting out with their newest single ‘지못미 ( Apology)’, before a word is even sung, iKONICs scream from the first piano chord. JunHoe opens the stage behind a delicate city block silhouette made of lights. DongHyuk joins him, but the crowd really goes wild when Bobby enters on his part and parts the lights. Continuing forward, the stage is filled with the other four members as they serenade the fans. And though this is a slower song, they move gracefully to the choreography while styled in all black.
As the song comes to a close, we are left with the five vocalists of iKON on stage alone. Looking statuesque, the stage goes black and we hear the opening lines, “iKON is coming to town, iKON is coming to town!”. The energy rises as B.I. and Bobby come out for their song ‘이리오너라 (Anthem)’ which was released on their debut half album, ‘Welcome Back’. Fanning themselves and joining their dancers on stage, the two rappers get the crowd hyped up. This song is most certainly a 180 degree turn from their first number.
Getting ready to transition into their third number, the seven members are reunited on the front stage as B.I., and Bobby join their five bandmates who have risen from under the stage. Now donned in shades of green, B.I. starts the opening to ‘리듬 타 (Rhythm Ta)’ and everyone starts dancing. The guys just radiate with energy and passion as they move around the stage. We can clearly see why iKON is one of the top newcomers to the music industry, as lightsticks from all the different YG stans shine bright in the crowd.
I could tell you how energetic this performance was but I think its best you check it out below.
I was kind of on the fence about iKON, but after this MAMA stage, I can certainly get add another group to my already long list. Was iKON one of your favorites? We want to know!
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Source: iKON’s YouTube Channel
Edited by: Morgan Oswald