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TWICE’s Sana | The 2019 MAMA Awards Red Carpet10-DEC-2019 TWICE  Sana

Mnet just held its 21st edition of the Mnet Asian Music Awards, also known as the 2019 MAMA. Here are all of the winners from tonight’s event, including BTS’s record setting haul of 9 awards, with all 4 Daesangs (that’s 12 awards including Big Hit Entertainment’s awards!)

The Mama ceremony featured live performances by many of K-pop’s biggest stars – including BTS, Twice, Monsta X, Tomorrow X Together (winners of the award for best new male artist), Mamamoo and Itzy (winners of the award for best new female artist) – as well as British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa.

Twice scored an upset by winning the award for best female group over the hotly tipped Blackpink. The other nominees for the award were Red Velvet, Mamamoo, Iz*One and GFriend. Twice took home more top awards than any other girl group, also winning the prize for best female dance performance.

BTS and Twice also won the fan awards for favourite male and female artists.

Before the awards ceremony started, the arriving K-pop stars received a rapturous welcome at a red-carpet reception. By far the biggest splash was made by BTS, the seven-member boy band who made history by becoming the first K-pop act to top the US album charts in 2018 with their third studio album “Love Yourself: Tear”.

In red-carpet, TWICE’s Sana was confident as ever at the red carpet wearing an embellished velvet-trimmed lace gown from Miu Miu.

Chantilly lace, sparkling crystals, lustrous velvet: this dress from Miu Miu is enchanting from every angle. Crafted in Italy from cotton-blend lace with a satin slip for opacity, the design has a shirt-style bodice with a velvet collar, gemstone buttons, and a velvet belt with an embellished ring detail. It's a piece that's sure to make you the center of attention, no matter the occasion.

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MIU MIU -  Embellished velvet-trimmed lace gown

About the Celebrity

Sana Minatozaki (湊﨑紗夏 Minatozaki Sana, born December 29, 1996), commonly known by the mononym Sana (Korean: 사나), is a Japanese singer currently based in South Korea. She debuted in 2015 as a member of South Korean girl group Twice under JYP Entertainment. In Gallup Korea's annual music poll for 2018, Sana was voted the 17th most popular idol in South Korea, making the highest-ranked Japanese individual in that poll.

In 2015, Sana participated in the girl group television survival show Sixteen. Out of 16 contestants, Sana was selected as one of the nine members of the girl group Twice. She debuted with Twice in October 2015 with the title song "Like Ooh-Ahh" from their debut extended play The Story Begins.

On the eve of Japan's transition from the Heisei era to Reiwa on 1 May 2019, Sana posted a message on Twice's Instagram account bidding goodbye to the era in which she was born, and welcoming the next:

As a person born in the era, I feel somewhat sad that the Heisei Era is ending, but I want to say ‘otsukare-sama’ (Good work) to the era!!!

Because Japanese eras are named for the reigning emperor, Sana's comments drew some online criticism from those who saw them as lacking in sensitivity toward her adopted home, as the idea of Japanese emperors, called "kings" by Koreans, remains inseparable in some minds from imperial Japan and the history of the Japanese colonial rule of Korea. On the other hand, most fans defended her as someone commenting on current events, making no reference to the contentious past.