TheÂ voting began for the 2011Â MMAâ€˜sÂ (Melon Music Awards) and the Top 30 finalists were announced by Melon, which included artists likeÂ Kim Bum Soon, Park Jung Hyun, Huh Gak,Â 2NE1, 2PM, 4minute, Girlâ€™s Day, TVXQ, B2ST, SECRET, G.NA, f(x), INFINITE, T-ara, GD & TOP,Â miss A, IU, K.Will, CNBLUE, Leessang,Â Davichi,Â 10cm,Â Super Junior,Â Big Bang,Â and more.
However, one artist that was missing from the top 30 list was boy groupÂ JYJ. Their absence from the nominees list drew many heated reactions from netizens especially on their fans internationally, and once again,Â SM EntertainmentÂ is being accused in undertones of being the influencing factor.
Some have been speculating that music award shows are showing reluctance about JYJâ€™s appearance due to the conflicts withÂ SM Entertainment. If JYJ makes an appearance on the show or receives and award, SM Entertainment could possibly refuse to attend the event. They speculate that the shows donâ€™t want to be burdened with the possibility of having SM Entertainment pull artists like f(x), TVXQ, Super Junior, and SNSD from attending.
In response to these speculations, the MMA stated, â€œThe Top 30 were determined by the amount of streaming (40%), downloads (50%), mobile (10%) on Melonâ€¦ They were determined by the precise data collected, and JYJ did not make the top 30 from those data.â€
JYJ had released their fist official Korean albumÂ â€˜In Heavenâ€™Â last September and have been receiving much love â€“ selling over 300,000 copies even without music program appearances. Also, we all know how popular is the group are so it was really impossible for them to not meet the needed data.