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Kang Daniel of Wanna One gets best ‘birthday present’ at 2018 MAMA in Seoul

By Kim Arin

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Published : Dec 11, 2018 - 13:20 / Updated : Dec 11, 2018 - 13:20

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Wanna One won the “DDP Best Trend” award at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards premiere, held Monday at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.

The purpose of the ceremony was to recognize new artists such as Wanna One, which celebrated the first anniversary of its debut Aug. 7.

The award, for artists leading trends in the music industry, was the last to be announced at the event, which ran from 7 to 9:20 p.m.

Upon accepting the honor, the members of Wanna One thanked their fans, known as “Wannables,” for showing their support by attending the show despite the cold weather.

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“We are now approaching the final station of our journey,” Kang Daniel said during his thank-you speech, referring to the upcoming expiration of the 11-member act’s contract.

“Tell me this is forever, am I right?” Park Woo-jin asked the roaring crowd.

On the screen behind them flashed the words, “Can you trust and wait for us? We’ll meet again.”

Monday also happened to be Kang’s 22nd birthday, and fans in the audience held up signs wishing him a happy birthday. The birthday boy appeared on the red carpet with a red rose in hand for the special occasion.

Wanna One performed two tracks off its latest album “1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny),” lead song “Spring Breeze” and “Hide and Seek” at the awards show.

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Wanna One was formed thanks to the Mnet audition show “Produce 101,” season 2, which ran from April to June 2017, and went on to make its debut in August 2017 under YMC Entertainment. Composed of the 11 highest-ranking contestants on the show, Wanna One was named MAMA’s new artist of the year and group of the year in its debut year.

Following the premiere in Seoul, the group is also planning to attend MAMA award ceremonies in Japan and Hong Kong. They are set for Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

By Kim Arin (arin@heraldcorp.com)

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