MNet Asian Music Awards: Rain heads night of big comebacks

MNet Asian Music Awards: Rain heads night of big comebacks
Singer Ailee accepts the award for Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the 2013 MNet Asian Music Awards (Mama) in Hong Kong

It was a night to remember. The 2013 MNet Asian Music Awards (Mama), held on Friday in Hong Kong, saw the likes of Rain and girl group 2NE1 return to the stage in a big way.

But it may have been the sweetest night of all for a star who, just last week, was caught up in a potentially careerending scandal.

Singer Ailee, 24, clinched the Best Vocal Performance (Female) award.

Her nude photos from an old photoshoot had been leaked online. Despite this, her fans voted furiously in the last week to get her the win over popular singers IU and Lee Hyori.

The demurely dressed Korean-American singer bowed to the audience and fellow artists before accepting her award.

"I'd like to thank every... fan who (has) been with me every step of the way, thanks so much," she said in English.

A day before the awards, Ailee was also in the lead for Best Female Artist, but lost to the more experienced Lee Hyori, who made her return this year after a song-plagiarism scandal forced her to put her music career on hold in 2010.

Rain's Return

One of the highlights of the four-hour show was the long-awaited comeback of singer Rain, who ended his 21-month stint in the military in July.

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