Every year, the Mnet Asian Music Awards invite top acts from across the world to collaborate with Korean artists. Last year, girl group f(x) collaborated with Pet Shop Boys and the year before that, Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany and EXO’s Chen performed with John Legend.
This year, MAMA promised not one, but two collaborations: one of Eric Nam with Timbaland, and another of Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon with Wiz Khalifa.
However, come the live show, fans saw Wiz and Taeyeon performing separately, leading fans to voice out their disappointment.
Wiz took it to Twitter to address the cancellation, claiming that the Girls’ Generation member had backed out of their “See You Again” collab. He wrote, “The fact that Taeyeon backed out of our performance caught me off guard too, but never accept rejection as failure.”
The fact that Teyeon backed out of our performance caught me off guard too but never accept rejection as failure.
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) December 2, 2016
Taeyeon later addressed the issue on her Instagram story and cited a few reasons for the cancellation: she said there was no MR (music removed) track prepared for the performance – which meant she had to sing over Charlie Puth’s vocals – and that there was a problem with the equipment.
The girl group member added that she was waiting to rehearse with the American rapper but returned to her hotel room after hearing about the technical issues with the equipment.
It's a misunderstanding,please read this. pic.twitter.com/YNH4gGPMeT
— Peggy Chen (@igNFmKe) December 3, 2016
Wiz, however, wrote in a tweet, “She claimed she had to go to the hospital the night before. Did the practice. Asked to be on a different stage than me then cancelled.”
Taeyeon, however, reposted her Snap on Instagram story, with the caption, “I didn’t go to the hospital, friend. It says here I was washing up while waiting for you.”
We don’t really know what went down between the two, but if you’re wondering how their collaboration would look like if they had performed together, here’s a video.
Wiz Khalifa and Taeyeon during rehearsal for MAMA 2016 😢 the stage should be like this, but mnet.. you're the worst pic.twitter.com/rZKCMpIfv9
— 4ᴀ ᴘᴏꜱᴛᴘᴏɴᴇᴅ (@sehunxosoul) December 3, 2016
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