BTS wins Billboard Music Awards

May 22, 2017

South Korean boy band Bangtan Boys, more widely known as BTS, have won a Billboard Music Award, becoming the first K-pop group to be honored by the global awards.

On Saturday local time, the popular K-pop idol received the Top Social Artist award at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The seven-member group beat Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes, who were nominated in the category.

Upon receiving the trophy, Rap Monster, the leader of the group, said, “I love you and thank you. We will try to become a better group.” As soon as the group was announced the winner, a burst of cheers went up from the spectators.

The winner was chosen based on album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement for one year starting from March 18 last year, as well as the result of a global online vote by fans, the awards organizer said.

This marked the first that the ceremony actually took place on stage. Since the category first started in 2011, the winner had been announced on a Web site.

The seven-member group has a strong presence on Twitter and Instagram. In March last year, Forbes named it the most retweeted artist.

Four albums by the group, including “Spring Day” and “You Never Walk Alone,” cracked the Billboard 200, an astonishing achievement for a K-pop group who sings in Korean and rarely promotes its albums in America.

The music group BTS arrive for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP-Yonhap) The music group BTS arrive for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP-Yonhap)

jaeyeon.woo@yna.co.kr

4 Comments

  1. Obat Gonore

    May 24, 2017 at 1:12 AM

    Congratulation BTS .. I am ARMY from Indonesia and i am so proud of you BTS!!! .. Fighting Oppa!!

  2. myV

    May 24, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Congratulation BTS ^^ we are so proud of you

  3. Sophie Lee

    May 25, 2017 at 6:14 AM

    Wowww,my boyss are shining as alwayss I hope they achieve everything which they deserve! Please,treat them well,because they are valuable for us

    Congratulation,Bangtan~~BTS~ARMY From Azerbaijan

  4. komal varshney

    August 9, 2017 at 4:25 AM

    Nice post, Thanks for sharing

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