And the Billboard music award goes to ……. BTS!!!!! (Applause)
This was the scene on the stage when Chrissy Madson and Justin Hartley presented the award for the top social artist to the Bangtan Boys aka BTS.
Watch the moment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiO2QF7m_Dg&t=49s
The band started small, but they reached great heights. Here is a small article on the journey of how they got there…
The underdogs managed these unprecedented feats in an extremely and relatively short amount of time.
Six months prior to their debut, they began to gain attention for their presence on various social media websites, as well as song covers on YouTube and Sound Cloud.
They play an active role in their songs. From writing their own lyrics to song composition to rapping to choreography to even producing their own songs they put their heart in all of this.
The group weaves together a story in every song. There is always a conversation happening in their songs and not to miss their terrific choreography. They have some of the toughest choreography in all of K-pop! Just go through the production credits of their albums and you will see their names listed on almost every song. They produce most of their own music.
From the bad boy image to maturing gradually is what BTS fans also known as Army is truly proud of.
Since their debut, they have sold an estimated 5 million albums worldwide.
It’s funny how one day you are told that you will be forming a band with six random people who you don’t even know to become friends for life. Yes, it wasn’t until they all joined their company, Big Hit Entertainment that they met for the first time in 2013.
From people telling “They won’t make it long.”,”They are gonna flop”, “They won’t make it”, “They don’t have the visual” to becoming the heartthrob of the youth.
The band faced the heat and they have struggled let’s see how they have dealt with them…
Behind all the glitz and glamour is a group of seven twenty-something who shop the same drugstore brand lip balm and who love the latest internet trend as much as we do. At times, they share their personal struggles or their intimate thoughts with us, too.
In one of their interviews, when asked about their journey, they admit there were a lot of challenges but that is the best part that makes it all worth it in the end. All of them never get tired because this is something they all wanted and loved to do. Of course, they do get tired and exhausted from time to time but “someone in my head tells me to keep on writing lyrics.” Rap monster says.
The group was also asked how they identify themselves from an idol and a musician. Suga explained that they are just people like everyone else. It just so happens that they do music and they do so without limiting themselves to the boundaries of a musician or an idol. For the group, they only think about making good music and that’s all they need to worry about.
Even more impressive is the fact that they were able to sell out shows in places like Sydney and Melbourne that traditionally do not experience that level of success when it comes to selling out venues for K-pop acts.
No wonder their fan base is growing day by day with even celebs like Actress Rebel Wilson, Tyra Banks, Singer Bebe Rexha, Derek Hough and many more.
Taylor Swift wrote, “So great meeting you!! You’re killing it!!” She also shared a photo from back the stage captioning it “BTS 4 ever”. John Legend also shared a photo taken backstage from the awards. They also shared a video with DJ Khaled and also additional photos with Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Lil Pump, and John Legend.
What’s their USP you ask? It’s their large social media presence. Be it Instagram, snap chat or Twitter to having their own blog, they are all over the internet.
BTS was listed by Forbes as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March 2016. Following that, Twitter launched its first ever K-pop Twitter emoji featuring BTS in May. In October 2016, Billboard placed BTS as number one on their Social 50 chart, making them the first Korean group to top the chart.
In May 2017, they won the Top Social Artist Award at the Billboard Music Awards, becoming the first Korean group to win a BBMA. And now. They have done it again beating artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato by receiving over 300 million votes.
On November 20, 2017, Guinness World Records revealed that BTS had earned a spot in their 2018 edition for “having the world’s most Twitter engagements for a music group. That December, they were revealed to be the most tweeted about celebrity in 2017, being “liked or retweeted over half a billion times worldwide, more than U.S. President Donald Trump and Justin Bieber combined.
Now that’s something surprising!
Ansel is all about becoming a member of the K-Pop group. Not only did Ansel Elgort let the group listen to his new music months before anyone else, but tons of artists are lining up out the door to collab with the boys. They’re truly a hot commodity in Hollywood. From Charlie Puth to Camila Cabello (and many more), it’s clear that BTS has a ton of famous celebs who are truly supporting them.
Laura Marano is totally determined to become the 8th member of the squad too. “I really like BTS’s music”, says Charlie Puth. Joe Jonas and the members of DNCE are so down for a collab too. The Chain smokers love catching up with BTS and they have even collaborated on an album. Are Steve Aoki and BTS collab in the future? His social media does point to a yes. It looks like a Zedd and BTS collab is on its way too when he tweeted “Let’s do it.” Jared Leto, DJ Khaled is on the list too.
Gosh. I wish I could name them all. In short, they have set an example of friendship, sharp work, dedication, motivation and still the down to earth attitude to the world!
To experience more of their magic, just look them up on your social media platforms!
Cheers to more BTS and more Music.
The fan base just keeps increasing. Just like how you wanted to look them up if you haven’t already after this article!