Top Social Artist: The 2017 BBMAs!


Jahn Shi 1/22/17 © (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Recognize these boys? If not, well my friends, let me introduce you to BTS. This male singer/dance group is from Korea, and they are very popular in the world of K-pop. And it just so happens that they were at the BBMAs last night.

BTS was nominated for Top Social Artist in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Fans were able to vote starting at 9 a.m PST on Monday, May 1st. The group finished with about 300 million votes, absolutely crushing the competition and breaking a world record.

Last night, a little past the halfway point in the awards show, BTS was announced the winner of the group, which had ARMYs (the fanbase) ecstatic. If you listen when the nominees are being listed, BTS has a very impressive volume of fangirl screaming (which my friend and I contributed to from home). It’s very cool that a Korean group was able to compete with and win against Western artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendez.

The leader of the group, Namjoon (more commonly known as Rap Monster) gave the speech in exceptional English, with all the other band members by his side. “ARMY, our fandom, thank you very much,” he started, beginning the speech by thanking the fans. He was very gracious for the opportunity to go up against Western artists, saying, “And it is so great to see all the artists we admire, and feel honored to be in this category with such great artists.” He continued, dedicating the award to everyone giving the group love, ending the speech by saying, “Please ARMY, remember what we say; love myself, love yourself.”

The boys destroyed it out there, and their hard work has definitely paid off. We love you,  BTS!


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