October 16, 2020 10:25
Boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, won the Top Social Artist award again at this year's Billboard Music Awards, one of the most prestigious music awards along with the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards.
This year's much-delayed awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles without an audience on Wednesday. It was supposed to be held in April but was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Top Social Artist award, which is decided by fan votes, was given to BTS, who beat out other nominees like Korean male groups EXO and GOT7, as well as Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande.
BTS thanked their fans, known as the "Army," for helping them win the award for the fourth straight year in a video message. "We think that this award is living proof that no matter where we are, the Army and BTS stay so closely connected as always," the group's leader RM said.
BTS' performance of their hit song "Dynamite" on a makeshift stage at Incheon International Airport here, backed by a virtual band, was livestreamed at the event.
The backdrop of their performance featured a mix of images showing the names of cities they had planned to visit during their world tour.
"BTS wanted to deliver a message of hope [through their performance] that the world will be connected again," said the group's management agency Big Hit Entertainment.
Meanwhile, this year's biggest winner was Post Malone, who took home the Top Artist prize to end the night and won nine awards overall.
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