Bangtan Boys Win Artist of the Year at AMAs

  • By Lee Hai-woon

    November 23, 2021 12:16

    Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, became the first Asian act to win Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

    The boy band also won the awards for Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for their English-language hit "Butter."

    BTS beat Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd to win Artist of the Year at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The AMAs are the premier pop music awards in the U.S. along with the Grammy Awards. This is the most prestigious award BTS have won since their debut in 2013.

    Bangtan Boys react after winning Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Sunday. /Reuters-Yonhap

    BTS leader RM said in an acceptance speech, "It's been a long and amazing ride… but nobody could have ever bet on the odds of us standing here receiving this award. Except for you all, Army. Seven boys from Korea, united by a love for music, met the love and support from all the Army all over the world."

    Three BTS songs made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year -- "Butter," "Permission to Dance" and "My Universe."

    The boys now have just one milestone to clear in collecting musical gongs -- the Grammy Awards. They were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance early this year but failed to win it.

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