BTS once again made history as they take home Artist of the Year!
South Korean superstars BTS recently took home the Artist of the Year award, the biggest honour of the night, at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs).
All seven members attended the awarding ceremony in person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 21 (PST), snagging all three nominated awards, including Favorite Pop Duo or Group, Favorite Pop Song for Butter, and Artist of the Year.
With this new feat, BTS has become the first Asian act in history to win Artist of the Year at the AMAs. At the same time, this marks their third consecutive year receiving the Favorite Pop Duo or Group award.
The group was against artists Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd for the Artist of the Year award.
Along with his bandmates, J-Hope first thanked their fans for the never-ending support, saying, “Thank you, ARMY. And thank you, AMAs, so much for this. For three years in a row, wow!”
Jin also thanked the fans, adding, “You’re our universe,” before RM wrapped up the speech by sharing, “It took four years to be on this stage to get this trophy. Thank you so much. Actually, it means to us even more because we’re actually a small boy band from Korea. We just got united by the love for our music, and all we want to do is just spread love, the good vibes, and energy through music and performance. But without you guys, ARMY, we couldn’t have done anything. Thank you so much.”
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 22, 2021
On receiving the Favorite Pop Song award, Jimin thanked fans, AMAs, and everyone “for loving” their song Butter. Jungkook added how the song was special to the group, and they hope that it will continue to make listeners “feel smooth like butter.”
RM concluded the speech, saying, “Thanks to you all. Butter has received so much love this year.”
“All we had to do is just put out positive energy despite these hard times. This award truly proves that this song reaches many people’s hearts. Never take for granted. Thank you so much,” the supergroup’s leader said.
Lastly, for the Artist of the Year award, RM playfully shared that he forgot what he was supposed to say, but he proceeded by thanking the award-giving body for granting them the opportunity to be there in the ceremony.
“Thank you, AMAs. We’re truly honored to be on this stage with such amazing, tremendous artists right over here. We’re so honored. Thanks for that,” RM said before admitting he was nervous.
He continued: “Four years ago, we gave this first-time-ever TV live performance at this stage, AMAs, it was DNA, and we were too excited and nervous at the time. And it’s been a long and amazing ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the odds of us standing here receiving this award. Except you all, ARMY. Except you all. Seven boys from Korea, united by a love for music. We met the love and support from all the ARMYs all over the world. This whole thing is a miracle. Seriously, we’ll never take this for granted. Thank you so much. We love you all. We want to give this honor to you guys. Thank you, HYBE. Thank you, staff—all the people.”
Meanwhile, Suga delivered his speech in Korean to thank their fans, saying, “We made our US TV debut four years ago at the AMAs, and I had no idea we would be able to receive the Artist of the Year. So, I think it’s all thanks to ARMY. Thank you, ARMY!”
Jungkook then shared, “We just wanted to make people happy with our music. We believe that this award opens the beginning of our new chapter. In the past few years, we learned that each and every moment is precious.”
V wrapped up the speech by again thanking the fans and how they were “deeply touched by this award.”
BTS performed their collaboration song with Coldplay, My Universe, as well as their award-winning song Butter.
Watch Coldplay x BTS LIVE performance for My Universe below.
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