BTS have made history once again.
The global pop group have won Artist Of The Year at the American Music Awards 2021 earlier today (22 November), beating out the likes of Drake, Ariana Grande, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd. BTS are now the first-ever Asian act to have ever won the category in the history of the awards show.
LET'S GO! The 2021 #AMAs Artist of The Year is... @BTS_twt! CONGRATS 🏆 #BTSxAMAs pic.twitter.com/bNnVqO0Jzu— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 22, 2021
In their acceptance speech, BTS shared – in a fit of nerves and appreciation – how they would have never imagined accepting the prestigious award when they made their US debut live on the AMA stage four years ago.
"We were too excited and nervous at the time. It's been an amazing and crazy ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet that we would here, receiving this award except ARMY," said RM.
Proud of you @BTS_twt #BTSxAMAs #AMAs pic.twitter.com/qk7zptaItT— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 22, 2021
RM: "Thank you AMA, we are truly honoured to be on this stage with such amazing, tremendous artists. We're so honoured. Four years ago, we gave our first TV live performance on this stage, it was 'DNA' – we were too excited and nervous at the time. It's been an amazing and crazy ride since then but nobody could have ever bet that we would here, receiving this award except ARMY.
Seven boys from Korea, united by a love for music, met with 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 and we want to give this honour to you guys."
SUGA: "Four years ago, we performed our debut stage at AMAs for the first time, had no idea we'd receive the Artist of The Year award like this and all of this happened because of ARMY! Thank you ARMY!"
Jungkook: "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: "I'm deeply touched by this award, I'm so appreciative of your love. Thank you ARMY, thank you AMAs. We purple you!"
ARMY! 🚨 You did it! You voted and @BTS_twt is the #AMAs Artist of The Year! Congrats! 🎉 #BTSxAMAs pic.twitter.com/wJ6NDQgHbo— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 22, 2021
BTS also won Favourite Pop Duo/Group and Favourite Pop Song for 'Butter', winning all three categories they were nominated in.
The group also closed out this year's AMAs, with a performance of their award-winning dance anthem, 'Butter'. Earlier in the night, BTS also joined Coldplay to perform their collaborative track 'My Universe' together for the first time.
💜💜💜💜💜💜💜@BTS_twt #MyUniverseAMAs pic.twitter.com/2xYnNO9nfw— Coldplay (@coldplay) November 22, 2021
.@BTS_twt, that performance was smooth like butter! 🧈— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 22, 2021
WEST COAST, don't miss the #AMAs RIGHT NOW on ABC! #BTSxAMAs pic.twitter.com/jhsXRGuFXu
Following BTS' momentous win, many took to social media to express their support and congratulations towards the 'Butter' act, from South Korean President Moon Jae-in to an array of notable artists like Lea Salonga and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman. Check out what some of them had to say below.
대통령님, AMA 수상을 축하해 주셔서 감사합니다. 한국 대중음악이 세계 주류 음악시장에서 의미 있는 성과를 냈다는 점에서 저희도 자긍심을 느낍니다. 앞으로 더 다양한 분야의 우리 문화와 아티스트 분들이 전 세계인의 마음을 사로잡기를 기대합니다! 😀— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 23, 2021
OH MY GOODNESS IT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, BTS!!!!!!!— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) November 22, 2021
If this ain't a perfect representation of bts I dunno what is🥺🥺 I'm so happy for them words can't express it. Congrats boys you deserve the world!!!💜💜💜💜#BTSxAMAs @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/RmfK1AamNO— Tres⁷💜🪐🐙⟬⟭아포방포⟭⟬ (@TnKookies) November 22, 2021
you have come a long way my loves congratulations artist of the year bts !! you're happy, im happy ♡#BTSxAMAs #AMAs pic.twitter.com/bHZMj4tlPz— ً (@healwithtae) November 22, 2021
There is nothing more inspiring & beautiful than seeing U reaching new heights & touching new milestones.— 𝓑𝓲𝓫𝓲𝓵𝓵𝔂 ʰⁱˡˡˢ ❣︎⟬⟭ ⟭⟬ ⁷👑💜 (@YoonkookV3) November 22, 2021
The Scream The Chants For BTS lol No wonder Why ppl R afraid of them
U R Making History Tonight SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER With Armys👏
BTS BTS BTS #BTSxAMAs pic.twitter.com/r1EqoYJb8B
YOU DESERVE THIS AND SO MUCH MORE CONGRATULATIONS IM SO HAPPY I WAS ABLE TO SHARE THIS MOMENT WITH YOU @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/CtLQgvFZUu— lupe⁷ (@stylesjeon) November 22, 2021
Musical acts, like Becky G and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men who also attended the AMAs shared their interactions with BTS online.
How it started ➡️ How it’s going ❤️ @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/JK9yAS720U— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) November 22, 2021
When u photobomb your daughter’s picture! 😂. Thanks fellas #BTS pic.twitter.com/JMZzAKQ90U— Shawn Stockman PhD (@shawnstockman) November 22, 2021
can you see how happy i am 😭😭@BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/KQtypPUSJl— Chlöe (@ChloeBailey) November 22, 2021
After the AMAs, BTS immediately went on the livestream platform V LIVE to celebrate with their fans, complete with cake and champagne. After a while of technical difficulties following the influx of over 15 million fans, the group shared heartfelt messages of thanks and appreciation to ARMY tuning in.
Comically titled "focus on..", taking after Jungkook's incomplete acceptance speech on stage, the group also shared how they'd be focusing on holding more concerts and re-connecting with their fans in person in 2022.
Each member also took to Twitter to thank ARMY personally, sharing how they're grateful for the support from ARMY and how they enjoyed getting the chance to see their fans in person after two years.
Loved the awards, loved the performances, but the best thing was just to see you guys finally. That's literally everything. Lets have a great time at SoFi. 한국에서도 곧 꼭 만날 수 있기를 !— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 22, 2021
트윗 번역하기 pic.twitter.com/1r9IlGZZtM
오랜만에 반가웠어요 아미 :) 콘서트로 고고고! pic.twitter.com/eCXkJRA1iM— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 22, 2021
I missed every moments so much that I have done today. 🥲😭— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 22, 2021
정말 너무 행복했고 좋은 시간이었습니다.
사랑해요 아미 🥰😍🤩💘💜 pic.twitter.com/IQNbv2oux3
너무너무 뵙고 싶었던 아미 여러분들을 2년만에 다시만난 정말 뜻 깊은 날이었습니다— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 22, 2021
기다려주셔서 진심으로 감사하고
사랑합니다 아미 💜 #JIMIN#우리아미상받았네 pic.twitter.com/5mV6gK3Wrl
focus on army💜 pic.twitter.com/zp5o0W0ALi— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 22, 2021
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