BTS make history as first Asian act to win 'Artist Of The Year' at the American Music Awards: "We'll never take this for granted."

BTS make history as first Asian act to win 'Artist Of The Year' at the American Music Awards: "We'll never take this for granted."

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. 

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. 

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"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. 

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!"

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. 


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. 

Musical acts, like Becky G and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men who also attended the AMAs shared their interactions with BTS online. 


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.


Celebrate BTS' win with 'Butter' here. 


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