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BTS Becomes The First Asian Act In AMAs History To Win Artist Of Year

The AMA night saw the band bag two more awards, and perform alongside British rock band, Coldplay

Divyansha Dongre Nov 22, 2021

Photo: Courtesy to BigHit Music

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The night belonged to pop titans BTS as they took home the ‘Artist Of The Year’ award, setting a new record as the first Asian act in American Music Awards (AMAs) history to receive this honor. 

Nominated alongside industry bigshots Ariana Grande, Drake, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd, the pop titans marked the occasion with a touching speech, reflecting on their AMAs journey; “Four years ago we made our U.S television debut at the AMAs. We had no idea we would install Artist of the Year,” rapper-producer SUGA expresses during the group’s acceptance speech delivered fully in Korean. “I believe this is all thanks to ARMY [BTS’ fandom]. Thank you, ARMY!” BTS’ leader RM further expressed his gratitude, thanking the ARMY for their support; “Nobody could have bet on us standing here today, except for ARMY. Seven boys from Korea united by love and music, and the love supported by ARMY all over the world. This whole thing is a miracle. I wanna give this honor to you guys.”

The septet continued their winning streak as they bagged the ‘Favourite Pop Duo or Group’ and ‘Favorite Pop Song’ for their groovy full-English single, “Butter.” BTS’ success stories at this year’s AMAs include the group taking home the Pop Duo or Group award for the third time and emerging victorious in all categories they were nominated in. The accumulation of their triumphs eventually made BTS the most awarded act of the night alongside Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat who shared an identical win tally. 

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BTS also joined the iconic, British rock band, Coldplay to perform their chart-topping collaborative single, “My Universe” for the first time in person. While Megan Thee Stallion could not join the septet to perform “Butter’s” remixed version, the septet wrapped up the award night on high spirits with the original version of the track.

BTS will be back on stagethis time for four nights at California’s SoFi Stadium with Permission To Dance: On Stage LA. Scheduled for November 27th, 28th and December 1st, 2nd, the septet’s sold-out concert will also include a live broadcast of the December 3rd show from 12:30 PM KST (9 AM KST).

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