Learn More About BTS’ Performance at the American Music Awards
BTS, or also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment in 2013. The group consists of Kim Tae-hyung (better known as V), Jung Ho-seok (J-Hope), Kim Nam-joon (RM), Kim Seok-jin (Jin), Park Ji-min, Jeon Jung-kook, and Min Yoon-gi (Suga). BTS debuted in June 2013 with their first song “No More Dream.”
In 2017, BTS made their ARMY (the official fan club of BTS which stands for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth) so proud of their United States TV debut in America when they snagged a performance slot at the 2017 American Music Awards to perform their new single “DNA.” Since then, they had the world’s attention and have appeared in several huge shows in the United States, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show, chatting with magazines like Vogue and Rolling Stone.
In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a detailed rundown of everything about BTS’ performance at the American Music Awards: From the “DNA” era to the “Boy With Love” era. So, stay tuned!
The First K-Pop Group on American Music Awards During the “DNA” Era
In November 2017, BTS was making history as the first K-Pop group to perform at the American Music Awards with their hit single “DNA,” and it also was their first-ever TV debut in the United States.
According to a representative from the band’s label, it was such an honor for BTS and their agency Big Hit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers. Their partners in the U.S. have helped them pave the way in every way possible, and together they are making history. They were also excited to show their fans, ARMY, the first-ever U.S. live TV performance of “DNA.”
Performing “DNA,” the group showcased their flashy sense of style and flawless choreography on the seductive banger. That clearly made a big impression on the audience, some fans even cried by the mind-blowing performance featuring some of the most complicated choreographies.
BTS only performed their song “DNA” at the American Music Awards and were not nominated for any awards. Even though they only appeared to perform at the event and were not nominated for awards, it was a great achievement nonetheless where they became the first South Korean group ever to perform at the American Music Awards.
When the BTS members arrived on the red carpet for the 2017 American Music Awards, they posed together backstage, all of them coordinated in black for the event.
They also kindly answered questions from interviewers. Here are some notable interviews with BTS on the red carpet:
American Music Award from Red Carpet
During the interview they looked so amazing. And they also talked about their first live TV performance debut on the American Music Awards and were asked about their collaboration with UNICEF, an anti-violence campaign called “Love Myself.” RM expressed that “everybody is searching for the big love, I think you know that in order to love us, to love other people, you should love yourself first. So we started this campaign, it’s the name of our album as well, we are talking about our young people’s lives since 2013. I think we have to know about loving ourselves first if you want to love others.”
E! Live from the Red Carpet
The seven members talked about emojis, and RM said that the vomit emoji is his favorite. Meanwhile, Suga promoted BTS’ own emojis. Then Suga said that he loves everything about America.
Entertainment Tonight’s Keltie Knight asked BTS members about their girlfriends. RM answered, “We have got ARMYs. We have got like thousands of girlfriends today in here.” They also said that Suga is a bad boy. Jin is most likely to mess up the choreography and V is most likely to be late for rehearsals.
J-14’s Liam McEwan hit up the members to talk about why love is such an important message for the group. RM said, “We feel like there is too much hate and bad things going on all over the world, not just in Korea. So I think love is key for the reintegration of all society.”
Performance and Award Achievements
BTS shook the 2017 American Music Awards stage with their powerful performance of their hit single “DNA.” The BTS members were introduced by Andrew Taggart from The Chainsmokers, and he was a little nervous to announce the next performance. Andrew Taggart also said, “To call these guys an international sensation feels like a bit of an understatement.” BTS performed “DNA” which featured a guitar-led dance-pop arrangement, plenty of trippy, psychedelic colors and tight-knit choreography.
The American Music Awards was the group’s second American awards ceremony in 2017, they attended the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 21st, 2017, and took home a Top Social Artist trophy. BTS is the first K-Pop group to win at the Billboard Music Awards. BTS was nominated against Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Shawn Mendes in the Top Social Artist category and they won the award, with Justin Bieber having previously taken home the fan-voted award every year since its introduction in 2011.
During the speech, RM said, “We still cannot believe that we are standing here on this stage at the Billboard Music Awards. It is so great to see all the artists we admire, and we feel honored to be in this category with such great artists right in front of us.” He also thanked all the BTS fans, Army, around the world for their love and said that their fans make them proud. He also said, “Please, Army, remember what we say: Love myself, love yourself.” After thanking fans in Korean, he also thanked Billboard for their support.