The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards 2021 premiered on September 12, at 8 pm ET. This was the same day as BTS’ leader Kim Namjoon’s birthday and BTS has got another reason to celebrate now.
BTS won three awards at the ceremony as they won the title of Song of Summer for their single, Butter. They also won Group of the year and K-Pop Music Video of the year. One Direction had won the first-ever award for Song of Summer back in 2013. This was decided because of social media votes where fans can decide which song will be Song of Summer.
Back in 2020, fans had chosen BlackPink to win the title for their song, How You Like That. This award marks as BTS’ ninth ever win at the MTV VMAs over three years. Justin Bieber’s ‘Peaches’ ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon, Camila Cabello’s ‘Don’t Go Yet’; DJ Khaled’s ‘Every Chance I Get’ ft. Lil Baby and Lil Durk, Doja Cat’s ‘Need to Know’; Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’, Giveon’s ‘Heartbreak Anniversary’, The Kid Laroi’s ‘Stay’ ft. Justin Bieber; Lil Nas X’s ‘Industry Baby’ ft. Jack Harlow, Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’, Lizzo’s ‘Rumors’ ft. Cardi B;
Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Thot Shit’, Shawn Mendes and Tainy’s ‘Summer of Love’; Normani’s ‘Wild Side’ ft. Cardi B, Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Good 4 U’; and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ were all nominees for this year’s Song of Summer. Being a fan-led category, ARMYs votes lead BTS to come out victorious for the third time tonight.
However, before the award for MTV VMAs Song of Summer, fans had thought that BTS was already snubbed because they did not win for categories like Song of the Year, Best Pop. But BTS was not nominated for huge categories like Artist of the Year and the title for Choreography of the year. Harry Styles won the award for Choreography of the year for his song, Treat People With Kindness which hardly had any dance.
Fans had started tweeting about how their favourite K-Pop group did not win the awards they deserved. That is why they were shocked when BTS had won Song of the Summer at the 2021 MTV VMAs.This is the second time ‘Butter’ has been announced as the Summer Song. On September 8, Billboard announced their Song of Summer chart for the year 2021 where ‘Butter’ was placed at number #1.