It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) belonged entirely to BTS, the famed K-pop trio. The quintet received nominations in three categories and won all three, including Artist of the Year. This was BTS’ first time winning the prized accolade, and they were also the first Asian artist to do it.
For the coveted award, the South Korean trio competed against legends like Ariana Grande, Drake, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and The Weeknd. BTS also won Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for their song ‘Butter’ during the mega-event held at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 21. BTS won every award they were nominated for as a result of this. For the first time, Cardi B hosted the AMAs in 2021. Other significant victors of the night included Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and Megan Thee Stallion.
The group’s frontman, RM, said they were “truly honoured to be on this stage with such amazing, tremendous artists”; when they took the stage at the 2021 AMAs. He stated, Four years ago, we had our first ever TV live performance on this stage, AMAs, it was ‘DNA’. We were too excited and nervous at the time and it’s been a long and amazing ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the awesome [honour] of standing here and receiving this award – except you, ARMY.”
Adding to his winning speech, rapper Suga added in Korean, “Four years ago we made our US television debut at the AMAs. We had no idea we would receive Artist Of The Year. I believe this is all thanks to ARMY. Thank you ARMY!” BTS’ member Jungkook too addressed the fans saying, the group “just wanted to make people happy with our music”. “We believe this award opens the beginning of our new chapter,” he added. BTS’ V too shared his views in the end, “I am deeply touched by this award. I so appreciate your love. Thank you ARMY, thank you AMAs. Thank you, we purple you.”
The international talents performed ‘My Universe’ with Coldplay and ‘Butter’ without Megan Thee Stallion; who had to withdraw due to an unanticipated personal problem. BTS Army went berserk as soon as the group was announced as Artist of the Year. “Congratulations to @BTS_twt thank you for always working hard, your music brings me so much joy. I’m so proud”, said one loyal fan.
Another pitched in, “NOTHING! And I mean Nothing in this moment from haters do I give a single F cause BTS just made history! FIRST ASIAN ACT TO WIN ARTIST OF THE YEAR Y’all!! I AM NOT CRYING!!!!!” The next one stated, “Not a miracle… But the Bestest Result of Hardwork… They are the inspiration, they are the ROLE MODELS…!!!”
One user tweeted, “I teared up. ARMY will forever be the biggest and greatest fan base to ever exist”, as another mentioned, “Also kudos to bts for pulling off the butter performance especially since Meghan got a person issue and they probably prepared smth else. It speaks volumes to their professionalism and utter talent but I mean I guess it’s just artist of the year behaviour.”
The American Music Awards (AMAs), presented by Cardi B; aired live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET from Microsoft Theatres in Los Angeles.