Who Is BTS, The K-Pop Group That Just Won Big At The Billboard Music Awards?

Get to know the guys taking the music world by storm.

History was made at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards last night — and no, we're not talking about Drake winning a record 13 trophies. Fans spoke out and honored BTS, a boy band from South Korea, with the Top Social Artist award, making them the first-ever K-pop group to win here.

BTS isn't the first K-pop performer to win at the BBMAs — remember PSY's "Gangnam Style" dominating 2012 and winning for Best Streaming Song in 2013? — but they are the first group to do so.


"We still cannot believe that we're standing here on this stage at the Billboard Music Awards," BTS member Kim Nam-joon (aka Rap Monster) said, per CNN. "It is so great to see all the artists we admire, and we feel honored to be in this category with all these great artists right in front of us."

The seven-member group — which was formed in 2013, and consists additionally of Kim Seok-jin (aka Jin), Min Yoon-gi (aka Suga), Jung Ho-seok (aka J-Hope), Park Ji-min (aka Jimin), Kim Tae-hyung (aka V), and Jeon Jeong-guk (aka Jungkook) — beat out the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes in the category, snagging more than 300 million mentions of #BTSBBMAS to clinch the win.

In addition to using hip-hop, electronic music, and rock infused into their pop sound, BTS is known to craft songs that speak out about social issues that might be considered taboo in South Korea, a country with a conservative society and a traditional culture.

BTS is short for Bangtan Boys, and their name in Korean is Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates to "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" in English. Thus far they've released numerous Korean albums and even a few Japanese albums, too. Here is just a sample of some of their most recent music videos that have amassed millions of views:

BTS has a fandom is known as the A.R.M.Y. (standing for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth), according to The Daily Dot, a site which has detailed the group's meteoric rise to stardom after just a few short years on the scene. The site notes that "they're not only succeeding wildly in the industry, but setting a standard for the bands that will come after them."

While it's clear that many around the world have lots of love for BTS, hopefully, this win will bring newcomers to the group and, in a larger sense, the entire K-pop genre.


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