A decision by the K-pop phenoms is really proving that they're "beyond the scene."
At the end of last month, it was announced that BTS will perform at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, with the K-pop phenoms set to give the debut TV performance of the new single from their forthcoming Love Yourself: Tear album. In the K-pop scene, the debut performance of a new single is a big deal, known as the "comeback" performance or stage. With their upcoming BBMAs performance, BTS is essentially elevating themselves not only as artists who can land such a big awards-show slot, but also as Korean-culture leaders to create bigger and larger opportunities to lift the Korean wave.
From the aesthetics to the musical performances themselves, K-pop fans know and always anticipate artists' comeback stages on Korea's weekly music chart show programs that see acts performing their promoted music and a No. 1 winner named for the week. In these comeback performances, acts typically get a special stage setup from the network with additional scenery and props -- making the already extravagant K-pop live stages that much more extravagant -- with acts typically performing their single along with one or two album tracks.