BTS and Halsey Bring Thrilling, First-Ever 'Boy With Luv' Performance to 2019 BBMAs

BTS returned to the Billboard Music Awards stage for the second year in a row on Wednesday (May 1) -- and this time, they brought a friend.

The K-pop group sensation dominated the stage with fellow superstar Halsey to perform their smash collaboration "Boy With Luv," which comes off BTS' recent album Map of the Soul: Persona.   

The deafeaning screams that had risen from BTS A.R.M.Y members in the audience all night reached full volume as the group appeared at last, nailing every twist and shake of their signature sharp choreography. Onstage, they replicated scenes from the song's record-breaking, candy-colored music video, dancing in front of a bright pink movie theater. Halsey emerged from its doors in a silky suit, joining the group in a high-energy dance routine. 

Emotions rode high throughout the thrilling performance, which came to an end just as an enormous neon sign reading simply "Love" descended from below. 

BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April. Earlier in the night, BTS cinched this year's awards for top duo/group and top social artist, while Halsey took the stage solo to perform her hit "Without Me."

Billboard Music Awards 2019