The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were dominated by first-rate, star-studded performances — perhaps most memorably, the one from BTS. Why such hype? Well, for one, it’s history in the making; they were the first K-pop act to ever perform at the BBMAs. It was also the television debut performance of their new single “Fake Love,” thereby bringing K-pop to American ears like nothing we’ve seen before. Perhaps most importantly, when they took the stage, they blew everyone away.
BTS also took home the award for Top Social Artist for the second year in the row, and they left a trail of charm, hilarity and appeal wherever they went. From mugging with Taylor Swift to revealing their “no drunken tweet” rule, here are the best moments from BTS’ time at the BBMAs on Sunday, May 20.
Hitting the Red Carpet
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 20, 2018
BTS made a splash from minute one, as they cooly strolled the red carpet with the confidence of veterans. Their variety of fashion choices was just as striking, ranging from Hawaiian shirts to dressier fits to urban wear. It all speaks to a confidence that initially launched the boys into international stardom.
Letting Their Hair Down
BTS on Red Carpet!
— BTS ARMY (@ARMYs_twt) May 20, 2018
The boys proceeded to royally goof off, mugging and cutting dance moves in front of the cameras just as much as they posed and postured. Key line delivered by J-Hope: “WHOO!”
One Rule: ‘No Drunk Tweeting’
For all their antics, BTS runs a tight ship — no drunken slips of the tongue, especially on social media. When prompted by a reporter if any of them have committed any infractions, RM’s response was Beatles-cheeky: “Not yet, not yet, sir!”
Doing It All For the A.R.M.Y.
BTS matched their confidence and swagger with sheer gratitude. Never turning down a chance to thank their dedicated fanbase, known as A.R.M.Y., RM proclaimed they “made all this possible.”
Rubbing Elbows With A-Listers
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Always ready to ham it up, BTS hung backstage with Taylor Swift, Lil Pump, Pharrell Williams and John Legend — effortlessly charming all of them!
Taking Home the Top Social Artist Award…Again
The boys’ big win marks the second time in a row they won in this category — and, again, they’re the first K-pop act to do so.
Seeing the Big Picture in Their Acceptance Speech
BTS’ moving acceptance speech for the Top Social Artist award had the guys gushing over their A.R.M.Y., thanking them for legitimately being touched by the music. “Our fans told us that our music really changed their lives,” RM expressed.
The Big Performance
The full choreography of “Fake Love”, presented here in all its glory, was totally stunning — and the A.R.M.Y. audibly returned the goodwill tenfold.
After the stunning performance, what better way to celebrate this milestone than with a few bottles of champagne and the loyal A.R.M.Y.?