Thanks to a massive fan base that stretches around the globe, BTS was able to overtake pop superstars like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and capture the Top Social Artist award, presented by ION360, during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 21).
The K-pop group had made headlines by announcing that they would be in Las Vegas for the ceremony at the T-Mobile Arena, and their presence dominated social media during the magenta carpet prior to the awards. When Top Social Artist was presented, the group took the stage, looking overwhelmed by the moment and remaining gracious for their fans’ support.
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Fans could be heard shrieking as the group reacted to the win onstage: “We still cannot believe we’re standing here on this stage at the Billboard Music Awards… Most importantly, this award belongs to the every people all around the world that shine the love and light on us by the million and make BTS proud.”
BTS has soared in the U.S. thanks to most recent album Wings, a sold-out run of arena shows and a conscious lyrical approach. “Worldwide, our young generation shares the same issues socially and politically,” BTS member Suga told Billboard in March.