“ARMYs, are you ready?” asked VMAs host Keke Palmer rhetorically, before introducing arguably the most anticipated performance of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards: “All the way from South Korea, BTS!”
Performing in front of a green screened backdrop of various New York locations — the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Empire State Building — the septet performed the English-language smash in a variety of jackets and vests. Then as the climactic chorus kicked into gear, a more dynamic Seoul background appeared behind them, with fireworks going off in the sky behind them.
The high-energy performance was the K-pop superstars’ first-ever appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Dynamite” is expected to have a high debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this upcoming week following its first full week of release.