South Korean Boy Band, BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) formed in 2010 and debuted under Big Hit Entertainment, is now recognized worldwide for its contribution to music. The group’s name, Bangtan Sonyeondan literally means “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. It signifies the group’s wish to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim at adolescents like bullets. BTS in 2017 announced that their name would also stand for “Beyond the Scene” as part of their new brand identity. This means the growing youth who is going beyond the realities they are facing and keeps on moving forward.
Affectionately known as the Bangtan Boys, the group includes seven members, namely, Jin, RM, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin, and Jungkook. They co-write and co-produce most of their songs.
Music Themes and Genre
Starting as a Hip Hop group, they later transitioned to other genres as well, including R&B, EDM, and much more. Their songs and lyrics mainly focus on personal and social commentary, touching the themes of mental health, troubles of youth, coming of age, loss, a journey towards loving oneself, and individualism. Other references include literature and psychological concepts and an alternative universe storyline.
The 19th Korean Music Awards
On March 1, to recognize the musical achievements of the Korean pop stars and Entertainment industry, The 19th Korean Music Awards was held. It’s an annual music award ceremony.
Korean music group, BTS won Daesang, which means receiving the grand prize by becoming the ‘Artist Of The Year’ for the third time. Earlier, they won the same in 2018 and 2019. BTS is known to have the most loyal and dedicated fans, who call themselves Army.
After their win, BTS members like always congratulated the BTS Army for their constant support as fans, as they believe to reach the heights of their success for them as well.
This extension of gratitude towards the Army resulted in a wave of reactions on social media congratulating them and expressing their unconditional love.
Reactions Of The Fans
BTS fans, lovingly called Army are said to be one of the most devoted fan bases in the world. Like comic book geeks and music nerds, Army also tends to fall in their category. From following the band members blindly to shipping them on social media, fans have expressed enormous gratification towards their loving boy band.
Often criticized for their so-called girly looks, and cheesy music videos and lyrics, BTS like every other famous people have received their fair share of hate comments. But even with all the negativity, they face online, they humbly mention the fact in every interview or acceptance speech, that how Army always defends them. By supporting their craft and accepting them just the way they are.
BTS even reciprocates Army’s love with equal sincerity and affection. Members Jungkook and Jimin even have ARMY tattoed on their bodies, as an expression of their gratitude and honor towards them. Thus BTS achieving anything feels like a win for Army as well.
Not only Army, but some of the most notable celebrities also consider themselves as ardent BTS fans. These celebrities can’t stop gushing over the boy band, some for their music while others respect them for their grounded behavior. Some of these notable celebs include John Cena, Simon Pegg, Joe Jonas, Becky G, Megan Thee Stallion, Halsey, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, Charlie Puth, Chris Martin, Camilla Cabello, and many more.
The most popular songs that gave them worldwide recognition include Fake Love, Boy With Luv which also featured Halsey, Idol, DNA, Black Swan, Dynamite, Butter, ON, Permission To Dance, etc. Their popularity also led them to collaborate with several renowned artists like, Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X, Jason Derulo, and most recently with Coldplay, releasing the beautiful song My Universe.