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Stray Kids Steal The Spotlight With VMAs Best K-pop Win

Stray Kids also made history as the first group signed under JYP Entertainment to take home a trophy at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Stray Kids Steal The Spotlight With VMAs Best K-pop Win
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On Wednesday morning, the news from Prudential Center in New Jersey, USA, brought STAYS (Fandom of Stray Kids) some solace and joy. Stray Kids, the best of K-Pop, won the 2023 MTV Video Music Award for Best K-Pop for their song “S-Class” on September 13.

In addition to groups like Aespa, BLACKPINK, Fifty Fifty, Seventeen, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Stray Kids were also nominated for Video Music Awards this year. The South Korean boy band seemed to take a moment to make sure the winner was announced correctly (or maybe they just wanted to STAY in their seats) when the sisters and social media stars Charlie and Dixie D’Amelio announced that they had won the best K-pop VMA (for their song “S-Class”) at New Jersey’s Prudential Center.

Stray Kids Win Best K-Pop With S-Class At The 2023 MTV VMAs

Stray Kids Big Win At This Year's VMAs
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TXT, who won “Push Performance of the Year” for their song “Sugar Rush Ride,” helped put an end to the fandom war by cheering on Stray Kids as they made history by taking home the award for Best K-Pop for “S-Class”. Stray Kids triumphed over Sugar Rush Ride by TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Girls by Aespa, Cupid by FIFTY FIFTY, Pink Venom by BLACKPINK, and SUPER by SEVENTEEN. 

Taylor Swift was among those who applauded and praised them after their performance of S-Class astounded the audience. Since their formation, this is the first time they’ve performed on stage and won an award simultaneously. They expressed gratitude to their followers for making it possible for them to attend and accept such an honor. Stray Kids also made history as the first group signed under JYP Entertainment to take home a trophy at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The Group’s Heartfelt Reaction Melted Fans’ Hearts

When they heard their name, the group’s leader, Bang Chan, appeared to get to his feet and try to figure out if they were, in fact, being called to the stage. The rest of the crew stumbled along behind him in a daze, all of them visibly shaken by their surprise win.

Jeongin carried the prestigious MTV Video Music Award while Chan and Felix gave the group’s thanks onstage.

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“Hello! We are Stray Kids, and we want to thank the VMAs for inviting us,” said Chan. “We’ve been making our music ever since the start of our career, but to receive this award just really means a lot to us.” Nodding to his bandmate, he added, Felix has something to say as well.” – Billboard

“We just want to thank our label, JYP division 1, and we want to thank Republic Records. And also, we want to thank our fans, our STAYs, for being so supportive. Please. We have so much to show you guys, so please look forward to the future.” – Billboard

Watch their fervent reaction here:


S-Class (the album’s title track) and FNF (its B-side track) from Stray Kids’ third studio album, 5-Star, and Social Path (featuring LiSA) (the EP’s double title song) both debuted on the Billboard 200 chart. On September 9 and 10, they performed in Osaka, Japan, as part of their encore performance for their debut dome tour, titled Stray Kids 5-Star Dome Tour 2023.

After performing at Kyocera Dome in Osaka as part of their most recent world tour’s encore show in February (during Stray Kids’ second World tour, MANIAC Encore in Japan), the band returned to the venue with a larger dome tour seven months later.

With the release of their debut EP in Japan, which features the singles “Social Path” and “Super Bowl (Japanese Version),” they have officially surpassed 500,000 pre-orders. It spent seven days in a row at the top of the iTunes charts in 21 different countries and regions, including Thailand, India, Turkey, and many more. Their work with LiSA, a well-known Japanese musician who has contributed to the soundtracks of anime series like “Demon Slayer,” has garnered a lot of attention from their devoted fanbase.

Watch Stray Kids’ Outclass Performance Here At The VMAs…

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Pooja is a savvy content writer and an aspiring poetess. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. Her field of interest is entertainment, and she is a huge BTS fan. In her spare time, Pooja enjoys watching a wide variety of dramas from many countries, including Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Thai, and Japanese productions. She names Chris Hemsworth, RDJ, Chris Evans, and Ian Somerhalder among her favorite actors. Aside from writing, music, particularly K-pop, is her therapy. Pooja, who hopes to become a well-rounded creator, also works as an honorary reporter for, where she spreads the word about career opportunities in South Korea and also promotes Korean culture, sports, tourism, and the Hallyu wave as part of her job.

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