The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) celebrated the achievements of several K-pop stars, with BLACKPINK and BTS’ Jungkook taking home coveted awards.
BLACKPINK: The VMAs were held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday. Although BLACKPINK could not make the event, the four-member girl group were named Group of the Year, effectively becoming the first Asian female group to win the award. They also made history as the first girl group to win the award since TLC’s win 24 years ago.
In addition to Group of the Year, BLACKPINK won the Best Choreography award for their track “Pink Venom,” which was choreographed by Kiel Tutin, Lee Jung, Taryn Cheng and Sienna Lalau.
Jungkook: Jungkook, who released his solo debut single “Seven” featuring Latto in July, bagged a historic win as the first K-pop soloist to secure the “Song of the Summer” award, beating artists Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift. The 26-year-old superstar’s win was widely celebrated on X, with VMA’s announcement of it reaching over 5.3 million views as of this time of writing.
Fourth-generation boy bands: Stray Kids and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT) won awards for Best K-pop and PUSH Performance of the Year, respectively. The South Korean boy bands also marked their presence at the VMAs with special performances. Stray Kids heated up the ceremony with their performance of “S-Class,” while TXT unveiled their new single “Back for More” featuring Brazilian pop star Anitta.
“Since the beginning of our career, we’ve been making our own music, which makes this award even more meaningful,” Stray Kids expressed. “We sincerely thank our fans for their support and encouragement. There’s so much more to show, so please look forward to Stray Kids’ future.”
“We’ll always remember how exhilarating it was to be MTV’s Push Artist,” TXT said. “We wanted to show everyone who we are and our music, and this award signifies that we’ve achieved it. It’s a night to remember forever.”
Olivia Rodrigo: The Filipino American singer-songwriter also performed onstage and amazed the crowd with a faux stage malfunction while performing her hit songs “Vampire” and “Get Him Back!” from her latest album “GUTS.” Rodrigo’s music video for “Vampire,” which was edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel, won Best Editing at the VMAs.