For all the historical milestones an “underdog” boy group from a small label in South Korea has surpassed in the name of K-pop, it’s an absolute no-brainer that BTS would make it to Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
The list — divided into pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans — is a collection of essays penned by others associated with those who made the cut, and for BTS’s feature, Time selected Grammy-nominated pop singer Halsey, who collaborated with the group in their latest comeback “Boy With Luv.”
“How exactly does one accomplish world domination? Surely it takes remarkable talent, charm, kindness, altruism and dedication.
“But you’d still be missing a key component: a devoted community to uplift your efforts, soften your stumbles and shoot light from their eyes into the sky in your name every single night.”
.@halsey on @BTS_twt: “Behind those three letters are seven astounding young men who believe that music is stronger than the barriers of language. It’s a universal dialect” #TIME100 https://t.co/GPZ6jzzBYe pic.twitter.com/WQ1aPil5bh
— TIME (@TIME) April 17, 2019
For Halsey — and millions of ARMYs — BTS has met and owned this criteria.
“By these parameters, BTS has reached the top. Over the past few years, the K-pop group has taken the music industry by storm—shattering sales records, gathering accolades and performing across the globe for head-spinning audiences—all the while remaining exemplary ambassadors for their Korean culture.
“But behind those three letters are seven astounding young men who believe that music is stronger than the barriers of language. It’s a universal dialect.”
I’m so glad to see everyone excited + talking about #BoyWithLuv! all your ???s will be answered when it’s here! ARMY thank you for embracing this collab + remember your boys love you + always want to make you happy. And as for my crew I can’t wait for you to see this side of me!
— h (@halsey) April 11, 2019
Halsey also shares what it’s like working with “the boys,” as she and many ARMYs affectionately call them.
“I have known ‘the boys’—as I and other fans affectionately call them—for years and had the pleasure of traveling to Korea to hang with them on multiple occasions.
“Outwardly, they are polished and professional, but hours of laughter, secret handshakes and gifts exchanged show those around them that underneath this showstopping, neatly groomed movement are just some guys who love music, one another and their fans.”
— h (@halsey) April 16, 2019
Halsey’s tribute has since made rounds on social media, touching the hearts of both those who have known BTS for years and those beginning to call themselves ARMYs.
@halsey what you wrote about @BTS_twt in the Time 100 Most Influential People made me cry,, that was so raw and pure and well thought and it made me beyond happy. You did amazing and the boys love you, the Army loves you, and you deserve great things. Good luck! 🥺💜
— Bangwool (@east_wind4) April 17, 2019
thank you, thank you, thank you for the very warm and gracious words you had for the BTS guys on both the Global Press Conference yesterday and the Time 100 poll! Your sincerity, eloquence, and bubbly enthusiasm made me want to cry! Wishing you the same success and happiness! 💜
— Stephanie Ussery (@UsseryStephanie) April 17, 2019
You make me cry, Halsey. You’re awesome! Love you so so much!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Cristiane Nogara (@CristianeNogara) April 17, 2019
— Scarlet (@ScarLetHYYH) April 17, 2019
This was beautiful…..it made my cry… 😢🥰🥰
— Jackie.BTSLVR (@jaquelyn_campos) April 17, 2019
Halsey, you really want me to cry at 10 in the evening rn 😭💜
— ً (@pjmboos) April 17, 2019
@halsey Reading this makes me want to cry because it couldn’t have been said any other way. Short and sweet, thank you for a writing a piece of history I’ll never forget.🙏💜
— 나는BANGWOOL입니당💜 (@vpfrksmr) April 17, 2019
— DNA WORLD in LUV (@Dnaworldforever) April 17, 2019
— Ensa (@_ensalada_) April 17, 2019
this made me cry… the only person who loves, appreciates, and supports BTS more than Halsey is ARMY. shes so sweet and understands them well… always saying such amazing things about out boys and believes in them. Thank you Halsey, and congrats my Boys, BTS♡ you deserve it.
— suga🌸snow with luv 💗 (@snowandsuga) April 17, 2019
BTS and Halsey will perform together for the first time at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1st.
Read Halsey’s full essay here.
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