K-pop supergroup BTS is TIME magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” for 2020, the publication announced on Thursday.
Another honor for the Bangtan Boys: Along with the title, the seven-member group was given the customary tribute, fittingly describing them as “not just the biggest K-pop act on the charts. They’ve become the biggest band in the world – full stop.”
- The feature was written by Raisa Bruner, who noted how BTS managed to continue its successful streak amid a rather tumultuous year.
- “Between releasing multiple albums, breaking every type of record and appearing in these extemporaneous livestreams in 2020, BTS ascended to the zenith of pop stardom,” she wrote.
- The honor came shortly after the group received their first-ever official GRAMMY nomination for their hit track “Dynamite,” as NextShark previously reported.
- BTS’ activism was also highlighted in the feature, which noted the $1 million the group donated to the Black Lives Matter movement.
- “We feel that prejudice should not be tolerated; it really has no place,” the group explained in October.
BTS opens up: Bruner’s piece also featured an interview with members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, in which they talked about their rise to fame, their “ARMY” fanbase and how other people perceive their success.
- Suga shared how he is still occasionally “taken aback by all the unimaginable things that are happening. But I ask myself, ‘Who’s going to do this, if not us?’ ”
- “We’re not sure if we’ve actually earned respect,” RM was quoted as saying. “But one thing for sure is that (people) feel like, OK, this is not just some kind of a syndrome, a phenomenon. These little boys from Korea are doing this.”
- According to J-Hope, it has always been his aim to be an artist who can provide “comfort, relief and positive energy to people.”
- He went on to attribute the group’s success to such intent along with the sincerity of his co-members.
This is not the first time TIME magazine has honored BTS with a recognition. Back in 2018, the group was chosen as one of its “Next Generation Leaders.”
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