Billboard Music Awards 2021: BTS Sweeps 4 Awards
Fresh off the release of their new summer song, Butter, which has already raked in records for the most-viewed YouTube video in 24 hours and the biggest song debut on Spotify, BTS once again made history today—sweeping all four categories they were nominated in for the Billboard Music Awards. The South Korean superstars extend their winning streak in the Top Social Artist category, taking home the award for the fifth consecutive year.
They also won the Top Duo/Group category, the second time to win the award. Their chart-topping hit, Dynamite, which earned them their first Grammy nomination, took home Top Selling Song as well as the Top Song Sales Artist award. The upbeat disco-pop song has spent 32 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and previously made history as the first song by a South Korean act to debut at number one.
They also become the first Asian act to chart a number one song since Sukiyaki by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto in 1963. Dynamite was the best selling single in the US in 2020, the only song to exceed more than a million downloads.
This year's Billboard Music Awards also marks the most nominations that the group had ever received and the all-kill win is their highest awards tally at the awards event, adding to their growing list of history-making accolades. The band also gave the first live performance of Butter on the show—marking the fourth year they are performing at the BBMAs.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, the group weren't able to attend the awards show personally. Recreating the BBMAs red carpet from Seoul, BTS leader RM thanked their fans for their support.
"It's really an honour to be a winner of such a significant title," he said on winning Top Song Sales Artist. This is the first year that the group was nominated for the award. "We wanted to share some fresh energy through Dynamite and we think this award is proof that we achieved that goal."
With this four-award sweep, BTS is clearly headed for world domination—and we're definitely here for it.