BTS: 2021 AMAs Performances and Wins

Screenshot of Kim Taehyung (V), Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jeon Jungkook, Park Jimin, and Min Yoongi (Suga) performing at the 2021 AMAs. All rights go to BTS and Coldplay.

Hey! Hallie here!

BTS has officially taken home three awards from this year’s AMAs! It’s no surprise that BTS has received so much attention given how much amazing content they’ve released this year alone. Their hard work and genuine love for their fans comes across in everything they do. If anyone deserves three AMAs, including the Artist of the Year award, it’s them. Along with these amazing wins we also got some incredible performances and funny moments throughout the night. Let’s dive into everything we saw tonight!

Performances:

We got to see two incredible performances involving BTS at this year’s AMAs. The first was “My Universe”, marking the first time BTS was actually able to perform the song with Coldplay! It was so nice to see this group perform live in front of a crowd with one another. They all looked like they were having so much fun, and both Coldplay and BTS seemed to feed each other’s energy. When Chris Martin was singing, the members of BTS were cheering him on. Whenever a member of BTS took the spotlight, Chris Martin blended in with the others, dancing with them and helping hype up the crowd. Given the more casual, but glam, outfit choices and the happiness radiating from the stage, the performance felt as though a group of friends got up on stage to throw a huge party. I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire thing. After this performance, BTS closed out the show with their performance of “Butter”. Though I do dislike when American shows put BTS performances last in order to keep their massive fan base watching, I could forgive this instance slightly because it was BTS’s second performance of the night. We’re all familiar with the smooth choreography for “Butter” at this point, but I still want to praise how on point it was tonight. They looked confident and impressive while they were performing the song and, as usual, their dancing didn’t disrupt any of their amazing vocals. I also really loved the outfits for this particular performance of the song. They each wore suits of various designs with yellow colors that dipped more into gold coloring. The variation in their suit jackets in particular was extremely pleasing to the eye without making any one of them seem out of place. In other words, I could watch both of these performances over and over for the rest of my life.

Awards:

BTS won three awards during the award show. Two of these awards were a bit more unsurprising to me, though no less well deserved or impressive. One of those awards was the Favorite Pop Duo or Group award. BTS pretty consistently wins these awards at various award shows now, which is, of course, incredible. The other of these awards was the Favorite Pop Song award. This award had many more contenders that’s popularity might have rivaled “Butter”, but “Butter” was such a large release throughout the summer that I could very easily see it topping the others on this list. I’m very proud of the boys winning with “Butter” in particular because, of their English releases, it’s the song they were able to contribute to the most. Finally, they won the big award of the night, the Artist of the Year award. With names like Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo on this list, I’m so proud that BTS pulled above all of their competitors for this year’s award and proved their global impact once again. In the acceptance speech, Namjoon reminisced about their first performance at the AMAs four years ago and the nervousness all of them felt while performing “DNA”. It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come. And, as always, Namjoon credits all of it to ARMY. He still feels as though BTS is a small boy group from Korea, and that humility caries into the thankfulness all of the members feel towards the fans who have helped them become global sensations. It’s really touching. Also in this speech, we saw Jungkook send out some words of encouragement before being carried away from the mic by Jin. What can we expect from BTS if not chaos? All of the members spoke at some point throughout the night, most trying their best to keep their speeches in English and, as always, I was impressed with all of their English progress. As a final touching thank you, the boys went on V-Live and sent out thank you notes to ARMY on social media. Jimin always makes me tear up when he bows.

The Harry Styles Concert:

This happened last night, but it was mentioned so many times during interviews tonight that I felt it was worth mentioning. J-Hope, Jimin, Taehyung, and Jungkook all attended a Harry Styles concert yesterday. Apparently there were many celebrities there, including Chris Evans, Selena Gomez, and Lizzo. The members of BTS spent most of their night dancing and singing with Lizzo right beside them and all of them very much enjoyed their time with her. However, constantly asking BTS about other celebrities has been a major issue at various award shows where the members were ignored or asked about American artists rather than themselves. Fortunately, this time around we saw interviewers manage to ask them about their time with Lizzo respectfully. Jimin and Taehyung even bashfully shared Lizzo’s particular crush on them. Some interviewers did fall into the trap of asking them about a future collaboration with her or something of the kind. But regardless, most interviewers were a lot more respectful of them than we’ve seen in the past and I was grateful for it. BTS has been challenging American media for a while and I’m glad to see interviewers growing as a result.

Overall, this year’s AMAs was pretty great. BTS performed at their best, were comfortable enough to goof around and enjoy themselves, and delivered some truly touching acceptance speeches. As an ARMY, I’m very proud of everything they accomplished tonight. Despite some of the controversies they’ve already faced, I’m glad they’re having so much fun in the US. I hope all of that continues all the way through their concert. As for the controversies, don’t expect to see them addressed here. We’re not here for fan wars. We’re here to let BTS enjoy themselves and to praise their amazing work! Let’s keep in mind that, as fans, our main goal is to wish them a fun and fulfilling trip!

Don’t do anything fun until I get back!

Hallie

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