Connect with us

World

American Music Awards – BTS, first Asian band to win Artists of the Year

Tim Newton

Published

 on 

South Korean band BTS had a huge night at the American Music Awards. They not only won the highly coveted ‘Artist of the Year’, they also picked up the Best pop song of the year and Best duo or group. Significantly, BTS are the first Asian musicians to pick up the main award in an otherwise white-washed US pop industry.

Accepting the Artist of the Year award, their third visit to the podium on the night, 27 year old leader RM, and the only member who speaks fluent English, said that “this whole thing is a miracle”.

“Seriously, we will never take this for granted. Four years ago, we had given this first-time-ever TV live performance at this AMAs stage for ‘DNA’ (the song has recorded over 1.3 billion views on YouTube since its debut). We were so excited and nervous at the time”.

(That AMA performance was BTS’s first live performance on US TV).

“It’s been a long and amazing ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the odds of us standing here receiving this award.”

The band’s Best Pop song award went to their single “Butter” which spent 10 weeks this year at the #1 spot on the Billboard Singles Chart, another breakthrough achievement by the band of 7 members who have steadily broken through music’s bamboo curtain since they debuted in 2013.

Having struggled their way up the gruelling K-Pop (Korean pop music) ladder, BTS always had their eye on winning an AMA or, heaven-forbid, a Grammy (they were nominated for a 2021 Grammy but didn’t win their category for Best Song “Dynamite”.)

They kept busy during Covid doing online concerts and crafting 2 English-language pop bops – “Dynamite” and “Butter”. These have been the only English-language songs the band have recorded, besides a Steve Aioki collab “Waste it on me”. In the past month they’ve also released a collaboration with Coldplay “My Universe”, which is in Korean and English.

Bottomline, they developed their enormous global popularity on the back of Korean-language lyrics!

At their acceptance speech all 7 had a moment on the microphone, all except RM in rehearsed English or in their native Korean language. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook were humble and excited at their major US breakthrough.

  Former US president George W Bush accidentally refers to "unjustified" war in Iraq

“Seven boys from Korea, united by a love for music, met the love and support from all the ARMY all over the world.”

That ‘Army’ is the band’s huge fan base around the world, probably the largest fandom of any band as BTS has weaponised social media over the past 8 years to reach audiences in a way that’s been impossible in the days before social media.

American Music Awards - BTS, first Asian band to win Artists of the Year | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: BTS perform their collaboration with Coldplay, “My Universe” at the 2021 AMA

BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) have shared thousands of candid moments, 2 hugely popular TV series, and a library of dance practice clips, or just goofing around, which has endeared them to a global fan base.

In other AMA moments, Taylor Swift broke her own record when she won favourite female pop artist for the 7th time and topped her previous record for most AMA wins of all time. She also won for best pop album “Evermore” during the show and now has a total of 34 AMA trophies.

Olivia Rodrigo, who had 7 AMA nominations on the night, won New artist of the year.

Winning 3 awards each were Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion (who also did a collaboration withe BTS this year with a version of “Butter”). Ed Sheeran won Favourite male pop artist while Drake and Megan Thee Stallion won Favourite male and female hip-hop artists.

American Music Awards nominees are selected based on fan interactions with their favourite music and artists, including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, social engagement) that are tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data.

Complete list of 2021 American Music Award nominees and winners…

New Artist of the Year

Winner: Olivia Rodrigo

24kGoldn

Giveon

Masked Wolf

The Kid LAROI

Artist of the Year

Winner: BTS

Ariana Grande

Drake

Taylor Swift

Olivia Rodrigo

The Weeknd

Collaboration of the year

“Mood” – 24kGoldn ft. iann dior

“DÁKITI” – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

“Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug

Winner: “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA

  Thai official says Karen refugees receiving humanitarian aid

“Peaches” – Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon

Favourite trending song

“Buss It” – Erica Banks

“Beggin’” – Måneskin

Winner: “Body” – Megan Thee Stallion

“drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo

“Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” – Popp Hunna

Favourite music video

“Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

“Up” – Cardi B

Winner: “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” – Lil Nas X

“drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo

“Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd

Favourite male pop artist

Drake

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

Favourite female pop artist

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Winner: Taylor Swift

Favourite pop duo or group

AJR

Winner: BTS

Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Favourite pop album

“positions” – Ariana Grande

“Future Nostalgia” – Dua Lipa

“sour” – Olivia Rodrigo

Winner: “evermore” – Taylor Swift

“F— LOVE” – The Kid LAROI

Favourite pop song

Winner: “Butter” – BTS

“Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA

“Levitating” – Dua Lipa

“drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo

“Save Your Tears (Remix)” – The Weeknd & Ariana Grande

Favourite male country artist

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Winner: Luke Bryan

Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen

Favourite female country artist

Winner: Carrie Underwood

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert

Favourite country duo or group

Winner: Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

Favourite country album

“Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton

Winner: “Goldmine” – Gabby Barrett

“Hey World” – Lee Brice

“Born Here Live Here Die Here” – Luke Bryan

“Dangerous: The Double Album” – Morgan Wallen

Favourite country song

“Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young & Kane Brown

Winner: “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett

“Forever After All” – Luke Combs

“Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes

Delivery: Varies

Favourite male hip-hop artist

Winner: Drake

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke

Favourite female hip-hop artist

Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Winner: Megan Thee Stallion

Saweetie

Favourite hip-hop album

“Certified Lover Boy” – Drake

“Legends Never Die” – Juice WRLD

  Thai official says Karen refugees receiving humanitarian aid

Winner: “Good News” – Megan Thee Stallion

“Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon” – Pop Smoke

“SoulFly” – Rod Wave

Favourite hip-hop song

Winner: “Up” – Cardi B

“Lemonade” – Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV

“Calling My Phone” – Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK

“RAPSTAR” – Polo G

“What You Know Bout Love” – Pop Smoke

Favourite male R&B artist

Chris Brown

Giveon

Tank

Winner: The Weeknd

Usher

Favourite female R&B artist

Winner: Doja Cat

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko

SZA

Favourite R&B Album

Winner: “Planet Her” – Doja Cat

“When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time” – Giveon

“Back of My Mind” – H.E.R.

“Heaux Tales” – Jazmine Sullivan

“Missunderstood” – Queen Naija

Favourite R&B song

“Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

“Go Crazy” – Chris Brown & Young Thug

“Heartbreak Anniversary” – Giveon

“Damage” – H.E.R.

“Pick Up Your Feelings” – Jazmine Sullivan

Favourite male Latin artist

Winner: Bad Bunny

J Balvín

Maluma

Ozuna

Rauw Alejandro

Favourite female Latin artist

Becky G

Kali Uchis

Karol G

Natti Natasha

Rosalía

Favourite Latin duo or group

Winner: Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho

Los Dos Carnales

Favourite Latin album

Winner: “EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO” – Bad Bunny

“Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)” – Kali Uchis

“KG0516” – Karol G

“Papi Juancho” – Maluma

“Afrodisíaco” – Rauw Alejandro

Favourite Latin song

“Dákiti” – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez

“LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE” – Bad Bunny x Rosalía

“Pepas” – Farruko

“telepatía” – Kali Uchis

“Hawái (Remix)” – Maluma & The Weeknd

Favourite rock artist

AJR

All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

Winner: Machine Gun Kelly

Favourite inspirational artist

CAIN

Winner: Carrie Underwood

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams

Favourite gospel artist

Winner: Kanye West

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Favourite dance/electronic artist

David Guetta

Illenium

Winner: Marshmello

Dj Regard

Tiësto

American Music Awards - BTS, first Asian band to win Artists of the Year | News by Thaiger

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Looking for your next home in Thailand? Let us match you with a local expert in minutes!

Thank you for your interest!

One of our agents will
reach out to you soon.

I want to:
  • Thailand (ไทย)+66
  • United States+1
  • United Kingdom+44
  • Australia+61
  • Afghanistan (‫افغانستان‬‎)+93
  • Albania (Shqipëri)+355
  • Algeria (‫الجزائر‬‎)+213
  • American Samoa+1684
  • Andorra+376
  • Angola+244
  • Anguilla+1264
  • Antigua and Barbuda+1268
  • Argentina+54
  • Armenia (Հայաստան)+374
  • Aruba+297
  • Australia+61
  • Austria (Österreich)+43
  • Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan)+994
  • Bahamas+1242
  • Bahrain (‫البحرين‬‎)+973
  • Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)+880
  • Barbados+1246
  • Belarus (Беларусь)+375
  • Belgium (België)+32
  • Belize+501
  • Benin (Bénin)+229
  • Bermuda+1441
  • Bhutan (འབྲུག)+975
  • Bolivia+591
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (Босна и Херцеговина)+387
  • Botswana+267
  • Brazil (Brasil)+55
  • British Indian Ocean Territory+246
  • British Virgin Islands+1284
  • Brunei+673
  • Bulgaria (България)+359
  • Burkina Faso+226
  • Burundi (Uburundi)+257
  • Cambodia (កម្ពុជា)+855
  • Cameroon (Cameroun)+237
  • Canada+1
  • Cape Verde (Kabu Verdi)+238
  • Caribbean Netherlands+599
  • Cayman Islands+1345
  • Central African Republic (République centrafricaine)+236
  • Chad (Tchad)+235
  • Chile+56
  • China (中国)+86
  • Christmas Island+61
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands+61
  • Colombia+57
  • Comoros (‫جزر القمر‬‎)+269
  • Congo (DRC) (Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo)+243
  • Congo (Republic) (Congo-Brazzaville)+242
  • Cook Islands+682
  • Costa Rica+506
  • Côte d’Ivoire+225
  • Croatia (Hrvatska)+385
  • Cuba+53
  • Curaçao+599
  • Cyprus (Κύπρος)+357
  • Czech Republic (Česká republika)+420
  • Denmark (Danmark)+45
  • Djibouti+253
  • Dominica+1767
  • Dominican Republic (República Dominicana)+1
  • Ecuador+593
  • Egypt (‫مصر‬‎)+20
  • El Salvador+503
  • Equatorial Guinea (Guinea Ecuatorial)+240
  • Eritrea+291
  • Estonia (Eesti)+372
  • Ethiopia+251
  • Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)+500
  • Faroe Islands (Føroyar)+298
  • Fiji+679
  • Finland (Suomi)+358
  • France+33
  • French Guiana (Guyane française)+594
  • French Polynesia (Polynésie française)+689
  • Gabon+241
  • Gambia+220
  • Georgia (საქართველო)+995
  • Germany (Deutschland)+49
  • Ghana (Gaana)+233
  • Gibraltar+350
  • Greece (Ελλάδα)+30
  • Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat)+299
  • Grenada+1473
  • Guadeloupe+590
  • Guam+1671
  • Guatemala+502
  • Guernsey+44
  • Guinea (Guinée)+224
  • Guinea-Bissau (Guiné Bissau)+245
  • Guyana+592
  • Haiti+509
  • Honduras+504
  • Hong Kong (香港)+852
  • Hungary (Magyarország)+36
  • Iceland (Ísland)+354
  • India (भारत)+91
  • Indonesia+62
  • Iran (‫ایران‬‎)+98
  • Iraq (‫العراق‬‎)+964
  • Ireland+353
  • Isle of Man+44
  • Israel (‫ישראל‬‎)+972
  • Italy (Italia)+39
  • Jamaica+1
  • Japan (日本)+81
  • Jersey+44
  • Jordan (‫الأردن‬‎)+962
  • Kazakhstan (Казахстан)+7
  • Kenya+254
  • Kiribati+686
  • Kosovo+383
  • Kuwait (‫الكويت‬‎)+965
  • Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан)+996
  • Laos (ລາວ)+856
  • Latvia (Latvija)+371
  • Lebanon (‫لبنان‬‎)+961
  • Lesotho+266
  • Liberia+231
  • Libya (‫ليبيا‬‎)+218
  • Liechtenstein+423
  • Lithuania (Lietuva)+370
  • Luxembourg+352
  • Macau (澳門)+853
  • Macedonia (FYROM) (Македонија)+389
  • Madagascar (Madagasikara)+261
  • Malawi+265
  • Malaysia+60
  • Maldives+960
  • Mali+223
  • Malta+356
  • Marshall Islands+692
  • Martinique+596
  • Mauritania (‫موريتانيا‬‎)+222
  • Mauritius (Moris)+230
  • Mayotte+262
  • Mexico (México)+52
  • Micronesia+691
  • Moldova (Republica Moldova)+373
  • Monaco+377
  • Mongolia (Монгол)+976
  • Montenegro (Crna Gora)+382
  • Montserrat+1664
  • Morocco (‫المغرب‬‎)+212
  • Mozambique (Moçambique)+258
  • Myanmar (Burma) (မြန်မာ)+95
  • Namibia (Namibië)+264
  • Nauru+674
  • Nepal (नेपाल)+977
  • Netherlands (Nederland)+31
  • New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie)+687
  • New Zealand+64
  • Nicaragua+505
  • Niger (Nijar)+227
  • Nigeria+234
  • Niue+683
  • Norfolk Island+672
  • North Korea (조선 민주주의 인민 공화국)+850
  • Northern Mariana Islands+1670
  • Norway (Norge)+47
  • Oman (‫عُمان‬‎)+968
  • Pakistan (‫پاکستان‬‎)+92
  • Palau+680
  • Palestine (‫فلسطين‬‎)+970
  • Panama (Panamá)+507
  • Papua New Guinea+675
  • Paraguay+595
  • Peru (Perú)+51
  • Philippines+63
  • Poland (Polska)+48
  • Portugal+351
  • Puerto Rico+1
  • Qatar (‫قطر‬‎)+974
  • Réunion (La Réunion)+262
  • Romania (România)+40
  • Russia (Россия)+7
  • Rwanda+250
  • Saint Barthélemy+590
  • Saint Helena+290
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis+1869
  • Saint Lucia+1758
  • Saint Martin (Saint-Martin (partie française))+590
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon)+508
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines+1784
  • Samoa+685
  • San Marino+378
  • São Tomé and Príncipe (São Tomé e Príncipe)+239
  • Saudi Arabia (‫المملكة العربية السعودية‬‎)+966
  • Senegal (Sénégal)+221
  • Serbia (Србија)+381
  • Seychelles+248
  • Sierra Leone+232
  • Singapore+65
  • Sint Maarten+1721
  • Slovakia (Slovensko)+421
  • Slovenia (Slovenija)+386
  • Solomon Islands+677
  • Somalia (Soomaaliya)+252
  • South Africa+27
  • South Korea (대한민국)+82
  • South Sudan (‫جنوب السودان‬‎)+211
  • Spain (España)+34
  • Sri Lanka (ශ්‍රී ලංකාව)+94
  • Sudan (‫السودان‬‎)+249
  • Suriname+597
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen+47
  • Swaziland+268
  • Sweden (Sverige)+46
  • Switzerland (Schweiz)+41
  • Syria (‫سوريا‬‎)+963
  • Taiwan (台灣)+886
  • Tajikistan+992
  • Tanzania+255
  • Thailand (ไทย)+66
  • Timor-Leste+670
  • Togo+228
  • Tokelau+690
  • Tonga+676
  • Trinidad and Tobago+1868
  • Tunisia (‫تونس‬‎)+216
  • Turkey (Türkiye)+90
  • Turkmenistan+993
  • Turks and Caicos Islands+1649
  • Tuvalu+688
  • U.S. Virgin Islands+1340
  • Uganda+256
  • Ukraine (Україна)+380
  • United Arab Emirates (‫الإمارات العربية المتحدة‬‎)+971
  • United Kingdom+44
  • United States+1
  • Uruguay+598
  • Uzbekistan (Oʻzbekiston)+998
  • Vanuatu+678
  • Vatican City (Città del Vaticano)+39
  • Venezuela+58
  • Vietnam (Việt Nam)+84
  • Wallis and Futuna (Wallis-et-Futuna)+681
  • Western Sahara (‫الصحراء الغربية‬‎)+212
  • Yemen (‫اليمن‬‎)+967
  • Zambia+260
  • Zimbabwe+263
  • Åland Islands+358

    image

    Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

    Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

    Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

    image

    Follow Thaiger by email:

    Phuket6 hours ago

    Phuket Food Festival 2022 will feature hemp recipies

    Chon Buri7 hours ago

    UPDATE: Suspect in assault case with Russian woman in Chon Buri released

    Bangkok8 hours ago

    5 countries’ representatives walk out when Russian official speaks in Bangkok

    Sponsored2 days ago

    What’s behind CP’s successful Metaverse campaign?

    image
    Phuket9 hours ago

    Thailand’s biggest light festival kicks off on Phuket shores

    Chon Buri10 hours ago

    Chon Buri teen tries to steal air conditioning equipment while high

    Tourism12 hours ago

    As Thailand’s bars plan to reopen ‘officially’ in some areas, vendors want to extend hours

    image
    Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
    Pattaya13 hours ago

    UPDATE: GoFundMe page for victim of Pattaya gym assault – VIDEO

    Pattaya14 hours ago

    Alcohol ban in Pattaya and Bangkok from 6pm Saturday

    Thailand15 hours ago

    Thailand Pass remains, at least until the end of June

    Thailand1 day ago

    Thailand News Today | Thailand to target “wealthy foreign tourists”

    Travel1 day ago

    5 beautiful glamping spots in Phuket to get closer to nature

    North East1 day ago

    Man in northeast Thailand stabs wife on train

    Thailand1 day ago

    Deputy PM demands officals to avoid being rude and offensive to residents

    Malaysia1 day ago

    Malaysians continue to flood into Thailand

    Phuket1 day ago

    UPDATE: Chief in Phuket says black water is “not from businesses”

    Thailand8 months ago

    Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

    Tourism1 year ago

    Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

    Phuket1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

    Tourism1 year ago

    Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

    Tourism1 year ago

    In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

    Thailand1 year ago

    Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

    Trending