K-pop boy band BTS just keeps doing themselves one better. This morning, they just picked up the Best Group Award at Billboard Music Awards, a feat that no other K-pop group has achieved. Other contenders in the category include Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Dan + Shay and Panic! at the Disco.
The septet, comprising RM, Suga, Jin, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook, picked up their first Billboard award in 2017 when they won Top Social Artist, beating out the likes of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. They were the first Korean act to have bagged a Billboard award.
They continued their winning streak last year and this year, holding on to the title of Top Social Artist. This year, they were up against Ariana Grande, Louis Tomlinson, as well as K-pop acts EXO and GOT7.
While Top Social Artist is very much geared towards voting in the form of number of times a BBMA-related artist’s hashtag is used, Best Duo/Group category finalists are determined by album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement.
Their nomination is hardly surprising, considering three of their albums Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Answer and Map of the Soul: Persona debuted at the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart within a span of a year, making them the first band since The Beatles to have done so.
Past winners in the Best Duo/Group category include Imagine Dragons, One Direction (who holds the record of most number of wins in this category with three trophies), Destiny’s Child and Backstreet Boys.
As they were picking up their awards, leader RM said in English, “Still can’t believe that we’re here, on this stage, with so many great artists, OMG. This was only possible because of the little things we sent together, the BTS and ARMY power, right? We’re still the same boys from six years ago, we still have the same dreams, we still have the same thoughts. Let’s just keep dreaming the best dreams together.”
Watch the video below.
Image: Billboards’ Instagram