Time Magazine has just named its Entertainer of the Year for 2020 and it’s Kpop group BTS. The seven-member boy band is arguably one of the biggest music acts in the world. They sell out stadiums, have numerous #1 albums, and helped the CEO of their record label become a billionaire.
“BTS isn’t just the biggest K-pop act on the charts,” Time writer Raisa Bruner wrote. “They’ve become the biggest band in the world – full stop. 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.”
It’s been quite the journey for RM, Suga, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V, and Jungkook. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the ARMY, the millions of loyal fans who helped propel the boys to the stratosphere.
“We’re not sure if we’ve actually earned respect,” RM said. “But one thing for sure is that [people] feel like, O.K,. this is not just some kind of syndrome, a phenomenon. There little boys from Korea are doing this.”
BTS broke the mold for what’s expected from a Kpop group. Normally, Kpop groups are politically neutral but BTS has supported LGBTQ rights in South Korea where gay marriage is not legal and this year donated $1 million to the Black Lives Matters movement. That donation was quickly matched by their ARMY who helped raise another $1 million for BLM.
“There are times when I’m still taken aback by all the unimaginable things that are happening,” Suga said. “But I ask myself, who’s going to do this, if not us?”
Congrats to BTS for being Time Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year and looking forward to what the group has in store for 2021.