How BTS Dominated The 2021 American Music Awards

The biggest boy band in the world turned the AMAs into their concert — and then won Artist of the Year.

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Meeting NKOTB

BTS kicked off their historic night by walking the AMAs red carpet at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where they met the members of New Kids of the Block, making for the ultimate boy band hangout.

Stars Fawn Over BTS

BTS quickly became the highlight of the red carpet for many stars, with everyone from Becky G to Chloe Bailey wanting selfies with the K-pop icons.

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Spilling The Lizzo Tea

The members of BTS dished on meeting Lizzo at Harry Styles’ concert. “It was fun, very fun,” J-Hope said in a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight, with Jungkook saying his shirt was soaked in sweat after dancing. While they couldn’t talk much with Lizzo due to noise, they were still able to share numbers with the hopes of working on a song together. “She’s so fire,” RM said.

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Performing With Coldplay

If meeting NKOTB on the red carpet wasn’t enough, BTS linked up with another band onstage. BTS joined Coldplay to perform their No. 1 collaboration “My Universe” for the first time.

Selfies With JoJo Siwa

After winning their first award of the night for Favorite Pop Duo or Group, presenter JoJo Siwa couldn’t resist getting a quick selfie with the band.

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Winning Artist of the Year

BTS made AMAs history by becoming the first K-pop artists to win Artist of the Year. In their acceptance speech, RM reflected on their first AMAs performance in 2017 and thanked their dedicated fans. “We were too excited and nervous at the time,” he said. “It’s been a long ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the odds of us standing here receiving this award, except y’all, ARMY.”

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Ending The Night With “Butter”

Because performing once wasn’t enough, BTS closed out the award show with a smooth performance of their No. 1 hit “Butter.” Even without Megan Thee Stallion, who had to cancel her planned guest appearance due to a “personal matter,” the boys delivered a showstopper.


Celebrating Their Wins Backstage

After the show, BTS celebrated their victories backstage and re-emerged on the red carpet. The band won every award they were nominated for, taking home Favorite Pop Song, in addition to Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop Duo/Group.