BTS Take Home Top Social Artist at 2018 Billboard Music Awards
For the second year in a row, K-pop superstars BTS took home the award for Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 20), besting fellow nominees Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Shawn Mendes.
With the audience roaring in the background, they thanked their fans in a speech. "Thank you to the Billboard Music Awards for this precious award two years in a row. This time, we had a chance to think about what social really means to us, and some of our fans told us that our music really changed their lives—and now, we realize our words really carry weight thanks to you guys," RM said. "Armys out there, you guys keep us going and keep us striving!"
The win comes just two days after the release of the band's third LP, Love Yourself: Tear, which has already begun to rack up more records for the mega-popular septet. Not only did the project become the most pre-ordered album of all time in South Korea (beating their own EP, 2017's million-selling Love Yourself: Her), but it also made BTS the first K-pop group to exceed one million pre-orders with multiple albums.
It's too early to say how far the album will climb on the charts, but it will likely be one of their most successful efforts to date. They also performed Tear single "Fake Love" for the first time on television at the BBMAs, and are set to visit The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, May 25.
"There's an old saying, like, 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,'” RM told Billboard of their choreography for the track, referring to the Japanese "Three Wise Monkeys" maxim. “We put that saying in the main part of our choreography ... It'll be more powerful than ever."