First of all, cheers and congratulations to BTS and ARMYs for their social media award at this year’s BBMAs!!! The members were well received and it was a special moment for them and their fans. Vogue crowning V as Best Dressed for the evening? Win!!!!
Vogue direct quote “The seven-member boy band is a global K-pop sensation, boasting an enormous and devoted international following; in fact, Billboard extended the invitation after an online fan campaign. For their first U.S. awards show, the members smartly stepped out in a suite of sleek black suits from Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, each one slightly tweaked to showcase their individual personality. Perhaps the most fashion-forward dresser was V, who paired a cropped pinstripe jacket and polka-dot dress shirt with loose-fit pants—a bold choice that he pulled off with ease.”
Rolling Stone direct quote “….K-pop boy band BTS humbly and excitedly accepted the award. The Korean septet made up of Rap Monster, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V and Jungkook made their American red-carpet debut last night”
Story is done right? Let’s all toast with our tea cups and have some mocha bread?
Maybe…until we and the rest of the KPop stans out there read the rest of the Rolling Stone article written by Jeff Benjamin.
The first of the five points that Rolling Stone claims are the reasons why BTS was deserving of their award (and they are deserving, period) has been one of the most alienating.
1. BTS write and produce socially conscious K-pop.
One look at Psy is proof enough that K-pop acts tend to focus on crafting crazy-catchy tracks with an eye toward the Western mainstream, but BTS (an acronym for the Korean term “Bangtan Songyeondan” or “bulletproof boy scouts” in English) stand out as an anomaly among their peers. While the formal K-pop scene tends to focus on singles about common topics like heartbreak and partying, BTS have connected with audiences by touching on topics like mental health (2015 album track “Whalien 52” tackles loneliness), politics (see member Rap Monster’s collaboration with Wale titled “Change”) and even female empowerment (“21st Century Girl” has been performed on Korean television). All the while, the members have writing credits on nearly all their songs and are taking on more production roles with later releases – also a rarity in K-pop. The 2016 single “Save Me” has members Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope all credited as lyricists and producers.
First of all, take one look at Psy? One? So you’re not even going to look at everything that PSY has accomplished? You’re not going to look at anything past the song that brought him attention from the Western world (and a cover on an episode of Glee) Gangnam Style?
“All the while, the members have writing credits on nearly all their songs and are taking on more production roles with later releases – also a rarity in K-pop.”
Yes, this is something to applaud BTS for. Absolutely. They are blessed in that they are in a company which encourages their artistry and provides them opportunities for artistic license. This is something that other artists do not always have the luxury of having. But this is also something other KPop artists have been able to do, though perhaps not as often.
“While the formal K-pop scene tends to focus on singles about common topics like heartbreak and partying…”
This was the comment that infuriated many KPop fans as well…and it is something your admins talked about in detail.