Itâ€™s safe to say that BTSâ€™s leader RM is having a pretty historic birthday. In addition to having people around the globe celebrating “Namjoon Day” on social media, the 27-year-old artist took home two Moonpeople with his fellow BTS members at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (September 12) â€” and the night is far from over.
Introduced by boy-band royalty Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, AJ McLean of The Backstreet Boys, and Lance Bass of NSYNC, BTS won in the Best K-pop category with their snappy single â€œButter.â€ Since its release in May, the feel-good track has been a shining jewel atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks. In a true testament to their strength, BTS has won the Best K-pop category three years in a row since its inception in 2019 â€” first with their single â€œBoy With Luv,â€ then in 2020 with â€œOn,â€ and now with â€œButter.â€
Although they couldnâ€™t be present at the show, the group recorded an acceptance speech that began with them performing a short snippet of the song. â€œThanks for this honor,â€ J-Hope said. â€œSorry we couldnâ€™t be there, but hopefully next time we will.â€
Youngest member Jungkook revealed that the group feels â€œso blessedâ€ and â€œgratefulâ€ for all of the love and support their fanbase, Army, has given them over the last year. Vocalist V seemed to share the same sentiment, adding: â€œShout out to Army, the best people in the world!â€ Eldest member Jin wrapped up their speech by promising to keep bringing the â€œgreat music and performancesâ€ that BTS is known for around the globe.
In addition to winning Best K-pop, the group also won Group of the Year, receiving 25 million votes online. In a similar fashion to Best K-pop, this is BTSâ€™s third year in a row winning the category. â€œThank you, VMAs for the Group of the Year award!â€ Jimin said.
â€œArmy, this is all possible thanks to you guys,â€ RM shared. â€œAlthough we canâ€™t meet in person, we feel your love every minute and second.â€ Member Suga added: â€œWe love you and we miss you.â€