BTS named Musician of the Year at KMAs
BTS was nominated earlier this month along with singer-songwriter IU, indie rock band Hyukoh and folk musician Kim Mok-in for the highly coveted award.
The seven-piece boy band last year released its fifth EP album, “Love Yourself: Her,” which sold over 1.58 million copies to become the highest-selling album in Korea in 16 years, after idol group g.o.d’s fourth studio album in 2001.
BTS has also enjoyed massive success overseas, with two tracks from the album - “DNA” and “Mic Drop” - charting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and being certified “gold” by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Song of the Year was awarded to “Tomboy” by Hyukoh, after a five-way competition between Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor,” “DNA” by BTS, “Through the Night” by IU and “We Are” by hip hop artist Woo Won-jae. Album of the Year award was handed to indie folk artist Kang Tae-gu for his second studio album, “bleu.”
KMA was formed in 2004 by a group of music critics, reporters, radio producers and cultural scholars as an alternative to big awards run by the country’s three major TV networks - KBS, MBC and SBS - whose fairness had been called into question. Yonhap