'Butter' by BTS snags Variety's Record of the Year
K-pop phenomenon BTS won Variety's Record of the Year award for its global hit "Butter," the band's agency said Sunday.
The digital single won the Record of the Year category in Variety's 2021 Hitmakers list released Friday, according to Big Hit Music and the website of the magazine.
"The song 'Butter' blasted out to the world in May, becoming a record smashing single for BTS," Variety said on its website.
The song's writers and producers, including the K-pop group's member RM, "crafted the perfect hit that just won't quit," Variety noted.
It is the K-pop band's second time on the Variety list. Last year, it was named Group of the Year, becoming the first Korean act recognized by the annual Variety celebration.
The annual event recognizes the writers, producers, publishers, managers and executives who helped make the 25 most consumed songs of the year. Its award ceremony is set for Dec. 4.
On Sunday, the band was set to attend the 2021 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, for which it was nominated in three categories, including Artist of the Year, considered the biggest honor of the show.
Meanwhile, the music video for BTS's "Dynamite" passed 1.3 billion views on YouTube. The video for the megahit released in 2020 reached the milestone at 10:15 p.m. Friday, Big Hit Music said.
It became the group's third music video to hit 1.3 billion YouTube views following "DNA" and "Boy with Luv."
BTS has a total of 35 music videos with more than 100 million views on the global music sharing site.
"Dynamite" is its first English-language song. The song made BTS the first Korean act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 main singles chart in 2020 and earned the group its first Grammy nomination.
Early this month, "Dynamite" received triple platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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