BTS Milestones 2020: From supporting BLM to Grammy nomination; 5 key moments from the group’s memorable year

Kiona Rosh
·5-min read

The year 2020 has been different for every person living in this world. So to say some people had a bad year but we can’t say that for the members of the BTS group as they made this year their own. They just brought in the ray of light on the people in their cloudy times. From performing in their 2020s epic New Year’s Eve performance at Times Square in New York to taking over The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a whole week, they just made 2020 ‘THE year of BTS’.

They have achieved many milestones this year the recent one being The BTS members named as the Time’s person of the year. Their multiple Daesang wins at Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards were also part of their success this year. Along with that they also performed their hit song Dynamite in many American award functions. During the covid pandemic, we witnessed shut off of every entertainment industry but still, the BTS continued to engage with their fans keeping BTS ARMY distracted by bringing their variety show IN THE SOOP BTS ver., RUN BTS, and two online concerts.

In one of Times Interviews Jin was asked about the donation to the BLM movement by the BTS to which he said, “That was not politics. It was related to racism. We believe everyone deserves to be respected. That’s why we made that decision,” The BTS in their tweeter account had tweeted, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.” This was sent out on June 4 this year. Later The BTS also donated 1 million US dollars to the movement.

Before the World was hit by covid BTS had released Map of the Souls:7 on February 21. This song debuted on no. 1 Billboard 200 and earned an impressive amount of 422,000 units in its first week, with 347,000 was earned in album sales in the US. They’re hits like ON, Black Swan MOTS:7 and solos like Filter and My Time had impacted many of their fans. Their album MOTS:7 won Album of the Year at MMA, MAMA and Genie Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.

Because of covid 19 their planed MOTS:7 tour was canceled which was quite frustrating for them. So to compensate for that halt The BTS released their second album titled BE, containing their most BTS Esque music to date, on November 20. The specialty behind this was the involvement of every member of the group in the making. BE debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 2020 earning 242,000 units in its first week, with 177,000 earned by selling albums in the US.

BTS had made history being the First South Korean Group to be on top of No 1 Billboard Hot 100 with their hit Dynamite for 3 non-consecutive weeks. Along with this BTS achieved two more Hot 100 No. 1 single with Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685’s Savage Love and Life Goes On.

The BTS, along with their ARMY rejoiced in joy and excitement when they were nominated for the Grammy Awards 2021 in a live stream. The announcement was made that BTS had been nominated in the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance Category for their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single Dynamite. Dynamite is facing tough competition as it has Justin Bieber ft. Quavo’s Intentions, Taylor Swift ft. Bon Iver’s Exile, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain on Me and J. Balvin, Dua, Lipa, Bad Bunny and Taney’s Un Dia in the mix.

In an appearance by BTS in James Corden’s The Late Late Show, RM had confessed, “First of all, we’re truly honored and we know this is a huge step and milestone, not only for us but for the music industry. It makes us even happier to know how proud our fans must be right now. It feels like our hard work has finally, kind of, paid off. Since we’re nominated, if we can get a win too, it will be amazing. The greatest honor that we can ever have. What else can we say? Call us and we’re ready for the stage. Anything,”
Just after celebrating The 7th anniversary of FESTA in 2020, BTS had hosted their first-ever online concert which was called Bang Bang Con: The Live, held on June 14th, 756,000 paid viewers from more than 100 countries had viewed the Bang Bang Con: The Live earning the Guinness World Record for most viewers of a music concert live stream.

On October 10 and 11 BTS had planned to reveal Map of the Soul ON E, which saw the septet perform songs from MOTS:7. Though it was supposed to be both an online and offline event the offline event got canceled due to the covid pandemic.
Nevertheless MOTS ON: E had 993,000 paid viewers from across 190 countries.
“I would like to remember 2020 a year we tried our best,” RM had considered. Indeed the year 2020 has been the biggest for the BTS.