BTS Suga calmly shared his feeling in Korean after receiving the grand prize of a major American awards ceremony.
The group BTS won the grand prize trophy at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMA) held in the U.S. today. In addition to the grand prize, they were honored with a total of three wins in all nominated categories.
At the end of the awards ceremony, they received the “Artist of the Year,” which is the grand prize of the night, and expressed their acceptance speech. Leader RM first expressed his feelings in fluent English. “Four years ago, we had given this first-time-ever TV live performance at this stage AMAs for ‘DNA.’ We were so excited and nervous at the time,” RM said during the group’s acceptance speech, “and it’s been a long and amazing ride since then, but nobody could have ever bet on the odds of us standing here receiving this award, except for the ARMY,” he said, expressing his love and gratitude to his fans. “Seven people from Korea united with love for music and were loved by ARMYs (fandoms) around the world. Sincerely, I will not take this love for granted. I want to give you all this glory,” he said.
At this time, Suga, who took over RM‘s microphone, looked calm. He started with a “Oh, yes, yes,” in Korean. Then he said, “I made my debut in the U.S. four years ago on the AMA stage, and I really didn’t know I would win this award, and I think it’s all thanks to ARMY. Thank you so much, ARMY,” he said in Korean. Overseas artists and fans sitting in the audience cheered and responded loudly at his words.
After him, Jungkook and V also expressed their feelings through speeches that they have prepared. Jungkook stuttered as if he had forgotten what to say in the middle, and was dragged out by the members, causing laughter.
Korean netizens are applauding Suga‘s bold acceptance speech in Korean. They said, “It’s really cool,” “This is hip-hop,” and “It’s refreshing. It was really cool and comfortable to hear Korean,” “The members who prepared hard for their English speeche are cool and the members who speak Korean are cool as well,” and “Suga always said his speech in Korean. That’s so cool”, “Ah yes, yes” is the real Korean vibe”, “Suddenly it feels like a sudden Korean awards ceremony ㅠㅠ I’m proud of you”, “I thought we were in Korea for a moment”, and “American ARMYs says the boys don’t need to speak English, they will learn Korean instead,” “It’s really cool to see him confidently using Korean.”
In addition to Artist of the Year, BTS also won the awards in the category of Favorite Pop Duo/Group and Favorite Pop Song at the awards ceremony. “AMA” is considered one of the top three music awards in the United States along with the “Grammy Awards” and the “Billboard Music Awards.”