BTS and Twice work hard at year-end events, while Black Pink has not attended any events
The end of the year is the time when Kpop groups are busy with awards ceremonies and music festivals. In the context of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Korea, all events took place in the form of pre-recorded on stage without the audience and will broadcast online later.
Many groups like BTS, Twice … are praised for their hard work and dedication to their fans. After a year of promoting, BTS and Twice continuously participated in awards ceremonies (MAMA, MMA, The Fact Music Awards), music festivals (KBS, SBS, MBC Gayo), giving fans stages. especially to summarize a busy year. To record stages in the context of Covid-19, BTS, Twice and many groups have to work hard continuously for many days. Despite being tired and performing without the audience, they still try to bring out the best for fans.
During Christmas this year, the members of BTS and Twice were also appreciated for “caring for fans” when launching a series of songs to celebrate Christmas. Ji Min released Christmas Love, V released Snow Flower – all released on free systems like YouTube, Soundcloud. Twice’s Na Yeon released a cover of Love is Everything (Ariana Grande) with a special video synthesizing the lovely moments of the female idol to give her fans. Earlier on the occasion of his birthday on December 4, Jin of BTS also released the free song “Abyss”, which touched fans deeply.
Netizens believe that the content or the year-end stages that BTS and Twice bring to fans prove that they are extremely enthusiastic artists, love their jobs, and love fans. At MAMA, Twice did not have many chances to win “Best Female Group” or “Best Dance Performed Female Group” but still participated, bringing the surprise stage “Cry for me” – a new song that has never been released as a gift to their fans.
If BTS, Twice, or many other groups are praised for their hard work, Black Pink is criticized for their lack of enthusiasm. It has been 2 years since Black Pink last participated in awards ceremonies and music festivals in Korea. In 2019, Black Pink was absent from year-end events because of its poor performance compared to Twice, and in 2020, the group achieved many impressive achievements but in the end, still did not participate in any events.
From MAMA, MMA to SBS Gayo Daejun, KBS Gayo Daechukje, or MBC Gayo Daejejun, Black Pink did not attend. Fans of the YG girl group are very sad when other groups are busy every year-end, Black Pink does not have any activities. Some fans said that because YG does not have a good relationship with awards ceremonies and broadcasters. However, this reason is considered inconclusive because MMA (Melon Music Awards) or SBS Gayo Daejun are all events that Black Pink regularly participated in when they debuted. This year, Black Pink successfully promoted their first full-album and had many hits, but did not appear on year-end events, which made most fans extremely disappointed.
Many comments comforted that Black Pink wanted to surprise fans at the online concert “The Show” (planned to be held on December 27, but delayed until January 31, 2021), so they did not show up at the awards ceremony or music festivals. However, this point of view is also rejected when many groups are also planning to hold concerts online but still practice and dedicate themselves to fans with special stages at major events.
Some comments criticize Black Pink for not taking care of their fans. The group has few fanservice (interacting with fans, chatting with live streams, updating photos …). Even at year-end stages, they did not attend regardless of how fans waited. Netizen ironically Black Pink is not working hard, but only taking photos for brands.
Some people even think that Black Pink and YG always want to be “the center”, so they will not participate in awards ceremonies with BTS because they do not want to be inferior. During the past Christmas, Blinks also trended a funny hashtag #BlackpinkDontCareAboutBlinks to express their disappointment.