BTS and BLACKPINK are the only two idol groups to be honored alongside a famous solo artist.
Recently, CJ ENM has announced the list of 2020 VISIONARY (Vision 2020), including 10 Korean representatives who inspire the world. Besides celebrities in the film and television fields, Kpop fans couldn’t help but be happy to see BLACKPINK and BTS as the only two idol groups to be honored.
Ten characters selected for the 2020 VISIONARY list of CJ ENM have been devoted to the innovation and development of Korean entertainment this year. BTS and BLACKPINK absolutely deserve to be honored when their achievements contribute to promoting the image of Korea to the world.
BTS had great success in 2020 when becoming the first Korean artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart (USA) with the song “Dynamite” in August. Moreover, thanks to Dynamite, BTS was the first Kpop group to be nominated at the prestigious Grammy Awards for the Best Pop Performance of the duo/group.
If Dynamite is an English single, the 7 boys have made Korean people proud to continue to achieve this achievement with the song Life Goes On – the title track of the album BE, released at the end of November. Life Goes On became the first Korean song in history to rank number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The group also successfully conquered # 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
BLACKPINK also has a very successful year. They contribute to promoting the image of Korea through collaborations with famous US UK stars such as Lady Gaga (Sour Candy), Selena Gomez (Ice Cream), or Cardi B (Bet U Wanna). The girls also set an unprecedented record for Kpop girl groups on the prestigious Billboard chart.
The group’s song “Ice Cream” reached # 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 – the highest ranking for Korean girl groups. Furthermore, BLACKPINK also reached the runner-up position on Billboard 200 with their first full album – THE ALBUM. This is the record for the Kpop girl group and the highest position a girl group has achieved since 2008.
In addition to BTS and BLACKPINK, in the music segment, there is only one solo artist on the VISIONARY 2020 list – BI RAIN
Rain is known as a legendary solo artist with a series of achievements in 18 years. This year, he also worked extremely actively with the project group SSAK3 (with Lee Hyori and Yoo Jae Suk). The song Beach Again has become a phenomenon in Korea, dominating the chart for a long time.
BTS, BLACKPINK, and Bi Rain and the remaining 8 characters in the list will be honored by actor Song Joong Ki in a special section at the MAMA 2020 awards ceremony. MAMA 2020 will take place on December 6.