Jungkook’s (BTS) hallmark of success at 25 amazed online communities of how far the idol has come.
With 9 years of experience under his belt, Jungkook is having a successful 25 with many landmarks across his career. Going from zero to hero, Korean netizens sometimes fondly call him the idol with the “Midas Touch”.
16 – 18 years old: successful debut with rookie awards and music show wins
Jungkook debuted with BTS in 2013 under BigHit Entertainment (now HYBE) that charmed with a powerful music style and quickly gained the public attention. Their debut song, “No More Dream” took hold of the Internet at a fast pace.
In the same year, BTS won the ‘New Artist of the Year’ at the “Melon Music Awards”, showing the group’s bright potential ahead of them.
On May 5th, 2015, they won their first music program cup at “The Show” with their track “I Need You”, a breakthrough for the group that left them speechless. The win also brought more recognition to the group.
First ‘Daesang’ at 19 years old
In 2016, BTS’ album “Wings” exploded into a sensation with more than 500 thousand copies in pre-orders, setting a new record for the Gaon Chart at the moment of release. The achievement brought the Daesang (‘Album of the Year’) award at Melon Music Awards.
Winning the “Billboard Music Awards” at 20 years old, breaking the stage at the “American Music Awards”
BTS won their first proud achievement with the ‘Top Social Artists” at the prestigious “Billboard Music Awards”, overcoming popular nominees including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Shawn Mendes. BTS became the first K-pop group and the second Kpop artist after PSY to have a win at “Billboard Music Awards”.
In the same year, BTS made another breakthrough with their performance at the “American Music Awards 2017”, when not many K-pop groups had the chance to appear on a world-scale event.
Top 1 Billboard 200 at 21 years old, the youngest person in history to receive the “Order of Cultural Merit” Medal
Extending on their domestic success, 21-year-old Jungkook with BTS reached out to the world with “Love Yourself: Tear” with the No.1 Billboard Hot 200 and marked their resounding accomplishment on the global market.
He was also the youngest idol in history to be awarded the “Order of Cultural Merit” Medal from the Korean government.
22 years old: tickets sold out at the largest stadium in the US, had the honor to perform at the Grammys
Jungkook was 22 when BTS sold out tickets at the largest US stadium for their tour concert. It was also the year BTS became the first honorary Korean artist to perform at the Grammys, world-renowned music award.
23 years old: No.1 Billboard Hot 100, first time received a Grammy nomination
Jungkook alongside BTS was first nominated at the Grammys and won No.1 Billboard Hot 100 with “Dynamite”, creating an outstanding heat in the world music stage.
24 years old: was appointed special envoys to the President and awarded “Artist of the Year’ at the “American Music Awards”, received the second Grammys nomination
BTS, including Jungkook at 24, was nominated for the Grammys for the second time and had the honor to be appointed special envoys to the President, charged with the mission to accompany the Korean President to attend the 76th UN General Assembly session, all in the same year.
25 years old: Arrived at the White House for a powerful speech, third Grammy nomination and the historic stage at the 2022 “World Cup”
BTS was nominated for the Grammy Awards for the third time and, as the appointed special envoys, Jungkook earned the chance to be at the White House and delivered a powerful speech on inequality.
Jungkook was also the first ever Korean to perform at the opening ceremony of the planetary event “World Cup 2022” at the Al Bayt stadium, Qatar which held 60 thousand spectators, creating a shiny milestone in the span of his career.
The effect following his performance also took hold of social media. The stage was pass around and the hashtag #DreamersbyJungkook” reached Top 1 Trending on Twitter.