BTS won the AMA for Artist of the Year Photo: MTV/AFP
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K-pop kings BTS win Artist of the Year AMA in Asian first

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K-pop sensation BTS on Sunday became the first Asian group to win Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards.

The septet also scooped awards for Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for their hit "Butter" at the glitzy Los Angeles ceremony hosted by Cardi B.

South Korea's biggest band, who now have nine AMAs, joined British rockers Coldplay for the world television premiere performance of "My Universe" at the star-studded show, and tweeted a picture of the groups together.

BTS's Twitter feed later paid tribute to their fans, known as the "ARMY".

The trailblazing stars cemented their place in U.S. chart history last year when their hit single "Dynamite" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, making them the first South Korean act to top the rankings.

Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion joined BTS with three awards each, while Taylor Swift took home gongs for Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album "evermore" and Ed Sheeran won Favorite Male Pop Artist.

The AMAs is the world's largest fan-voted awards show.

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Hurray for autotune, slick production, marketing, and teenage ARMY cultists!

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Not my cup of tea but can probably understand why the younger generations are into it. The only Korean song I even loved was the theme song for the Seoul Olympics. Hand in hand by Koreana.

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JT "entertainment" news equals BTS, Adele, Disney, and anime.

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Congratulations, but I don't like K-pop.

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And what?

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plasticmonkey 07:11 am JST

Hurray for autotune, slick production, marketing, and teenage ARMY cultists!

The way the ARMY humiliated Trump was smart, slick and extremely amusing.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3090142/why-bts-army-and-other-k-pop-fans-are-aiming-their-activism

Whatever one's opinion of the music, this is really cool. Can you imagine AKB fans having either the political awareness or social media skills to organize something like this?

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The way the ARMY humiliated Trump was smart, slick and extremely amusing.

I understand that worked to effect. But it's depressing that social activism has to come wrapped up in such a commercially manipulative and culturally degrading package.

So, no, BTS is not entirely evil.

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But it's depressing that social activism has to come wrapped up in such a commercially manipulative and culturally degrading package.

Still, you can't deny their accomplishments as an Asian pop artist. What has Arashi accomplished when by collaborating with Bruno Mars to reach out to foreign audience? Did any of the Hollywood artists give a damn?

The ARMY is a cultural byproduct of the rapid popularization of the group. It's actually quite scary how cohesive they could be. I just hope that it doesn't become a political weapon than it already has.

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K-pop kings BTS win Artist of the Year

I can NEVER say BTS are artists! Slimy wiggly shiny worms, yes. Artists NO!

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I understand that worked to effect. But it's depressing that social activism has to come wrapped up in such a commercially manipulative and culturally degrading package.

Surely any social activism is better than nothing, though? Even if it's from followers of shiny, surgically-altered, identikit pop stars.

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Cookie cutter Asian pop music is so sterile, soulless and boring. Surprised this garbage made it out of Asia.

I guess it’s exotic for westerners?

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Their cult following have done a 'wonderful' job of burying the band's past that is filled with homophobic, racist & misogynistic comments & lyrics and other problematic behaviour such as posing inappropriately at a Holocaust Memorial, wearing Nazi inspired clothing and wearing clothing that celebrated Korean liberation by wearing a t shirt that glorified the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki...

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