BTS Skips VMAs Award To Clarify Their Standing Amid Controversial K-Pop Category

Mina Muzumdar |Aug 27, 2019

Though BTS becomes the first Korean boyband to win VMAs trophy, many fans are still enraged over the controversial K-Pop category.

Korean's famous boy bands BTS who broke many world's records last year with song Boy With Luv came to no one's surprise this year when winning Moon Man trophy for Best K-Pop group.

Despite BTS's historic winning at VMAs 2019, many fans are still enraged over the controversial K-Pop category because no Korean artists were nominated in principal awards like Artist of the Year or Video of the Years. BTS only presented in the list of nomination for Best Art Direction, Best Collaboration and Best Choreography.


In fact, BTS's achievement overshadowed many US, England, Canadian and Australian artist. In a quick comparison, the boy bands even overwhelmed Jonas Brother who also presented in the nominated list for Artist of the year.

Also, the Korean boy band is the first Korean group made themselves to U.S Billboard 200 with their No. 1 album while song Boy With Luv dethroned Taylor Swift's video to become the most-watched music video on YouTube.

Last month, when MTV announced K-Pop category, it has spearheaded a controversy among the fan about MTV's way of being exclusionary while seeking the favour of the groups' continent of loyal fans. Other nominees in the list were Monsta X, BlackPink, EXO, TXT and NCT 127.

Based on that list, MTV seems not to have a complete picture of the Korean music industry and just put randomly artists in their nominated list.


On social media platform, hashtag #VMARacist and #VMAsXenophobic is now trending. A Twitter user wrote:


Meanwhile, BTS did take their stand with the K-Pop controversial category as the boy band didn't present at the award.



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