From the Billboard Music Awards to the Grammy’s, Here Are the American Award Shows BTS Performed In

They might’ve appeared briefly at the Grammy Awards, but BTS is been working their way up for a while. It’s been about 7 years since this boy band debuted and now, they’re making history as the first Korean act to perform at this award ceremony. What other award shows has BTS performed in? Here’s a brief look at their music and history.

Lil Nas X and BTS perform  onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Lil Nas X and BTS perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

BTS performed with Lil Nas X at the 2020 Grammy Awards

They’re one of the biggest boy bands in the world, sometimes breaking YouTube records, always sending love to their fans, and now, making history at one of the biggest nights in the music industry. In 2019, BTS made history, as the first K-pop group to present an award at the Grammys.

“Growing up in South Korea, we always dreamt about standing on the Grammys stage,” RM said before presenting the award. “Thank you to all our fans for making this dream come true, and we’ll be back.”

The 2020 award ceremony proved to be even more monumental for BTS. Although it was initially reported that BTS would not perform at the Grammy’s, the boy band appeared alongside Lil Nas X, for his live performance of “Old Town Road.” (RM recorded a remix of the song with Lil Nas X earlier in 2019.)

This is the first time an artist from South Korea performed on the Grammy stage, which is kind of a big deal. Additionally, BTS recently became the first Korean act to receive RIAA Platinum Album Certification.

BTS perform onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
BTS perform onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

BTS performed at the Billboard Music Awards twice

The first time BTS appeared on the Billboard Music Awards was 2018, when they performed “Fake Love” and took home the award for Top Social Artist. They returned to the Billboard Music Award stage during 2019, for a live performance of their song “Boy With Luv.” Halsey even made a cameo to sing her parts of the song.

As one of BTS’ biggest years to date, the K-pop group appeared on a number of talk shows following the release of Map of the Soul: Persona, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They performed on Saturday Night Live and earned a few nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards.

BTS performs 'DNA' onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards
BTS performs ‘DNA’ onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards | Chris Polk/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp

BTS performed ‘DNA’ at the American Music Awards

With the release of songs like “DNA” and “MIC Drop,” BTS started to pick up speed during 2017. It’s that year that they performed “DNA” at the American Music Awards, complete with their iconic choreography and colorful bomber jackets. They later went on the win multiple American Music Awards in 2019, including Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock, Favorite Social Artist, and Tour of the Year.

Additionally, during 2017, BTS appeared on The Ellen Show, performing “MIC Drop” for the first time on television. This was also the year they were added to Time Magazine’s list of the Top 25 “Most Influential People on the Internet.”

Music by BTS, including their 2019 album, Map of the Soul: Persona, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major streaming platforms. Their 2020 album, Map of the Soul: 7, premieres during February 2020.