Why BTS Performing at the American Music Awards Was ‘a Bit Nerve-Wracking’ for Jimin

The BTS members were excited to finally see ARMYs in person. Still, Jimin explained his experience at the American Music Awards was “a bit nerve-wracking.” Here’s what the singer said during a behind-the-scenes video from the 2021 AMAs. 

BTS performed ‘My Universe’ and ‘Butter’ at the 2021 American Music Awards

Chris Martin and Coldplay perform 'My Universe' with BTS at the 2021 American Music Awards with a pink background and black and gray outfits
Chris Martin and Coldplay perform ‘My Universe’ with BTS at the 2021 American Music Awards | ABC via Getty Images

The K-pop group won Favorite Pop Duo or Group for the third year in a row. They snagged the Favorite Pop Song award for “Butter.” BTS also became the first Asian group to win the night’s top award — Artist of the Year. 

The American Music Awards were also a memorable experience for BTS because it was their first time performing in front of a live audience in several months. 

BTS Jimin said performing in front of a live audience was ‘a bit nerve-wracking’

During one Bangtan Bomb, ARMYs got a behind-the-scenes look at BTS’ appearance at the award ceremony. While getting his hair and makeup done, vocalist Jimin reflected on the group’s upcoming performance. 

“For the first time in a while, we have an audience,” Jimin said, according to a translation on the YouTube video. “Artists will also be watching. It’s a bit nerve-wracking.”

Of course, BTS stayed connected with fans despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even though the Map of the Soul world tour was canceled, the band released songs like “Butter” and “Permission to Dance.” 

They performed virtual concerts and appeared in the variety show RUN BTS. BTS appeared at other award ceremonies socially distanced from viewers, including the 2021 Grammys. As a result, the American Music Awards were emotional and “strange” to other members.

“This feels so unfamiliar. It’s strange seeing people entering [the venue,]” RM said. “There’s a lot to memorize, too.”

Suga said that he was “really nervous” and sleepy mainly because of their early start that day. Of course, these artists rehearsed every aspect of their live performances, some members even rehearsing what they would say in English on the red carpet. 

BTS’ RM said that he ‘loved the performances’ at the American Music Awards

In performing “Butter” and “My Universe,” the K-pop group earned praise from ARMYs across the globe, some taking to social media to share their support. Despite the nerves, BTS’ leader RM said that seeing ARMYs face to face was one of the best things about their appearance at the American Music Awards. 

“Loved the awards, loved the performances, but the best thing was just to see you guys finally. That’s literally everything. Let’s have a great time at SoFi,” RM tweeted, with one fan translating the final message, “hoping that we can meet in Korea soon, too!”

The 2021 American Music Awards were just the beginning of BTS’ return to the United States. The K-pop group appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, appearing in their first Crosswalk-themed segment. 

In 2021, BTS also hosted their residency at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. They reunited with Chris Martin of Coldplay for a live performance of “My Universe.” After the performances, the boy band announced more concerts coming to Seoul in March 2022.

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