BTS Win IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award

It’s no secret BTS had a stellar 2021. In February, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of BTS were crowned the winners of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award.

V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, and J-Hope of BTS attend 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2021
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BTS topped the IFPI Global Artist Chart

On Feb. 24, IFPI announced the 10 artists who were named on the IFPI Global Artist Chart. BTS placed at the top of the list for the second year in a row, followed by Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Seventeen, and Olivia Rodrigo.

By topping the chart, BTS earned the 2021 IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award. The septet also won the 2020 iteration of the award.

According to IFPI, the “award is calculated according to an artist’s or group’s worldwide performance across digital and physical music formats.”

In a statement, Frances Moore, the Chief Executive Officer of IFPI, shared:

“BTS’ phenomenal success over the last year is a testament to their creativity, hard work and ongoing commitment to continuing to find ways to bring their music to the world. By performing in three different languages, they demonstrate their extraordinarily unique global appeal and their dynamic and passionate fanbase has helped to make them the first artists in history to top the Global Artist Chart in two consecutive years.

We would like to wish RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook and all who work on their team huge congratulations on winning the Global Recording Artist of the Year Award and on another year of brilliant success.”

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BTS gave an acceptance speech for the IFPI award

After IFPI released the rankings for the IFPI Global Artist Chart and announced that BTS won the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, IFPI shared a video of BTS’ acceptance speech on Twitter.

“We’re truly honored to receive the 2021 IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award,” RM said in the acceptance speech.

“The year 2021 was another grateful year for all of us. It is all your love and support that made the year more meaningful,” J-Hope said.

Jungkook concluded the speech with, “Also, look forward to the year 2022 with BTS. See you soon!”

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The BTS members have a busy 2022

On March 10, March 12, and March 13, BTS will put on Permission to Dance On Stage – Seoul concerts as part of their ongoing Permission to Dance On Stage concert series. The band will then hold Permission to Dance On Stage – Las Vegas concerts on April 8, April 9, April 15, and April 16.

In addition to the upcoming concerts, BTS are also expected to release a new album in 2022.

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