Why BTS Will Not Attend The 2019 MTV VMA’s

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The 2019 MTV VMA’s are Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. MTV nominated BTS for Best K-pop, Best Collaboration, Best Choreography, Best Group, and Best Art Design. Even though the group has a handful of nominations, BTS will not attend the awards show.

MTV shut BTS out of all of the major categories

When MTV announced this year’s categories, the company faced immediate backlash from K-pop fans. Instead of nominating BTS in the main categories, the MTV VMA’s introduced a Best K-pop category. EXO, NCT 127, Blackpink, TXT, MONSTA X, and BTS were all nominated. K-pop fans were not happy and accused the awards ceremony of being racist and xenophobic. 

BTS’s “Boy With Luv” music video has over 514 million views on YouTube and it was only released in April 2019. The song is also a certified platinum hit. Their album Map of the Soul: Persona was recently certified gold. Despite this success, the group was kept out of major categories like Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. 

In 2019, BTS won two Billboard Music Awards, became the first group since the Beatles to have three Billboard No. 1 albums in less than a year, and sold out Wembley Stadium in London. The “Boy With Luv” music video broke three Guinness World Records for “most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours,” “most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours,” and “most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group.” There is no doubt BTS earned a place in the major categories, but MTV shut them out.

BTS is currently on hiatus

BTS is currently on hiatus and does not have an official public schedule. Their well-deserved break lasts until their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour picks back up in October 2019. Big Hit Entertainment announced the Lotte Duty Free Family Concert was BTS’s last scheduled appearance until their tour resumes.

BTS declined events in the past. Since going on hiatus, BTS did not attend the 2019 Teen Choice Awards or M2 x Genie Music Awards. The group also declined a chance to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“We sent BTS an offer to attend the ceremony in early 2017, but they had so many overseas schedules. It was very difficult to match schedules as it seemed like they would be abroad during the Olympic Games,” said Song Seung Hwan.

Even though BTS declined to perform due to a busy schedule, Jin from BTS later uploaded a video of him hanging out with chickens on a farm. This behavior amused members of BTS ARMY, and has fans wondering if BTS will post something else during the MTV VMA’s.

BTS’s new docu-series premieres during the VMA’s

Even if BTS does not post on Twitter or VLIVE during the MTV VMA’s, fans will still have new content to watch. BTS’s new docu-series, Bring the Soul, premieres Aug. 27, 2019 at 9 a.m. KST. BTS fans realized the premiere is conveniently at the same time as the VMA’s.

“Can we all collectively agree to focus on Bring the soul docu-series or trend something else on the day of vmas and if BTS happen to win anything we will celebrate it without giving the vmas free promo considering the xenophobic bs they initially pulled with us, it’s only fair,” wrote a fan on Twitter.

BTS fans do not plan on watching the VMA’s

After MTV nominated BTS and Blackpink for Best Group, a category added at the last minute, K-pop fans suspected MTV picked the nominations to incentivize them to watch when the Best K-pop category backfired.

“vmas thought adding bts in best group category will save the show but armys already decided to boycott it,” wrote a fan on Twitter.

“Is this supposed to be your attempt at acknowledging that you excluded the world’s top group from the main awards? Because it’s far too late for tokenism. I’ll still be voting for BTS and will happily be doing far better things with my Aug 26 than watching your outdated show,” wrote another.

Even though BTS could take home some awards, it seems most BTS fans made the effort to vote for BTS but will abstain from watching the show.