BTS, the biggest band on Twitter, shut down the Billboard Music Awards


Boy band BTS took the stage at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards to premiere new single “Fake Love,” and Twitter is still recovering.

The 7-member South Korean stars were also there to pick up the show’s Top Social Artist award for the second year running, and they more than proved their credentials judging by fan reactions. Throughout the ceremony leading up to the performance, attendees in the theater chanted “BTS!” in anticipation—and when the time for the boys to actually sing actually arrived, host Kelly Clarkson pulled out a special pair of noise-canceling headphones.

It’s tough to say exactly what goes into the special sauce for BTS that makes these guys so much bigger than other K-pop groups at the moment, but one thing’s for sure: Their audience is huge, and it’s still growing. For some people tuning in Sunday night, the crowd reaction seemed to be enough to deem them stanworthy. For some, it was the undeniable pop beats—and for others, it was definitely the abs. Whatever piqued people’s interest, it’s safe to say the internet’s interest was piqued.

Even celebs were stanning. Taylor Swift used many a heart emoji in her Instagram caption with the boys:

It’s BTS’ world, we’re all just living in it.

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.