2018 has been an amazing year for BTS and A.R.M.Y. BTS is no longer just another idol group from a small management company; BTS is now an international celebrity. They have broken records, had incredible moments, and worked hard to get to where they are now.
BTS’s official schedule count adds up to 49 events over the course of 12 months in 2018. Among those 49 events, there were memorable award ceremonies, TV show appearances, and the world tour.
They visited their fans in a number of different countries all over the world, from Seoul, to the United States, to France, to Taiwan, to the Netherlands, just to name some of them.
Of course, everything that happened in 2018 will be meaningful to BTS and A.R.M.Y, but there are a few things that really stand out: attending 2018 Billboard Music Awards, the LOVE YOURSELF world tour, and being the first idol group ever invited to give a speech at UN.
There’s no doubt it’s been a busy year for BTS, so here are a few highlights that everyone should know about!
# 2018 Billboard Music Awards
On the 20th of May, BTS proudly stood on the stage of the 2018 Billboard Music Award.
They received the Top Social Artist Award for the second year in a row, coming out on top against nominees such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Shawn Mendes.
2018 Billboard Music Award was also where BTS revealed their new title song “Fake Love”, for the first time, with a powerful performance that wowed everyone watching them.
# LOVE YOURSELF World Tour for A.R.M.Y
In 2018, BTS performed in 9 countries during their LOVE YOURSELF World Tour, to meet A.R.M.Y from all around the world.
Starting with Seoul, Korea in late August, they performed in many different cities of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, France, Japan, and Taiwan.
LOVE YOURSELF World Tour hasn’t come to an end just yet though, as BTS is set to return to Japan and also perform in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in 2019.
# BTS, the first idol to give a speech at a UN meeting
On the 24th of September, BTS was invited to give a speech at the United Nations General Assembly held in New York, US, as a representative of global youth, to launch Generation Unlimited campaign. This is the first time an idol group has been invited to do so.
BTS took their place on the platform, and standing tall, told their story to the world. They sent a message of dreams and hope to the youth.
No matter who you are, where you are from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself. Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.
– RM, member of BTS
Following their inspirational speech at UN, they made appearances on various American talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, once again confirming their global recognition and popularity.
2018 has come to an end but BTS is not slowing down. 2019 is sure to be another great year worth looking forward to for BTS!