A winner you might not be familiar with at the 2017 #Billboard Music Awards is a K-Pop group titled BTS. Bangtan Songyeondan (BTS) won the Top Social Artist award, defeating Selena Gomez and #Justin Bieber.

The group received numerous awards and nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and other events and has been around for over four years. BTS beats out four famous artists – Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Selena Gomez.

Who are the group members?

Bangtan Songyeondan is made up of seven members named Rap Monster, Suga, Jimin, V, Jin, J-Hope, and Jungkook. Big Hit Entertainment formed this Korean band in June 2013, and they debuted with the famous song "No More Dream." They released their first album in August 2013 titled “2 Cool 4 Skool,” for which the group won three New Artist of the Year awards, four MelOn Music Awards and four Golden Disk Awards.

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In 2014, they received two Seoul Music Awards, and a major bonsang award for their albums “#The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1” and “Dark and Wild.” In 2015, Bangtan Songyeondan continued rising to prominence with the music albums “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life,” and “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2.” They released their third album the same year and topped the Billboard 200.

In 2016, the group released another full album “Wings,” which debuted at number 25 on the US Billboard 200. In South Korea, the group successfully sold over 650,531 “Wings” copies in the first month, which became the best-selling album in the history. The album's single "Blood Sweat & Tears" became Bangtan Songyeondan’s first international hit and remained in first place on the Billboard 200.

Endorsements

In October 2015, BTS became the ambassador for sports brand Puma.

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The next year, the group members met with a series of endorsements. For example, they were chosen as the face of SK Telecom, Smart Uniform, and BBQ Chicken. Nexon also announced that it would release characters avatars based on the lifestyle of Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, Suga, V, J-Hope, and Jin.

Earlier this year, Bangtan Songyeondan topped the “Boy Group Brand Power Ranking,” a monthly journal published by the Korean Corporate Reputation Research. The boys have over 20 million Facebook fans on their official page and up to seven million Twitter followers.

Fans of Bangtan Songyeondan went crazy on Twitter last night, praising their new singles and congratulating them for winning a Billboard Music Award. The Billboard Music Award is an annual function, honoring the best singers and music albums in the world.