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BTS shines bright at Golden Disc Awards

Jan 08,2019
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Boy band BTS performs during the 2019 Golden Disc Awards at the Gocheok Sky Dome in western Seoul on Sunday.[ILGAN SPORTS]
Global sensation BTS wasted no time to start the new year off with a big statement. The seven-member act took home six trophies at the 33rd Golden Disc Awards, which was held over the weekend. From the Best Music prize to the Best Artist prize and the Best Album prize, BTS cleaned up in nearly all of the major categories, capping off what has been a historic 12 months for the group.

The 2019 Golden Disc Awards were held at the Gocheok Sky Dome in western Seoul Saturday and Sunday evening, and looked back at the past year in music. From the mighty BTS to the freshest names in the field, the annual award show honored the biggest and brightest names in the music industry and also provided a stage for up-and-comers to perform as well.

BTS won the Best Album prize for the second year in a row, selling 2.18 million copies of “Love Yourself: Answer” and 1.83 million copies of “Love Yourself: Tear” during 2018, following 2017’s successful “Love Yourself: Her,” which sold 1.79 million copies. The group also took home the U+ Idol Live Popularity Award, the NetEase Music Golden Disc Popularity Award, the 2019 Global Vlive Top 10 Best Artist Award, the Best Album award and the Best Track award. Best Album was given to the 10 albums that sold most copies in 2018, and the Best Track award was given to the 10 most streamed songs of the year.

“We give all of our honor to [our fan club] ARMY,” said leader RM. “2018 was the year we tasted the fruits of our hard work. We have been honored with so many undeserving titles that go with our name BTS … But I believe that if we try hard enough, then we’ll be able to live up to the many words that once tested us. We vow to do our best always.”

While the top prize for Best Track to boy band iKON’s “Love Scenario,” the Best Album list included a surprising name: the late Jonghyun of boy band SHINee. Jonghyun’s posthumous album “Poet | Artist” received the Best Album award, which the members of SHINee accepted on his behalf.

“Jonghyun loved his music and the stage more than anyone, and we hope you remember him for a long time,” said SHINee member Taemin.

“Poet | Artist” was released last January, and is comprised of songs written and produced by the singer. The award ceremony even held a moment of silence in honor of the late star.

“We thank everyone for awarding Jonghyun with such a wonderful prize,” said bandmate Minho. “And we thank everyone who continues to support and love him.”

Joining BTS and Jonghyun, the Best Album award was also given to Nu’est W’s “Who, You,” NCT 127’s “NCT #127 Regular-Irregular,” Wanna One’s “0+1=1 (I Promise You),” Twice’s “What is Love?,” Seventeen’s “You Make My Day,” Monsta X’s “Are You There?,” GOT7’s “Eyes On You” and Exo’s “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo.”

BY YOON SO-YEON [yoon.soyeon@joongang.co.kr]