BTS is heading to the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The seven-member idol group has seen a steady rise in their popularity in the America, and is now expected to brush shoulders with some of the biggest global acts in the music industry.
BTS is nominated in the Top Social Artist category at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Other nominees for the award include Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes.
The "Blood, Sweat & Tears" singers are the first K-Pop group to ever receive a nomination from the Billboard Music Awards. According to allkpop, PSY was the first Korean singer to be nominated. In 2013, he was nominated in five categories, including Best New Artist and Top Streaming Song for "Gangnam Style."
The event, which will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 21, will be BTS' first US red carpet, Billboard reports.
The group's nomination in the said category comes in no surprise, considering that BTS is on their 23rd week at the number 1 spot on the Social 50 chart, as of May 6. Interestingly, The Shorty Awards also recognized the group's well-curated social media accounts, which landed them a nomination in the Music Category of the Shorty Awards. They were up against Ariana Grande, Drake and Twenty One Pilots for the said award. BTS bested the other contenders in the category, and received the award in April.
BTS currently have 5.4 million followers on Twitter, and the group was recently hailed the most viewed K-Pop group in YouTube history. BTS has generated a combined 4 billion views on all of their videos, including music videos and fan-taken content.
Some of their most-viewed videos such as "Dope" and "Fire" have amassed 379 million and 368 million views, respectively.
Meanwhile, BTS just recently wrapped up their North American tour and are embarking on their Asian Tour.