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[Article] Rising K-pop Superstars BTS Will Perform at The AMAs

South Korean boy band BTS joins the lineup for this year’s American Music Awards, during which they’ll premiere the first stateside performance of their hit single “DNA” on Nov. 19.

The AMAs revealed the news through social media today, spurring a frenzy among the act’s dedicated fanbase, known collectively as ARMY. The announcement comes after months of growing interest in BTS, the only Korean group to ever break into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. 

“It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” said a rep from the band’s label. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first ever U.S. live TV performance of ‘DNA.'” 

“DNA” is the lead single off of the band’s chart-topping album Love Yourself: Her. The expressive electro-pop track peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September, released a few months after BTS dominated attention at the Billboard Music Awards in May when they took home the Top Social Artist award. 

Propelled by the support of their immensely dedicated ARMY, a fanbase that thrives on social media and revels in the millennial struggles represented through the band’s music, the septet has reached historic heights on American music charts and seen much interest from western audiences. The AMAs, which take place on Nov. 19 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, mark the boy band’s second appearance on an American award show this year. 

Though a Korean group may seem like an odd fit for the AMAs, BTS’ represents the increasingly-internationalized face of America’s music industry. Keeping the momentum going as their popularity is on the rise, the group has worked with likes of The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki, and artists including Charli XCX and Desiigner have teased potential projects with the boy band. 

BTS joins Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, and Diana Ross as performers at this year’s AMAs.

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Rising K-Pop Superstars BTS Will Perform At The AMAs

South Korean boy band BTS joins the lineup for this year’s American Music Awards, during which they’ll premiere the first stateside performance of their hit single “DNA” on Nov. 19.

The AMAs revealed the news through social media today, spurring a frenzy among the act’s dedicated fanbase, known collectively as ARMY. The announcement comes after months of growing interest in BTS, the only Korean group to ever break into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

It is such an honor for BTS and BigHit Entertainment to be invited to the American Music Awards as one of the performers,” said a rep from the band’s label. “Our partners in the U.S. have helped us pave the way in every way possible, and together we are making history. We are also excited to show our fans, ARMY, the first-ever U.S. live TV performance of ‘DNA.'”

At Melodica Records in downtown Nairobi, a song like Diamond Platnumz’s “I Miss You” is guaranteed to provoke fervent debate.

The song has blown up cellphones across East Africa ever since the Tanzanian superstar released it in June. In a lot of ways, the song is a departure for Platnumz. His hits are usually club bangers — full of swagger, big cars and propelled by irresistible pop beats.

“I Miss You” is not one of those.

“I Miss You” ditches hip-hop for more coastal Swahili sounds. It’s an earnest love song about a country guy whose lover has taken off for the big city, where she marries an older man who showers her with material things.

The whole song revolves around Platnumz begging for her to return.

Love In A Time Of Urbanization: The Twofold Vulnerability Of An East African Pop Hit

Photo: Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET
Caption: Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz performs onstage during the 2016 BET Experience in Los Angeles.

BTS @ The BBMAs: Dear ARMYs

I just want to express how proud I am of each and every member. Reflecting back on their debut, I can’t believe how BTS started off so small only to become huge, global superstars. While watching them perform “No More Dream” for the first time, I never would’ve imagined all of this success. They are Korean artists at an American music award ceremony. I can’t even begin to imagine how much they all went through to make it this far.

However, a special thank you must be said to ARMYs all over the world. It doesn’t matter when you started listening to them. What matters is how supportive everyone has been throughout the years, especially when the support is shown in a well-mannered, mature way. Of course the members’ talents brought them to this stage. At the same time, luck is an enormous part of an artist’s success, and BTS has been extremely lucky to have fans that will love and stand behind them no matter what. So thank you, and good luck to the boys tonight!

Will Taylor Swift be there? It’s certainly possible. Although she appeared at last year’s milestone 50th CMAs, to present Entertainer of the Year, she’s actually nominated this time: her first nod since 2014, as the songwriter of Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” up for Song of the Year. To boot, the previous two CMAs have featured pop superstars in key performances – Justin Timberlake joined Chris Stapleton in 2015, and Beyoncé ignited controversy in 2016 with the Dixie Chicks. With a new album due Friday, Swift could stage another Nashville homecoming.
—  Rolling Stones - (messing with my emotions)