“It’s the fact that I could become a part of GOT7. Since I passed the audition, I had spent only 7 months as a trainee and then was immediately added to the members of GOT7 in order to begin the preparation routine for our debut. Up to that time I had never danced once in my life, so it was very hard to keep up with other members who had been preparing for the debut since a long time ago. That’s why I feel really lucky to be as I’m now - being able to do activities as a member of GOT7” - Choi Youngjae
Here’s to Rap Monster, who has dreamed of this moment since his debut. Who used to perform as an underground artist as a student and who led his group so well despite his young age, despite of his uncertainty and fear for the future. Who makes sure to always be there to talk to his members about their feelings and thoughts. Who gave up entering a good university for his passion for music and has spent nearly every night writing lyrics and making songs even till the early morning, even while waiting to go up on stage and even when they are on the plane flying to their next event. Who always writes such thoughtful tangents on loving ourselves, trusting our youth and our passion, forgiving ourselves, and appreciating everything that we have in this world. Who shows us every side to him even though he’s scared of the vulnerability. Who never forgets to thank those around him even if he does not know them personally. Who always thinks of us wherever he goes and who is always rooting for us in whatever we do. Truly without him, BTS would not be the BTS that they are today. And I really hope that he knows that; I hope that receiving this award was able to take all his stresses and heavy thoughts from his shoulders. And even more, I hope that he has learned to love himself- flaws and all- just as we love him. Thank you for always showering us with love and thoughtfulness even if we may not deserve it, thank you for never forgetting about us. I hope that you never doubt yourself and your pure heart. You are more than deserving of this award.
Here’s to Jin. Who has shown us that hardwork is everything. He started at Bighit as an actor, and he has practiced every single day to become the amazing performer that he is today. I think of how he called his vocal trainer at 4am to show her that he has improved and I get so proud. Here’s to the oldest member of the group. Who constantly showers his members and his fans with love. Who was the one that cooked for the members, borrowing food and tools from his own family when BTS could not afford to, who made sure that every member became comfortable in Seoul when they first arrived at BigHit. Who is always there to make us laugh with his silly gags and jokes, who is always there to make us feel loved. You worked hard to improve, you worked hard to be where you are right now. You deserve this.
Here’s to Suga. Who learned what it meant to be an adult at such a young age. Who used to perform for audiences of two and not have enough money to even buy ramen. Who used to listen to people constsntly tell him that he would ruin his family. Who came up to Bighit as a trainee and still worked hard, studying and working part time, even though he was fighting with suicidal thoughts, depression, self-hatred, a broken shoulder and more. Who spends countless of sleepless nights working on music and lyrics, even on the nights that they are on vacation or when they just come back from a performance. Who truly showed us that though the start may be humble, the end will be properperous. Thank you for teaching us what it means to live with passion, thank you for always working hard even if you don’t need to. You may not believe it, but this award is real and you deserve it. You’ve achieved all of your goals now!! You’ve worked hard to be where you are. Thank you for showing us that hardwork will never betray us.
Here’s to J-Hope. Who was a street dancer and came into bighit planning to become a vocalist and dancer. Who, when everyone doubted his skills, practiced even harder to become the well-rounded artist that he is now. Who taught himself how to rap and how to write lyrics despite having little experience in that area and is now one of the main creators behind bts’s music. Who practices every night, working on his mixtape and working on his dance skills, because he loves to do so. Who shows us what it means to live with hope and who never fails to show us happiness even in the most difficult of times. I hope you know that we are aware of how thoughtful you are, I hope you know that our love for you is eternal, and I hope you know that you too are more than deserving for this reward.
Here’s to Jimin. Who was a diligent student that studied dance so passionately. Who spends nearly every night in the practice room because he thinks “who am I to be resting right now?” I think of how you cried when people doubted your skills and I hope you know that those people are completely wrong. Your voice is something that touches our hearts and moves us and your skill in dance never fails to amaze us. You belong on stage. Here’s to Jimin. Who also showers his members with such adoration and affection, who is always there to comfort them in the darkest of times. Thank you for showing us what it means to be a good friend and brother. Thank you for showing us what it means to be kind. I hope you know that we love you just the way you are and that it’s okay to rest and to make mistakes. Please don’t ever doubt yourself.
Here’s to Taehyung. Who had to get the help of the bighit staff to convince his family to let him begin training. Who wanted to be a farmer so that he could help his grandmother in Daegu. Who has been so strong throughout this difficult year. Who constantly shows us new sides to his personality. Who constantly works hard in all that he does. Thank you for never failing to put a smile on our faces even when you were going through such a low point and thank you for teaching us what it means to be a filial child. Thank you for loving bangtan just as much as we do and thank you for always being so kind and bright. Your stage presence and skill never fails to amaze me as well. We will remember your grandmother and we will always thank her for her blessings. You are more than deserving of this award.
Here’s to Jungkook. Who started training at such a young age, who was so shy and insecure about himself. Who left his family in Busan to come up to Seoul when he was just 14 years old. Who cries when he thinks of the hardships that his members are going through. Thank you for trusting your brothers and your future, you deserve all the love in this world. I hope you learn that it is okay to not be strong all the time. Thank you for showing us your growth and your endurance and passion.
Lastly, here’s to BTS. This whole entire post of mine is incredibly cheesy but they really do mean a lot to me. Not only do they brighten my every day with their humor and antics but they each have taught me so many things and they constantly inspire me in all that they do. They have taught me to dream, to be diligent, to be loving, to be humble, and to trust my future. More importantly, they have taught me what it means to be young. So here’s to BTS and their first daesang. You deserve it more than anybody in this world and you each are deserving of all the love in this universe. Thank you for showing us that we never are alone and thank you for understanding us and showing us what it means to achieve your dreams and to live with passion. We hear your voice.
The exclusive US trailer debut of the Studio Ghibli film “When Marnie Was
There,” feauring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, John C.
Reilly, Geena Davis, Ellen Burstyn, Vanessa Williams and Catherine O'Hara.
The movie, based on the Joan G. Robinson novel and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), stars Hailee Steinfeld
as the voice of Anna, a girl sent from her city foster home to live in a
small sea town. Feeling like an outsider in her new digs, she becomes
bewitched by another youngster named Marnie (Kiernan Shipka) and they find a connection although Marnie seemingly can’t leave the surroundings of her old mansion residence.
The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on May 22nd 2015 before a national expansion.
The kinda of shitstorm of hate that will heap upon 2ne1 when they start their debut in the United States will be 100 times worse than anything they get in Korea. The softball questions from the media and cutesy radio shows will be a thing of the past.
2ne1 isn’t stupid, neither is YGE they know this.
The will be hated on for being Asian, for being Korean, for trying to sing “black music” for trying to sound black, for having red hair, for having black hair, for having blond hair, for not writing her own songs, for being so old, for being in a girl group, for singing kpop, for being too fat, too short, too strange, having an accent, for being born, etc etc etc etc etc…
The Entertainment industry is tough, 2ne1 has thick skin, they will manage the haters just fine.
Blackjacks need to use this time to build up our own skin. We gotta get tougher. We have to be strong and not let haters or trolls get to us. If they can’t comprehend the sheer wonderfulness of our four girls, its their loss; simple as that.
I want KPOP to be more famous and for the idols to make more money but I am afraid that once it get to the international level like A-POP there will be some girl who will come up to me and ask me if I know who Super Junior is or if I heard that new SHINee song or who I like more GD or TOP and I will just go crazy on her and tell her that I knew who these people were before she did. And I love them more she will ever have. KPOP is my thing. If more people start to like it then it won’t be special