BTS Sweeps All Daesangs At Melon Music Awards For Second Year In A Row
The Melon Music Awards 2020 were held from December 2 to 5, with the main ceremony taking place on December 5.
At the main ceremony, it was announced that BTS had won all three Daesangs (grand prizes) given out this year at the Melon Music Awards: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (“Map of the Soul: 7”), and Song of the Year (“Dynamite”). In addition to the awards mentioned above, BTS also took home the Best Dance (Male) award for “Dynamite” and the Netizen’s Choice award, bringing the group’s MMA 2020 total to six awards (seven including IU and Suga’s Best Rock collaboration).
In their speech for Artist of the Year, RM said, “To be honest, it doesn’t feel comfortable to be receiving such a meaningful award during these difficult times. This year, we weren’t able to meet with fans face-to-face. It has been almost a year since we were able to perform with fans in-person. I believe many artists feel the same as we do. Everyone, it’s been a hard year, right? At the start of all this, we felt so much anger and resentment and despair and displeasure, displeasure at so many things. We tried to do the music we could and filmed music videos and worked hard. At some point, we were able to accept reality. As humans, we were able to adapt and get used to the circumstances. But that was scary because we shouldn’t get used to it. We are supposed to share contact with other human beings, and getting used to not doing that was a scary reality. But ironically, we realized this year that the sincere feelings we spread throughout the world were not in vain. Although we cannot see each other or hold each other’s hands or embrace each other, we are connected and our minds are reaching out for each other. We realized that anew through ‘BE’ and ‘Dynamite.’ Through your letters and your words, we felt your love. Although we can no longer perform in front of an audience, so many artists this year sat in their room or their studio and did their best to make great music. From artists to fans to listeners, we all began and ended our days with the same music and did our best to connect with each other. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but let us use music to reach out to each other and hold on together through the long winter until spring comes again. The seasons will come back around, and life goes on, and I believe that the spring will come again.”
V added, “I want to mention that we’re not six people, but a group of seven. Our last member, Suga, is watching this right now. I want to say something to him now. We got a lot of awards today, so I hope you’re happy and can make good memories with us together soon.” J-Hope mentioned that “eight” had also come up as a nominee for several categories. Jimin concluded, “Like [RM] said, it’s been a difficult year for everyone due to COVID-19. We got up again through the strength of the members and ARMY, and I hope that our music brought strength to other people as well.” J-Hope also thanked Bang Si Hyuk and their Big Hit Entertainment staff, the members’ families, and ARMY.
For Album of the Year, Jimin said in his speech, “Thank you so much. The first Daesang we won was for Album of the Year at the Melon Music Awards. It is so meaningful for us to receive this award again, and it feels like we are repaying the efforts of ARMY. To be receiving this award again feels like proof of our worth. Many people helped us in order to bring us to a place that we could receive an award like this. Thank you to ARMY, who are always cheering us on, and to PD Bang Si Hyuk, the Big Hit staff, and all the producers for helping us make a great album.”
In their speech for Song of the Year, Jungkook said, “Even though they’re not here, I want to shout, ‘ARMY, let me hear you!’ Even though they’re far away, I feel like I could hear their voices reaching out to us. Our proudest times as singers are when we can give other people strength and comfort through our music. During these particularly difficult circumstances, we ended up putting out an album and song that we hadn’t planned on before, and got surprisingly good results. We were happy to see that so many people gained strength through our song. We also took a lot of strength from that song, and I hope that we can continue to work to bring comfort and happiness through our music. Thank you to all the producers, songwriters, and staff members who helped us make this song.”
On Twitter, Jimin wrote, “Did ARMY enjoy our performance? We were able to receive a lot of awards thanks to you. Thank you very much. This is just the start of the end-of-year awards, so please look forward to the rest of our performances!”
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) December 5, 2020
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