BTS Named Billboard’s “The Greatest Pop Star Of 2020,” Joining Madonna And Michael Jackson On Star-Studded List Stretching Back To 1981
Billboard has officially added BTS to their decades-long list of “The Greatest Pop Star of Every Year”!
This week, Billboard named BTS “The Greatest Pop Star of 2020,” continuing its tradition of designating a pop star that shone especially bright for each year.
BTS joins a list of legendary singers that goes all the way back to 1981 and includes artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Nirvana, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Eminem, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Adele, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Ariana Grande.
For its latest addition to the list, Billboard highlighted BTS’s many historic achievements in 2020, including becoming the first Korean artist ever to score a Grammy Awards nomination (for their smash hit “Dynamite,” which was the first song by an all-Korean group to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100). BTS also made history on the Billboard charts when their latest title track “Life Goes On” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, making it the first track sung primarily in Korean ever to top the chart.
Mia Nazareno wrote, “It’s impossible to ignore that BTS is the first Asian artist to appear on this list alongside undeniable, no-questions-asked English-language superstars. While non-English works of art are often sidelined into ‘foreign’ categories, this level of recognition for a predominantly Korean-language band from Western media—the group was even named 2020 Entertainer of the Year by TIME—feels like a changing of the guard at the gates of American top 40.”
“With each milestone and new No. 1 in 2020, BTS made it harder for U.S. audiences to deny not only the group’s own supreme superstardom, but also K-pop’s much-deserved place in mainstream music,” she continued. “And now that we’re finally listening, it pains us to imagine all the potential pop classics we missed out on simply because of the language barrier between us.”
Congratulations to BTS!