MTV Video Music Awards: BTS, Blackpink, and Seventeen take home major prizes

By winning multiple awards at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, BTS, Blackpink, and Seventeen continued K-winning pop’s streak in the international music industry.

The most nominated group at this year’s awards show, BTS, won group of the year for a record-breaking fourth time. Along with the American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, and Billboard Music Awards, the MTV VMAs are one of the four major yearly US music events.

The K-pop phenomenon’s victory was announced during the award ceremony on Sunday in Newark, New Jersey, but the band members chose not to attend because they are presently concentrating on solo projects here in South Korea.

MTV Video Music Awards: BTS, Blackpink
BTS (top) and Blackpink (Big Hit Entertainment)
Blackpink, City Girls, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Maneskin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Silk Sonic were among the other candidates in the same category. The best K-pop, best choreography, best metaverse performance, and best visual effects nominations all went to BTS. For his contribution to “Left and Right,” a song he wrote with American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, Jungkook received a separate nomination in the category for song of the summer.

The septet won best group and best K-pop at the 2019 VMAs, giving them their first accolades. It won three more at the VMAs last year and four more prizes in 2020.

At this year’s VMAs, in addition to BTS, other K-pop artists received nominations and won awards.

Blackpink performs “Pink Venom” at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Sunday. (Reuters-Yonhap)
Blackpink performs “Pink Venom” at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Sunday.

Blackpink received nominations for best metaverse performance and a group of the year. The last time the group took home a trophy from the US music competition was in 2020, when their smash “How You Like That” made them the first K-pop girl group to do so.

Blackpink won the prize for the newly produced greatest metaverse performance before the ceremony had started for their in-game concert in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. BTS, Charli XCX, Justin Bieber, Rift Tour, and Twenty One Pilots were among the other nominees.

After defeating formidable rivals BTS, Itzy, Seventeen, Stray Kids, and Twice to win the prize for best K-pop, Lisa became the first solo female K-pop performer to do so at the yearly US music festival.

Blackpink also made history by becoming the first female K-pop artist to perform at the MTV VMAs and the fourth girl group overall to do so, behind Fifth Harmony, the Spice Girls, and TLC. The group performed its most recent single, “Pink Venom,” during the yearly event.

Following their selection as the first-ever K-pop artist to participate in the global “MTV Push” program, the boy band Seventeen was awarded the winner of the “Push” performance of the year award. The group won the prize for the first time in K-pop history thanks to this victory.

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